2023 - Heritage Railways Of Yorkshire
New itineraryJump aboard and step back in time as you experience the nostalgic sounds of a steam or diesel engine and shriek of the whistle as you travel through spectacular Yorkshire countryside on some of the region's top heritage railways. Enjoy a gentler pace of life in the picturesque Wharfe Valley at the southern end of the Yorkshire Dales, Enjoy true Yorkshire hospitality, railway nostalgia, 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.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Exploring Yorkshire by rail & coachDAY 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 Yorkshire with three included excursions
Pennine Explorer - Rail & Sail & Skipton (All tours)
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 - the charming Dales 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.
Keighley & Worth Valley Railway & Haworth (All tours)
Head off to Keighley, a pretty town, nestled between the charming countryside of Airedale and the Haworth Moorland. The town is the terminus of the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway and you will enjoy a nostalgic trip about this lovingly restored heritage line. The railway line is most famous for its role in the 1970 film version of The Railway Children. (Diesel scheduled to operate in September). Disembark in lovely Haworth, a picturesque village surrounded by dramatic moorland and a haven for independent businesses, art galleries, boutiques and then an array of places to eat and drink. Spend your time browsing up and down the cobbled Main Street and fans of the Brontë sisters may want to visit the Brontë Parsonage, home to the Brontë family from 1820 and now a beautifully preserved museum (entrance not included - approx. £11 in 2022 - pre-booking may be required). Retun to Ilkley for some time to explore the town, 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 2022) is bursting with childhood memories (I used to have one of those….)
Wensleydale Railway & The Yorkshire Dales (June only)
Head to Bedale, a small Georgian market town, one of the Gateways to the Dales with many listed buildings and the Church of St. Gregory on the main street before you board the Wensleydale Railway at Leeming Bar with its beautiful Victorian station. Your Pacer Diesel train travels west on its heritage journey to the gateway town of Leyburn. Then it's off to explore the idyllic Yorkshire Dales, designated a national park in 1954 (further extended in 2013). Known for its outstanding scenery, unspoilt countryside, diverse wildlife habitats and a rich cultural heritage, the Yorkshire Dales has many moods - it can be wild and windswept or quietly tranquil with valleys full of meadows, drystone walls and barns. Take a scenic drive of discovery via Pateley Bridge, a lovely little Dales town on the River Nidd, and then onto pretty Grassington, the friendly and picturesque village in Upper Wharfedale.
Harrogate & The Yorkshire Dales by coach (September only)
Harrogate's elegance and style draws from its 18th century history, when it became the spa town of choice for its wealthy visitors after the discovery of its medicinal waters. It has left a legacy of grandeur which can be seen everywhere amid its opulent buildings, green open spaces and beautiful parks and gardens. The Royal Pump Room Museum houses the strongest sulphur well in Europe! Then it's off to explore the idyllic Yorkshire Dales, designated a national park in 1954 (further extended in 2013). Known for its outstanding scenery, unspoilt countryside, diverse wildlife habitats and a rich cultural heritage, the Yorkshire Dales has many moods - it can be wild and windswept or quietly tranquil with valleys full of meadows, drystone walls and barns. Take a scenic drive of discovery via Pateley Bridge, a lovely little Dales town on the River Nidd, and then onto pretty Grassington, the friendly and picturesque village in Upper Wharfedale.
DAY 5 - After breakfast, bid farewell to Yorkshire as you head south to interchange and onward to your home towns
NB Railway journey may be by steam of diesel and timetables are subject to change. Please be advised that this itinerary has been planned well ahead of the holiday season in 2023 and there could be changes to train timetables and operations Back to top
DoubleTree by Hilton Majestic Hotel 4 Star
PLEASE NOTE: HOTEL CHANGED FROM BROCHURE DUE TO A GOVERNMENT CONTRACT.
Housed in a magnificent 19th century building with a remarkable facade, the 4-star DoubleTree by Hilton Harrogate Majestic Hotel & Spa is nestled amidst twelve acres of spectacular gardens in the very heart of Harrogate.
This sophisticated hotel is located within easy reach of the city's main attractions including the Harrogate International Centre, the beautiful Montpellier Gardens and the renowned Betty's Tea Rooms.
The Majestic Hotel offers superb and lavish accommodation: its large, elegant rooms are non-smoking with stunning views, wireless internet access, and a host of modern amenities for a pleasant and relaxing stay.
The hotel's exclusive Bodysense Health & Leisure Club is a luxurious complex boasting an indoor swimming pool, fitness centre, sauna, solarium, and jacuzzi facilities as well as an assortment of beauty therapies in its Orchid Rooms.
- Coffee Maker
- Hair Dryer
- Flat Screen TV
- Alarm Clock
- In room safe
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