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The Festive Markets of Yorkshire

(Tour code: 17YHM)Harrogate, York and the North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Soak up the festive atmosphere in 'God's own county' on this superb pre-Christmas break. In addition to the Christmas Markets in historic York, you will enjoy a vintage steam journey and a festive rural village festival.

Tour Highlights
  • Harrogate
  • York including a guided tour
  • York's Christmas Markets
  • Grassington and the Dickensian Festival
  • North Yorkshire Moors Railway
  • Helmsley
What’s Included (Full details)
  • Heritage Rail Excursions
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Evening Meals
  • Optional Bag Concierge

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

On many of our UK & Ireland tours, you may check in at the first hotel on your itinerary anytime after 14:00; your Tour Manager will be available between 16:00 and 18:00. However, if you are arriving later, you can meet your Tour Manager before dinner from 19:00.

Betty's, Harrogate
Day 1

Arrive in Harrogate

Your tour starts today when you meet your Tour Manager at the Kimberley Hotel or the Holiday Inn in Harrogate, dependent on your departure date. Both hotels are of a comparable standard. After settling in, perhaps take a stroll through this pretty spa town, known for its attractive boutiques, ahead of dinner this evening.

  • Dinner
Grassington Festival
Day 2

Grassington Festival

Enjoy an excursion to picture-postcard Grassington today. At this time of year, this scenic rural setting in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales forms the backdrop to the annual Dickensian Festival. The attractively decorated market square becomes a traditional market place for shopkeepers and villagers - dressed in Victorian costume - to display their fare. You have time to wander, absorb the festive atmosphere and shop for gifts, before you make the return journey to Harrogate.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Excursion
North Yorkshire Moors Railway
Day 3

North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Today's excursion takes you on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Travel by coach to Pickering, where you will enjoy a short but charming steam-hauled* journey through the wooded slopes and rolling fields of the North York Moors National Park to Levisham. On your return to Pickering, indulge in a festive mince pie and a warm drink. Later, continue by coach to the pretty market town of Helmsley, which is overlooked by the ruins of its brooding castle.
Here you have time to explore the attractive stone buildings in the market square.

*Journeys are steam-hauled wherever possible.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Excursions
  • Heritage Rail Journey
York Christmas Markets
Day 4

York Christmas Markets

Today, take the train to the beautiful walled city of York. Steeped in centuries of history, discover more about the famous city on a fascinating guided walking tour of the main sights, including the magnificent Minster, the second largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe, and the quaint Shambles, the city's oldest street and the former site of the butcher's market. Following the tour, you are free to browse York's pretty Christmas Market. Held in Parliament Square, the stalls offer an enticing selection of gift ideas and decorations, as well as a number of tasty treats.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Excursion
  • North Yorkshire Moors Railway
Day 5

Homeward Bound

After breakfast the tour concludes and you are free to depart Harrogate at your leisure, perhaps take the opportunity to explore the town before you go, making the most of your festive stay in Harrogate.

  • Breakfast

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.


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