Yorkshire & Northumberland
Follow in Viking and Roman footsteps, visiting historic York, Chester's Roman Fort, Bamburgh Castle and Lindisfarne on this tour of Yorkshire and Northumberland.
Scenic rail journeys bring to life the history and wild, natural beauty of Yorkshire and Northumbria on this wonderful eight day tour. Follow in Viking and Roman footsteps, visiting historic York, Chester's Roman Fort, Bamburgh Castle, Lindisfarne oand the glorious Alnwick Gardens.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Standard Class rail travel unless otherwise described
- 7 nights' hotel accommodation
- 14 meals including 7 breakfasts and 7 dinners, including 1 farewell dinner
- Guided walking tour of York
- Scenic Rail journey on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway
- Journey to Carlisle on the famous Settle & Carlisle Line
- Trip on Hadrian's Wall Line
- Guided tour of Alnwick Gardens and a visit to Bamburgh Castle
- Trip to Lindisfarne including a visit to the Priory
- The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
- Porterage included from Harrogate and Carlisle
- All coach transfers
Day 1- Harrogate
Our holiday begins as you arrive at your hotel in Harrogate, at the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. We spend four nights here at the Crown Hotel, the Holiday Inn or the Old Swan. One of England's most attractive towns, Harrogate retains many Georgian and Victorian features including its original spa buildings. After time to discover your new surroundings, and to perhaps visit the famous Betty's Tea Rooms, this evening we meet for dinner in the hotel. (D)
Day 2 - Historic York
This morning we travel by rail to York, which we discover on a guided tour, seeing the incomparable Minster, one of Europe's largest Gothic cathedrals. This stunning sandstone building is covered in wonderful examples of Gothic architecture, and has stood in its current position, as an icon of the York skyline, in one form or another for the past 2,000 years. We also visit the medieval Shambles, which has remained almost unchanged since the Middle Ages. The narrow cobbled street is overlooked by a patchwork variety of houses built in the traditional style of the time.
The rest of your day is at leisure to explore more of this ancient Viking city. Perhaps visit the amazing National Railway Museum, which contains an incredible amount of locomotives from all around the world - from a hospital train used in World War I to an ultra-modern Japanese Shinkansen.(B, D)
Day 3 - The North Yorkshire Moors Railway
Today we take a nostalgic journey on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway to the popular seaside town of Whitby. We board our heritage steam-hauled train in Pickering and make the wonderful journey through the stunning North York Moors National Park. This heritage line is the most visited in the United Kingdom, offering journeys to tens of thousands of tourists per year. There is an undoubtedly good reason for this, thanks to the incredible moorland scenery that stretches over the hills of the North Yorkshire Moors.
Pass through quaint villages, including Goathland, which is famous for its part in the Harry Potter films, as well as being part of Yorkshire-based soap opera Heartbeat, before exploring wonderful Whitby, the town that inspired Bram Stoker to write his famous novel 'Dracula'. (B, D)
Day 4 - At Leisure in Harrogate
Today your entire day is at leisure in this alluring spa town. There is plenty to do here in this Georgian spa town - including perhaps a visit to the iconic Bettys Tea Rooms. This institution of Harrogate offers a myriad of delicious food and pastries, and it is incredibly easy to while away an afternoon in the elegant café with a cup of specially-blended tea.
