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(Tour code: YSS19)

Enjoy an immersive visit to 'God's Own County'

Enjoy an immersive visit to 'God's Own County' as we explore Yorkshire as part of an intimate small group, enjoying fantastic local experiences from our base in an elegant 19th-century mansion house. Discover the charms of the Yorkshire moors, enjoy local cuisine, and embark on two incredible heritage railway journeys on this exclusive tour of Yorkshire.

  • Goathland
  • Whitby
  • Journey on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway
  • Journey on the Wensleydale Railway
  • Wensleydale Creamery
  • Malton
  • Castle Howard
  • Hawes
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
    Heritage Rail Excursions
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Evening Meals
    1 Lunch
  • Castle Howard Garden Tour

Yorkshire Dales & Moors 2019Tour Details

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Day 1 Gisborough Hall
Gisborough Hall

To Gisborough Hall

Meet your small group and your Tour Manager at our hotel, near to the market town of Guisborough. Our home for the next four nights is 4-Star Gisborough Hall, an idyllic, ivy-covered hotel set in a 19th-century Jacobean style mansion house and surrounded by peaceful grounds and sprawling countryside. Marrying traditional Victorian features with luxurious contemporary touches, Gisborough Hall provides an ideal base for our explorations of Yorkshire. Breakfast is included each day, and dinner is expertly prepared for us each evening.

  • Dinner
Day 2 North Yorkshire Moors Railway
North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Goathland, Whitby and the North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Today we travel into the heart of the beautiful North Yorkshire Moors to the pretty village of Goathland, which is famous as 'Aidensfield' in ITV's Heartbeat, as well as the location of Hogsmeade Station in the Harry Potter films. We have time at leisure here before we continue to the delightful seaside town of Whitby. From its Benedictine hill-top abbey, perched atmospherically atop the east cliff and reached by 199 winding steps, to its charming cobbled streets, beautiful piers and stretches of sandy beaches, Whitby is a joy to explore. Known for its fish and chips and abundance of award-winning seafood restaurants, we have the opportunity to indulge in this traditional seaside staple, and enjoy a delicious lunch.

After some time to further explore the charms of this captivating coastal town at your own pace, we transfer to Grosmont, a peaceful village nestled in the heart of the Esk Valley, whose enchanting 1952 themed railway station serves as the starting point for our journey on the spectacular North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Meandering through the wild, unspoiled landscapes of the North Yorkshire Moors, we travel through the dramatic landscapes in beautifully restored carriages to the market town of Pickering.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 Wensleydale Railway
Wensleydale Railway

The Wensleydale Railway

We travel by coach to Hawes this morning, for a visit to the Wensleydale Creamery - home of the eponymous Yorkshire cheese. We enjoy some time to explore the museum, where we have the chance to see live demonstrations from experienced cheese experts. The cheese and gift shop here is also a delight to visit, offering over 20 varieties of delicious hand-crafted cheeses. Following our visit, we have free time for lunch in Hawes, a lovely market town set in the heart of the breathtaking scenery of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

This afternoon, we embark on a journey aboard the heritage Wensleydale Railway. First opened in March 1848, the line was reopened as a passenger line in 2003 and is now largely run by dedicated volunteers. We are treated to a splendid afternoon tea on board as we delight in the exceptional beauty of the Yorkshire Dales, passing through some of the country's most scenic landscapes and seeing quaint villages and bustling market towns as well as verdant hills and woodlands. We alight in the village of Leeming Bar, and transfer by coach to our hotel.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 Castle Howard
Castle Howard

Malton food tour and Castle Howard

Today we travel to Malton, a thriving Yorkshire market town with an abundance of old-world charm, where we have some free time to explore. A glorious hive of gastropubs, delightful cafés, independent eateries, and even a food court serving local produce, Malton showcases the very best of the region's culinary offerings, and has earned the reputation of the "food capital of Yorkshire". We immerse ourselves in Malton's passion for gastronomy today as we set off on a walking tour of the town's incredible artisan food and drink offerings, visiting a number of local eateries for tastings of the delicious local fare.

Later this afternoon, we make the short journey to one of the country's grandest stately homes, Castle Howard, made famous by Brideshead Revisited. Set in a 1,000-acre estate in the rolling Howardian Hills Area of Natural Beauty, Castle Howard was designed for the 3rd Earl of Carlisle by his friend Sir John Vanbrugh - his first foray into architecture - and took over 100 years to complete, with construction beginning in 1699. The finished house is nothing short of breathtaking and features a stunning symmetrical Baroque design, crowned by an iconic central dome. We have some free time to explore the elegant rooms before embarking upon a tour of the diverse gardens, led by the Head of Landscape & Gardens, Alastair Gunn, who will share his expert horticultural knowledge with the group. Visit the Walled Garden, a tranquil paradise populated with fragrant roses and an ornamental vegetable patch; discover the outstanding water features, including the intricately sculptured Atlas Fountain; and see a myriad of beautiful temples and monuments, such as the Temple of the Four Winds. We enjoy a farewell dinner together at our hotel this evening.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 Gisborough Hall
Gisborough Hall


After a final breakfast together in the luxurious surroundings of Gisborough Hall, your tour comes to an end and you are free to make your way home, bidding a fond farewell to our magnificent Yorkshire adventure.

  • Breakfast

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
  • All rail and coach travel throughout

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 4 nights at the 4-Star Gisborough Hall

Delicious meals included

  • 9 meals including 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 4 dinners including a farewell dinner in Guisborough

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Trip to Goathland with time at leisure
  • Excursion to Whitby with fish and chip lunch and time at leisure
  • Journey on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway
  • Journey on the Wensleydale Railway with afternoon tea
  • Visit to the Wensleydale Creamery
  • Guided food tour of Malton
  • Visit to Castle Howard with a guided tour of the gardens
  • Free time in Hawes

Not Included

  • Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged.

Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

Luke Simpson
Lynne Broadley
Helen Laverack
Yorkshire Dales & Moors

Enjoy an immersive visit to 'God's Own County'


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