Discover the natural beauty of Northern England
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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 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.
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
Please Note: For Departures 18YHS03, 18YHS04, 18YHS07, 18YHS10, 18YHS11, 18YHS12, 18YHS23, 18YHS24, 18YHS26, 18YHS29, 18YHS32, 18YHS34, 18YHS35, 18YHS39, 18YHS40, 18YHS48, 18YHS51, 18YHS54, 18YHS57, 18YHS62, 18YHS64, 18YHS65, 18YHS67 & 18YHS68, Days 2 and 3 have swapped around.
Today, we board the coach for today's excursion to Whitby, one of Yorkshire's most popular seaside resorts. On our way to this iconic Yorkshire location, you stop off at Goathland, better known as 'Aidensfield' in TV's Heartbeat. The journey continues through hidden valleys and open heather moorland as the coach 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 you join the stunningly nostalgic North Yorkshire Moors Railway for the return journey by steam* railway.
*Steam-hauled where possible.
Please Note: For Departures 18YHS06, 18YHS09, 18YHS14, 18YHS15, 18YHS52, 18YHS53, 18YHS55, 18YHS56, 18YHS60, 18YHS61 & 18YHS63, Days 3 and 4 have swapped around.
You travel by coach to Keighley, where you enjoy a nostalgic journey on the heritage Keighley & Worth Valley railway. The steam-hauled trip takes you 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 tells you more about the history of the railway whilst you pass through the West Yorkshire countryside. You also have a chance to visit Vintage Carriage Museum in Ingrow and the goods shed in Oxenhope. You then continue to the picturesque village of Haworth, surrounded by beautiful moorland and the Pennine Hills. Here, you 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.
Please Note: For Departures 18YHS13, 18YHS17 & 18YHS18, Days 2 and 4 have swapped around.
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.
Please Note: For Departurs 18YHS17, 18YHS18 & 18YHS52, you will travel on the Embsay and Bolton Abbey railway on Day 4.
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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Well planned, very knowledgable, approachable guide and a beautiful area. Five stars despite the awful weather!
very good , improved each day !
Very comfortable hotel, not far to centre of town. Excellent choice at breakfast. Coach driver was an experienced local man with a great knowledge of Yorkshire and his sense of humour made the coach trips very enjoyable. All the vintage rail journeys were excellent.
good holiday with excellent Tour Manager who made everyone welcome especially the lady celebrating 100 years The hotel was clean and adequate
The hotel was in an excellent location, the trips out were well organised, all in all a great few days.
Generally we had an enjoyable break, the hotel was comfortable, the excursions were a s expected APART from the absence of the promised STEAM TRAIN up the Worth VAlley !!!! As we were pursuaded to choose this holiday As a 'Steam Train experience'it was very disappointing to Have only half the 'as advertised journey' . The staff at Worth Valley told us steam trains NEVER run during the week and They have told the Rail Discovery People this is the case. The steam train journey from Pickering to Whitby and back was a delight and exactly as we had expected.
walking tour of York was a bit tiring for the average age of people on the tour , had to drop out halfway due to backache
A most enjoyable holiday, except the hotel, the Old Swan, did not live up to expectations.
Staff at the Kimberley hotel were all excellent. Very efficient check in at Reception. All bar and serving staff were pleasant, helpful and efficient. The delicious food was beautifully cooked and presented
Everything went so smoothly, it was a lovely comfortable hotel with plenty of good food and pleasant staff. The trips were well organised with plenty of time to do your own thing.
Discover the natural beauty of Northern England