Top days out for groups

Group days out in the North

From stately halls to Roman walls, here are our top tips for group days out in the north of England.

Belsay Hall

BELSAY HALL, CASTLE AND GARDENS

Belsay is a must-see for any group touring the North East. Just a stone's throw from Newcastle, there's something for everyone - a medieval castle, a Jacobean mansion and 20 acres of magical Grade I gardens.

  • Coach parking - must be pre-booked 
  • Catering - Tearoom, booking essential
  • Shop
  • Guided Tours - call property for details
  • Advance booking required
  • Average length of visit: 3 hours
  • Nearby attractions - Hadrian's WallPrudhoe CastleAydon Castle, Alnwick Castle and Gardens, Morpeth, Newcastle
Brodsworth House

BRODSWORTH HALL AND GARDENS

At Brodsworth your group can trace the remarkable story of the rise and fall of a wealthy Victorian family. Explore the atmospheric furnished rooms of the house, wander the gardens and pleasure grounds, and take tea in the tearoom.

  • Coach parking 
  • Catering - Tearoom, buffet can be served for up to 40 in a private room - call property for details
  • Shop
  • Free guided tours at 10.30am and 11.30am, 20 people max - call property for details
  • Advance booking required 
  • Average length of visit: 3 hours
  • Nearby attractions - Bolsover Castle, Conisbrough Castle, Peveril Castle, Roche Abbey
Hadrian's Wall

HADRIAN’S WALL

The World Heritage Site of Hadrian's Wall is a fantastic attraction in the North of England, and there are four sites that offer a great visitor experience for groups.

Birdoswald is ideal for 'one-off' sample visits to the Wall, and easy to reach for groups en route to Scotland. Chesters Roman Fort offers a free introductory talk for pre-booked groups. At Housesteads a fascinating multimedia exhibition brings the fort back to life, and at Corbridge Roman Town your group can visit an exhibition stuffed full of treasures excavated from the site.

  • Coach parking available at all four sites
  • Catering - Tearoom at Birdoswald and Chesters
  • Shop available at all four sites 
  • Free introductory talk available at Chesters - call property for details 
  • Advance booking required at Chesters 
  • Average length of visit: 1 hour at Birdoswald, 1½ hours at Chesters, 1 ¼ hours at Corbridge and 2-2 ½ hours at Housteads
  • Nearby attractions - Belsay Hall, Carlisle Castle, Lanercost Priory, Hexham, Newcastle
A visitor at Whitby Abbey

WHITBY ABBEY

Take your group to the famous Whitby Abbey, where they can explore the brooding ruins, discover centuries of history in the interactive exhibition and enjoy the views over the town and out to sea.

  • Coach parking and drop-off - call property for details 
  • Shop
  • Free highlight tour - call property for details
  • Audio Guide
  • Mead Tasting - call property for details
  • Advance booking required
  • Average length of visit: 2 hours
  • Nearby attractions - Scarborough Castle, Captain Cook Memorial Museum.
Rievaulx Abbey

Rievaulx Abbey

Rievaulx Abbey's recent renovations mean your group can explore the most extensive monastic remains in britain in greater depth and in greater comfort. They can gain remarkable insights into the lives of those who lived and worked at the abbey through a wealth of objects on display in the musuem. 

  • Coach drop-off - call property for details 
  • Catering - Café 
  • Shop
  • Guided Tours - call property for details
  • Audio Guide
  • Mead Tasting - call property for details
  • Advance booking required
  • Average length of visit: 1½ hours
  • Nearby attractions - Byland Abbey, Helmsley Castle, Duncombe Park, Helmsley Walled Garden, Rievualx Terraces 

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