History & Houses of Yorkshire

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 – Harewood House

Board our private executive coach at your preferred pick up points – visit Harewood House, the home of the Queen’s cousin, the Earl of Harewood, renowned for its stunning architecture, fine art collection, exquisite Adam interiors and Chippendale furniture and a 1,000 acre ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped garden – continue to the 4* The Majestic Hotel in Harrogate.

Day 2 – York guided tour, Merchant Adventurers’ Hall & Fairfax House

Walking tour of York with our Blue Badge guide taking in the City Walls, the Shambles and the Minster, the largest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe – visit the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, built between 1357 and 1361 and one of the best preserved medieval guild halls in the world – Fairfax House is a stunning Georgian townhouse brimming with decorative flourishes and artistic treasures and displaying some of the finest 18th century period furniture in England.

Day 3 – Castle Howard & Harrogate guided tour

Magnificent 18th century Castle Howard is set in a beautiful 1,000 acre park adorned with rose gardens, lakes and fountains, while the house is home to the Howard family and has been richly furnished throughout – guided tour of Harrogate this afternoon takes in sights such as the Royal Hall and Montpellier Gardens – afternoon at leisure with time to take tea at Betty’s Café Tea Rooms.

Day 4 – Whitby & North Yorkshire Moors Railway trip

Scenic drive and then time to explore Whitby, a resort dominated by the cliff top ruins of a beautiful 13th century abbey and with old cobbled streets, picturesque houses and a sandy beach –  preserved in 1967 and featured in ‘Harry Potter’, a nostalgic steam train journey from Whitby to Pickering travels through the picturesque North Yorkshire Moors.

Day 5 – The Hepworth Wakefield

The Hepworth Wakefield features the Hepworth Family Gift consisting of 44 full size working models Barbara Hepworth executed from the mid- 1950s to the end of her career as well as a collection of her drawings, lithographs and screen prints – return to our original departure points with comfort stops en route.

Tour Features

4* Harrogate hotel

Half board accommodation

All excursions & guided tours included

Blue Badge guide Days 2 to 4

Executive coach throughout

One free place per 10 paying passengers

Harewood House

Walking tour of York

Medieval Merchant Adventurers’ Hall

Fairfax House

18th century Castle Howard

Guided tour of Harrogate

North Yorkshire Moors Railway trip


The Hepworth Wakefield


Four nights on half board basis at the 4* The Majestic Hotel. Located under a fifteen minute walk from the centre of Harrogate, facilities at the hotel include a restaurant and bar and all rooms are en suite.

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Here are some more suggested places of interest you might like to include:

  • Brontë Parsonage Museum, Haworth - the former home of the world’s most famous literary family
  • Newby Hall, Ripon - built under the guidance of Sir Christopher Wren, this is one of England’s finest Adam houses
  • Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Garden - together the Cistercian abbey, Georgian water garden, medieval deer park, Elizabethan hall and Victorian church offer an unparalleled range of England’s heritage
  • Sledmere House, Driffield - built in 1751 and set in the Yorkshire Wolds, the house exudes 18th century elegance with each room containing fine plasterwork by Joseph Rose Junior
  • Burton Agnes Hall, Driffield - an Elizabethan stately home built between 1598 and 1610 by Sir Henry Griffith, fifteen generations have filled the Hall with French impressionist paintings, contemporary furniture, tapestries and other modern artwork
  • Eden Camp - a former prisoner of war camp which uses audio visual technology to depict the history of World War II 
  • Fairfax House - Georgian townhouse brimming with decorative flourishes and artistic treasures and displaying some of the finest 18th century period furniture in England
  • Constable Burton Hall & Gardens - a private guided tour of the romantic garden by the head gardener is followed by time to admire the Hall’s fine collection of furniture and old master paintings
  • Markenfield Hall - completely surrounded by a moat and built mainly in 1310,this is the most complete surviving medium sized 14th century country house left in England
  • York Art Gallery - home of the Lycett Green collection of Italian Old Masters from the 14th to the 18th century, as well as works by renowned 20th century artists such as LS Lowry, Sarah Lucas and William Etty, York’s most famous artist

