Minsters & Moors 7 Days - Cumberland Hotel
Scarborough is arguably the oldest seaside resort in Britain - a Dr Wittie of Scarborough was advocating sea bathing as long ago as 1660, more than a century before it became popular in Regency Brighton! But Scarborough is much older even than this - a cursory glance at the headland which divides Scarborough's two bays reveals the impressive medieval castle. The name Scarborough is a Viking one and the castle grounds conceal the remains of a Roman signal station. The busy harbour is haven to a welter of fishing vessels and there are the usual seaside pursuits a-plenty on the adjacent South Bay promenade which leads to the Spa. The steep hill sides are beautifully landscaped and there are many attractive parks and gardens. The resort is noted for its theatres and there is an art gallery and several small museums.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1 - Outward Travel
Day 2 - North York Moors & Whitby
We pass through Thornton Dale to the pleasant market town of Pickering, where we have a coffee stop. /nWe pass the natural hollow of the Hole of Horcum, created by a “giant” and Saltersgate Inn, a smugglers’ haunt. /nGoathland was the main setting for TV's “Heartbeat”, and its station featured in the Harry Potter films./nWhitby, on the banks of the River Esk, is dominated by the remains of a 13th century Benedictine abbey. /nAtop the West Cliff is a monument to Whitby's whaling past - two giant tusks frame the view. /nCaptain Cook lived here in 1746 and there is an interesting museum explaining his adventures (entry fee applies)./n
Day 3 - Day at Leisure
Day 4 - Day at Leisure
Day 5 - York
York's medieval walls were built by Henry III around 1220. Some stretches can be walked on today (steep stairs)./nYork's Minster (entry fee applies) is the largest medieval cathedral in England - it took over 250 years to complete. /nThere are museums of Roman, Viking and medieval history (charges apply), as well as many interesting shops in "The Shambles"./n
Day 6 - Bridlington & Beverley
Beverley's 13th century Minster is one of England’s finest Gothic churches, with exceptional interior features./nBar House near North Bar Gate is where Charles 1 stayed in 1642 during the Royalist siege of Hull./nThe 14th century St. Mary’s church is well worth a visit, as is Guildhall heritage centre (occasional opening)./nBridlington has an historic old town, long promenade, sandy beach and cliff top walks with views of the trawler port./nThe Bayle Museum (occasional opening, small entry fee) is housed in a 12th century gatehouse in the old town. /nRecently refurbished, the Spa entertainment centre has a free-to-enter art gallery hosting a variety of exhibitions./n
Day 7 - Return Travel
The Cumberland Hotel in Scarborough is very well situated on the South Cliff, just a few minutes’ walk from the Spa complex, beach and town centre. With excellent views of the town from the north facing rooms, this excellent hotel has recently been extensively refurbished. The Cumberland Hotel has 90 bedrooms with central heating, private bath or shower and WC (note all single rooms have showers). All rooms have tea/coffee making facilities, hair dryer and television. Entertainment is provided most evenings in the ballroom. There is an attractive restaurant and quiet lounge. The lift serves all floors (just a few stairs to some rooms). Parking permit available from the hotel free of charge. Alternatively, we can help you arrange the perfect coach holiday to Scarborough so you can put your feet up.