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Yorkshire in Winter

(Tour code: 17YHW)Enjoy the charms of Yorkshire on a splendid Winter tour

Enjoy the charms of Yorkshire on a splendid winter tour that takes you to historic York, Fountains Abbey, Ripon and aboard the magical Keighley & Worth Valley Railway.

Tour Highlights
  • Harrogate
  • Guided tour of York
  • Journey on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway
  • Visit to Fountains Abbey
What’s Included (Full details)
  • Standard Class Rail
    Heritage Rail Excursion
  • 3* Hotel Accommodation
    Selected Breakfasts
    Selected 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.

Day 1


Your discovery of Yorkshire begins in Harrogate, an attractive Georgian spa town with a 200-year old tradition of providing restorative treatments. Particularly popular amongst the wealthy and fashionable in the Victorian era, Harrogate still offers spa treatments today. Here you meet your Tour Manager at your hotel, the Cedar Court.

  • Dinner
Day 2


Take the train to nearby York today, and admire this beautiful city with its Roman and medieval influence in abundance. Discover more about this walled city and its centuries of history on a guided walking tour of the main sights. During the tour you see landmarks such as the magnificent Minster, which is one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in Northern Europe. With its wide nave and chapter house, the Minster features stunning stained-glass windows, and can be seen towering over the surrounding crooked medieval buildings from almost everywhere in the city, but is most impressive when observed up close. You also take in the quaint Shambles, one of the world's best preserved medieval streets. Lined with overhanging timber-framed buildings, some of which date back to the 14th century, the Shambles is one of the most famous cobbled streets in York.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Guided City Tour
Day 3


Today you spend time at Fountains Abbey, a fantastically preserved monastery south-west of Ripon that was built in 1132. Later you visit attractive Ripon with free time. Be sure to visit the majestic cathedral here.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Keighley & Worth Valley Railway
Day 4

Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

We travel by coach to Keighley, where we enjoy a nostalgic journey on the heritage Keighley & Worth Valley railway. The steam-hauled trip takes us up the Worth Valley to Oxenhope, passing the rugged hills, rustic stone cottages and wild farmland immortalised in the 1970 film 'The Railway Children', which was filmed here. The on-train tour guides tell us more about the history of the railway whilst we pass through the West Yorkshire countryside. We also have a chance to visit Vintage Carriage Museum in Ingrow and the goods shed in Oxenhope. We then continue to the picturesque village of Haworth, surrounded by beautiful moorland and the Pennine Hills.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Heritage Rail Journey
Day 5


After breakfast you are free to depart from Harrogate, or perhaps you'd like to explore a little further.

  • Breakfast
Optional Tour Extensions

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