0330 160 7700
9am - 6pm

Newmarket Holidays Homepage


0330 160 7700
9am - 6pm

Durham, Edinburgh & Classic Railway Journeys

Sit back and enjoy two fantastic rail journeys

Travel the newly re-opened Borders Railway on a stunning journey from Tweedbank to Edinburgh, and enjoy the spectacular scenery of the route from Durham to Berwick-upon-Tweed. You'll also have time to explore the beautiful cities of Durham, Edinburgh and York on this four-day break.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

  • A single rail journey on the scenic Durham to Berwick line
  • A single rail journey on the recently re-opened Borders Railway from Tweedbank to Edinburgh
  • Time to explore the historic cities of Durham and Edinburgh
  • A visit to York
  • Three nights' dinner, bed and English breakfast accommodation at the Holiday Inn, Washington (or similar)
  • Coach travel throughout
  • The services of a friendly tour manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement


Day One

Leaving the local area, this morning we'll head through the beautiful, rolling countryside of historic County Durham to our hotel, arriving in good time to relax before dinner.

Day Two

This morning we'll head to Durham. A medieval treasure trove, with its cathedral and castle, the city is a compact warren of winding cobbled streets, shops and cafes.

In the early afternoon we'll board the train for the hour-long journey to the historic border town of Berwick-upon-Tweed. Considered one of the finest coastal railway journeys in England, the line heads east after going through Newcastle and hugs the coast - taking in historic castles, dramatic sea views and some of the loveliest rural scenery in the UK.

You'll then have the chance to explore Berwick, a town encircled by its famous Elizabethan Walls, before we return to the hotel by coach.

Day Three

After breakfast, today we'll cross the border and make for Tweedbank. Here we'll embark on our second hour-long train journey, this time to Edinburgh's Waverley station. The line, which was closed in 1969 and reopened in September 2015, follows a wonderfully scenic route, and once in Edinburgh you will have time to explore the city.

From the Royal Mile to Princes Street, and the Castle to West Bow, Edinburgh's major attractions are within easy reach of each other, and there's plenty to do before we head back to the hotel by coach in the afternoon.

Day Four

Today we'll head home, stopping en route to enjoy the famous sights and fabulous shopping of York. We should be back in the local area by mid to late evening.
Departure county Pick-up points
East Sussex
East Sussex Brighton, Hastings, Newhaven
London Streatham
Surrey Camberley, Croydon, Guildford, Redhill, Staines, Sutton, Woking

Holiday Inn, Washington (or similar) ★★★

You will be staying in the three-star Holiday Inn, Washington. All rooms in this modern hotel have private facilities, colour TV, telephones and tea-and coffee-making facilities, and the hotel has good bar and restaurant facilities.

Further Information

Changes to your itinerary

It may be necessary to swap Days Two and Three around, and also to swap the direction of rail travel.

Rail reservations

The Borders Railway is a reservation-free rail service, and so your seats will not be pre-booked.

Coach seating arrangements

Your seats on the main coach will be allocated for you in advance, taking into consideration any special requests wherever possible. Your Tour Manager or driver will advise you where to sit as you board the coach. This will be your seat for the duration of the tour. (Seats are not allocated on any connecting services to and from the main coach.)

Joining your holiday

Your final travel documents, including the exact time and place of departure, will be sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure, providing all payments have been made. We are unable to give exact departure times before this.

Meal arrangements

Where meals are not included, your Tour Manager will ensure there are suitable stops made for you to purchase and enjoy lunch and/or dinner each day.

Triple rooms

The majority of these consist of a double bed and an extra bed that is often only suitable for children. If this is a concern, you may wish to consider booking more than one room for your group.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Durham, Edinburgh Classic Railway Journeys reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Durham, Edinburgh Classic Railway JourneysScores 7.6 out of 10 based on 56 reviews
(9 out of 10)


Coulsdon Couple
None stop! Excellent value for money. Good hotel and good food.
Confirmed traveller: 24 October 2016
Published on: 02 November 2016
(10 out of 10)


newhaven east sussex Couple
very good break hotel brillant tour manager very good may be dont travel all the way on M1 hemelhemsted to luton on way home lost a lot of time up to an hour made stops for last and second to last to short
Confirmed traveller: 24 October 2016
Published on: 01 November 2016
(10 out of 10)


London Couple
Well organised and hotel food and accommodation excellent. Many thanks.`
Confirmed traveller: 24 October 2016
Published on: 01 November 2016
(9 out of 10)


Crowthorne Family
Short of legroom on the coach but apart from that - wonderful.
Confirmed traveller: 24 October 2016
Published on: 01 November 2016
(7 out of 10)


S Croydon Friends
The first train was disappointing, an ordinary commuter train which was crowded and not much scenery after the first bit of coastline. Also we were too far away from places so long coach journeys
Confirmed traveller: 24 October 2016
Published on: 01 November 2016
(9 out of 10)


Farnborough Single traveller
The hotel was a bit different to usual staying in the converted stables. Very comfortable rooms with everything you could need lovely food. Very enjoyable days to Durham Edinburgh and York.
Confirmed traveller: 17 October 2016
Published on: 06 November 2016
(8 out of 10)


London Couple
Too many unscheduled stops and 'shopping opportunities', not enough time in the two destinations the trip was billed as: Durham & Edinburgh. We had already been to Bamburgh and would not have booked another trip to it. It would have been more conducive if after Durham we had moved to another hotel closer to Berwick/Edinburgh, which would have cut out the 'need' to stop at Bamburgh - and would have given us more time in Berwick & Edinburgh. It might also have been in a more interesting area than the hotel in Washington, where there is nothing but the motorway.
One railway journey was cancelled due to engineering work (refund given) and the second journey was an absolute waste of time & money, as we were crammed into an already crowded carriage and did therefore not see anything. We would have preferred - and would have seen more - if we had travelled by coach.
In Edinburgh, we were disappointed that we had no opportunity to see the castle. Given the travelling group consisted predominantly of older people, I would have expected that arrangements would have been made for the coach to take people up to the castle, as there was neither the time nor the means for us to get there on our own.
Although we knew that we would stop in York on the return journey - which through travelling with Newmarket was our third time - the time spent there was longer than in the two main destinations, what with the guided tour arranged by the tour guide.
While we were happy with our allocated seats, we found it was a bit too much driving and too many stops because of it. All in all, in view of the above, we feel that this time the trip was not as good value for money as previous trips.
Confirmed traveller: 17 October 2016
Published on: 05 November 2016