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Explore Yorkshire

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Discover the natural beauty of Northern England

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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.

Tour Highlights

North Yorkshire Moors
North Yorkshire Moors
Journey along a picturesque route through the wild Yorkshire Moors on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, into one of the world’s oldest railway tunnels.
Keighley & Worth Valley Railway
Keighley & Worth Valley Railway
Travel on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, winding through five miles of scenic countryside immortalised by the Brontës.
Take a guided walking tour of York, stepping back in time in this fascinating, historic city, as you explore with a local guide and enjoy some free time.

What’s included


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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

*Some departures this journey will be operated by diesel

  • 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.

  • 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.


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Elisabeth Ann Fosbraey

3 stars

Submitted 28/May

Unfortunately the steam did not appear and the trains were diesel hauled. Not what we signed up for. The tour manager was marvellous and so helpful and kind. Rosie deserves a medal.

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Alun Fairclough

5 stars

Submitted 26/May

Very enjoyable few days and a wonderful tour manager. Lovely hotel, great scenery. Didn't want to go home. Will have to return for a steam train ride.

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Albert Johnson

4 stars

Submitted 25/May

A well co-ordinated trip with plenty of trips. The down side was we didn’t travel on one steam train.

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John Wright

4 stars

Submitted 25/May

Tour guide Rosie was absolutely superbly and looked after everybody's queries and concerns in an extremely thorough and diplomatic manner. Absence of steam trains from Whitby and Keighley was disappointing when you consider this experience was advertised and sold as Yorkshire by Steam. Accommodation was great. Breakfast good. Evening meals not so good.

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Mrs S Badcoe

5 stars

Submitted 25/May

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Margaret Rogers

5 stars

Submitted 25/May

A very enjoyable trip. Comfortable hotel and excellent guide.

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