Poison and puffins in Northumbria

Bambrugh Castle, credit Michael Hanselmann

‘What an amazing five days my group of 39 have recently had in Northumbria,’ writes Jean McGarry from Group Gardens Holidays in Oxfordshire. She continues,

‘This is an area of outstanding beauty and one I would definitely be making a return visit to. Everything about this visit was absolutely brilliant and would certainly be in my top five.

The hotel, the Best Western Derwent Manor, in Allensford, was outstanding as was the friendly staff. The excursions organised by myself included The Angel of the North, Lindisfarne, Bamburgh Castle and Alnwick Castle & Garden.

At the Poison Garden, Alnwick

The Billy Shiel’ boat trip to the Inner Farne island was fabulous and we were able to see puffins close up, plus a variety of other sea birds, seals and dolphins who swam very near to boat on the return journey – they were just magical, the icing on the cake!

We stopped at Sheffield Botanical Gardens on route home and we were lucky with near perfect weather!

The hotel and coach travel were booked through Mott’s/Crusader of Aylesbury, whom I use on a regular basis, and big thanks to our award winning tour driver of six years, Brian Davis, whose knowledge of the areas we visit is impeccable.’