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York Mystery Plays 2012

Experience the York Mystery Plays on our escorted rail tour

The city of York presents the fantastic York Mystery Plays in 2012. From 2nd to 27th August, the city's Museum Gardens will host the plays, performed by well-known professional actors and a huge cast of local amateur actors from across the city.

The Mystery Plays tell stories from the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, from Creation through to the Last Judgement. York Mystery Plays have been performed in York many times since the Middle Ages - the first recorded performance of the York Mystery Plays was in 1376. The plays were traditionally divided into a number of small pageants; each pageant was performed by one of the many Craft Guilds of York. At this time, the York Mystery Plays were performed on the back of carts and wagons, which travelled through the city in a long procession, stopping at various places for the cast to present their own play to crowds and assembled audiences.

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Explore Harrogate and York and enjoy the superb York Mystery Plays on this fascinating holiday. On this escorted rail tour you will enjoy journeys on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, two of the most interesting and exciting heritage railways in the UK. From our base in Harrogate we also have chance to spend time in the beautiful city of York and to watch the incredible mystery plays, held only once every ten years.

Our York Mystery Plays holiday is escorted by an enthusiastic and courteous Tour Manager, who will ensure that you get the most out of your short break with us, whether that is by making sure that you reach the platform on time or recommending sights for your free time.

Our York Mystery Plays holiday can be viewed on this website along with details of the accommodation, transport and excursions that are included. Please call for more information if you have any questions about any of our other rail holidays in England.

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