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Yorkshire by Steam

4.3 stars(158 reviews)

Discover the natural beauty of Northern England

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5 days From £339 per person
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2021 Tour code: 21YHS

About the tour

Discover glorious Yorkshire from your base in Harrogate. Enjoy ancient York, delightful Brontë country, and take a rail journey through the stunning scenery of the North Yorkshire Moors.


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 amongst fashionable Victorians, Harrogate still offers spa treatments today at its Moorish-inspired Turkish bath house. Meet your Tour Manager at the Crown Hotel in time for dinner. Afterwards, enjoy a short guided walk of Harrogate.

  • Dinner
Day 2 - York

Take the train to nearby York today, and admire this beautiful city's Viking, Roman and medieval heritage. On arrival, enjoy a guided walking tour of the main sights, such as the magnificent, 12thcentury Minster, 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 crooked timber buildings from almost everywhere in the city.

You also take in the quaint Shambles, one of the world's best-preserved medieval streets where you can still see original features on each shop front. Your tour ends at the city's famous National Railway Museum. Here you can see over 100 different locomotives, including 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.

To uncover its Viking roots, visit the Jorvik Centre, or for the darker side of the city's history, take a trip to the York Dungeon. Alternatively, take a stroll around the city walls or enjoy a drink in one of the 365 pubs York is famous for - some of which have been serving ale since the 16th century.

  • Breakfast
Day 3 - Whitby & The North Yorkshire Moors

Board a coach for today's excursion to Whitby, one of the east coast's most popular seaside resorts. On the way, stop off at Goathland, better known as 'Aidensfield' in TV's Heartbeat.

Crowned by its brooding Abbey, Whitby is famous as the inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula as well as for its unique jet jewellery. If you're feeling adventurous, why not climb the 199 steps to St Mary's Abbey, where you're greeted with panoramic coastal views. Whitby is also home to some of the UK's finest fish and chip restaurants, which you have time to sample before joining the nostalgic North Yorkshire Moors Railway for the return journey.

Travel in style aboard this restored heritage train and relax as views of heather-strewn moorland pass by. Back in Harrogate this evening, sit down to a three-course, Yorkshire-themed dinner.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
North Yorkshire Moors
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.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Keighley & Worth Valley Railway
Day 5 - Harrogate & home

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

  • Breakfast
Betty's, Harrogate

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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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4.3 stars4.3 / 5 · 158 reviews

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Mr Edwin Draper

4 stars

Submitted 01 Nov 2020

Spoilt by COVID keeping us apart

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Mrs Pamela Stone

5 stars

Submitted 30 Oct 2020

Very enjoyable few days, excellent hotel

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Mr Mark Gouldbourne

5 stars

Submitted 26 Oct 2020

We had a fantastic time on our break. The Crown Hotel Harrogate couldnot do enough, the coach driver, Neil was very informative and Denise the tour manager was excellent. We would go on this again.

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Mr William Fleming

5 stars

Submitted 24 Oct 2020

Everything about the holiday, from accommodation to excursions and transport, was very good, and we were well looked after at the hotel, on the coach, and at all the places we visited.

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Mr Geoffrey Musselwhite

4 stars

Submitted 23 Oct 2020

The tours were very good. The arrangements all went to plan and we were well looked after. The hotel was OK but it did not have a homely feel. While the food was well cooked and presented the atmosphere in the enormous restaurant was somewhat cold and impersonal

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Mrs Katharine Emerson-Campbell

5 stars

Submitted 11 Oct 2020

I would like to express how much I enjoyed my trip last week, along with my stay at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Harrogate. Considering the current restrictions, everything went as planned. The hotel was excellent, the rooms well appointed and comfortable and the food was extremely high standard. Not to mention the service, of course, all of which was without fault. The tour itself was brilliant and so interesting in the choice of places we visited. Our guide was Sarah Cutts and I cannot praise her too highly as she contributed greatly to the enjoyment of the trip. Her involvement was a major contribution to our enjoyment. She has a warm and friendly personality and perfectly blended into our group. We all considered her a great asset to your company and would happily travel with her again.

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