Yorkshire by Steam
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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.
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.
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. The order of today's excursions may vary according to train timetables.
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 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.
This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.
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I thoroughly enjoyed the holiday
Well planned hotel very good food excellent
I really enjoyed every single aspect of my holiday. Hotel, food, services, trips, organisation of trips everything. The steam engines were an absolute joy.
The holiday was brilliant. The Tour Manager, Peter Connell was knowledgeable, professional, efficient and also had a great sense of humour The trips were well organised and very enjoyable. Unfortunately the hotel Cedar Court Harrogate, had serious staffing issues, which affected the quality of our stay. I have written them a letter of complaint but so far have not received a reply
The five days of the holiday were really on three as days one and five were spent travelling to and from Harrogate. Once there the hotel was comfortable and, on the whole, the food was good. Our tour manager was first rate, very efficient and extremely well organised. It was a pleasure to have her services. Loved the steam trains and the overall experience was very good.
The tour was very well organised and the guides and hotel staff were very friendly and knowledgeable.
This was something different for us and we thought it was great!
the days out were very good
Well organised and excellent rep, Nicky. She made us feel welcome despite arriving late. Food was good if somewhat sparse. Our room was v comfy and airy, a real plus in hot weather. We weren’t willing to get up so early on the Whitby day so enjoyed an unhurried breakfast followed by a morning in Harrogate at the art gallery and coffee. A stroll round the Montpellier quarter led to delicious lunch. Back to hotel to read papers and watch tennis from Queens. A seat under the canopy with coffee completed our restful day. Possibly too much going on, too many trips. An optional day out would be welcome especially for elderly folk. Other highlights were the archaeological round York with excellent guide and the day in Haworth was v memorable. We also took opportunity to go to railway museum which was excellent and enduringly memorable. Hazel McLean
The easiest way to put this is as follows: Tour Manager - Excellent All the organised tours excellent. Hotel was poor - see below
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