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Yorkshire at Christmas

(8 reviews)
Small Group

Enjoy Christmas the heart of Yorkshire

7 days From £935 per person
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2020 Tour code: YKX21

About the tour

Enjoy all the Christmas cheer that Yorkshire has to offer based in the beautiful spa town of Harrogate. This festive holiday includes fantastic rail journeys, historic Ripley Castle, picturesque Fountains Abbey and the medieval city of York, adorned with seasonal decorations.


What’s included


Day 1 - Harrogate

Make your way to Harrogate, where our Tour Manager will be waiting to greet us at the hotel. You are then free to get acquainted with the spa town of Harrogate, renowned for its independent boutiques and glorious gardens, before dinner together this evening.

  • Dinner
Days 2-3 - Settle & Carlisle Line

Leaving Harrogate behind, we head to Settle to join the famous Settle & Carlisle line. The 72-mile route is regularly voted one of the world's top railway journeys. We arrive in Carlisle where we have free time before our return journey. We travel to York on Day 3, where we take a fascinating walking tour, seeing some of the city's ancient sights, including York Minister and the medieval Shambles. This afternoon, you are at leisure.

  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 3 - Breakfast, Dinner
York at Christmas
Days 4-5 - The Wensleydale Railway and Christmas Day at leisure in Harrogate

Today is Christmas Eve, and we join the Wensleydale Railway, enjoying a mince pie and mulled wine before we travel through the lovely Yorkshire countryside. After our journey, we visit Bettys Tea Rooms back in Harrogate for a luxury cream tea.

Day 5 is Christmas Day, and the emphasis is on good food and relaxation. We enjoy a traditional Christmas lunch with all the trimmings before an afternoon spent at leisure. This evening, we sit down to a festive buffet dinner together in the hotel.

  • Day 4 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 5 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 6-7 - Fountains Abbey, Harrogate and homeward bound

Today we take a coach excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Fountains Abbey. Set within a beautiful estate, these are the largest abbey ruins in the country. The abbey hosts an annual candlelit carol service within the Cellarium, which we attend. You are free to explore the grounds independently before we return to the hotel. Our holiday ends on Day 7, and you are free to depart Harrogate at leisure.

  • Day 6 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 7 - Breakfast
Fountains Abbey

Additional information

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.


Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate

Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate

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Settle-Carlisle Railway
Wensleydale Railway

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88% of travellers would recommend this tour

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Submitted 18/04/2019

Because I never give 5 stars!

Miss A Halford

Submitted 29/01/2018

Good value, very comfortable hotel with helpful staff. The trips were varied & much enjoyed. One member of the group was repeating the same trip having done it the year before. Our leader was very attentive and we formed into a friendly cohesive group.

Mrs J Sneary

Submitted 19/01/2018

Great Rail take great care to look after their customers and provide excellent customer service . Our tour guide was friendly and considerate without being overbearing and she mad sure our tour went as well as it could do . This was my second Holiday with great rail and I hope to o many more !

Mrs J Green

Submitted 13/01/2018

Excellent, just a bit let down over hotel and the weather ... fog obscured the view from the viaduct

Mr B Shaw

Submitted 12/01/2018

everything smoothly from start to finish and was accurate as stated in the brochure

Mr M Todman

Submitted 12/01/2018

The replacement visit to Betty's Tearooms (in place of Ripley Castle) was disappointing.

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