York & Castle Howard

From £999
Duration 5 Days
Departures from: Apr 2022 - Oct 2022
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From £999
Duration 5 Days
Departures from: Apr 2022 - Oct 2022
Tour Overview

Welcome to the Bronte sisters scenic Yorkshire Dales and the vibrant city of York with its magnificent Minster and medieval Shambles. Explore the city and take in the picturesque Yorkshire countryside including Bingley Five Rise Locks en route to Harrogate. Finally – find yourself in the film location of Brideshead Revisited at the iconic Castle Howard.

  • Short Break
  • All Breakfasts
  • All Excursions Included
  • Max Group Size 25

Your Holiday Includes

  • Just You Tour Manager as your host & Specialist Local Guide
  • 4 nights half board in a 4-star hotel
  • A guaranteed twin or double room of your own
  • 8 included meals: 4 breakfasts and 4 dinners including a welcome drink
  • Free parking at hotel for duration
  • All highlights included
  • Travel in destination by coach; public bus and guided walks
  • Porterage

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Orientation walk along York's historic city walls and the River Ouse
  • Visit York Minster – one of the world’s most magnificent cathedrals
  • Visit the highest Staircase Lock in the UK at Bingley
  • Visit the home of the Bronte Sisters at Haworth in the Yorkshire Dales
  • Visit Harrogate for free time
  • Visit to Castle Howard


Day 1 York

Make your own way to Mercure York Fairfield Manor. This evening enjoy a Welcome Drink with your travel companions and Tour Manager in the bar area of your hotel before a delicious dinner. Meals included: D

Day 2 Sightseeing in York

After breakfast enjoy a full day in York to discover the highlights of this wonderful city. We start with a visit to York Minster one of the largest cathedrals of its kind and the second-largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe. Seat of the Archbishop of York the cathedral has beautiful stained glass and a rose window in its south transept which dates to around 1500. Your Tour Manager will then take you on an orientation walk of the main parts of the city – including a visit to the Shambles – a historic street lined with medieval buildings. See Clifford’s Tower – a castle keep once used as a prison and then a mint. The rest of your day is free to explore. Perhaps consider a visit to the time capsule-style Viking attraction JORVIK or the National Railway Museum of York – just a short walk from the city centre. In the evening return to your hotel and have a relaxed dinner. Meals included: B,D

Day 3 Yorkshire Dales & Harrogate

This morning after a hearty breakfast, we travel to Bingley in the Yorkshire Dales. You will have the chance to photograph the highest Staircase Lock which was constructed in 1774 as part of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal system.  We then stop in Haworth located at the edge of the rugged Pennine Moors. It is here that the Bronte family lived from 1820 and it is also the town where the sisters wrote their famous novels. You may wish to visit the Bronte Parsonage Museum and the Bronte Memorial Chapel in the nearby church where their father preached or simply explore the quaint shops along the cobbled main street. You will also have free time here for lunch before we head on to Harrogate. You may wish to have a traditional tea at the famous Betty’s Café and Tea rooms or simply explore the centre of town with its beautiful buildings and gardens. In the evening we return to the  hotel and enjoy dinner with your travel companions.  Meals included: B,D

Day 4 Castle Howard

This morning after breakfast travel to the iconic Castle Howard. The Daily Telegraph stated that Castle Howard is ‘One of the top 10 buildings you must visit in your lifetime’ and we agree. Famed (amongst other things) for being the location of the television series Brideshead Revisited which was first broadcast in 1981 and went on to run until 2008 – Castle Howard has it all from picturesque gardens to the magnificent castle itself.  Enjoy a guided tour to discover the history here and then free time when you could also visit the wonderful Farm Shop and Garden Centre before returning to your hotel. Meet with your fellow travel companions this evening for your final dinner at the hotel. Meals included: B,D

Day 5 York

This morning, after a leisurely breakfast, say farewell to your travel companions and Tour Manager as you return home after your short break to Yorkshire.  Meals included: B

Accommodation (as specified or similar)

Mercure York Fairfield Manor Hotel

Mercure York Fairfield Manor Hotel is a beautiful 18th century Georgian manor house, set amongst 6 acres of private grounds on the outskirts of the historic walled city and along the banks of the River Ouse. Georgian elegance combines with contemporary style in one of the most popular hotels York has to offer.

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