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 ONLINE, or tickets can be purchased from the YORK VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE – Visit York, 1 Museum Street, York, YO1 7DT
MULTI-TRIP OFFER! – 10% Discount if you book more than one trip 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 £295 – £495 (depending when you want to do it, not how many of you there are!). For that option, just email us with the date 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.
Haworth, Bolton Abbey & Steam Trains
This was a wonderful day trip and Chris was an amazing guide. We had a beautiful day which made the scenery brilliant. Chris provided great commentary and history and we learned so much on our day trip. We had a lovely drive to Bingley 5 rise locks and enough time to look around and have a cup of tea and scone in the little restaurant. We enjoyed the continued journey to Haworth which was such a lovely little town and enjoyed a nice lunch and had time to do some shopping. Others did the museum of the Bronte family which would have been great too. The scenery just got breathless with the rolling green hills and stone fences and lots of sheep and cows. We were given quite the education with sheep and their markings. We enjoyed the stop at Bolton Abbey which was awe inspiring and then we were thrilled to be able to take the steam train ride. It was well organized and we had enough time at each place to appreciate it and the history. Chris was a fantastic guide and I would highly recommend this day trip to anyone considering it - cruzecandy
14 Nov 2017
Fantastic Day Trip
Chris was great and the places were awesome! - goem902017
15 Oct 2017
Group Visit to York
We used BOBH while staying in York for their day trip to Bingley Five Locks, Haworth, Bolton Abbey & Steam Train on Sunday 8th Oct., last. We were a group of 13 from Ireland of varying ages and this was a tremendous day out. From start to finish our tour guide Chris was exemplary, he gave a lot of information but not in a boring or monotonous manner. As some members of the travelling party were elderly with mobility issues, he was extremely helpful and very respectful of them. If you want a day out from York look no further that BOBH and hope that Chris is on board. Well done Chris we had a blast - reggob
12 Oct 2017
Haworth, Bolton Abbey & Steam Trains
It was a wonderful experience, especially the Bronte Museum visit and the stunning view of the landscape and the village of Linton. Our guide Chris was friendly, informative, and accommodating - 75ginni
25 Sep 2017
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