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Yorkshire Tour

Yorkshire Tour

Introduction

Time: All Year

Accommodation: Luxury Hotels

Start Date: 3 Nights / 4 Days

Group Size: Singles, Couples, Families and Small Groups

To many, the county of Yorkshire, the largest in country, epitomises England. From it’s beautiful rolling countryside to an intriguing and influential history, Yorkshire has always stood proud. The county of the White Rose contains a wealth of attractions covering all periods of history, from before the Romans to the modern day, linking ancient tribal strongholds to medieval power bases.

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Starting from London this tour takes us north to the wonderful Elizabethan stately home of Burghley House and the Viking city of York. Then, visiting the county's two National Parks to explore the unspoilt stone villages and market towns. We will discover castles, stately homes, gardens and visit the World Heritage Sites in the area.

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Itinerary

120 miles north of London is BURGHLEY HOUSE. Described more as a town than a house, Burghley is the most opulent of Elizabethan palaces. Built by William Cecil, the interior displays a parade of collections from the C16-19th.  YORK has been the capital of the north for centuriesand has attractions from every period of history. YORK MINSTER is an extravagant Gothic Cathedral and the largest in northern Europe. In Saxons times it became the second most important religious site in England. Walking, we will explore the cathedral, the city walls and the fascinating, interwoven medieval streets.

Day 1: Burghley house - York City

120 miles north of London is BURGHLEY HOUSE. Described more as a town than a house, Burghley is the most opulent of Elizabethan palaces. Built by William Cecil, the interior displays a parade of collections from the C16-19th. YORK has been the capital of the north for centuriesand has attractions from every period of history. YORK MINSTER is an extravagant Gothic Cathedral and the largest in northern Europe. In Saxons times it became the second most important religious site in England. Walking, we will explore the cathedral, the city walls and the fascinating, interwoven medieval streets.

Day 2: Castle Howard - Rievaulx Abbey

Day 2: Castle Howard - Rievaulx Abbey

CASTLE HOWARD is a C18th baroque masterpiece by the legendary architects Vanbrugh. The Estate came to prominence in TV production of Brideshead Revisited and houses one of the country’s premier art collections including paintings by Canaletto. To the north is the NORTH YORKSHIRE MOORS National Park, a wonderful upland area of rolling hills and quaint villages – the best is HELMSLEY a classic Yorkshire market town. At the foot of the hills and one of the most romantic ruins in England, RIEVAULX ABBEY. Founded in 1132, the monastery is built in the Early Gothic style but was dissolved by Henry VIII.

Day 3: Dales - Malham - Richmond

Day 3: Dales - Malham - Richmond

To the west, the scenery changes to from the rolling hills to Yorkshire’s other National Park, THE DALES. This is an area of dramatic scenery etched from the ancient limestone pavements in the last ice age. The Dales are famous for walking and climbing paths interspersed with picture perfect villages like Hawes and MALHAM. In SWALEDALE the limestone walls snake across the valley slopes. The cobbled streets of RICHMOND, a lovely Georgian market town is set around a huge square and market place. Richmond castle, started in 1071 was a Norman stronghold and now provides a peaceful ruin.

Day 4: Fountains Abbey - Harewood - Harrogate

Day 4: Fountains Abbey - Harewood - Harrogate

The World Heritage Site of FOUNTAINS ABBEY and Studley Royal Water Garden are described as one of the most remarkable places in Europe. It comprises a spectacular C11th ruined abbey, an Elizabethan mansion and one of the best examples of a Georgian landscape garden. HAREWOOD HOUSE is a magnificent statley home with exquiste interiors, world class art and maincured gardens and landscapes. Time permitting we have options like the Royal Horticultural Society’s garden at HARLOW CAR or the fashionable spa town of HARROGATE, where BETTY'S tearoom serves afternoon tea.


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