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  • From Edinburgh: Holy Island, Alnwick Castle & Northumbria

    1. From Edinburgh: Holy Island, Alnwick Castle & Northumbria

    Take the scenic coastal route south into the Medieval Kingdom of Northumbria in North-East England; visit the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, once the most important centre of religious learning in the British Isles, and explore the medieval market town of Alnwick and its stunning castle - where scenes from ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Downton Abbey’ were filmed. Our first stop is Holy Island, connected to the mainland by a causeway which leads into the quaint island village of Lindisfarne, where there are stunning views of Lindisfarne Castle* (dating back to 1550). Spend time wandering through the ruins of its Priory* where the magnificent Lindisfarne Gospels were produced, sample some of the world-famous Lindisfarne ‘Mead’ brewed by Monks on the island and enjoy the tranquility for which the island is renowned. We continue south passing Bamburgh, ‘Ancient Capital of Northumbria,’ then on to the b...

    Enjoyed the trip, i went by myself for a day out on holiday. Andrew T was a great guide with a good mix of interesting commentary, music, but not talking too much so we could just enjoy the view. I went to the attractions (tickets are extra so you choose which to go to) though next time id probably just go to Alnwick Gardens if a nice day and skip the other two as whilst the stops were at least an hour for each it’s still a rush to see everything you want to.

  • Hadrian's Wall & Roman Britain 1-Day Tour from Edinburgh

    2. Hadrian's Wall & Roman Britain 1-Day Tour from Edinburgh

    On this 1-day tour from Edinburgh you travel south on the old Roman Dere Street that linked the supply ports on the south of England with the ancient city of York, and north past Hadrian’s Wall to the Roman settlements in Central Scotland. Your first stop on this tour will be in the border town of Jedburgh, a historic burgh that lies only 12 miles north of the Scotland-England border. Here you have time to take a short walk through the narrow streets that lead to the remains of the Augustinian Abbey, which has been a great symbol of power during its 900 year history. Continuing south you make a brief stop at scenic Carter Bar on the edge of the Cheviot Hills. This crossing point between Scotland and England runs close to the ancient Roman road and has formed the border between the 2 countries for the past 700 years. The tour continues through the magnificent forests of Northumberland Na...

    Fantastic tour, Bruce our driver was funny, whitty and polite as well as helpful. We enjoyed Hadrians Wall and Vindolanda, plenty to see if you are interested in Roman history, well worth the money. We well recommend Rabbies tours.

  • Hadrian's Wall: 4-Hour Guided Tour

    3. Hadrian's Wall: 4-Hour Guided Tour

    Walk along the iconic central section of Hadrian’s Wall, followed by a visit to one of the best-preserved Roman Forts in Britain. Discover the unique stories of the Roman museums and archaeological sites in Northumberland on this 4-hour walking tour. As your guide explains the history of each site, they will also weave in the importance of the surrounding landscape to reveal what makes each place so special. Soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the stunning views across Northumberland National Park and Hadrian’s Wall.

    Our tour guide was lovely. So informative and enthusiastic. You could tell this wasn’t just a job for him, he had genuine love and fascination for all aspects of the history he explored with us. He also dealt with a more challenging guest smoothly and respectfully.

  • Alnwick Castle and Scottish Borders Tour from Edinburgh

    4. Alnwick Castle and Scottish Borders Tour from Edinburgh

    Explore the borderlands of Scotland and England during this full-day tour from Edinburgh. Stop at the charming town of Kelso, where you can explore this handsome town and what is thought to be Scotland’s largest market square. You also see the ruins of Kelso Abbey, a reminder of the many ancient conflicts between Scotland and England. Follow the ancient Roman Dere Street that connected Scottish Caledonia with Roman Britannia through the Scottish Borders. Stop at the charming town of Melrose, home to the remains of the Cistercian Abbey and the burial place of the heart of Scottish king Robert the Bruce. Cross the border and travel to thousand-year-old Alnwick Castle, one of the great castles of Northumberland. Originally built to protect the north of England from Scottish Border Reivers and invaders, more recently Alnwick Castle and its perfectly manicured gardens have found fame as one...

