9.00am: We meet opposite the Dean Court Hotel in Duncombe Place, York, YO1 7EF (near York Minster) and head off to Bronte Country in the West Yorkshire Pennines, with your Tour Guide telling you about the history and features of the area as you pass through.
10.15am: Our first stop is at the Bingley Five Rise Locks where you will see the highest Staircase Lock in the UK, a spectacular feat of engineering constructed in 1774 as part of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. You can explore and photograph the working locks, or just enjoy a leisurely Yorkshire Brew and soak up the local atmosphere in the nearby cafe – the choice is yours!
10.45am: We leave Bingley for the short journey to our main stop at Haworth.
11.00am: We arrive in Haworth, on the edge of the rugged Pennine Moors, where the Bronte family lived from 1820 and the sisters wrote their famous novels, for a two hour stop over lunchtime. You can visit the Bronte Parsonage Museum and the Bronte Memorial Chapel in the nearby Church where their father preached, or just explore the quaint shops on the cobbled main street and have a leisurely lunch in one of the traditional cafes – the choice is yours!
1.00pm: We leave Haworth and enjoy the scenery as we head north into Wharfedale in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
2.00pm: You will arrive in the stunning setting of the traditional Dales village of Burnsall, lying on a bend in the River Wharfe and surrounded by a circle of spectacular fells, where we will stop for photographs before continuing our journey through the National Park.
2.30pm: You will arrive at Bolton Abbey, where entry is free and you will be able to explore the Priory Church and ruins of the 12th Century Augustinian Priory in its beautiful riverside setting, or maybe take the stepping stones challenge if you are feeling more adventurous!
3.15pm: We leave Bolton Abbey to visit the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway (as seen on “Great Railway Journeys” with Michael Portillo), where you will have the option to take a steam train ride through the picturesque Yorkshire Dales scenery between Bolton Abbey and Embsay Stations at our special discounted rate of £5 for adults/£2.50 for children (paid in cash on the day and no need to pre-book).
3.40pm: The Minicoach with any passengers not wishing to take the train continues the journey by road.
4.15pm: We meet up with the train passengers at Embsay Station then head back to York.
5.45pm: We arrive back at the meeting point in York at approximately 5:45pm and say our goodbyes.
There are only 16 places available on each tour date so book early to avoid disappointment!
Adult Ticket: £42
Family/Group Ticket (any grouping of 4 people): £135
Child Ticket (Aged 4-15): £34
(Our trips are not suitable for under 4’s)
This tour can be booked direct with us ONLINE, or tickets can be purchased from the YORK VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE – Visit York, 1 Museum Street, York, YO1 7DT
If you prefer to book and pay by telephone, just give us a call and we will process it for you – 01609 779933 (+44 1609 779933 if dialing from overseas).
If there is limited online availability on the date you have selected, you may see the message “Please contact us to check availability for that date“. If that happens, do please contact us as we may well be able to make more spaces available for you.
This trip can also be booked as a PRIVATE GROUP TOUR (from either York or Leeds) for up to 15 Passengers on any date at a lump sum cost ranging from £395 – £495 (Please Note – The Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway is only open on Saturdays, Sundays and Tuesdays and only between April and October) – for the Private Tour option, please call or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
All timings are approximate (except the start time!) and you should not book onward travel arrangements too close to the time of our arrival back in York in case we have traffic problems. If you do have onward travel arrangements that evening, mention it to our Tour Guide in the morning and we will do our best to help.
We are very flexible and do everything we can to ensure that ALL our passengers have a great day out with us by providing options and choices. This could mean that we adjust the itinerary to accommodate special requests from the group, or to make the best we can of the day if the weather is unfavourable.
November – March – Please note that, between November and March, the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway is closed so we spend a bit more time in Haworth and the tour is also slightly shorter during this period, arriving back in York at around 5.00pm.
Great Sunday Trip
Ideal for solo travellers. Highly recommended! - 78311946
05 Jul 2017
Wonderful Day Out
I can highly recommend Bob Holidays, my wife and I went on the Haworth, Bolton Abbey tour yesterday and apart from enjoying the wonderful scenery our driver Chris has a really great knowledge of the areas visited and the historical events and people that make Yorkshire such a great county. I thought that I knew a lot of things about Yorkshire, having been born and lived here all my life, but Chris has given me much more and I am sure that the other people on the trip that came from Australia, Malaysia, Alabama and Scotland found his commentary and knowledge exemplary. So I would like to thank him and the company for a wonderful day out and will certainly recommend them to friends, family and anybody reading this review - Arthur V
18 Jun 2017
The tour guide - Chris - was outstanding. He provided relevant historical facts of interest throughout the day. All of the stops along the way were good, especially the visit to the Bronte home - Linda s
30 May 2017
A Great Day Out in the Yorkshire Countryside
My friend and I spent the day with Chris from BOBH visiting the 5 locks, the home of the Brontes, Bolton Abbey and finally a steam train ride. The trip ran on time and Chris's commentary was very professional and informative. Can highly recommend this day trip - Heather I
29 May 2017
Superb Day Out
Haworth, Bolton Abbey and Steam Trains was a Birthday present for Mum. Mark was a lovely friendly driver/tour guide who made us feel very welcome and provided an excellent service. Well worth the money and will definitely use BOBH again. Would highly recommend them - mariahutchinson
15 May 2017
Knowledgeable Tour Guide Makes the Difference
We booked this tour because it was the easiest way to get to the home of the Brontes (Haworth). Not only did we visit the Bronte Parsonage and the village of Haworth, but we got a full day of touring the Yorkshire Dales,Bolton Abbey and canal locks. Our guide Chris is an archaeology major and maker of historical documentaries so he knew far more than a typical guide working from a script. Frankly, we learned a lot more from him about the Brontes than we learned from the displays at the parsonage. He was also quite knowledgeable about the local economy, politics, geology and an amazing amount of details about sheep and their raising. It was a day well spent - traveler070847
10 May 2017
Day Trip to Haworth and Bolton Abbey
A lovely day out. Really helpful driver/guide and learned a lot about the history of the Dales, even about sheep breeds! Children were thrilled to see the lambs. We saw far more in one day than it would have been possible with public transport. Would definitely book again - cordula v
17 Apr 2017