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A Flavour of Yorkshire at Christmas

2.7 stars(6 reviews)

Discover the festive spirit of Yorkshire

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6 days From £749 per person

2022 Tour code: 23YHX

About the tour

From your base in the elegant spa town of Harrogate, soak up the festive spirit of beautiful Yorkshire. This holiday takes you to famous monuments, aboard vintage railways and includes time to explore the magnificent city of York at the most wonderful time of the year.


What’s included


Day 1 - Harrogate

Meet your Tour Manager at your hotel in Harrogate. This traditional English town became fashionable with the affluent classes as a spa resort during the Georgian and Victorian eras, thanks to its natural, mineral-rich spring waters. Today, it's a welcoming destination with a rich cultural and historical heritage, with an abundance of beautiful gardens, elegant boutiques and quaint cafés, as well as some exquisitely restored baths and chic spas.

You have some time to settle in, and enjoy a glass of tasty mulled wine before dinner.

  • Dinner
Day 2 - York

Today's excursion takes you to York, where you embark on a fascinating guided walking tour. York is a magnificent medieval city which offers history and beauty in abundance. Enclosed by the most complete medieval walls in England, York's ancient streets nearly all lead to the centrepiece of the city: York Minster, the largest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe, which you see on your tour.

You also visit the Shambles, one of the world's best-preserved medieval streets. Walking down the Shambles is a remarkable experience, as you take in the quaint cobblestones and overhanging timber-framed buildings - some of which date back to the 14th century.

Following the tour, you have free time. With its medieval charms and old-world atmosphere, York is an idyllic city in which to enjoy the festive atmosphere.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - The Wensleydale Railway

It's Christmas Eve today, and you begin by taking a short walk to the famous Bettys Tea Rooms, a Harrogate institution since its establishment in 1919 and a must-try for visitors to the town. You settle down in the elegant, historic surroundings and are treated to a delectable cream tea, enjoying delicious scones and some excellent local teas.

This afternoon, you travel to Leeming Bar to join the heritage Wensleydale Railway, which dates back as far as 1848 and takes you on a nostalgic journey through miles of Yorkshire's finest countryside. You enjoy a festive 'Santa Special' trip, indulging in a mince pie as you travel through the striking wintry scenery.

This evening, back at your hotel, there's a prosecco reception and festive carols around the Christmas tree.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - Christmas Day in Harrogate

Today is Christmas Day, and you're free to enjoy the festivities. After a relaxed morning, you sit down to a traditional 5-course Christmas Dinner with all the trimmings at your hotel.

Your afternoon is free; you could take a stroll around the seventeen acres of the English Heritage Grade II Listed Valley Gardens, where amongst the manicured gardens you'll discover historic buildings and sculptures including the Sun Pavilion and the Cherub Fountain.

This evening, a buffet dinner is served, followed by a fun quiz and bingo.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 – The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

It's Boxing Day, and you spend the day discovering more of the stunning scenery of Yorkshire. First, you join the scenic Keighley & Worth Valley Railway for a return trip to Oxenhope. The line originally opened in 1867. After its closure in 1961, it reopened as a heritage railway in 1968 with the help of a preservation group. The line passes through five miles of wild countryside immortalised by the Brontës, taking in some of England's most beautiful scenery. It's also famous for its role in the 1970 movie "The Railway Children."

Later, take the coach to Bolton Priory, an atmospheric church and ruins of a 12th-century Augustinian Monastery that sits on the banks of the Strid River. Established in 1154, this magnificent Gothic building remained in service until King Henry VIII's dissolution of monasteries in 1539. Today, visitors can enjoy miles of walking trails and striking views of the ruins. You have some free time here before returning to Harrogate for dinner this evening.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - Homeward bound

Your holiday comes to an end today, and after breakfast, you're free to leave Harrogate.

  • Breakfast

Additional information

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.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.


Cedar Court Hotel, Harrogate

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Keighley & Worth Valley Railway
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2.7 stars2.7 / 5 · 6 reviews

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Myrtle Stroud

2 stars

Submitted 14/Jan

Very disappointing COVID can’t keep being blamed for everything.

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Ian Simons

3 stars

Submitted 9/Jan

Insufficient Covid measures inplace

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Penny Hazeldine

2 stars

Submitted 4/Jan

Very disappointing, food very poor, didn’t comply with description. Wensleydale train, dirty, boring and disappointing. Christmas lunch worst ever. This is my 4th holiday with you not up to your usual standard.

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Mrs K Fitzpatrick

3 stars

Submitted 14 Jan 2018

The holiday was not as successful as we hoped. The first train journey was by diesel rather than steam which was disappointing, although the station staff tried their best to make up for it. The trip to an abbey was a near disaster as the appointed guides were not there to give us a tour. Fortunately our courier found 2 guides who just happened to be there to give us a talk. The trip to York would have been better with a shorter tour say one hour rather than 2 hours. After 1 hour everyone decided to do their own thing. Admittedly it was very cold, but two hours walking around is too much for most older people. The hotel tried their best but I found the food a bit lacking in choice and the Christmas dinner was very dull sitting at canteen style tables with no tablecloths. Could do better. We had upgraded to a Club room but this was also not up to standard with a smelly bathroom, although we were offered the option of changing rooms. We did not take it up as the upheaval was too much for us and the other rooms may not have been any better.

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Mrs V Allen

4 stars

Submitted 13 Jan 2018

Hotel food & staff service excellent

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Mrs J Waller

2 stars

Submitted 13 Jan 2018

The Crowne Plaza Hotel was a 4 star hotel with 2 star service, and no star food. For a Christmas break there was no atmosphere, not even any seasonal background music. The food was awful, no imagination, bland and gave the appearance of not even being prepared on site. Add to that the itinerary was not correct, with the trip to Bolton Abbey being just a half day trip. Holiday was only saved by the excellent tour manager.

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A Flavour of Yorkshire at Christmas

Discover the festive spirit of Yorkshire


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