Destinations: North East England
The Solitude of the North
From the earliest days of Christianity in this country, the remote and wild north-east landscape has attracted hermits and monastic communities to this area. Set amongst the wooded hills of North Yorkshire, with the River Rye curving around it, the substantial remains of Rievaulx Abbey are amazing. Fountains Abbey is flanked by two vast expanses of lawn with awe inspiring cliff faces to either side and the river Skell running through the valley and under the Abbey. In 635AD St. Aidan came from Iona and chose to found his monastery at
Both Leeds and Newcastle have a great reputation for style with some great shopping and nightlife. Leeds is a shopaholic’s dream – from the elegant Corn Exchange, to the superb Victoria Quarter, and the lively Kirkgate Market, whilst Newcastle caters for every taste offering visitors wonderful food, the opportunity to relax in pavement cafes, traditional pubs and some of the best clubbing around. Both cities offer live music and theatre with galleries and museums abound.
Historic Cities & Spa Towns
York resonates with history with every step you take, first with the Romans, followed by the Vikings, with the architectural gem that is the minster at its heart.
Durham’s importance as capital of the ancient Kingdom of Northumbria has been reflected in its cathedral and castle being declared a world heritage site.
Now home to the most famous English tea rooms in the country, many years ago the discovery of spring waters turned a small village into the bustling spa town that Harrogate is today.