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Explore the historic spa and market towns of Harrogate and Thirsk. Relax and enjoy spectacular views of Bolton Abbey and the Yorkshire Dales from a steam railway journey, and marvel at the scenery on a gentle river cruise. Image © Visit England Betty's Tearoom
Detailed Overview

Price includes

  • 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast

  • Welcome tea/coffee

  • Full cooked breakfast

  • 3-course menu with 3 choices per course

  • Tea/coffee after dinner

  • Journey on Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway

  • 1-hour River Cruise with commentary and tea/coffee

  • Entrance to Castle Howard

  • Porterage

  • Escorted throughout

Image © Visit England Betty's Tearoom

Tour Itinerary
Day 1

We travel to our hotel and enjoy a tea/coffee on arrival, before dinner.

Day 2

Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway & Skipton River Cruise
We start the day with a journey on the Embsay and Bolton Abbey steam railway through the picturesque Yorkshire Dales. With a stop in Skipton, 'Gateway to the Dales' for lunch and free time to browse the pretty high street. This afternoon we take a relaxing cruise on a traditional canal narrow boat through the countryside with tea/coffee and biscuits served on board.

Day 3

Thirsk & Castle Howard
After breakfast, we head to the market town of Thirsk, known as 'Darrowby' in the TV series All Creatures Great and Small. We then continue on to Castle Howard, one of England's finest historic houses. Still owned and lived in by the Howard family, this spectacular house was the film location for Brideshead Revisited. More like a palace, this opulent country house is situated within idyllic sweeping parkland dotted with statues, temples, lakes and formal gardens. After we've explored this magnificent house, we make our way back to the hotel for dinner.

Day 4

Following breakfast, we spend a day at leisure discovering Harrogate's magnificent Victorian buildings, colourful banks of flowers, broad tree lined boulevards and wide-open spaces. Marvel at its spa town history, and the Regal 19th century Royal Pump Room Museum, built in 1897. The Turkish baths are still in daily use today. Be sure to treat yourself to tea at the world-famous Betty's Tea Rooms, and, for garden lovers, there are the Valley Gardens and the 68 acres of RHS Harlow Carr Botanical Gardens to explore.

Day 5

Departing after breakfast we make our way home.

Other Information


3* Best Western Plus Craiglands Hotel, Ilkley

The Best Western Plus Craiglands 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 at this grand Victorian hotel set in 6 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds and woodland.

Bedrooms: TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities.

Facilities: Restaurant, bar, terrace and Wi-Fi.

Mobility Information: There is a lift to the second floor, however, due to the age of the building there are stairs to access some bedrooms.

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