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Castles & Abbeys Of Historic Yorkshire

UK & Ireland
  • Duration: 6 days
  • Board Basis: Half Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TJUS8634

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Coach

6 days

English Heritage 2019

PRICE FROM ? £725 per person
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Itinerary

Description

Yorkshire is a county abundant in natural beauty and fascinating history. We’ll visit the spectacular Castle Howard, explore the haunting remains of Whitby Abbey and enjoy a scenic, relaxing ride on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

Self Drive Itinerary

Excursion One – Castle Howard

Designed by Sir John Vanbrugh, the 18th-century Castle Howard has twice appeared as the titular house in film and television adaptations of Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited. The seat of the Howard family for over 300 years, this stunning stately home contains wonderful interiors, world-renowned collections of art, porcelain and furniture, and exhibitions that tell the stories of the people who have lived here. The beautiful grounds feature lakes and waterways, a walled garden, and eye-catching temples and monuments. We have a full day here to enjoy everything Castle Howard has to offer.  

 Excursion Two – Scarborough Castle & Scarborough

This morning we’ll take in the coastal views from Scarborough Castle and find out about its long, battle-scarred past on a guided tour. The castle was built in the 12th century and was transformed into a mighty royal fortress by Henry II, King John and William III. The castle was the site of the longest and bloodiest siege of the Civil War, and was badly damaged during the fighting.

This afternoon we enjoy some time in Scarborough town. Situated on Yorkshire’s coast between two large bays, Scarborough claims to be the country’s oldest seaside resort, and it has been attracting visitors since it became a fashionable spa town in the early 17th century. You can explore the historic harbour, stroll along the beach or browse around the shops in the town centre.

Excursion Three – Rievaulx Abbey, Byland Abbey, Helmsley & Helmsley Castle

Our day begins at Rievaulx Abbey, set in a tranquil valley in the North York Moors. We will take a guided tour of the impressive ruins of what was once one of England's most powerful Cistercian monasteries and see medieval artefacts in the modern museum.


We will then enjoy a buffet lunch at Byland Abbey Inn before heading across the road to Byland Abbey. In its heyday this was one of the greatest English monasteries, and its architecture inspired church buildings throughout the north, including the famous Rose Window of York Minster. The abbey is now a picturesque ruin.

Our tour continues on to the pretty market town of Helmsley for some free time before our guided tour of Helmsley Castle. We’ll find out how the castle evolved over the centuries from a mighty medieval fortress to a luxurious Tudor mansion, before being called into action in the Civil War and finally becoming a romantic ruin.

Excursion Four – Pickering Castle, North Yorkshire Moors Railway, Goathland & Whitby Abbey

We begin our day at Pickering Castle, set in the scenic market town of Pickering on the edge of the Moors. Built on the orders of William the Conqueror to keep the north of England under control, during our visit we can discover the stores of this splendid 13th-century castle.

Afterwards, we take a nostalgic journey on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, travelling through peaceful countryside from Pickering to Goathland. Goathland is a village that some may know as ‘Aidensfield’ on the TV series Heartbeat – it’s a lovely place to spend some time and enjoy a spot of lunch.

Our final stop is Whitby Abbey. Discover years of history and amazing views at these cliff top remains on a guided tour. The abbey’s soaring gothic splendour provided Bram Stoker with a dramatic location for scenes in his 1897 classic horror novel Dracula, and today it’s still easy to see why.

Self Drive Bullets

  • 5 nights dinner, bed and breakfast at the Raven Hall Hotel, Ravenscar
  • Porterage
  • Welcome drink
  • After dinner tea and coffee at the hotel
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • Visits to Castle Howard, Scarborough Castle, Scarborough, Rievaulx Abbey, Byland Abbey, Helmsley, Helmsley Castle, Pickering Castle, Goathland & Whitby Abbey
  • Guided tour of Scarborough Castle
  • Guided tour of Rievaulx Abbey
  • Buffet lunch* at Byland Abbey Inn
  • Guided tour of Helmsley Castle
  • Scenic heritage train journey on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway
  • Guided tour of Whitby Abbey
  • Guidebooks for selected properties
  • Services of a Tour Manager

    *Please inform us at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements

Are you an English Heritage Member?

If you are a member of English Heritage you can save a further £40pp on the price shown. To redeem this all you need to do is tick the "EH Member Discount" box on the "Passenger Options" page during the booking process.

