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.… see more
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The scent of freshly prepared foods and mulled wine fills the crisp winter air as you walk through the superbly decorated stalls and wooden cabins of the seasonal markets.
Offering samples of regional produce from honey and meats to a variety of unique gifts and handmade crafts, the England Christmas markets are perfect if you want to find an original gift for friends and family whilst staying closer to home. With festive rail breaks to markets located in the county of Yorkshire and Somerset and its surrounding area, there is a wealth of stunning scenery, regional history and local customs to discover whilst you enjoy the cheerful atmosphere of the England Christmas markets.
Tea rooms and boutiques, striking moorland and meadows, medieval castles and heritage railways are just some of the attractions to occupy your time between shopping trips. The historic towns and remarkable cities that hold the holiday events charm their guests with colourful displays of festive decorations and sparkling lights, whilst providing a range of entertainment. From regional stalls selling local produce and crafts to authentic German markets and traditional Victorian fayres, the variety presented by the England Christmas markets offers something for every visitor.
Great Rail Journeys has a number of festive holidays and for those who prefer to stay closer to home, our breaks to the England Christmas markets are ideal. In addition to excellent shopping and the opportunity to try some delicious regional produce, the market's surroundings offer the ideal setting for some relaxing sightseeing. Our tours aim to provide travellers with a variety of experiences and include excursions of cultural, historical or social merit to areas of interest or particular beauty. We also like to include journeys on heritage or traditional narrow gauge railways whenever possible, as not only do they give a fascinating insight into the history of rail travel but also provide some of the most beautifully scenic rural routes in the country. The excursions included during our England Christmas markets tours are not compulsory and if you would prefer to explore the local area individually, then you are welcome to do so. There will also be designated free mornings or afternoons where you can spend your time finding local attractions or simply indulging in the excellent facilities provided by your hotel. Chosen for its convenient location, the accommodation that we use offers individual charm and excellent customer service. All of the hotels featured on our England Christmas markets breaks have a range of facilities from comfortable lounges and bars to restaurants and bistros. Each individual room provides an en suite and can include amenities such as televisions, telephones, hairdryers and tea making facilities.
With accommodation, excursions and certain meals all included within your break to the England Christmas markets, all that is left for you to do is relax and enjoy your festive surroundings. Throughout your journey, a professional Tour Manager will be there to guide you through the busy itinerary to ensure that everything runs smoothly. Your friendly Tour Manager will also answer any questions that may arise during your holiday and be ready to help at a moment's notice or remain in the background whilst you shop independently. For further information regarding our seasonal breaks to the England Christmas markets or any of our other escorted rail tours, there is a comprehensive itinerary provided with each tour listing. With details of locations, routes, services, meals and excursions, you can see exactly what you will be doing and where you will be staying, ensuring that there are no surprises or 'hidden extras' on your trip so that you can fully enjoy your time at the England Christmas markets.
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