    Beautiful countryside in a minibus, driver was also our guide, interesting information on history and good music. It was raining and windy,but afrerwaeds the castle went to the centre to a local restaurant for a nice meal. The way back was nice as road was by the coast. Day went very quickly.

  • Vera Half Day TV Locations Tour of Newcastle

    5. Vera Half Day TV Locations Tour of Newcastle

    Join this wonderful tour which takes fans of the show 'Vera' around the heartlands of where it is filmed in Newscastle Upon Tyne and Gateshead in Northumberland. The fully guided coach tour lasts approximately 4 hours and starts and finishes from central Newscastle. For the first part of the tour you will get to visit some of the Vera locations in Newcastle as well as Gateshead on the other side of the River Tyne. For the second and longer part of your tour you will be heading out towards the coast to explore some of the murder scenes and filming locations at Fish Quay in North Shields, Tynemouth and Whitley Bay before heading back into Newcastle. As part of the tour you'll have the opportunity to get out and see up close some of these locations to catch a good view. Sites you'll visit include Castle Keep, Industrial Film sites, The Staiths, The Sage Gateshead concert venue, the seven ...

    great day out , very well paced , the guide was very good and the trip was very educational in its own right her enthusiasm for Vera and the North East really shone through

  • Viking Coast and Alnwick Castle Small Group Day Tour

    6. Viking Coast and Alnwick Castle Small Group Day Tour

    Follow the sweeping coastline of the North Sea on a scenic drive towards the historic border town of Berwick-on-Tweed. Cross the ancient Scotland/England border into Northumberland and visit Lindisfarne, or Holy Island, a tidal island settled by Irish monks from Scotland circa AD 635. From here the Christian message spread throughout the north of England. In 793 a fierce Viking invasion heralded the beginning of the Viking Age. Take a short walk through an area of outstanding natural beauty to 16th century Lindisfarne Castle, and visit the Priory where the Lindisfarne Gospels were created and enjoy the spectacular views of Bamburgh Castle and the Farne Islands. You may also wish to buy some delicious souvenir Lindisfarne Mead from St Aidan’s Winery. Arrive back at Alnwick Castle at lunchtime after a short drive. This magical place (the 'Windsor of the North') is one of Europe’s finest ...

    Keith our guide for the day was great! He really made our experience a special one by being very knowledgable,thoughtful and engaging.

  • Newcastle: Historical Guided Walking Tour

    7. Newcastle: Historical Guided Walking Tour

    Discover the historical highlights of Newcastle on a walking tour. As you stroll, learn about the city’s Roman, Norman and mercantile history. Admire Grey’s Monument, Grey Street, the Castle Keep, and more. Hear about the Victorian entrepreneurs who made Newcastle an Industrial Revolution powerhouse, and discover churches, hidden stairways, and a medieval monastery. Take in the revamped Quayside, where cutting-edge venues overlook the River Tyne, and absorb the city’s vibrant atmosphere, rooted in the famously friendly natures of the "Geordie" locals.

    Alex is a fantastic tour guide. Due to the current circumstances I was the only customer which made the tour in Newcastle even more special to me. His knowledge together with this huge passion about the history of that city is an unbeatable combination. Listening to Alex made me think that Newcastle is one of the most interesting as well as important cities in terms of the past of England. He did patiently answer all of my questions and when I left I was totally fascinated by what I just learned. When you're looking for a tour guide who loves his job - Alex is the one you're looking for! His services are outstanding - so yes, I highly recommend booking a tour with Alex.

