Yorkshire by Steam 2014
Travel through historic Yorkshire by steam train
Travel through Yorkshire on a historic steam train and witness some of the incredible scenery and monuments that this unique county has to offer. From the historic city centre of York to nostalgic Brontë Country, each part of Yorkshire has something to enchant its visitors. Just wandering around the city of York provides an array of attractions for guests to marvel at including York Minster, the largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe, and the National Railway Museum. As well as this charming city, a Yorkshire steam railway tour has an abundance of natural highlights, such as the breathtaking Yorkshire Moors and the idyllic seaside town of Whitby.
Day 1 - Harrogate
Our discovery of Yorkshire begins in the beautiful Georgian spa town of Harrogate, where you meet your Tour Manager at your hotel. Situated at the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, Harrogate is ideally located for exploring the region. After time to settle in, we dine together in the hotel tonight.
Day 2 - Historic York
Today we take the train to nearby York, a beautiful city with Roman and Medieval architecture in abundance. We discover more about this walled city and its centuries of history on a guided walking tour of the main sights, including the magnificent gothic Minster and the quaint Shambles. Following the tour you are free to continue exploring at your own pace. The National Railway Museum (entry free), with its large collection of carriages and steam locomotives, should not be missed. The Jorvik Viking Centre is another popular option. For a unique view of York, walk along the city walls, or if you're feeling energetic, why not admire the panorama from the top of the Minster's central tower?
Day 3 - The North Yorkshire Moors Railway
Today's excursion takes us to Whitby, one of Yorkshire's most popular seaside resorts. We board the North Yorkshire Moors Railway in Pickering, for an enthralling journey by steam* across the breathtaking landscape of the North York Moors National Park. Travelling in heritage carriages, we pass through Goathland, better known as 'Aidensfield' in TV's Heartbeat. We continue through hidden valleys and open heather moorland as we make our way to the charming fishing port of Whitby. Crowned by its brooding abbey, and famous as the setting of Bram Stoker's Dracula, it boasts some of the UK's finest fish and chip restaurants. We enjoy free time here to explore before our return journey by heritage railway.
Day 4 - Worth Valley and the Brontës
We travel by coach to Keighley, where we enjoy a nostalgic journey on the heritage Keighley & Worth Valley railway. The steamhauled* trip takes us up the Worth Valley to Oxenhope, passing the rugged hills, rustic stone cottages and wild farmland immortalised in the 1970 film The Railway Children, which was filmed here. We then continue to the picturesque village of Haworth, surrounded by beautiful moorland and the Pennine Hills. Here we visit the Brontë Parsonage, which was home to the famous literary sisters. It was here, amid the wonderfully dramatic landscape, that the Brontë's were inspired to write novels such as Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre.
Please note - due to scheduling, on YHS68a the Keighley & Worth Valley railway will not be running. Instead, we have provided an excursion on the Embsay & Bolton Abbey historic railway to Bolton Abbey village. In the afternoon we will continue to Haworth and the Brontë Parsonage.
Day 5 - Homeward bound
After breakfast you are free to depart from Harrogate, but perhaps take the time to visit one of the town's beautiful parks, such as Valley Gardens, Betty's Tea Rooms, or the well-known spa first.
These meals, where shown, are included in the price of your holiday
On our Yorkshire by Steam tour we feature accommodation at four hotels in Harrogate, all of which are 4-star:
Cedar Court Hotel
The Old Swan Hotel
The Crown Hotel
The hotel used varies according to departure date - please contact us for details of the hotel included on the departure date of your choice. A brief description of each hotel may be found by clicking on the 'hotels' tab.
*Where possible the rail excursions will be steam-hauled.
While every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.
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All prices are per person and assume full occupancy of the room.
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Travelling through Yorkshire on a Steam Railway
A tour of Yorkshire by steam train is one of the best ways to get a look at this spectacular part of Britain. As you meander through lush valleys and across moors by train on a Yorkshire steam railway that is complete with heritage carriages, you will feel as though you have stepped into a bygone era. York, Brontë Country, Whitby and the awe-inspiring moors are just some of the areas visited. You can also spend some free time exploring the spa town of Harrogate, its historic buildings and parks. Join us on a Yorkshire steam railway tour and enjoy a selection of included excursions as well as accommodation and an array of meals.