Discover the natural beauty of Northern England
Discover glorious Yorkshire, from the edge of the rugged Dales to its spectacular coastline, via the majestic North York Moors. Enjoy ancient York, delightful Brontë country and scenic railway journeys.
Your discovery of Yorkshire begins in York. Here you meet your Tour Manager at your hotel. You are free to begin your explorations of the City before this evening's dinner in the hotel.
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.
Following the tour you are free to continue exploring at your own pace. Perhaps visit the National Railway Museum. With over 100 locomotives on display, the National Railway Museum is the largest of its kind in the world, and offers a fascinating insight into the history of train travel. Highlights include a replica of George Stephenson's Rocket, a 1960s Japanese Shinkansen bullet train, and Queen Victoria's own saloon railway carriage, dating back to 1869. York also has two wonderful interactive history sites: for its Viking heritage, visit the Jorvik Centre, or for the bloodier side of the city's history, take a trip to the York Dungeon. Both exhibits bring the sounds and smells of York's history to life, whilst actors portray the real-life struggles of Viking women, 9th-century coin makers, and even Dick Turpin, who met his fate in York. For a more relaxing afternoon, take a stroll around the city walls, or enjoy a drink in one of the many pubs York is famous for - some of which have been around since the 16th century
Join the North Yorkshire Moors Railway in Pickering for today's excursion to Whitby, one of Yorkshire's most popular seaside resorts. The enthralling journey by steam* crosses the breathtaking landscape of the North York Moors National Park. Travelling in heritage carriages, you pass through Goathland, better known as 'Aidensfield' in TV's Heartbeat. The journey continues through hidden valleys and open heather moorland as the train makes its way to the charming fishing port of Whitby. Crowned by its brooding Abbey, the town is famous as the setting of Bram Stoker's Dracula, which incorporated local folklore to heighten the spooky tale. Known for its beautiful Whitby jet jewellery, this seaside resort boasts dozens of jewellery shops selling authentic jet accessories. Home to some of the UK's finest fish and chip restaurants, Whitby is a town divided by its harbour and the River Esk Estuary. The older part of the town, located on the East bank, is a maze of narrow medieval streets with a rich historic identity just waiting to be explored, while the newer town is found on the opposite bank. Enjoy free time here to explore the endless charm and surprising contrasts of the quaint cobbled streets that lead down to its handsome harbour. If you're feeling adventurous, why not climb the 199 steps up to glorious Whitby Abbey? Here, you can enjoy unimpeded panoramic views of the coastal town. You also have time to perhaps sample the local catch before the return journey by heritage 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. Here we visit the Brontë Parsonage, which was home to the famous literary sisters. It was here, amid the wonderfully dramatic landscape, that the Brontës were inspired to write novels such as Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre.
After breakfast you are free to depart from York, but perhaps take the time to visit one of the town's beautiful parks, such the Museum Gardens or Betty's Tea Rooms.
Please note that the itinerary order may differ dependant on departure. Please call for more details.
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.
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Our tour guide was excellent as was the guide who gave us the tour of York. The Yorkshire moors railway was quite long which gave time to appreciate a steam hauled journey. The worth valley railway train ride was disappointing as it was diesel hauled and steam was not scheduled however the train sheds tour was very good. The Bronte parsonage had a lot to read however as it was small we had to queue to get in and as it was raining those of us slower ones got a little damp. Our coach driver for the two days of steam was fantastic giving us very knowledgeable commentary and varied the routes back from the outward routes so we saw a lot more of the Yorkshire area. It certainly sowed the seeds for a return visit to York and the surrounding area. If I could work out how to do half a star you would have 4.5 stars
The holiday was advertised as Yorkshire By Steam. However, on the Wednesday it was a diesel train! Also, I did not consider that the hotel was worthy of a four star rating. The main menu choices appeared to be thrown together. Paying £13 a day for the hotel car park is not really acceptable.
Very good tour well balanced between railways and places of interest. Great coach driver who explained many the places we visited. Location of base hotel was very good easy access from York station on number 7 bus and walking distance to centre of York.
Would have been five star but vegetarian food option in hotel not good
All aspects were excellent apart from the hotel, which was adequate but a bit frayed round the edges.
excellent short break with good balance between organised activities and free time
Well organised - great itinerary and good accommodation.
Well organised and enjoyable
very good tour manager in Sandra all very well organised only thing not as good as last year with your sister company was the self service dinner and the food was mainly cool the vegetables and pototoes
Excellent tour manager and excursions.
Discover the natural beauty of Northern England