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Kingdom of God: The Northern Monasteries

Pick-up: Skipton railway station (frequent service to Leeds and Carlisle and some direct services to London)

Drop-off: Berwick-upon-Tweed railway station (East Coast Main Line with direct trains to London and frequent services to Edinburgh) or another location to be arranged with individual clients

Accommodation: hotels in the Yorkshire Dales, North Yorkshire Moors, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Northumberland

The landscape of northern England is partly defined by the remains of the great monasteries that until the reign of Henry VIII played a dominant social, economic and cultural role. There were two golden ages of English monasticism; the first under the Anglo-Saxons, featuring men such as the Venerable Bede, and the second, in the wake of the Norman Conquest, which witnessed the establishment of the great Benedictine northern monasteries. This tour looks at both golden ages.

Your tour begins in the Yorkshire Dales with a visit to the magnificent Benedictine Fountains Abbey before moving on to the North Yorkshire Moors to look at the idyllically-set Rievaulx Abbey. The focus then switches to the first golden age of English monasticism with a journey to Bede's monastery at Jarrow - a fantastic site with some great experimental archaeology. After a night in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, the tour concludes with a visit to the iconic island monastery of Lindisfarne. With the sudden, but hopefully temporary closure of Bede's World, this tour will divert to Hexham until the Jarrow site is again fully operational.

This tour takes you from the beauty of the Yorkshire Dales to the rugged wilderness of the Scottish Borders and allows you to appreciate how these areas of the North were not just centres of English religious and economic life, but also how they became focal points for the entire Christian world.
The spectacular remains of Fountains Abbey, North Yorkshire
The Green Man - a reminder to the denizens of the Fountains area that paganism was to remain outside the Church
Rievaulx Abbey - a once vibrant spiritual and industrial community cradled deep in the North Yorkshire Moors