Durham, Beamish & the Great North Steam Fair

Durham, Beamish & the Great North Steam Fair

See an array of steam and motor transport - from locomotives and traction engines to cars and motorbikes at the Great North Steam Fair


See an array of steam and motor transport - from locomotives and traction engines to cars and motorbikes at the Great North Steam Fair


Explore the timeless quality of this quintessential old English University City with its winding cobbled streets and a prominent peninsula. Take some time out with a relaxing riverside walk or river cruise, or soak up the atmosphere with superb cafés, artisan workshops, boutiques, galleries and museums.


Beamish & Great North Steam Fair

This fantastic four-day event, held at the world famous open air museum at Beamish is set to feature a whole host of road vehicles, engines and trains from the period up to 1918 in spectacular action around the museum. The extraordinary line-up of around 120 exhibits includes steam locomotives, around 26 road steam vehicles and up to 80 motor vehicles, such as motorcycles, cars and lorries and a fire engine or two! There will be a real sense of the roads and railways of the Home Front during the Great War, including a fine selection of military vehicles.


National Railway Museum - Shildon

Locomotion was the first national museum to be built in the North East and opened in 2004. Sited at Shildon, the home of the first ever steam hauled passenger train which operated during the opening ceremony of the Stockton and Darlington Railway in 1825. Visitors to the museum can see Timothy Hackworth's pioneering locomotive "Sans Pareil", built in 1829 to compete in the Rainhill Trials. This family friendly attraction is now home to over 70 vehicles from the National Collection. A variety of special events throughout the year.

Day 1

A morning departure from Cumbria as we travel east to Richmond, time for coffee before continuing on to the world Heritage site of Durham City, where we have the afternoon at leisure to explore - visit the beautiful Cathedral, explore the compact historic centre with its cobbled streets or wander along the river Wear. Dinner and overnight at the Radisson Blu Hotel Durham.


Day 2

Following breakfast in the hotel we head to Beamish, here along with all the attractions of the open air museum, more than 140 visiting vehicles will converge on Beamish Museum for the incredibly popular four-day Great North Steam Fair. See an amazing array of pre-1930 steam and motor transport - from locomotives, traction engines and steam rollers to fire engines, cars and motorbikes, many in action across the museum. Dinner on our return to Durham.

B, D

Day 3

After breakfast in the hotel we travel to Shildon and a visit to Locomotion, the National Railway Museum, a fascinating insight into the history of rail travel in the north east and a collection of over 70 vehicles. We enjoy a guided tour of the site. We depart mid afternoon for the return journey to Cumbria.


B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

Radisson Blu Hotel Durham


Overlooking the River Wear right in the city centre, the Radisson Blu Hotel in Durham is the perfect place to unwind. Durham, in the northeast of the country, is a quintessential English city peppered with historical and cultural charms. Shop, dine and explore before taking a short walk back to your room to relax.


Each of the 207 bedrooms and suites offer contemporary design and stylish décor. Enjoy a quality night's sleep in a calm and relaxing environment with comfortable bedding.


All rooms come with flatscreen TVs, tea & coffee making facilities and high-end toiletries.







Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
High Hesket Palmerstons Furniture Store
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Bus Stop Tangier Street Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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