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Discover the natural beauty of Northern England

5 days From £399 £369 per person
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2023 Tour code: 23YHS

About the tour

Discover glorious Yorkshire from your base in Harrogate. Explore the medieval streets of historic York, visit delightful Brontë country, and take a rail journey through the stunning scenery of the North Yorkshire Moors.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Harrogate

Your Yorkshire adventure begins at the edge of the Yorkshire Dales in Harrogate, an attractive Georgian spa town with a 200-year tradition of providing restorative treatments. Popular among fashionable Victorians, Harrogate still offers spa treatments today at its beautiful Turkish bath house. Meet your Tour Manager at your hotel in time for dinner. With some free time, maybe head out and start exploring the elegant town.

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  • Dinner
Day 2 - York

Take the train to York for a guided tour of the main sights, including the magnificent 12th-century Minster, one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in Northern Europe. With its wide nave and Chapter House, the Minster's handcrafted stone facade turns gold at sunset and exquisite medieval stained-glass windows scatter the light inside. This awe-inspiring cathedral can be seen from almost everywhere in the city. Your tour ends at the quaint Shambles, one of the world's best-preserved medieval streets where you can still see original features on each shop front.

With free time to explore this afternoon, you could visit the National Railway Museum. Here you can see and explore over 100 different locomotives, including a 1960s Japanese Shinkansen Bullet Train, and Queen Victoria's own saloon railway carriage. Alternatively, take a stroll around the city walls and enjoy the stunning city views, or relax with a drink in one of the 365 pubs York is famous for - some of which have been serving ale since the 16th century. Back in Harrogate, sit down to a three-course, Yorkshire-themed dinner.

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  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Whitby & The North Yorkshire Moors

Board a coach to Whitby, one of the county's most popular seaside resorts. Crowned by its brooding Abbey, Whitby is famous as the inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula, and for its unique jet jewellery. Enjoy free time here, perhaps to visit the historic Benedictine Abbey, found at the top of 199 steps on the east cliff. While here, you could visit quaint St Mary's Church where you're greeted with panoramic views across the town, harbour and ocean. You could also take a walk along the wide sandy beach or along the wooden pier. Many people visit Whitby to see the whalebone arch, a reminder of the town's history as a whaling industry. You will find these weathered arches on the West Cliff near the Captain Cook monument. Whitby is known for some of the UK's finest fish and chip restaurants, which you could sample before joining the nostalgic North Yorkshire Moors Railway for the return journey. Travel in style on the restored heritage train and relax as views of heather-strewn moorland pass by. After your rail journey, continue back to Harrogate by coach.

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  • Breakfast
Day 4 - The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

Travel by coach to Ingrow today for a journey on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway. This trip takes you up the Worth Valley to Oxenhope, passing the beautiful scenery from the much-loved classic 1970 film 'The Railway Children'. On-train commentary reveals more about the history of the railway and on arrival, there's a chance to visit the Vintage Carriage Museum and goods shed. Continue to the picturesque village of Haworth, surrounded by the remote Pennine Hills and site of the Brontë Parsonage, once 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.

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  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Harrogate & home

After breakfast, you're free to leave Harrogate. Before you do, you might like to visit one of the town's beautiful parks, such as the Valley Gardens, or step into Betty's Tea Room for some tea and a Fat Rascal before you leave.

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  • Breakfast

Additional information

Please note - Departure information

Please note that the itinerary order may differ dependant on departure. Please call for more details.

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.

Hotels

Cedar Court Hotel, Harrogate

Cedar Court Hotel, Harrogate

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Crowne Plaza

Crowne Plaza, Harrogate

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The Crown Hotel, Harrogate

The Crown Hotel, Harrogate

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Trains

Keighley & Worth Valley Railway
North Yorkshire Moors Railway

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Paul Burns

5 stars

Submitted 11/Nov

A very well organised and enjoyable holiday which was also good value for money. The hotel was comfortable, the outings really interesting and the balance between organised events and free time was well considered.

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R Badrick

5 stars

Submitted 8/Nov

Great holiday

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bully4u

4 stars

Submitted 3/Nov

Generally good, trips well organised and enjoyable, communication from Rail Discoveries was timely and comprehensive, the app was a useful tool. The hotel, Cedar Court Hotel Harrogate was very good - clean and very attentive staff, but I felt let down slightly by the food offered in the evening, the breakfast spread was excellent though - full English etc. The coach used for some of the travel to the locations was clean and comfortable, the driver was very informative, pointing out other things of interest. An enjoyable break overall.

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John

5 stars

Submitted 3/Nov

Nice to get out of the office

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dominic meredith

5 stars

Submitted 3/Nov

Have already done this

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Bill Pilkington

4 stars

Submitted 2/Nov

Would have been 5 if the railway museum had been open on the day of the visit to York. This could have been achieved with some advance planning, by visiting Whitby on the Tuesday and York on the Friday when the museum would have been open.

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