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A Flavour of Yorkshire at Christmas

(Tour code: 17YHX)The festive spirit of beautiful Yorkshire

From our base in the spa town of Harrogate, enjoy the festive spirit of beautiful Yorkshire. Our holiday takes us to famous monuments, vintage railways and the magnificent city of York.

Tour Highlights
  • Harrogate
  • Journey on the Wensleydale Railway
  • Guided tour of Ripley Castle
  • Traditional Christmas Dinner in Harrogate
  • Journey on the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway
  • Guided tour of Bolton Priory
  • Guided tour of York
What’s Included (Full details)
  • Heritage Rail Excursions
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Evening Meals
    Lunch On Christmas Day
  • 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.

Day 1

Arrive at Harrogate

Your tour begins in Harrogate at the 4* Holiday Inn Hotel where you will be met by your Tour Manager. After checking in you enjoy a glass of mulled wine before dinner.

  • Dinner
  • Free Day
Wensleydale Railway
Day 2

Wensleydale Railway & Ripley Castle

On Christmas Eve, travel by coach to Leeming Bar and join the heritage Wensleydale Railway. Travelling in restored carriages, pass through the beautiful scenery of the Yorkshire Dales whilst you enjoy mulled wine and a mince pie. You then transfer to Ripley with time for lunch, afterwards enjoy a guided tour of Ripley Castle, which has been the seat of the Ingilby family for over 700 years.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Heritage Rail Journey
  • Wensleydale Railway
  • Ripley Castle Tour
Day 3

Christmas Day in Harrogate

Christmas Day is free for you to relax and enjoy the festivities. Following a leisurely morning, a traditional Christmas Dinner is served in the hotel with all the trimmings. After time to recover, this evening you can indulge in a buffet dinner.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Free Day
Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway
Day 4

Bolton Abbey by heritage railway

Travel by coach to the scenic town of Embsay on Boxing Day, for a journey on the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway. The heritage train will take you through four miles of picture postcard Yorkshire Dales scenery as you head towards Bolton Abbey. Here enjoy a visit to Bolton Priory with a guided tour. This evening return to Harrogate for dinner.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Excursion
  • Heritage Rail Journey
  • Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway
  • Guided Tour Of Bolton Priory
Day 5


Today's excursion takes you to nearby York, a beautiful city with Roman and medieval architecture in abundance. Explore on a guided walking tour of the main sights, including the enormous Gothic Minister and the quaint Shambles. Following the tour you are free to sightsee at your own pace.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Free Day
  • Excursions
  • Guided tour of York
Betty's, Harrogate
Day 6

Homeward bound

After breakfast your Tour Manager bids you goodbye and you are free to leave Harrogate at your leisure.

  • Breakfast
  • Free Day

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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