Enjoy all the New Year cheer that Yorkshire has to offer based in the Spa town of Harrogate. Our tour includes festive rail journeys on the North Yorkshire Moors and Keighley & Worth Valley Railways, a visit to Howarth's Bronte Parsonage, picturesque Fountains Abbey and the medieval city of York, adorned with seasonal decorations.
Make your way to Harrogate, where our Tour Manager will be waiting to greet us at the hotel. You are then free to get acquainted with the spa town of Harrogate, renowned for its independent boutiques and glorious gardens.
We travel by coach to Pickering today, where we board the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. We savour an unforgettable Christmas Moorlander lunch on board, as the train makes its way through the North Yorkshire Moors National Park before returning to Pickering.
We travel to York on Day 3, where we take a fascinating walking tour, seeing some of the city's ancient sights, including York Minister and the medieval Shambles. This afternoon, you are at leisure before a 3-course New Year's Eve dinner.
A fascinating excursion awaits us on New Year's Day and we travel by coach to Ingrow. After seeing the Ingrow locomotive museum, we continue to Keighley. Aboard the heritage Keighley and Worth Valley train, we embark upon a short and picturesque journey to Oxenhope. After alighting, we transfer by coach to the Brontë Parsonage Museum, home of the Brontë sisters. We explore the museum at leisure before returning to Harrogate. In the evening, we are treated to a gala buffet New Year's dinner. Day 5 is at leisure and we enjoy afternoon tea at our hotel.
Today we take a coach excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Fountains Abbey. Set within a beautiful estate, these are the largest abbey ruins in the country. You are free to explore the grounds and gardens independently before we return to the hotel. Our tour ends on Day 7, and you are free to depart at your leisure.
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The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway commenced both
freight and passenger services in 1867. Although it was a vital
transport link for the local community, this was always secondary
to its freight services, and so for much of its working life the
branch line was known to very few people outside the
The railway was an early victim of the Beeching Axe, with its final service running in 1962. A preservation group had already formed as a reaction to the closure, which quickly purchased the line from its then-owners, British Rail. After a few years of preparation, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway re-opened in 1968 run entirely by volunteers. The branch line was preserved in its entirety, and to date it is the UK's only heritage railway to run at its complete original length.
Since opening as a heritage railway, the line has remained popular with the local community, but has also become a major tourist attraction. It is easy to see why the railway is a popular feature on several of our Yorkshire holidays as the line passes through the beautiful, rugged countryside and rolling moorland made famous by the Brontë sisters.
The wild and windswept North York Moors are infamous in fact and fiction, with over 1,400 miles of stunning scenery, tranquil trecks and wonderful wildlife it's easy to see why. Overflowing with barron moorland, lush valleys and pine forests to captivating coastlines and home to historic monuments, villages and a wealth of wildlife - there is so much to discover here.
The 4-Star Old Swan Hotel has a history going back 200 years and is where author Agatha Christie famously disappeared for 11 days in 1926. Set in pretty gardens, the hotel is a short walk from Harrogate's town centre and has two restaurants, a lounge and a bar. The elegant, well-appointed rooms have a telephone, television, radio, tea and coffee making facilities and a hairdryer.
We offer a selection of upgrades and 'add-ons' designed to help you make the most of your holiday - and make it even easier!
We can book UK rail tickets from your local station to and from Harrogate. Please call us to discuss your requirements.