Explore the historic spa and market towns of Harrogate and Thirsk, and see the beautiful summer blooms. 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

  • Tea/coffee on arrival

  • 3-course menu with 3 choices per course

  • Tea/coffee after dinner

  • Journey on Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway - single

  • 1-hour River Cruise

  • Entrance to Castle Howard for the Autumn Harvest and Flower Festival

  • Porterage

  • Escorted throughout

Image © Visit England Betty's Tearoom

Tour Itinerary
Day 1

We arrive in Harrogate 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

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 4

Thirsk & Castle Howard Autumn Harvest and Flower Festival
This morning we head to the market town of Thirsk, known as 'Darrowby' in the TV series All Creatures Great and Small. We continue on to Castle Howard for the Autumn Harvest and Flower Festival. Still owned and lived in by the Howard family, the spectacular house (and gardens) was the film location for Brideshead Revisited. Enjoy stunning floral installations inside the House using seasonal flowers and produce, before exploring the many games and activities being hosted outside in the gardens. See a vintage tractor display, hay bale maze, a trail of beautiful willow sculptures, and more.

Day 5

Departing after breakfast we make our way home.

Other Information


4* DoubleTree by Hilton Harrogate Majestic Hotel & Spa

Built in 1889, the hotel sits on eight acres of landscaped gardens in the heart of Harrogate. Royal Hall and Harrogate Convention Centre are a five-minute walk away, and they are half a mile from Betty's Café. The spa features six beauty treatment rooms, a steam room, sauna, and indoor pool. Every stay starts with their signature warm chocolate chip cookie.

• Lift • Restaurant • Piano Lounge • Indoor Swimming Pool • Sauna • Steam Room • Beauty Rooms • Fitness Centre • LCD TV • Free Wi-Fi • Hairdryer • Iron/Ironing Board • Tea/coffee Making Facilities • Telephone •

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