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Yorkshire Christmas Markets

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(Tour code: YKM19)

Experience the Christmas Market in York

Based in the spa town of Harrogate, experience the Christmas Market in York, enjoy a vintage steam rail journey with a festive theme and visit the historic house of Castle Howard in its full Christmas glory.

  • Harrogate
  • York and its Christmas Market
  • Guided walking tour of York
  • Castle Howard
  • Embsay Bolton Abbey Steam Railway
  • Grassington Dickensian Festival
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
    Heritage Rail Excursion
  • 3* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Evening Meals
  • Optional Bag Concierge

Yorkshire Christmas Markets 2018Tour Details

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Day 1 Harrogate Bettys
Harrogate Bettys

Arrive in Harrogate

Make your way to The Crown Hotel in Harrogate, our base for the next four nights. After meeting your tour manager you are free to get acquainted with the spa town of Harrogate, renowned for its independent boutiques and the historic Betty's Tea Rooms, before dinner tonight.

  • Dinner
Day 2 York

Guided tour of York and its Christmas Market

Today we travel the short distance by rail to nearby York. Steeped in history, we discover more about this walled city as we meet our local guide for a fascinating walking tour of the major sights. Our guide shares their passion for the city as we pass the Minster - York's majestic Gothic cathedral - explore the charming cobbled streets of the Shambles, and discover the city's incredible history. Following the tour you have the chance to visit the wonderful National Railway Museum (free entry). Later you are free to explore York's Christmas Market which offers an interesting array of gifts, crafts, local farm produce and continental foods.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • York Tour
  • York Christmas Market
Day 3 Grassington Dickensian Festival
Grassington Dickensian Festival

Bolton Abbey and Grassington

This morning, we transfer to Bolton Abbey in Wharfedale to take a nostalgic trip on the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway. After, we transfer to Bolton Priory, the ruins of a 12th century Augustinian Monastery that is perched on the banks of the River Warfe and surrounded by the verdant countryside Yorkshire is so famous for.

Later we travel back in time to Grassington, and its traditional Dickensian festival. Shopkeepers and villagers dress up in Victorian costume and the Christmas market is alive with street entertainers and traditional country crafts. On some departures, you will visit the Yorkshire Victiorian Christmas Market in Brighouse instead. This attractive Christmas Market features over 100 stalls, brimming with festive gifts.

*Steam-hauled where possible

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway
  • Dickensian Festival
  • Grassington
Days 4-5 Castle Howard
Castle Howard

Castle Howard

We head today to stately Castle Howard, home to the Howard family for more than 300 years. The house, familiar to many from 'Brideshead Revisited', is beautifully decorated for the Howard family's traditional Christmas. After hot drinks and a festive mince pie you are free to explore. On Day 5 After breakfast this morning you are free to depart in your own time. Alternatively you might like to explore Harrogate and the surrounding area a little further before you leave.

  • Day 4 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 4 - Castle Howard
  • Day 5 - Breakfast
Please note

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

What’s included

An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Standard Class rail travel throughout

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 4 nights' hotel accommodation at the 3-Star Crowne Plaza, Harrogate

Delicious meals included

  • 8 meals, including 4 breakfasts and 4 dinners


Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • A guided waking tour of York, with time to explore the Christmas Market
  • A trip on the Embsay Bolton Abbey Steam Railway
  • Excursion to Grassington Dickensian Festival
  • Visit to Castle Howard, with a hot drink and mince pie

Not Included

  • Cancellation & Travel Insurance

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