9.00am: We meet opposite the Dean Court Hotel in Duncombe Place, York, YO1 7EF (near York Minster) and head off into the Vale of York, passing by the famous Kilburn White Horse hill figure on the boundary of the North York Moors National Park and learning about its history, before heading for Helmsley.
10.00am: We stop in the picturesque market town of Helmsley where you can view the medieval castle, explore the quaint shops or just have a leisurely Yorkshire Brew in one of the cafes – the choice is yours!
10.45am: We head off through Kirkbymoorside and up over the North York Moors for some picture stops, passing the 16th century Lion Inn on Blakey Ridge (the highest point on the Moors) and Ralph’s Cross, then through the quaint and picturesque Yorkshire villages that lead to Whitby.
12.00pm: As you arrive in Whitby, you will hear stories about the seaside town’s history and your Guide will point out the main places of interest that you may want to visit.
12.15pm: You will have three hours free time in Whitby, with options to climb the 199 steps to view Whitby Abbey (inspiration for the Dracula books), visit the Captain Cook Museum, enjoy the Beach, Waterfront and Fishing Port, go shopping for some Whitby Jet or Gothic Fashion at the Market or just sample the famous Fish ‘n’ Chips at the Magpie Cafe – the choice is yours!
3.15pm: We leave Whitby to head back onto the North York Moors and stop at Grosmont to explore the historic station and drop off passengers who want to take the opportunity of an optional short steam train ride on the NY Moors Railway at our special discounted rate of £5.50 (paid locally on the day and no need to pre-book) before rejoining us at Goathland. (We cannot guarantee that it will always be a steam train – we are in the hands of the NY Moors Railway for this!)
4.00pm: We arrive in Goathland to explore the fictional village of Aidensfield in the Heartbeat television series, then meet up again with the other passengers as they arrive by steam train at Goathland Station (the filming location for Hogsmeade Station in the Harry Potter movies).
4.50pm: We leave Goathland and you will learn the history behind the mysterious RAF Fylingdales Pyramid on Snod Hill as we pass close by, then see the Hole of Horcum before heading through Pickering back towards York.
6.15pm: We arrive back at the meeting point in York at approximately 6.15pm.
9.00am: We meet up again at the same place 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!
Combined Adult Ticket: £75
Combined Family/Group Ticket (any grouping of 4 people): £240
Combined Child Ticket (Aged 4-15): £61
(Our trips are not suitable for under 4’s)
This Two Day Special can only be booked direct with us ONLINE or, 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.
For the avoidance of any doubt, this offer is just for the two standard Day Trips on consecutive days and does NOT include overnight accommodation – we have been asked!
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, a few of the places we normally visit on these trips are closed (including the Steam Railway options on both days) so we adapt the itineraries and routes to stop at alternative locations, also taking account of weather conditions on the day. The North York Moors, Whitby, Haworth and the Yorkshire Dales are all still well worth visiting in Winter, very different to summer but equally magnificent, and we think you will like our alternative locations! If, however, something specific in the itineraries is particularly important to you, just contact us before booking for this period to check the likelihood of it still being included. The trips are also slightly shorter during this period, arriving back in York at around 5.00pm on both days.