Tour Reviews

Reviews for History & Houses of Yorkshire

Date of Tour: October 2019

We had a lovely week in Yorkshire. The hotel was great. Harrogate is such a nice town and our visits to Fountains Abbey, Harewood House were most interesting. The free time in York was enjoyed by everyone. Our guide took us through the Hambledon Hills to Whitby through some beautiful scenery, then it was time for the best fish and chips! Everyone enjoyed the train ride to Pickering. Our driver Derick couldn't have been more helpful. All my ladies are now asking were we are going next year! Anyway Jana thanks for all you did to make our holiday so enjoyable.
JC, Willand 

Date of tour: October 2018

TWe have returned from Yorkshire having had a splendid trip. The weather was gorgeous, everything worked well and it was organised brilliantly. Our blue badge guide was excellent. She was a lovely woman who knew her stuff and was so warm and friendly. The driver was also excellent, a safe and skilful driver which is so important. I have had good feedback from everyone on the trip so far. Thanks so much for your contribution to the organisation of such a memorable trip.
DF, St Ives

Date of tour: July 2018

The tour to Yorkshire was excellent and altogether a great success. We were very lucky with the weather and saw some fantastic galleries and places. It seems that everybody has very much enjoyed the tour. Andy, our driver, proved to be absolutely brilliant. Our Blue Badge Guide was first class. Her overall knowledge of the area, together with her infectious enthusiasm for the region made her a perfect companion.
MB, Teddington

Date of tour: May 2018

Our group enjoyed an absolutely wonderful trip to Yorkshire last week and I would like to thank your staff for the excellent support I received throughout the whole process of planning and organising the holiday with great attention to detail. I find it impossible to select a day to highlight as every day was fascinating and immensely enjoyable. Our Blue Badge Guide proved a real asset and contributed greatly to the success of our trip. Her enthusiasm for Harrogate and Yorkshire was infectious and she shared her knowledge and love of local and social history, architecture, furniture, landscape and gardening with us in an engaging way. The hotel was a good choice for our group. Our coach driver Justina was excellent and to be congratulated on her calm driving and skilled negotiation of narrow country roads and tight turns. I would have no hesitation in highly recommending this trip to other groups and look forward to our next trip in October.
VM, Woodbridge

Date of tour: October 2017

The heritage we saw on our tour to Yorkshire was enriched by the extensive knowledge of our Blue Badge Guide and the smooth journey was due to the professionalism of our bus driver. However the ultimate success of the trip was the result of the meticulous organisation of the tour by Tailored Travel and the daily attentiveness of our leader Halina.
KH, Weybridge

Date of tour: September 2017

I wanted to write to you and thank you for our marvellous holiday to Yorkshire. The itinerary was excellent with good variety and the detailed planning sheets were accurate and very supportive. We were very lucky with the weather, it only rained when we were in the coach! The coach and driver Eric were exceptional, he was a delight – wonderful driving and social, friendly and very helpful, and the request from all is that we have him again next year! Our Blue Badge Guide was a font of knowledge offering extra little guided tours as well as her main role. She was aware of the needs of a few older members of the group and offered alternatives to help them out. The hotel and facilities were excellent.
NW, Tavistock

Date of tour: October 2016

Very many thanks for all your help in making my last holiday for my U3A easy and care free. The Guide was excellent and we had a very good driver. Although the weather could have been better we all enjoyed the places of interest even though some did more exercise than they thought they could. We loved the hotel and the food and staff were excellent. THANK YOU, THANK YOU and I will come and see you sometime.
MW, Crowborough

Date of tour: May 2013

The Yorkshire trip was a great success, according to our members (I am not allowed an opinion as organiser!) and many thanks to you for your part. The timings were very good and the hotel in Harrogate looked after us well. We have a Committee meeting here shortly when we will discuss the away trip for next year.
PC, Malmesbury

Date of tour: May 2012

I am writing to say how much the 28 of our members enjoyed our visit to Durham and North Yorkshire where we had a wonderful time. The itinerary proved to be first class and all visits and arrangements went very smoothly. The Blue Badge guide, Jan, was exceptionally good. The hotel was in an excellent position, comfortable rooms and the meals provided offered variety and were very good.
RM, Witham

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