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 off your full booking if you book two or more different trips with us at the same time – 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 – firstname.lastname@example.org (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.
Just a Perfect Day
We had an amazing day out in the Yorkshire countryside and just didn't want it to end. The tour is very well planned to get the best out of the day and we were able to visit special places we would not have been able to see on our own. From the moment we left York, Chris, our guide, created such a sense of place and time and we felt part of the heritage, whether the important waterways, picturesque valleys and Dales, charming Haworth and Bronte Country, the majestic setting of Bolton Abbey and a nostalgic trip on an old steam train. The relaxed, easy commentary brought it all to life and left us wanting more. We would highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting York - Passport532968
14 Oct 2018
For years I’d wanted to see the Brontë Parsonage, Haworth and the wind-swept moors that play such a vivid role in Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. This twice-a-week bus trip from York fit our schedule — and far exceeded our expectations. As it happened there were only three of us on the Tuesday trip (there had been 15 on Sunday, I was told.) The weather was beautiful and the knowledge and thoughtfulness of our guide, Chris, brought the history of the gorgeous landscape of hills, dales and villages to life. He even found us a surviving patch of pink heather out of season. The five locks of Bingley and the ruins of Bolton Abbey were great additions to the Haworth visit, where we had 2 hours to see the fascinating Brontë museum and to walk through graveyard, church and town on our own. There was time for an independent (delicious) lunch at Cobbles & Clay in Haworth and later for coffee & scones in the sunshine at Bolton Abbey. Chris delivered us back to York exactly at 5:45, passing through charming towns and farms whose past and present he recounted with verve. So glad we booked this trip before we came to York - ninabern
02 Oct 2018
A Proper Grand Day Out
Haworth, Bolton Abbey and The Dales. We chose our trip with BOB on spec some time before our planned visit to York. It turned out to be a great choice. Everything went smoothly from the moment of pick up. Our driver Chris was personable and knowledgeable, down to planning our route to avoid road hold ups. We covered the 5 rise locks at Bingley, where we also had a coffee stop and then on to my personal favourite, the Bronte Parsonage Museum in Haworth, where we had a healthy two hour stop, which gave enough time to see the highlights of the museum and surroundings, and have lunch. After lunch, on to the ruins of Bolton Abbey, a most beautiful location, as are the Linton Falls on the Wharfe river, where we stopped next. Finally as an optional extra for a very modest sum, you can take a short trip on the Embsay & Bolton Abbey steam train, getting off at the restored Victorian station at Embsay, replete with station master in traditional get-up. Throughout, Chris' commentary was really informative. I now know a lot more about the breeds of sheep to be found in Yorkshire and about the tradition of dry stone wall enclosures as well as bygone life in Yorkshire Mill towns. I highly recommend BOB and next time I get to travel to York, I'll definitely be booking another trip! We travelled through the most beautiful Dales scenery and through Harrogate on the way back to York - SouthamptonMerrily
28 Sep 2018
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