Historical North Yorkshire
5 days from £399 per person*
*based on sharing on a twin/double basis and a minimum of 40 paying passengers
North Yorkshire is considered to be the most beautiful district of Yorkshire, blissfully free of the Industrial Revolution. The rolling hills are dotted with grand manor houses, rich abbeys and ancient castles. Our 5-day tour discovers some of the many highlights of the region, including Castle Howard, Harewood House and the Bronte Parsonage Museum. We have time at leisure to explore the spa town of Harrogate and visit the RHS Harlow Carr gardens and Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
Day 1 – We make our way to Harrogate by coach and visit an interesting town or property. After check-in we have time to relax before dinner at the hotel.
Day 2 – After breakfast we visit Castle Howard; widely regarded as Yorkshire’s finest historic house & gardens. Home to the Howard family for over 300 years, it is an 18th century residence set within 1,000 acres of the Howardian Hills – an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Guides are on hand to share information as we tour the house at our own pace. A vast array of arts have been collected and are on display in the house, including antique sculptures and paintings by Canaletto and Zuccarelli, Reynolds and Gainsborough. We return to our hotel for dinner.
If time allows, we recommend to incorporate an afternoon visit to York.
Day 3 – Today we travel to the nearby Bronte Parsonage Museum and Saltaire Village. The Bronte Parsonage Museum is the former home of the Bronte sisters. They spent most of their lives here and wrote their famous novels in its surroundings, and the museum describes the sisters’ successes and failures and tells of their rather ill-fated fortune. Later we visit The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Saltaire Village, a Victorian model village founded in 1851 by Sir Titus Salt. Salt built neat stone houses for his workers, wash-houses with tap water, a hospital and an institute for recreation and education, with a library, science laboratory and gymnasium. This combination of housing, employment and social services is often seen as an important development in the history of 19th century urban planning. Today, the village houses an 1853 gallery, displaying works of local artist David Hockney, and various shops and cafes. We return to our hotel for dinner.
Day 4 – This morning we visit RHS Harlow Carr Botanical Gardens. Covering 68 acres and set in a valley, Harlow Carr Gardens have a variety of growing landscapes including the Kitchen Garden, The Queen Mother’s Lake, Arboretum and the Scented Garden. We continue to Harewood House, an 18th century country house designed by Robert Adam and John Carr. The house was built for Edwin Lascelles and is still home to generations of the Lascelles family. It showcases a collection of paintings by masters of the Italian Renaissance and 18th century furniture designed by Thomas Chippendale. We will enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure in Harrogate; famed for its historic buildings and natural springs that are said to have health properties. The Royal Pump Room Museum tells the history of England’s premier spa town. Dinner is included at our hotel this evening.
Day 5 – After breakfast we check-out of our hotel rooms and visit Yorkshire Sculpture Park. This is an open-air gallery set in the grounds of Bretton Hall, an 18th century estate that was a family home until the mid-20th century. There are 5 galleries presenting works by British and international artists including Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth. We continue our journey back to our local area.
The order of excursions is subject to change
With so much to see in the area, alternative visits could include Keddlestone Hall, Ripley Castle, the Embsay & Bolton Steam Railway and Pennine boat cruise, to name a few.
Holiday Inn Harrogate
The 4 star Holiday Inn is a comfortable and modern hotel centrally located and within easy walking distance of the town centre. The recently (Sept 2016) refurbished rooms offer comfort combined with modern facilities – WiFi, tea / coffee making facilities, television, en-suite bathroom. The hotel has a lift, two restaurants and a bar.
Other hotels are available
• Executive coach travel throughout
• 4 nights half-board accommodation
• Itinerary as detailed
What’s not included
• Single supplement
• Travel insurance
Any of our tours can be tailored to suit your particular groups requirements.
For further details please contact one of the team on 01225 764205 or email@example.com