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Yorkshire & Northumberland

(Tour code: YNS6)Explore Yorkshire and Northumberland by rail

Scenic rail journeys bring to life the history and wild, natural beauty of Yorkshire & Northumbria on this wonderful 8-day tour. Following in Viking and Roman footsteps, we visit historic York, Bamburgh Castle and Lindisfarne, as well as taking in the glorious Alnwick Gardens.

Tour Highlights
  • The spa town of Harrogate
  • Historic York
  • The North Yorkshire Moors Railway
  • The Settle & Carlisle Line
  • Hadrian's Wall Line
  • Alnwick Gardens
  • Bamburgh Castle
  • The Holy Island of Lindisfarne
What’s Included (Full details)
  • 1st & Standard Class Rail
    Heritage Rail Excursions
  • 3-4* Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Evening Meals
  • All Transfers Included
    Optional Bag Concierge

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

On many of our UK & Ireland tours, you may check in at the first hotel on your itinerary anytime after 14:00; your Tour Manager will be available between 16:00 and 18:00. However, if you are arriving later, you can meet your Tour Manager before dinner from 19:00.

Betty's, Harrogate
Day 1


Our holiday begins as you arrive at your hotel in Harrogate, at the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. We spend four nights here at the Crown Hotel, the Holiday Inn or the Old Swan. One of England's most attractive towns, Harrogate retains many Georgian and Victorian features including its original spa buildings. After time to discover your new surroundings, and to perhaps visit the famous Betty's Tea Rooms, this evening we meet for dinner in the hotel.

  • Dinner
York Minster
Day 2

Historic York

This morning we travel by coach to York, a beautiful walled city steeped in centuries of history. We discover much of the city's long and fascinating story on a guided walking tour of its main attractions. These include the incomparable Minster, which is one of Europe's largest and most ornate gothic cathedrals, and the Shambles, a quaint street that has remained almost unchanged since the Middle Ages. Following the tour, you have the chance to take in the sights of this marvellous city at your own pace. The network of medieval streets offers a unique charm and is one of York's major highlights, as is the National Railway Museum (free admission). The largest of its kind in the world, the museum boasts many steam locomotives and a selection of Royal carriages.Another popular option is the Jorvik Viking Centre, which faithfully recreates York when it was capital of the Viking Kingdom. Otherwise perhaps stroll along the city walls or take in the views from Clifford's Tower.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Excursion
The North Yorkshire Moors Railway
Day 3

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Today we take a nostalgic journey on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway to the popular seaside town of Whitby. We board our heritage steam-hauled* train in Pickering and make the wonderful journey through the stunning North York Moors National Park. Our route takes us through Goathland, a charming place perhaps best known as 'Aidensfield' in TV's Heartbeat. We pass over undulating moorland and through the winding Esk Valley as we make our way to the coast in restored carriages. Your time in Whitby is free for you to perhaps visit the brooding abbey, explore the town's Dracula connections or simply wander through the maze of narrow cobbled lanes in this authentic fishing port's old town before our return journey on the preserved railway.

*Wherever possible the rail excursion will be steam-hauled.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Excursion
Day 4

At leisure in Harrogate

Today your entire day is at leisure in this alluring spa town. You could spend the day simply unwinding and enjoy the hotel's facilities, or explore this charming town further. Known for its verdant parks and gardens, you could take in the delightful Valley Gardens or the incredible landscaped gardens at RHS Harlow Carr. Alternatively you might like to indulge in relaxing treatments at the Turkish Baths, while admiring the Royal Pump Room. If you have not done so already, why not enjoy a sumptuous afternoon tea at Betty's Tea Rooms?

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Free Day
Carlisle Castle
Day 5

Settle & Carlisle Line and Hadrian’s Wall Line

Leaving Harrogate behind, today we travel on the famous Settle & Carlisle Line. The 72-mile route is regularly voted one of the world's top railway journeys, and once we set off it is easy to see why. We climb quickly and travel through the dramatic Yorkshire Dales past the backdrop of the mighty Three Peaks; Peny-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. Here we cross the spectacular Ribblehead Viaduct, a true testament to Victorian engineering which carries us 104ft above the sweeping valley floor. After crossing the exposed Blea Moor, we emerge from a mile-long tunnel and pass through Dent station, which at 1150ft is the highest mainline station in England. We then head into Cumbria, passing through the lush, rolling hills of the Eden Valley before arriving in Carlisle. From here we join the Hadrian's Wall Line, travelling eastwards across the country between Wetheral and Hexham, roughly following the line of Hadrian's Wall. On arrival in Hexham we continue by coach to the historic Northumberland town of Alnwick, where we stay at the White Swan Hotel for three nights. The White Swan Hotel is perfectly located in the heart of the town, and is famous for its atmospheric Olympic Restaurant which features magnificent panelling, mirrors and stained glass windows from the Titanic's sister ship. On selected dates we stay in the 4-Star Linden Hall Hotel, located close to the village of Longhorsley, eleven miles from Alnwick.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Excursion
Alnwick Gardens
Day 6

Alnwick Gardens

This morning we enjoy a guided tour around the beautifully landscaped Alnwick Gardens. The gardens are a vibrant place; magnificent architecture and lovingly tended plants and flowers are brought to life with a variety of water features. The Ornamental Garden houses the country's largest collection of European flora, whilst the Poison Garden houses a collection of more unusual plants. This afternoon you have the opportunity to further explore the gardens, or perhaps visit the impressive Alnwick Castle. The imposing structure's beauty has made it a favourite location for film-makers - it was used most famously as Hogwarts School in the Harry Potter films. Alternatively, perhaps take the chance to discover Alnwick itself - it is generally referred to as 'Northumberland's most picturesque market town'.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Excursion
Bamburgh Castle
Day 7

Bamburgh Castle and Lindisfarne

Today we cross the wild Northumberland countryside to Bamburgh, a scenic coastal town dominated by the magnificent Bamburgh Castle. The huge fortress has been surveying the North Sea since the 12th century, and today we visit the castle and discover its fascinating armoury and dungeons. At low tide we leave the mainland and cross the causeway to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. Once on the beautiful island we take a journey into Britain's spiritual heritage with a visit to the island's famous priory. Founded in the 7th century, this is the site from where Christianity spread through Northern England and Lindisfarne has been a centre of pilgrimage for 1,300 years.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Excursions
Day 8

The journey home

After breakfast in the hotel, we transfer to Alnmouth station where we join the East Coast Mainline route back to York (First Class), a fitting place to end our adventure. Here your Tour Manager bids you farewell and a safe onward journey.

  • Breakfast

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