Grand Days Out in Yorkshire

Our new suggested itinerary combines the city of York, rich in ancient history and renowned for its exquisite architecture and quaint cobbled streets with the breathtaking landscape of the North Yorkshire Moors. Visit one of Britain’s finest stately homes, Castle Howard, and the picturesque towns of Whitby and Helmsley are just waiting to be discovered!
New Suggested Itinerary based on 4 night stays

Day 1 Arrival
We arrive to a warm welcome at our hotel and will have time to settle in prior to dinner.

Day 2 York City Cruise & York 2/14 mile round trip
Today we will spend exploring the splendid city of York and its fantastic attractions. We will start the day with an entertaining and informative 45 minute round trip sightseeing York City Cruise along the river Ouse, from where we can enjoy the scenery from the comfort of our all-weather cruise boat. Live commentary is provided by local skippers who will regale us all with fascinating facts about the incredible history of York whilst we cruise leisurely past its attractions. Following our cruise, we spend time at leisure exploring the many attractions York has to offer, from York Minster, the Yorkshire Museum Gardens, the National Railway Museum, the Jorvik Viking Centre and York Castle Museum, to the historic medieval lanes of the Shambles.

Day 3 North Yorkshire Moors Railway & Whitby 100/108 mile round trip
This morning, we make our way to the 1930’s themed Pickering Station and the North Yorkshire Moors Railway that will transport us back in time to the steam era. We board a steam or heritage diesel train and sit back to experience 24 miles of Yorkshire’s amazing scenery as we travel to Whitby (Apr – Oct only). We have time to explore the seaside town with its narrow cobbled streets, museums and picturesque harbour and perhaps shop for Whitby jet before enjoying lunch in one of the numerous cafés or pubs. Travelling back on our coach, we stop in Goathland, a village nestled at the bottom of a wide valley surrounded by the heather-clad hills of the North York Moors that was used as a film set for the early Harry Potter films, and is also known as Aidensfield in the UK television series 'Heartbeat'.

Day 4 Castle Howard & Helmsley 55/67 mile round trip
After breakfast this morning we visit Castle Howard set within 1000 acres of breathtaking landscape in the Howardian Hills. Built over 300 years ago, the castle’s rich and varied history is waiting to be discovered. During our free flow visit, friendly and knowledgeable guides will be on hand to share the stories of the house, family and collections. Castle Howard featured in ITV’s Victoria, and most famously starred in the film and television adaptions of Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited. We can follow the ‘Seen on Screen’ trail which will tell us all we need to know about its exciting connections to these popular shows. We spend the afternoon in what is regarded as ‘the perfect English market town’ of Helmsley. There are plenty of unique stores, galleries and boutiques, along with charming tea rooms overlooking the bustling market square and its ancient cross. Soaring above the town are the imposing ruins of Helmsley Castle with the Walled Gardens (Apr – Oct only) dating back to 1759 sitting beneath them.

Day 5 Departure
After breakfast this morning, we bid farewell to the staff at our hotel and begin our journey home.

Queens Hotel, York

AAA Central Location Great Views
The 2 star Queens Hotel is centrally located on the south bank of the River Ouse, just a short walk to the city centre. The entrance is accessed by 10 steps but there is a chairlift available. All 78 bedrooms are well furnished and equipped with TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. The traditional restaurant has views over the river as does the adjacent bar which has comfortable seating where guests can relax and enjoy a drink. Coach parking is off-site at St George’s Field coach park, approx. £12 for 24 hours.

The Parsonage Hotel & Spa

Escrick, York
Built in the 1840s and maintaining many of its original features, the Parsonage Hotel is set in six acres of formal gardens and woodland, just a short drive away from the historic city of York. The hotel offers 50 stylishly decorated bedrooms which all include hairdryer, TV and tea/coffee making facilities. Meals are served in the intimate Lascelles Restaurant. The hotel also has excellent spa facilities including an indoor swimming pool, sauna and steam room. With a beautiful conservatory and elegant lounges, this is a traditional, country-style hotel with high standards.

The Queens Hotel

York, Yorkshire
3 Nights Half Board
March - October 2018
Twin from £135pp
Single Supplement £75

• Welcome fruit juice before dinner on arrival night
• Choice of menu
• Tea/coffee after dinner

The Parsonage Hotel & Spa

Escrick, Yorkshire
4 Nights Half Board
May - August 2018
Twin from £225pp
Double for Sole Use Supplement from £95

• Porterage
• Welcome tea/coffee on arrival
• Choice of menu
• Tea/coffee after dinner
• Free use of leisure facilities
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