Take the 08.50 from Whitby and change at Middlesborough onto the 10.22 to Darlington arriving 10.52. Darlington is where railways all began. Check out this excellent example of a North Eastern Railway mainline station. Depart Darlington 11.00 and it won’t be long before you are treated to spectacular views, on the right hand side, of Durham and it’s magnificent cathedral. Arrive Newcastle 11.29
Two things you must do at Newcastle station. Have a look at the Centurian Bar which was built in 1893 as a sumptuous tiled First Class waiting room. Cross the road at the front of the station to admire the sheer size and architecture of the building.
During your four and threequarter hour stay in Newcasle there are numerous places to visit and sights to see, including restaurants and pubs to suit all tastes. A walk along the Quayside will enable you to view all the Tyne bridges, and is the departure point for river trips.
For those of you who enjoy shopping Newcastle features an impressive list of over 150 High Street names and specialist shops. Don’t forget to visit the Grade 1 listed covered Grainger Market, which features an original Marks and Spencer Penny Bazaar. Central Arcade is another must see. It is an elegant tiled Edwardian shopping arcade built in 1906.
Your homeward journey departs Newcastle at 16.15 arriving Darlington 16.46. Join the 16.53 to Middlesborough arriving 17.19 and change onto the 17.40 to Whitby arriving at 19.07.
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