2022 Time Out In Yorkshire
Take time out to enjoy a gentler pace of life in the picturesque Wharfe Valley at the southern end of the Yorkshire Dales. Staying in the former spa town of Ilkley, nestled beneath the Cow & Calf Rocks and famous for its moor, enjoy true Yorkshire hospitality, bags of fresh air, wonderful limestone landscapes and moorland. Sit back and relax as the dramatic scenery unfolds from the comfort of a heritage railway, a canal barge or your coach seat. Enjoy an included visit to Shibden Hall as featured in the TV series 'Gentleman Jack as well as a tour of the magnificent Piece Hall in Halifax
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 north to Yorkshire to check into your hotel for your 4 night stay. Welcome drink on arrival DBB
DAY 2 - 4 At leisure in Ilkley with two included excursions.
Enjoy a free day in Ilkley, a great little place to relax and treat yourself. There are excellent restaurants and independent shops selling everything from gifts to vintage clothes and books. Maybe enjoy afternoon tea at the famous Bettys Cafe and Tea Rooms or take a stroll in Riverside Gardens, alongside the River Wharfe, a lovely park in which to spend some time. The Ilkley Toy Museum (entrance approx. £4 pp in 2021) is bursting with childhood memories (I used to have one of those….)
Pennine Explorer - Rail & Sail
Off to Embsay today for a ride back in time behind a vintage locomotive. Settle back in beautifully restored Victorian and Edwardian carriages and enjoy a unique view of some of Yorkshire's finest countryside on a round trip via Bolton Abbey. Then it's off to Skipton - a town with immense history, a rich culture, independent shops, food & drink places galore, a famous market, an iconic castle, stunning countryside and, perhaps most of all, friendly, fiercely proud and passionate Yorkshire people. Enjoy an included trip aboard a narrow boat on the Leeds to Liverpool Canal to gain an insight into the town's central role in the busy waterways of the industrial revolution.
Shibden Hall & Halifax
An included visit takes you to the distinctive half-timbered Shibden Hall, home of the Lister family for over 300 years and notably of the 19th century diarist, landowner and businesswoman, Anne Lister. Her remarkable life was dramatised in the recent BBC series, 'Gentleman Jack' starring Suranne Jones and Shibden Hall was one of the main filming locations of the show. Continue into Halifax, once the heart of England's woollen industry and home to some of the region's best-preserved Victorian and Georgian landmarks. It is well worth taking time out to get to know this charming Yorkshire market town with its inimitable character and historical vitality. Be sure to pop into the handsome 15th Century Minster (where Anne Lister is buried) to enjoy the beautiful interiors complete with painted wooden ceiling panels. Star of the show must surely be the magnificent Piece Hall. A unique Grade I listed Georgian masterpiece, it is the oldest remaining cloth hall in Britain. Following a multi-million pound transformation project, it is now a world class cultural and leisure destination with its grand open-air courtyard surrounded by a mix of independent galleries, shops, cafes and restaurants. Delve deeper into its captivating past with a local heritage guide who will lead you through the grand colonnades and regale you with tales of its fascinating 250-year history.
DAY 5 After breakfast, bid farewell to Yorkshire as you head south to interchange and onward to your home towns
Best Western Plus Craiglands Hotel, Ilkley
This charming 3* hotel has been welcoming people from around the world for more than 150 years. Timeless in appearance yet full of the mod cons you need for a wonderful stay, this grand Victorian hotel remains the ideal place for a relaxing break, combining comfort and excellent facilities in 6 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds and woodland. Comfortable guest rooms offer free WIFI, TV and tea / coffee making facilities. There is a lift to all floors, restaurant and bar