  • From Lake District: Roman Britain and Hadrian's Wall Tour

    8. From Lake District: Roman Britain and Hadrian's Wall Tour

    Hadrian’s Wall, the monumental defensive fortification built in 122 A. D. in order to safeguard the Roman Empire, is one of the most important historical sites in Britain. Led by an expert guide, discover an ancient land brimming with beauty, and learn about the history of Roman Britain in this full-day tour. Choose from a pickup point in Windermere, Bowness, or Ambleside and begin the drive through the heart of the lakes taking in the fabulous scenery whilst heading towards the Scottish borders.  Follow Hadrian’s Wall past Mile Castles and Towers finally reaching the Roman Army Museum. You will stop here for a spot of lunch and take a look around. Afterwards continue walking along the wall taking in the spectacular sites of Fell End, Sunny Rigg, Great Chester, and eventually Steel Rigg. Return to the Lakes via Alston, England’s highest market town. Stop for a and view the Cumbrian M...

    Excellent driver, so knowledgeable about the Lakes area as well as Hadrian’s Wall and the history associated with Britain’s Roman past.

  • Lake District 3-Day Small Group Tour from Edinburgh

    9. Lake District 3-Day Small Group Tour from Edinburgh

    Join this 3-day Lake District Explorer trip and discover how and why this gorgeous area has inspired England's greatest poets and writers. Visit the lakes and mountains of Cumbria, the standing stones of Castlerigg, and other sites of natural beauty. Detailed Itinerary Day 1 Depart Edinburgh at 8:45 AM and head south through the Scottish Borders area. Take in the gorgeous rolling expanses of the Galloway Hills and Southern Uplands as you travel to the first stop of the day, the Victorian spa town of Moffat. From Moffat you’ll continue south over the border into England and head to the historic Cumbrian market town of Penrith. Enjoy lunch and explore the imposing ruins of Penrith Castle. This uniquely colored castle played a key role in defending the border from invading Scots. After lunch you'll enter the Lake District National Park and travel along the northern shores of Ullswater. O...

    Friendly driver. Would like to have seen more Lakes and stopped more at Lakes instead of shops

  • Alnwick Castle & Scottish Borders Day Tour from Edinburgh

    10. Alnwick Castle & Scottish Borders Day Tour from Edinburgh

    Your full-day tour begins in Edinburgh and continues further south through the Scottish Borders, where you’ll stop at Melrose Abbey. This is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful ruins in Europe. The heart of Robert the Bruce is said to be buried at the Abbey, which is also the final resting place of a number of other Scottish Kings. From here it's on to England, where you'll have lots of time to explore the tour’s main attraction, Alnwick Castle. Alnwick is the 2nd-largest inhabited castle in England, having been lived in for over 700 years. It’s filled with fascinating things to see and mysteries to uncover. You may recognize it as a location from some of the Harry Potter films.

    Being huge Harry Potter fans, we were very anxious to see Alnwick castle and it did not disappoint. We spent the day touring the gardens and castle at Alnwick, the hauntingly beautiful Melrose Abbey, Bamburgh Castle, the Tweed River Bridge and a few other places. Our guide was Gary and we had a lot of fun listening to his many stories about Scotland & England, the monarchs, wars, the castles and the history of the area. We learned a lot and enjoyed his stories told with humour and passion for the country. Gary was great to answer our questions and willing to stop for photos along the way. We had a very full, interesting and fun day and were very glad we had signed up. Thanks for the great day Gary.

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4.6 / 5

based on 738 reviews

Enjoyed the trip, i went by myself for a day out on holiday. Andrew T was a great guide with a good mix of interesting commentary, music, but not talking too much so we could just enjoy the view. I went to the attractions (tickets are extra so you choose which to go to) though next time id probably just go to Alnwick Gardens if a nice day and skip the other two as whilst the stops were at least an hour for each it’s still a rush to see everything you want to.

Our tour guide was lovely. So informative and enthusiastic. You could tell this wasn’t just a job for him, he had genuine love and fascination for all aspects of the history he explored with us. He also dealt with a more challenging guest smoothly and respectfully.

Excellent tour! done by a lovely lady called Carol who made you feel very welcome and you could tell she loved the ground and team was part of my husband 69th birthday treat

I bought the tour guide as a present for my dad and husband they both thoroughly enjoyed it and said what a brilliant job the tour guide did brilliant all round

Having a look around the stadium was very good and well interesting if you’re into football it’s well worth having a look around