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Explore Yorkshire and Northumberland by rail

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7 days From £845 per person
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2021 Tour code: YNS21

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
Betty's, Harrogate
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.'

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
York
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.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
The North Yorkshire Moors Railway
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

Includes
  • Day 4 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 5 - Breakfast, Dinner
Alnwick Gardens
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 holiday ends.

Includes
  • Day 6 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 7 - Breakfast
Bamburgh Castle

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

The White Swan Hotel, Alnwick

The White Swan Hotel, Alnwick

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Cedar Court Hotel, Harrogate

Cedar Court Hotel, Harrogate

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Trains

North Yorkshire Moors Railway
Settle-Carlisle Railway

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Reviews

79% of travellers would recommend this tour

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Miss Christine Diwell

Submitted 1 week ago

Well organised, attentive tour manager, well spaced varied and interesting programme and good hotels

Mr Derek May

Submitted 1 week ago

It was an excellent break and, Covid-19 restrictions not withstanding, we were able to do and enjoy everything we were expecting.

Mrs Sheila Milner

Submitted 1 week ago

the tour was well organised and our tour guide for the week was terrific given the challenging and ever changing circumstances caused by covid 19 restrictions

Mrs. M. Pusey

Submitted 20/11/2019

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

Anonymous

Submitted 06/09/2019

Marred by poor food in Harrogate hotel

Anonymous

Submitted 28/08/2019

Very enjoyable well balanced programme. Good hotels

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