Scenic rail journeys bring to life the history and natural
beauty of Yorkshire and Northumbria. Follow in Viking and Roman
footsteps with a visit to historic York, discover the rugged
castles and elegant gardens of Northumberland, and bask in the
verdant beauty of the Yorkshire Dales.
Discover the wild beauty of Yorkshire as we travel through on the North York Moors Railway from Whitby
Enjoy a traditional Yorkshire menu for dinner in Harrogate, sampling some of the best local cuisine
Journey on the much-loved Settle-Carlisle Line, soaking up the visually dramatic scenery that epitomises Cumbria
Visit the 'Holy Island' of Lindesfarne, and explore Alnwick Gardens and Bamburgh Castle
Admire the stunning night sky with a stargazing experience in Northumberland National Park
Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged
Day 1 - Harrogate
Our holiday begins in Harrogate, at the edge of the Yorkshire
Dales. One of England's most attractive towns, Harrogate retains
many Georgian and Victorian features, including original spa
buildings. After time to explore, and perhaps a visit to the famous
Bettys Tea Rooms, we meet for dinner in the hotel.
Day 2 - Historic York
We travel by rail to York, which we discover on a guided tour,
seeing the breathtaking Minster - one of Europe's largest Gothic
cathedrals. We also step back in time with a stroll along the
medieval Shambles, which has remained almost unchanged since the
Middle Ages. The narrow, cobbled street is overlooked by a
patchwork of crooked houses built in the traditional style of the
time. The rest of your day is free in this ancient Viking city.
Perhaps visit the National Railway Museum, which contains an
incredible amount of locomotives from around the world - from a
hospital train used in World War I to an ultra-modern Japanese
Shinkansen. After dinner back at our hotel, you have the option to
watch a showing of the classic film 'The Railway Children.'
Day 3 - The North Yorkshire Moors Railway
Today, board a coach for today's excursion to Whitby, one of the
east coast's most popular seaside resorts. On the way, we disembark
at Goathland, better known as 'Aidensfield' in TV's Heartbeat. Our
journey continues through open moorland to the charming fishing
port of Whitby. Crowned by its brooding Abbey, the town is famous
as the inspiration behind Bram Stoker's Dracula. Also known for its
beautiful Whitby jet jewellery, there are dozens of shops selling
authentic jet accessories. The older part of the town is a maze of
narrow medieval streets with a rich history. If you're feeling
adventurous, why not climb the 199 steps up to Whitby Abbey for
panoramic views of the coastal town. If you fancy a bite to eat,
you could sample Whitby's famous fish and chips before you join the
nostalgic North Yorkshire Moors Railway for the return journey by
steam* railway. Later, dinner is a delicious Yorkshire-themed
affair at our hotel.
*Steam-hauled where possible.
Days 4-5 - The Settle-Carlisle Railway and Alnwick Gardens
Leaving Harrogate, we travel on the famous Settle-Carlisle
Railway. The 72-mile route is regularly voted one of the world's
top rail journeys, and it's easy to see why. We cross over the
wonderful Ribblehead Viaduct that cuts through the Yorkshire Dales
and skirt the North Pennines, a designated Area of Natural Beauty.
Once in Carlisle, we transfer by rail to Hexham and continue by
coach to our hotel in Alnwick.
On Day 5 we enjoy a guided tour around the
beautifully landscaped Alnwick Gardens. The gardens are a vibrant
haven where magnificent architecture and lovingly-tended plants and
flowers are brought to life alongside a variety of water features.
From elegant displays one might expect to see in the gardens of
Versailles, to tiny little walled gardens that are intimately calm
in their beauty, the gardens are a feast for the senses. After
dinner, we drive into Kielder Forest in the heart of Northumberland
National Park, for a 'Dark Skies' stargazing experience. With
minimal light pollution, this is a fantastic place to spot faraway
stars, distant planets, and even the Milky Way
Day 4 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Breakfast, Dinner
Days 6-7 - Bamburgh Castle, Lindisfarne and home
Today we cross the wild Northumberland countryside to Bamburgh,
a scenic coastal town dominated by Bamburgh Castle, overlooking the
sandy coast. A fort has been at this location since the 5th
century, and the current castle was restored during the 18th and
19th centuries. We enjoy free time here before continuing to the
famous island of Lindisfarne. Often known simply as 'Holy Island',
this remote spot has been inhabited since the 6th century. Now the
island is home to both ruins and castles and is a truly spectacular
place to spend our last afternoon. We're treated to a tasting of
local mead and fudge before we return to the hotel for a farewell
dinner. After breakfast on Day 7, we transfer to
the station for the First Class rail service to York, where your
Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature
the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown
Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be
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the exact departure and return time for their particular group.
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Problems with rail travel on several occasions; cancelled and late trains and Great Rail did not book seats on the travel from home to Leeds
Marred by poor food in Harrogate hotel
Very enjoyable well balanced programme.
I would have liked more info in the brochure about the very early starts on two of the days. Once I'd done my own research, having got the tour booklet giving times of trains, but not the leaving times of the connecting coach, I realised that we needed to be having breakfast around 6.45 am or 6.30 am. Even though I'm an early riser, I did find this quite difficult.
Mr R Le Cornu
the tour was interesting and the hotels were good with good food.
Excellent holiday with very good excursions and free time.