Unwind 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.
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 - From your chosen joining point your feeder vehicle will take you to the designated interchange point where your holiday begins. 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 2020) 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 steam locomotive. Breathe in the evocative smells and thrill to the puffing and hissing of the steam engine. 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. Wednesday is market day in Skipton and if you love a bargain and are partial to some delicious local produce, traditional Skipton Market is for you.
Harewood House & Harrogate
Harewood is one of the Treasure Houses of England with rolling ‘Capability’ Brown landscapes, an impressive art collection, exquisite Chippendale furniture and fabulous Robert Adam interiors. It was transformed into Buckingham Palace for series 1 & 2 of the ITV flagship period drama, ‘Victoria’. All this combines with 100 acres of award-winning gardens and a renowned lakeside Bird Garden. Your visit includes the State Rooms, Below Stairs, the Gardens and the Terrace Gallery. Spend some free time in elegant Harrogate with its lovely Victorian arcades and colourful Valley Gardens.
DAY 5 – Your homeward journey today features a stop in the Yorkshire Sculpture Park near Wakefield. The park’s collection features works by British and international artists, including Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth. Return to interchange later and onto your hometowns mid evening.
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AccommodationBest Western Plus Craiglands Hotel, Ilkley
The ivy-covered Craiglands Hotel is set in mature, landscaped grounds and is just a 5-minute walk fromcentre. Free Wi-Fi and free on-site parking are available.
The grand Victorian building has traditional rooms which have a satellite TV and a private bathroom with a hairdryer. Tea and coffee facilities and a work space are also provided in each room, some feature views across the Yorkshire Moors.
A log fire is the centre piece of the sleek lounge bar area. Guests can enjoy freshly prepared local produce in the stylish Brasserie 1 restaurant which has French windows that open onto agarden terrace.
Just a 10-minute drive from the Yorkshire Dales and the Cow and Calf Rocks onare a 10-minute walk.Back to top