9.00am: We meet opposite the Dean Court Hotel in Duncombe Place, York, YO1 7EF (near York Minster) and head off for Bronte Country, with your Tour Guide telling you about the history and features of the area as you cross Marston Moor, pass through the traditional market town of Wetherby and see the spectacular Arthington Viaduct over the River Wharfe.
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 for our afternoon 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.
3.00pm: The main afternoon 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!
3.45pm: We leave Bolton Abbey to continue our journey through the Dales back towards York, passing through Harrogate and learning a bit about the history of this famous spa town.
5.15pm: We arrive back at the meeting point in York at approximately 5:15pm 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: £47.70
Child Ticket (Aged 4-15): £38.16
(Our trips are not suitable for under 4’s)
This tour can be booked direct with us here ONLINE or at the VISIT YORK INFORMATION CENTRE, 1 Museum Street.
GROUP/FAMILY TICKETS – 10% Discount for any grouping of FOUR or more people on one trip – just type grouprate in the Travel Agent Code Box as you book.
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 each trip.
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 York, Leeds or Harrogate), for any number of passengers up to 16 on any date, at a lump sum cost ranging from £370 – £582 depending on numbers and season. To book that option, visit the Private Group Tours page.
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 around the end of October and Mid-March, we may have to adapt the itinerary and route due to weather conditions on the day. Bronte Country and the Yorkshire Dales are still well worth visiting in winter, very different to summer but equally magnificent!
Yorkshire Dales, Bronte Parsonage and Lots of Sheep!
Our driver for the private tour was Chris - so knowledgeable about the area - extremely well versed in all things from the history that goes back centuries to little known facts about the Bronte family. We never felt rushed and thoroughly enjoyed the entire day as we were driven along narrow country lanes, the rolling countryside and lovely villages. Highly recommend!! - Patricia T
26 Oct 2019
Wonderful Day Trip
We took a tour through the Yorkshire Dales with Chris, and it was wonderful! - Judy M
22 Oct 2019
Wonderful Day Trip
This was a very enjoyable day trip. I booked it primarily as a way to get out to Haworth, as I am very interested in the Brontes. While I liked touring the Bronte Parsonage Museum, I found, much to my delight, that all of the stops we made were just as enjoyable. I especially liked the Bolton Abbey ruins, and the brief stop we had in the picturesque village of Linton. There was ample time spent at every stop, including Haworth. I never felt rushed the entire day. Our driver Chris was friendly and very knowledgeable, as well as being considerate of his passengers. (I am a museum docent, and know it takes a lot of skill to keep a group engaged for as many hours as Chris did. He is a pro at his job) The small bus used on the tour was very clean, with comfortable seats and big windows. It made the "ride" as enjoyable as the stops. This turned out to be the best of all the days I spent in York. If you are looking for a day trip with a smaller sized group, I highly recommend BOBH Tours, and the Haworth Yorkshire Dales tour especially - Lucy R
16 Oct 2019
Very Excellent Day Trip
Chris, our driver and guide has a fun personality. He was full of interesting information throughout the entire trip. The landscape is so beautiful and varied through the small towns and the countryside dales. One highlight was the Bronte Parsonage and Museum. It is not to be missed. It is full of information about the Bronte sisters and their family. It is fascinating history. Chris, our driver, made it especially exciting and memorable because he also drove us to the moors near the Bronte house, where the sisters used to walk. We walked through the moors and he gave a short reading from Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights. How appropriate! There was plenty of time for our stop at Haworth and our lunch break. Along the way we had sufficient time for getting out of the bus at various scenic spots along the way. We totally recommend the tour - JohnandKathyR
26 Sep 2019
Definitely one of our best land tours!!!
Chris is not only extremely knowledgeable but also friendly and helpful - Mary K
31 Aug 2019
Great Day Tour
Brilliant tour from start to finish - isanchez119
24 Jun 2019
Very comfortable and comprehensive tour - the bus was for a small group but was much roomier than other groups we saw leaving for similar tour routes. Our guide Chris was very knowledgeable and professional. We loved all the historical information, and he was also very knowledgeable about the wildlife as well which we really appreciated. There were well placed breaks/stops and we had enough time at each without feeling rushed . We researched thoroughly and have not been disappointed!! Book with this company and be confident for a comfortable, personal day - Adventure713504
14 Apr 2019
Great day out with very knowledgeable driver/guide
Starting at 9.00am across from the Minster, this was one of the best days out that my wife and I have had. Travelling through York, with a bit of social history was very interesting. Once into the countryside, the views were superb (and we are Scottish....used to great views!). Our guide, Chris, was constantly giving interesting facts but in a very informal and user friendly fashion. We visited a variety of villages and interesting hamlets with 2 hours in Haworth, plenty of time for a visit to the Bronte Parsonage and a lovely lunch in one of the many and varied cafes, pubs and restaurants. Great day out and even allowing we had travelled often in Yorkshire, it was much better being a passenger!! Thank you for a great day out. Regards Jim and Cath Greenock.
10 Apr 2019
The beautiful Dales and moors with history on the side
Had a wonderful day fulfilling a bucket wish list to visit Haworth to soak up some Bronte family history and was not disappointed. I also wanted to revisit the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. Chris our driver was well informed about the history of the Bronte’s as well as the whole area we travelled through. Was a wonderful day well spent. Highly recommend this trip - 530triciav
02 Apr 2019
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