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Soak up the natural beauty of Yorkshire and Northumbria

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20212022
7 days From £895 per person

2022 Tour code: YNS22

About the tour

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.

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Itinerary

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.

Includes
  • Dinner
Day 2 - RHS Harlow Carr and York

We visit the beautiful gardens of RHS Harlow Carr. Stroll along the tranquil Woodland or Streamside Walk, or take in the perfumed flora of the Scented Garden. We continue to York for a guided tour that includes the medieval Shambles, which has remained almost unchanged since the Middle Ages. Our tour ends at the glorious Minster - one of Europe's largest Gothic cathedrals - where entrance is included. The rest of the day is free, perhaps to visit the National Railway Museum. 

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Whitby and the North Yorkshire Moors Railway

We visit the seaside resort of Whitby, where we discover the brooding clifftop Abbey ruins. Overlooking the North Sea, the structure was a 7th-century Christian monastery that later became a Benedictine abbey, and its truly fascinating to explore. We continue with an insight into the town's coastal heritage at the RNLI Lifeboat Station. The station is one of the RNLI's oldest, and we have a look around and presentation. You also have free time in the town, perhaps to take a stroll on the beach with some fish and chips. We join the scenic North Yorkshire Moors Railway, making the return journey by steam train. Dinner is a delicious Yorkshire-themed affair at our hotel.

*Steam-hauled where possible.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - The Settle-Carlisle Railway

Leaving Harrogate behind, we enjoy a journey on the famous Settle-Carlisle Railway. The wonderful 72-mile route is one that's regularly voted one of the world's top rail journeys, and as we relax in our seats on board, it's easy to see why. We admire stunning views from the carriage windows as we cross the Ribblehead Viaduct, a striking bridge that cuts through the heart of 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.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 – Alnwick Castle

We visit historic Alnwick Castle, where we're immersed in beauty on a fascinating guided tour of its stunningly decorated state rooms, as well as the beautifully landscaped gardens. The castle boasts a rich and illustrious history that spans over 950 years. Today, it's a Grade I listed building and its state rooms are a wonder to see, with palatial, Italian Renaissance style decorating. The gardens are no less spectacular. From elegant displays that wouldn't look out of place at Versailles to petite walled gardens that exude a calm beauty, they're a veritable feast for the senses.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - Bamburgh Castle and Lindisfarne

We cross the wild Northumberland countryside to Bamburgh, a town dominated by its castle, overlooking the sandy coast. We enjoy a private 'behind the scenes' tour of Bamburgh Castle before it opens to the public, discovering the extraordinary Grade I listed castle. We continue to the famous island of Lindisfarne. Known as the 'Holy Island', this remote spot has been inhabited since the 6th century. We're treated to a tasting of local mead and fudge, made by the monks who've lived here for centuries, before returning to our hotel.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 – York and home

We take the train to York, where your holiday comes to an end.

Includes
  • Breakfast

Additional information

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.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

White Swan Hotel, Alnwick

White Swan Hotel, Alnwick

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Cedar Court Hotel, Harrogate

Cedar Court Hotel, Harrogate

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MacDonald Linden Hall Hotel, Longhorsely

MacDonald Linden Hall Hotel, Longhorsely

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Trains

North Yorkshire Moors Railway
Settle-Carlisle Railway

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J Denerley

5 stars

Submitted 22/Oct

Interesting and well thought-out six days, excellent guide and accommodation Lovely to see a steam train back in Whitby.

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PETER Ramsbottom

5 stars

Submitted 20/Oct

Great mix of railways, gardens and castles.

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Margaret Goodrich

4 stars

Submitted 18/Oct

It was a good week with good ,welcoming hotels, an excellent leader/guide in good company and lots to see and enjoy without feeling rushed.. I loved the train journeys, particularly the North Moors Heritage Railway for which we had a steam engine - hoorah.!

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Mary Sabine

4 stars

Submitted 18/Oct

Very good overall, especially our tour guide, tim white...he was exceptional. 2nd hotel, the old swan in alnwick, not so good. Room not the cleanest and food not the best, only average. First hotel in harrogate, the cedar court, was very good.

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Mr Ball

5 stars

Submitted 18/Oct

A well organised trip with an excellent tour leader. Hotels were excellent and coach drivers friendly and efficient. Weather left a bit to be desired for possibly the most scenic part of the trip but still a good day. Would strongly recommend this trip.

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Marilyn Brown

5 stars

Submitted 18/Oct

Very well organised. Great tour manager. Would definitely recommend.

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