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Soak up the natural beauty of Yorkshire and Northumbria

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7 days From £995 per person

2023 Tour code: YNS23

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.

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  • 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. 

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  • 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 to Pickering where we transfer by coach back to Harrogate. Dinner is a delicious Yorkshire-themed affair at our hotel.

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

Leaving Harrogate behind, we enjoy a journey on one of the worlds most scenic railways, the 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 on our way to Bamburgh, a town dominated by its castle which overlooks the sweeping, sandy coast. We enjoy a private 'behind the scenes' tour of Bamburgh Castle before it opens to the public, discovering the history of this 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 locally made mead and fudge 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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Hotel St George, Harrogate

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Trains

North Yorkshire Moors Railway
Settle-Carlisle Railway

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Mr Michael Walker

4 stars

Submitted 24/Sep

It was very enjoyable. Food could have been of a higher standard in first hotel.

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Ml Maynard

4 stars

Submitted 23/Sep

Lovely trip, but spoilt by lack of advertised air conditioning in both hotels, and noisy wedding parties

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Buzzingarden

5 stars

Submitted 20/Sep

This is a full and busy tour of some wonderful places. We were well looked after and had fun too. A very enjoyable holiday.

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Mr Richard Moules

1 stars

Submitted 15/Sep

Although we very much enjoyed this holiday it was rather “full on”! There was no time to explore Harrogate, and most people were too tired to make use of our time in York. Saturday was a bad day to go to Whitby (too crowded) & the North York Moors train trip should have been earlier as we had no time at all in Pickering (& most things seemed to have shut for the day anyway!) The break in Carlisle was too long on a damp Sunday!

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J Mcmaster

5 stars

Submitted 15/Sep

Excellent in all respects except Linden Hall Hotel struggling! Some carpets were disgusting and we could not open room 8 windows.

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Myra Chapman

3 stars

Submitted 14/Sep

Indifferent food at first hotel. Overlong (2 hour) walk round York. No lunch break scheduled in on days 1 and 2. Pity to have 3 hours in Carlisle on Sunday when museum and shops were closed. Otherwise, very good.

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