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Yorkshire Christmas Markets


Experience the Christmas Market in York

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2019 Tour code: YKM20

About the tour

Based in the spa town of Harrogate, experience the Christmas Market in York, enjoy a vintage steam rail journey with a festive theme and visit the historic house of Castle Howard in its full Christmas glory.


What’s included


Day 1 - Arrive in Harrogate

Make your way to the 4-Star Majestic Hotel in Harrogate, our base for the next four nights. After meeting your tour manager you are free to get acquainted with the spa town of Harrogate, renowned for its independent boutiques and the historic Bettys Tea Rooms, before dinner tonight.

  • Dinner
Harrogate Bettys
Day 2 - Guided tour of York and its Christmas Market

Today we travel the short distance by rail to nearby York. Steeped in history, we discover more about this walled city on a fascinating walking tour of the major sights. Following the tour you have the chance to visit the wonderful National Railroad Museum (free entry).

Later you are free to explore York's Christmas Market which offers an interesting array of gifts, crafts, local farm produce and continental foods.

  • Breakfast
Day 3 - Bolton Abbey and Grassington

This morning, we transfer to Bolton Abbey in Wharfedale to take a nostalgic trip on the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railroad. After, we transfer to Bolton Priory, the ruins of a 12th century Augustinian Monastery that is perched on the banks of the River Wharfe and surrounded by the verdant countryside Yorkshire is so famous for. Perhaps take this time to wander down the delightful walk, which takes you up and along the banks of the river? At the other end, you might like to enjoy a spot of tea at the Cavendish Pavilion, overlooking the delightful scenery.

Later we travel back in time to Grassington, and its traditional Dickensian festival. Shopkeepers and villagers dress up in Victorian costume and the Christmas market is alive with street entertainers and traditional country crafts..

*Steam-hauled where possible

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Grassington Dickensian Festival
Days 4-5 - Castle Howard

We head today to stately Castle Howard, home to the Howard family for more than 300 years. The house, familiar to many from 'Brideshead Revisited', is beautifully decorated for the Howard family's traditional Christmas. There is plenty of time to explore this incredible slice of Yorkshire history, which boasts of some marvellous landscaped gardens that are truly a delight to explore.

After breakfast on Day 5 you are free to depart in your own time. Alternatively you might like to explore Harrogate and the surrounding area a little further before you leave. Perhaps head to the Valley Gardens for a short stroll, or visit the numerous boutique shops located in and around the delightfully picturesque Montpellier quarter?

  • Day 4 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 5 - Breakfast
Castle Howard

Additional information

Recommended Airports

For this tour, we recommend arriving into Leeds Bradford airport, which is approximately 12 miles from your first hotel or Manchester airport, which is approximately 70 miles from your first hotel. Our recommended departure airport is the Leeds Bradford airport, which is approximately 12 miles from your final hotel or Manchester airport, which is approximately 70 miles from your final hotel.

Visa Requirements

It is your responsibility to check and fulfil the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.

Departure times

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.


Majestic Hotel Harrogate

Majestic Hotel, Harrogate

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Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railroad
Yorkshire Christmas Markets

Historic steam railroads and York's Christmas markets


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