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Yorkshire by Steam (Based in Harrogate)

(Tour code: 17YHS)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.


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Tour Highlights
  • Harrogate
  • York including a guided walking tour
  • Journey on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway
  • Haworth and the Brontë Parsonage
  • Journey on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway
  • Whitby
What’s Included (Full details)
  • Standard Class Rail
    Heritage Rail Excursions
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    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. Situated at the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, Harrogate is ideally located for exploring the region, and after settling in, you are free to begin your explorations of the town before this evening's dinner in the hotel.

  • Dinner
Day 2

Historic York

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.

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

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Guided City Tour
North Yorkshire Moors Railway
Day 3

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway

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.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Heritage Rail Journey
Keighley & Worth Valley Railway
Day 4

Worth Valley and the Brontës

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.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Heritage Rail Journey
Betty's, Harrogate
Day 5

Homeward bound

After breakfast you are free to depart from Harrogate, but perhaps take the time to visit one of the town's beautiful parks, such as Valley Gardens, Betty's Tea Rooms, or the well-known Victorian Turkish Baths first.

  • Breakfast

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