2022 - Medieval York & A Stately Visit
Still encircled by its ancient walls, York was one of the great cities of the medieval world. The city is dominated by the soaring pinnacles of York Minster, the finest Gothic church in northern Europe. From its narrow streets, lively with chic cafés and specialist shops, to trips on its tree-lined river, York is a treasure house for visitors. It offers an unrivalled choice of museums and galleries including the renowned (and now re-vamped) Jorvik Viking Centre, National Railway Museum and the Castle Museum. With so much to see and do here, York is known as 'the city to suit all tastes'. Stay in the heart of York to make the most of your weekend and enjoy an included visit to one of Yorkshire's breathtaking great houses (Harewood House in March and Castle Howard in July and Sept)
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 After joining your holiday coach, you travel to the Newark, stopping for the opportunity of lunch or refreshments. Continue to your centrally located hotel in York late afternoon. 3 nights DBB
DAY 2 - 3 At leisure in Medieval York with one included excursion
Magnificent York is a beautiful compact riverside city famous for its Roman, Viking and Medieval heritage dating back 2000 years. Within the ancient walls and twisting atmospheric streets you will find an array of sights to discover such as the iconic York Minster, Jorvik Viking Centre and a host of museums, shops, charming tea rooms and traditional pubs. There may be an opportunity for an optional guided city tour
Harewood House (March only)
Harewood sits in the heart of Yorkshire and is one of the Treasure Houses of England. The House was built in the 18th century and has art collections to rival the finest in Britain. Visitors can enjoy exhibitions of contemporary art, rare Bird Garden, Farm Experience and over 100 acres of exquisite gardens to explore. Harewood House was transformed into Buckingham Palace for both series 1 and 2 of the blockbuster ITV drama, Victoria. Many of the opulent rooms on the State Floor, the famous kitchens Below Stairs as well as exteriors of the house and parts of the Estate were used in the production.
Castle Howard (July & Sept only)
Just 15 miles from York stands Castle Howard, one of the nation's finest stately homes. The house is full of treasures, fine art and furniture collections - the magnificent Great Hall with its soaring Corinthian pilasters, Pre-Raphaelite stained glass in the chapel and corridors lined with classical antiquities. Enjoy the day exploring the house at leisure on a free-flow basis with knowledgeable guides in each room who regale visitors with fascinating stories of family members across the centuries. Outside the Castle Howard landscape brings out the colour and drama of the season, whatever the weather. With 1,000 acres of parkland to explore, Castle Howard is a haven of peace and tranquility with extensive woodland walks, temples, lakes and fountains. The monumental landscape offers breath-taking views at every turn.
DAY 4 Setting off this morning for the journey south with an interesting stop at lunch time.
The Queen’s Hotel, York
The excellent 2* Queen’s Hotel is situated on the banks of the River Ouse, ideally located for the many shops, restaurants and bars that the centre of York has to offer. York Minster, the internationally acclaimed Jorvik Viking Centre and all the many sights of the beautiful city of York are within walking distance. Rooms are spacious and comfortable with classical décor and offer free Wi-Fi, TV and tea / coffee making facilities. There is a restaurant serving a range of modern and traditional dishes as well as a bar.