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 head up Penistone Hill for a photo stop to admire the moorland views towards Top Withens, where the Bronte Sisters walked to gain inspiration, before we head north into Wharfedale in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
2.00pm: You will arrive in the picturesque, traditional Dales village of Linton, where we will stop for photographs of Linton Falls before continuing our journey through the National Park.
2.45pm: The next stop is 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!
3.30pm: We leave Bolton Abbey to visit the nearby 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 (available April through to October and paid in cash on the day with no need to book ahead).
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 towards York, passing through Harrogate and learning a bit about the history of this famous spa town.
5.45pm: We arrive back at the meeting point in York at approximately 5:45pm and say our goodbyes.
Please don’t be late arriving at the Departure Point as we are unable to wait beyond 9.00am for latecomers due to parking restrictions!
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): £145
Child Ticket (Aged 4-15): £35
(Our trips are not suitable for under 4’s)
This tour can be booked direct with us here ONLINE, at the VISIT YORK INFORMATION CENTRE, 1 Museum Street, or at CIRCLES CAFE on Lendal Bridge.
MULTI-TRIP OFFER! – 10% Discount if you book more than one of our trips at the same time direct with us online – just type multitrip in the Travel Agent Code Box as you book and click Apply.
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, please contact us as we may be able to make more spaces available for you.
This trip can also be booked as a PRIVATE GROUP TOUR (from either York, Leeds or Harrogate), for any number of passengers up to 15 on any date, at a lump sum cost ranging from £349 – £495 depending on date. For that option, just email us with the date/pick-up point you require and we will confirm availability and the price for that day – email@example.com (Please Note – The Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway is only open on Saturdays, Sundays and Tuesdays and only between April and October. When that is not available, you spend an extra 30 minutes in Haworth).
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.
God’s Own Country
We booked all three day tours with BOBH. Although the weather forecast was no good and every day started with rain, it magically changed to bright sunshine or beautiful clouds when we actually got to the scenery spots! The weather did not ruin our trips - on the contrary its dramatic changes made us feel very lucky! Yorkshire is so beautiful that we shall always be in love. Mark, Chris, and Helen were very professional and did everything they could to make our days unforgettable. Many thanks to BOBH - lizzhangpei
06 Aug 2018
Two Awesome Days Out
Both tours were great, with beautiful scenery, enough free time to enjoy the places we visited and brilliant guides - Lydia v
22 Jul 2018
Wonderful Tour and Guide!
My daughter, sister-in-law and I recently spent a few days in York, and wanted to take a day trip outside of the city. After reading Tripadvisor reviews, we settled on the Haworth, Bolton Abbey and Steam Trains trip with BOBH. It was wonderful! On the day of our tour, our guide, Chris, showed up right on time in a very comfortable mini van (stocked with water, which was needed as the day was very hot!). He proved to be top-notch guide all day -- not only providing information on the sites we visited, but talking in general about the area and pointing out and discussing sites along the way. Chris also was determined we would get to go on a steam train even when it looked like delays on the rail lines might prevent it. The train, along with Haworth and the Bronte parsonage, were highlights of the trip. I highly recommend this company, and Chris in particular, to anyone visiting York! - Shannon T
20 Jul 2018
Relaxing Trip, Love it!
We took a daytrip to Haworth and Bolton Abbey with Chris as our driver, he's brilliant with so many informations about the places along the journey. The Bronte Museum is quite interesting, and the surrounding village is filled with unique shops. Lovely sceneries, many farms and sheeps and horse and cows, and even peacock. Thanks Chris for helping us took group photos over and over again :D The steam train was also very nice, I felt like experiencing a classic Agatha Christie movie (or Harry Potter, of course). I took the trip with my family, including my mom and aunts, whose over 60 y.o. and don't like to walk too much. This trip is proved to be perfect for them.I definitely recommend this trip! - Liliek_Adelina
09 Jul 2018
Great Day Out
Chris was absolutely wonderful and made our trip truly special and memorable - csumathi2000
15 Jun 2018
Excellent Unique Tour
I loved the choice of stops, you could tell a lot of care and consideration had been put into the locations and pacing of the day making the whole experience a relaxing and comfortable one, very impressive given how much we got to experience. We went on the Bolton Abbey Sunday trip and our tour guide Chris was both really personable and really knowledgeable! Lots of cool information and stories I wasn't expecting in between stops. I got to see places i don't think I would have found or considered by myself and I would definitely want to go on another one of their tours to see more. We went as a couple but would probably be suitable for any groups age 7 up I would say. Highly recommended, we really loved our day out, thank you! - hollyug
12 Jun 2018
A Perfect Day Out
Starting with the tour bus: clean, air conditioned and comfortable. The itinerary of Haworth (the Brontes), Bolton Abbey and the Dales was perfect. We stopped in beautiful villages for photo ops., and loo breaks. We had enough time to explore on our own, even on a busy Bank Holiday weekend. Chris, our driver was knowledgeable and local. He didn't overwhelm us with "chat" but answered questions thoughtfully. His driving was impeccable and skilful. Highly recommended - Eponymous_13
30 May 2018
A brilliant day in the Yorkshire Dales - Ellen10
14 May 2018
A Really Excellent Day Out
Billed as Haworth, Bolton Abbey and Steam Trains, we went from York into Bronte country by minicoach and during the trip were given an excellent, informative and interesting commentary by Chris our driver. It was obvious that he loves Yorkshire and its history and he communicated this to us with enthusiasm, talking about the geology of the landscape we drove through, the sights we saw and the towns and villages we drove through or stopped in briefly. With stops in Bingley for the Five Rise Locks, Haworth, Penistone Hill, Linton Falls and Bolton Abbey plus an optional short trip on the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway this was a really excellent day out - Dawn H
14 May 2018
We were with Chris on our trip to Haworth and around the southern Dales, he was outstanding in all respects - m36ring
02 May 2018