The Heart of Yorkshire

With its immense stretches of unspoilt countryside, Yorkshire is the largest county in the UK. Steeped in natural beauty, there’s no doubt that this vast county, with its rolling, enchanted moorland, ancient trees and wild birds of prey is a truly spectacular place to visit.

Its history, evident in the architectural splendour, dates back centuries and had a dramatic effect of the landscape of this great county. Yet despite this, many parts of Yorkshire remained rural. That is, until the coming of the railways in the 1840s when the new rail network opened up the county and bought accessibility to the more remote areas.

Yorkshire By Steam

Indulge yourself and discover the beauty of Northern England with our Yorkshire by Steam rail tour. From your base in Harrogate, you’ll get to experience ancient York, bask in Brontë country and enjoy a special rail journey through the spectacular North Yorkshire Moors. Our tailored rail tour includes:

  • A double delight with a trip through the wild and quietly dramatic moors as well as passing through one of the oldest railway tunnels in the world
  • A meander through five miles of scenic countryside courtesy of The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway. Eternalised by the Brontë’s, the heather strewn moorlands, rugged hills and charming stone cottages promises an experience like no other
  • A guided walking tour of historic York

Our itinerary will give you a few ideas about what you can expect to experience.

Day 1: Harrogate

Picturesque Beauty

East of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, the picturesque Victorian spa town of Harrogate is home to just 75,000 residents. Although it boasts acres of green space, it has many amenities, all within walking distance. Popular amongst fashionable Victorians for its restorative treatments, the Turkish Baths and Health Spa as it is now known still offers spa treatments today.

You’ll be met by your Tour Manager at The Crown Hotel in time for dinner. Then, after dinner, you’ll be taken on a short-guided walk to experience some of the best spots that Harrogate has to offer.

Includes Dinner

Day 2: York

Discover the History of York

Your second day will see you boarding the train to nearby York, where you’ll enjoy a guided walking tour of the main sights. Influenced by its Viking, Roman and medieval heritage, York is guaranteed not to disappoint. The tour takes in sights such as the 12th century Minster, one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in Northern Europe. Dominating the City skyline, the Minster, with its triple-naved Choir Aisle, stained glass narrow lancet windows and vaulted tower is a pure masterpiece.

You’ll also get to visit the Shambles, one of the world’s best-preserved medieval streets. The tour ends, fittingly, at the famous National Railway Museum. Boasting over 100 different locomotives, including a replica of George Stephenson’s Rocket, Queen Victoria’s own saloon railway carriage and a 1960s Japanese Shinkansen Bullet train. For many, the museum is sure to be the highlight of the tour.

If you’re still keen to see more of what York has to offer, why not visit the Jorvik Centre and learn about the City’s Viking roots. Or if you fancy a stroll and a bite to eat you can always stop off at one of the 365 pubs that York has to offer.

Includes Breakfast

Day 3: Whitby & The North Yorkshire Moors

Travelling in Style

You’ll start your day with an excursion by coach to Whitby, a popular seaside resort on the east coast. Yorkshire’s most famous son, Captain James Cook, served his apprenticeship in Whitby in 1746. Also celebrated for its connections to Bram Stoker’s Dracula – the gothic culture is evident and reflected in the town’s quirky streets, shops and Abbey ruins. The Abbey, with its panoramic views across the coast, is well worth a visit.

Travelling back in style, you’ll join the nostalgic North Yorkshire Moors Railway for the return journey. But before you sit back and bask in the rolling moorland vistas, you’ll get a chance to enjoy some of the finest fish and chips that Whitby is renowned for. Back in Harrogate once again, you’ll get to round off your evening with a three-course, Yorkshire-themed dinner.

Includes Breakfast and Dinner

Day 4: The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

The History of Rail

We travel to Ingrow for a trip on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway. Designed originally to supply the local mills with coal, the railway was first opened to traffic in 1867. This fantastic trip up the Worth Valley takes in the beautiful scenery made famous by the iconic 1970s film ‘The Railway Children’. You’ll learn more about the history of the railway with the on-train commentary before arriving at Oxenhope, where you’ll get the chance to visit the Vintage Carriage Museum and goods shed.

Your journey continues to the charming village of Haworth, once home to the famous Brontë sisters. Wild, rural, yet incredibly beautiful, the harsh moorland was a rich source of inspiration for the sisters.

Includes Breakfast and Dinner

Day 5: Harrogate & Home

The End of The Journey

Your journey ends where it started in Harrogate. If you have time before returning home, why not enjoy some of the delights that this beautiful Spa City has to offer. Over 100 years old, Betty’s Tearoom, a well-known tourist attraction, is a Yorkshire institution and well worth a visit.

Includes Breakfast

What’s included

Included in your experience:

  • Standard Class Rail
  • Heritage Rail Excursions
  • All rail and coach travel throughout your tour
  • 4 nights’ hotel accommodation
  • Professional UK Tour Manager throughout the trip

What’s not included in your experience:

  • Cancellation and travel insurance
  • Travel before and after the tour

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