Alternatively, there are a plethora of beautiful green spaces around the town, from the 200 acres of the Stray and the Victorian Valley Gardens, to the lush verdant greenery of RHS Harlow Carr Gardens, easily accessible by a short bus journey from the town centre. Alternatively, you may like to visit one of the many art galleries and museums dotted around Harrogate, including the Harrogate Pump Rooms where the brave may try a sample of Harrogate's famous sulphurous spring water. (B, D)
Day 5 - Settle & Carlisle Line & Hadrian's Wall Line
Leaving Harrogate behind, today we travel on the famous Settle & Carlisle Line. The 72-mile route is regularly voted one of the world's top railway journeys, and once we set off it is easy to see why. Cross over the wonderful Ribblehead Viaduct that cuts through the Yorkshire Dales and is overlooked by the mighty Whernside. The line also skirts the North Pennines, designated an Area of Natural Beauty for it's breathtaking examples of the glory of nature. Once in Carlisle we transfer onto the Hadrian's Wall Line, so named because it runs almost adjacent to the eponymous Hadrian's Wall, built thousands of years ago to keep out the Picts from Britannia, to Hexham. On arrival, we continue by coach to our hotel - the historic White Swan Hotel in Alnwick. (B, D)
Day 6 - Alnwick Gardens
This morning we enjoy a guided tour around the beautifully landscaped Alnwick Gardens. The gardens are a vibrant place; magnificent architecture and lovingly tended plants and flowers are brought to life with a variety of water features. From large fountains that appear to rise in tiers into the distance in an elegant display one would expect to see gracing the gardens of Versailles, to tiny little walled gardens that are intimately calm in their beauty. There is also an enormous wooden treehouse here, looking to the world like a small castle from a fairy tale. The varieties of flora here are all perfect for enticing any horticulturist into the myriad paths of this enchanting place. (B, D)
Day 7 - Bamburgh Castle & Lindisfarne
Today we cross the wild Northumberland countryside to Bamburgh, a scenic coastal town dominated by the magnificent Bamburgh Castle, which overlooks the gorgeous sandy coast of Northumberland. A fort of some kind has been set on the fantastic strategic location of Bamburgh Castle since the 5th century, and buildings have been built and destroyed and re-built numerous times through the years. The current iteration of the castle was restored during the 18th and 19th centuries, much to the pleasure of thousands of visitors to the castle since then. We enjoy some free time here before visiting the famous island of Lindisfarne*. Often known simply as 'Holy Island', this remote spot has been inhabited since the 6th century. As an important centre of Christianity in Celtic Britain, it was invaded and ransacked by the Vikings during the early years of their English invasions. Now the island is home to both ruins and castles and is a truly spectacular place to spend our last afternoon. Tonight,we enjoy a farewell dinner at the hotel to celebrate our last night of the tour.
*Please note that due to tidal variance, the time of the visit to Lindisfarne is subject to change. (B, D)
Day 8 - The Journey Home
After breakfast in the hotel, we transfer to Alnmouth station where we join the East Coast Mainline route back to York (First Class), a fitting place to end our adventure. (B)
Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.
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Train and Hotel Accommodations
White Swan Hotel, Alnwick
The White Swan Hotel is a 300 year old coaching inn set in the heart of the historic town of Alnwick, close to Alnwick Castle and gardens. The hotel has a bar, a bistro and an oak panelled restaurant which features stained glass windows, mirrors and other fixtures and fittings from RMS Olympic, the Titanic's sister ship. The well-appointed rooms feature a telephone, television with DVD player, tea and coffee making facilities and a hairdryer.
Crowne Plaza, Harrogate
Found at the core of historic Harrogate, the 4-Star Crowne Plaza Harrogate embraces the traditions of this ancient spa town to make your stay as relaxed, enjoyable and as comfortable as possible. Housed in an impressive glass building, looking over the town centre, you are well placed to explore the many attractions and to perhaps stop off at Bettys Tea Rooms for lunch. Amenities here include a fitness centre, a restaurant and a bar, while the tasteful rooms come with complimentary WiFi, a hairdryer and a television.
Hadrian's Wall Line
Operated by Northern Rail, the Hadrian's Wall Line runs across England from Carlisle to Newcastle, following the route of Hadrian's Wall. The remains of the wall itself are not always visible from the train, but the railway passes through many pretty former Roman towns and villages, and skirts the edge of the beautiful Northumberland National Park - ensuring its continued popularity with tourists.
North Yorkshire Moors Railway
The English county of Yorkshire is famous for its wild, open and unspoilt landscapes and guests may enjoy a relaxing trip along the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Covering a distance of 29 kilometres (18 miles), it is one of the UK's longest heritage railway lines runs through the beautiful North York Moors National Park, connecting the picturesque market town of Pickering and the village of Grosmont.
The railway first opened in 1836 as the Whitby and Pickering Railway for the transportation of both goods and passengers to and from Yorkshire's east coast. It continued to run until 1965 when it suffered the same fate as many of the UK's provincial railways; closure under the recommendation of 1963's notorious Beeching Report. Salvation for the Whitby and Pickering Railway arrived via an enthusiastic and dedicated preservation society who arranged open weekends and 'steam galas' to fund the re-opening of the line. Their goal was achieved in 1973 and the North Yorkshire Moors Railway was born.
Today, carefully-restored carriages are hauled by diesel and steam locomotives along the picturesque route, which reportedly features one of the oldest railway tunnels in the world.
Settle to Carlisle Railway
The iconic Settle to Carlisle Railway was the last mainline railway to be built in the UK and was completed in 1876 by the Midland Railway Company after six years of work. Widely accepted as being one of the best-engineered mainline tracks in England, the line is visually dramatic and offers a truly great rail journey.
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