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This tour showcases the best of Yorkshire’s wonderful countryside from the moorland beauty of Brontë country to the picturesque Dales incorporating stunning towns, villages and attractions. Yorkshire is one of the most popular counties in Britain with rolling dales and stunning vistas, colourful towns and quaint villages plus a wonderful history and heritage. Explore the diversity of the UK’s biggest county and experience some real gems including a nostalgic scenic railway journey, a stately home with award winning gardens and the breathtaking scenery of the Yorkshire Dales.
Sunday We collect you from home to join your tour coach for the drive north to Yorkshire. Late afternoon we arrive at our hotel, Marriott Hollins Hall in Shipley.
Monday Today we visit Harewood, one of the Treasure Houses of England set in the heart of Yorkshire. With rolling Capability Brown landscapes, an impressive art collection including works by JMW Turner & El Greco, renaissance masterpieces, exquisite Thomas Chippendale furniture, fabulous Robert Adam interiors, combined with 100 acres of award-winning Gardens and a renowned lakeside Bird Garden. It is unsurprisingly known as “The Jewel in Yorkshire’s Crown”. We have time to explore the house, majestic staterooms and glorious gardens. Afterwards, we head to Harrogate. This wonderful spa town is renowned for its floral beauty, with its Victorian Pump Room, Royal Baths, curiosity shops and beautifully manicured gardens.
Afterwards, we head to Harrogate. This wonderful spa town is renowned for its floral beauty, with its Victorian Pump Room, Royal Baths, curiosity shops and beautifully manicured gardens. Afternoon Tea at Betty’s could be a perfect treat.
Tuesday This morning we are joined by a specialist local guide for our coach tour of the picture-postcard Yorkshire Dales, one of Britain’s finest National Parks. Our tour will take us into Wharfedale, one of the Yorkshire Dales' longest and most beautiful valleys. We pass through the picturesque town of Ilkley known as the 'Heather Spa' which nestles below Rombalds Moor and onto Skipton, gateway to the Yorkshire Dales. The town is famous for its magnificent medieval castle which stands proud at the top of the High Street. From here we make our way into the dales and the pretty village of Grassington with its quaint cottages and cobbled market square. Leaving Grassington, we make our way towards Otley. The attractive parks alongside the river and independent shops & cafés in the many alleys and yards make Otley one of the most popular towns in Wharfedale.
Wednesday This morning we visit the picturesque village of Haworth, home of the Brontë sisters, surrounded by beautiful moorland and the Pennine Hills. It was here, amid the wonderfully dramatic landscape, that the Brontës were inspired to write novels such as Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre. We then travel by coach to Keighley, where we enjoy a nostalgic journey through West Yorkshire countryside on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, a lovingly preserved standard gauge heritage railway. The steam-hauled trip goes up the Worth Valley to Oxenhope, passing the rugged hills, rustic stone cottages and wild farmland immortalised in the classic film 'The Railway Children', which was filmed here along with countless other films and TV programmes. Return to the hotel via the nearby beautiful village of Esholt former filming location of TV's "Emmerdale".
Thursday Time to bid a fond farewell and head for home with suitable stops en route. On our return to Wiltshire your taxi will be waiting to return to you to your home.
Marriott Hollins Hall
This hotel is set in extensive grounds near Shipley and while it retains the prestige of a grand country house, it has a warm intimate feel. Leisure facilities are excellent and include a large indoor swimming pool, spa, sauna and 18 hole golf course. Around the hotel there are areas to sit and relax and you can enjoy a drink in Hollins Bar or the Zest Café. All bedrooms are superbly furnished with en suite bathrooms and have TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. Lifts to all floors.
Look what's included!
4 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
Luxury coach travel
Home pick up
Entrance to Harewood House
Guided tour of the Yorkshire Dales
Return steam journey from Keighley to Oxenhope