Scarborough, York & The Vikings 5 Days-Cumberland
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 - Full Day - Castle Howard & Helmsley
One of Yorkshire’s grandest houses, the construction of Castle Howard took nearly a full century./nThe grand house was extensively restored following a fire in 1940./nThe house and its extensive gardens offer many elegant and dramatic scenes to delight the eye. /nHelmsley is a charming small town with a variety of interesting shops and cafes./nThe main sight is the ruined Helmsley Castle and adjoining walled garden (entry fees apply)./n
Day 3 - Day at Leisure
Day 4 - Full Day - Jorvik Viking Centre & York
We visit the world famous Jorkic Viking Center Museum (included in the tour cost) The Original Viking Encounter bringing the past to life./nThe journey takes you through the reconstruction of the Viking age, experiencing life as if would have been in the 10 century through sights, sounds and even smells./nYou’ll have time to explore the unique art galleries and Viking artefacts./nThere’s also a gift shop for any Viking inspired gifts./nToday we visit York, a vibrant festival city with Roman roots and a Viking past, offering an adventure for everyone. York boasts a wealth of places to visit including the Roman walls, the famous York Minster, the National Railway Museum and the fascinating Jorvik Viking Centre (entrance fees may apply). You can take a stroll down the Shambles, one of the best preserved medieval streets in Europe, believed to be the inspiration for Diagon Alley in the Harry Potter films. /n
Day 5 - 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.