Search Bullets

  • 5 nights dinner, bed and breakfast at the Raven Hall Hotel, Ravenscar
  • Visits to Castle Howard, Scarborough Castle, Scarborough, Rievaulx Abbey, Byland Abbey, Helmsley, Helmsley Castle, Pickering Castle, Goathland & Whitby Abbey
  • Services of a Tour Manager

Helpful Information

Please note: You will need a reasonable degree of mobility to keep up with the pace of the tour; you may encounter steep or rough terrain and have stairs to climb. As a general guideline, we recommend that you are comfortable to stroll for 20-30 minutes at a time.

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Coach Itinerary

Excursion One – Castle Howard

Designed by Sir John Vanbrugh, the 18th-century Castle Howard has twice appeared as the titular house in film and television adaptations of Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited. The seat of the Howard family for over 300 years, this stunning stately home contains wonderful interiors, world-renowned collections of art, porcelain and furniture, and exhibitions that tell the stories of the people who have lived here. The beautiful grounds feature lakes and waterways, a walled garden, and eye-catching temples and monuments. We have a full day here to enjoy everything Castle Howard has to offer.  

 Excursion Two – Scarborough Castle & Scarborough

This morning we’ll take in the coastal views from Scarborough Castle and find out about its long, battle-scarred past on a guided tour. The castle was built in the 12th century and was transformed into a mighty royal fortress by Henry II, King John and William III. The castle was the site of the longest and bloodiest siege of the Civil War, and was badly damaged during the fighting.

This afternoon we enjoy some time in Scarborough town. Situated on Yorkshire’s coast between two large bays, Scarborough claims to be the country’s oldest seaside resort, and it has been attracting visitors since it became a fashionable spa town in the early 17th century. You can explore the historic harbour, stroll along the beach or browse around the shops in the town centre.

Excursion Three – Rievaulx Abbey, Byland Abbey, Helmsley & Helmsley Castle

Our day begins at Rievaulx Abbey, set in a tranquil valley in the North York Moors. We will take a guided tour of the impressive ruins of what was once one of England's most powerful Cistercian monasteries and see medieval artefacts in the modern museum.


We will then enjoy a buffet lunch at Byland Abbey Inn before heading across the road to Byland Abbey. In its heyday this was one of the greatest English monasteries, and its architecture inspired church buildings throughout the north, including the famous Rose Window of York Minster. The abbey is now a picturesque ruin.

Our tour continues on to the pretty market town of Helmsley for some free time before our guided tour of Helmsley Castle. We’ll find out how the castle evolved over the centuries from a mighty medieval fortress to a luxurious Tudor mansion, before being called into action in the Civil War and finally becoming a romantic ruin.

Excursion Four – Pickering Castle, North Yorkshire Moors Railway, Goathland & Whitby Abbey

We begin our day at Pickering Castle, set in the scenic market town of Pickering on the edge of the Moors. Built on the orders of William the Conqueror to keep the north of England under control, during our visit we can discover the stores of this splendid 13th-century castle.

Afterwards, we take a nostalgic journey on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, travelling through peaceful countryside from Pickering to Goathland. Goathland is a village that some may know as ‘Aidensfield’ on the TV series Heartbeat – it’s a lovely place to spend some time and enjoy a spot of lunch.

Our final stop is Whitby Abbey. Discover years of history and amazing views at these cliff top remains on a guided tour. The abbey’s soaring gothic splendour provided Bram Stoker with a dramatic location for scenes in his 1897 classic horror novel Dracula, and today it’s still easy to see why.

Coach Bullets

  • 5 nights dinner, bed and breakfast at the Raven Hall Hotel, Ravenscar
  • Porterage
  • Welcome drink
  • After dinner tea and coffee at the hotel
  • Return coach travel
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • Visits to Castle Howard, Scarborough Castle, Scarborough, Rievaulx Abbey, Byland Abbey, Helmsley, Helmsley Castle, Pickering Castle, Goathland & Whitby Abbey
  • Guided tour of Scarborough Castle
  • Guided tour of Rievaulx Abbey
  • Buffet lunch* at Byland Abbey Inn
  • Guided tour of Helmsley Castle
  • Scenic heritage train journey on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway
  • Guided tour of Whitby Abbey
  • Guidebooks for selected properties
  • Services of a Tour Manager

    *Please inform us at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements

Are you an English Heritage Member?

If you are a member of English Heritage you can save a further £40pp on the price shown. To redeem this all you need to do is tick the "EH Member Discount" box on the "Passenger Options" page during the booking process.

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