Welcome to Northumberland. We are pleased you have taken the time to visit this part of our website. Here you will find ideas and inspiration to make planning your group visit easy and straightforward.
We know that as a group travel organiser or a tour operator you have a lot of options available to you from a lot of destinations all of whom are trying to tempt you to take your valued business here, there and everywhere. So in these pages we want to give you every opportunity to see just why Northumberland is quite simply one of the key destinations in England for the travel trade. And we want to convince you that by planning your group tours to Northumberland you will be rewarded with very happy clients who cannot wait to tell you how good their Northumberland holiday or excursion was.
Take our beautiful scenery, for instance. Northumberland is a deeply rural county and from the uplands of the North Pennine Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to the Northumberland National Park and the awesome beauty of our long, lovely coastline, those all-important views from the coach windows are guaranteed.
Visits to outstanding, award-winning visitor attractions can be woven together to provide compelling itineraries. And our history and heritage art and cultural interests and our natural world are second to none.
You can book group visits to castles and stately homes which are not only important to the nation’s history but are also still very much family homes where “living history” takes on a whole new meaning. We have coach accessible routes through landscape which is ranked amongst the most special in Britain and, in some cases, some of the most special in Europe. Your clients can discover gardens to dream in and an industrial heritage to marvel at. They can photograph Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site whilst enjoying a cup of tea just a stone’s throw from archaeology which is over 2,000 years old. And they can be inspired by the stories of the ever-fascinating early Christian saints who helped shape the destiny of 7th century Northumbria in places as beautiful as the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, Bamburgh and Hexham.
Bustling and friendly market towns including Berwick upon Tweed, Morpeth, Alnwick, Rothbury and Hexham provide interesting and independent shopping opportunities and your clients will love the individuality of local Northumbrian crafts. And happily, although we are a big county in terms of area size, Northumberland enjoys excellent communications with major road routes providing quick and easy access from all parts of Great Britain.
And if you have brought your tours to Northumberland before, then please take another look at us. This is a county which never rests on its laurels and always looks to the future to offer you and your clients even bigger and better choice. How about a tour of a garden delivered by the garden owner? That’s bound to add a touch of class to any tour. Or why not pre-book a Northumbrian food themed lunch and treat your clients to a real taste of Northumberland.
Whatever your area of expertise, we have something to match and exceed your expectations. So if you are a tour operator or group travel organiser there is plenty in Northumberland to satisfy your multi-day tours. For the conference organiser Northumberland has really special venues who will work with you to achieve the very best for your delegates. Cruise ground handlers are increasingly finding that shore excursions to Northumberland attractions are rated amongst the best by discerning cruise passengers. Youth and School groups can rest assured that attractions will help you deliver learning opportunities in a fun and safe environment.
We really do feel that Northumberland has all the ingredients you will need in order to create successful and popular tour packages. But don’t just take our word for it. Let’s hear about Northumberland’s special qualities from North East England Blue Badge Guide, Jan Williams.“As a North East England Blue Badge guide I can confidently say that Northumberland offers a stunning mix of ingredients which, when woven together, make an outstanding group travel experience. Northumbrian hotels will look after your clients warmly and attentively. The visitor attractions are full of promise and interest. And all of us operating in Northumberland’s group travel trade market work to the highest customer care values. We would love to welcome your clients here and we will try our best to inspire you with ideas all year round. See you soon?” Jan W - firstname.lastname@example.org