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A Flavour of Yorkshire at Christmas


Discover the festive spirit of Yorkshire

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2023 Tour code: 24YHX

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.


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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 and an abundance of beautiful gardens, elegant boutiques and quaint cafés - as well as some exquisitely restored baths and chic spas. You have some free time to settle in.

  • Dinner
Day 2 - York

Today's excursion takes you to York, where you enjoy 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. You also visit the Shambles, one of the world's best-preserved medieval streets. Take in the quaint cobblestones and overhanging timber-framed buildings - some of which date back to the 14th century. Following your tour, there's free time to look around the Christmas market, enjoy a drink in one of the city's hundreds of pubs or make a visit to the National Railway Museum.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Harrogate

It's Christmas Eve, so why not treat yourself? Make the short walk to the famous Bettys Tea Rooms, a Harrogate institution since 1919 and a must-try for visitors to the town. Settle into the elegant and historic surroundings for a delectable cream tea of delicious scones and excellent local teas. After lunch at the hotel, we have a guided tour of Harrogate.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - Christmas Day in Harrogate

Waking up on Christmas Day, you're free to enjoy the festivities. After a relaxed morning, sit down to a traditional four-course Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. With a free afternoon, you could take a stroll around the 17 acres of the English Heritage Grade II Listed Valley Gardens, where you can discover historic buildings and sculptures, including the Sun Pavilion and the Cherub Fountain. Or sit down to watch the traditional King's speech with a slice of Christmas cake and a mug of coffee. In the evening, a buffet dinner is served, after which you can join in with a fun quiz and bingo.

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

Boxing Day includes a journey on the scenic Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, with a return trip to Oxenhope. The line passes through five miles of wild countryside immortalised by the Brontës, introducing you to some of England's most beautiful scenery. It's also famous for its starring role in the 1970 movie. 'The Railway Children'. Later, a coach takes you 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 the 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.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - Home

Your festive holiday comes to an end and, after breakfast, you're free to leave Harrogate in your own time.

  • Breakfast

Additional information

Please note

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

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

Cedar Court Hotel, Harrogate

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Keighley & Worth Valley Railway
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A Flavour of Yorkshire at Christmas

Discover the festive spirit of Yorkshire


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