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 at the 3* Cairn Hotel in Harrogate.

Day 2 – York guided tour, Merchant Adventurers’ Hall & York Art Gallery

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 – an audio guided tour of York Art Gallery explores the 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.

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 – North Yorkshire Moors Railway & Whitby

Preserved in 1967 and featured in ‘Harry Potter’, a nostalgic steam train journey from Pickering to Grosmont travels through the picturesque North Yorkshire Moors – rest of the day in 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.

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

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

York Art Gallery - audio guided tour

18th century Castle Howard

Guided tour of Harrogate

North Yorkshire Moors Railway 

Whitby

The Hepworth Wakefield

Hotel

Four nights on half board basis at the 3* Cairn Hotel, located under a ten minute walk from the centre of the spa town of Harrogate. Facilities include a restaurant and a bar and all rooms are en suite.

Tailor-make this tour

Your tailor made tour

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..      

Tour Reviews

Reviews for History & Houses of Yorkshire

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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Remember this itinerary is just our suggestion. Tailor make this tour exclusively for your group to suit your members’ budget or preferences. You could:

  • stay at a 4* hotel
  • for more (or fewer) days
  • include different excursions – see ‘Tailor-make this tour’ tab for suggestions
  • bring a specialist lecturer
  • include all entrance fees & gratuities

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