• Uncover the world of St Cuthbert and St Bede as we investigate the history of Northumbria after the Romans left and before the Normans arrived
• Highlights include Escomb Saxon church, the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, and the twin monastery of Monkwearmouth-Jarrow, once home to Bede and itself a UNESCO World Heritage site
• Spend an afternoon at Durham Cathedral and enjoy its major exhibition,Open Treasure
Imogen Corrigan is a medieval historian
Tour assembles 1700 at the Durham Marriott Hotel Royal County for four nights. Evening lecture: The Age of Bede.
Morning lecture: Viking Art & Myth followed by St Paul’s Church, Jarrow; St Peter’s Church, Monkwearmouth; and St Mary Magdalene, Hart. Evening lecture: The Lindisfarne Gospels.
Via All Saints’ Church, Rothbury (font stands on part of a 9th century Market Cross) to Lindisfarne: St Mary’s Church (reputed site of original monastery), Priory (home of St Cuthbert) and museum (Viking Raiders’ Stone).
Morning visit to Escomb church (dating from c 675). Return to Durham for afternoon at the cathedral (including Open Treasure galleries).
Chester-le-Street (St Cuthbert’s Church and Anker’s House Museum) followed by Hexham Abbey (7th century crypt). Tour disperses 1600 at Durham Station (and 1515 at Newcastle Station if required), followed by the hotel.
7 Sep — 11 Sep 2020
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While this tour is not particularly strenuous, some visits will involve walking over rugged or uneven ground, and church interiors may be dimly lit. Participants should have a good overall level of fitness.
Cost of £975 includes: accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £110.