A Yorkshire Christmas

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23 Dec 2019 - 27 Dec 2019
Duration: 5 days
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WHAT BETTER WAY TO EXPERIENCE YORKSHIRE THAN AT CHRISTMAS?

This delightful short break to the classic countryside of Yorkshire is the perfect way to celebrate the festive season. Explore medieval castles and take in the wonderful scenery of the Dales as you journey along fascinating heritage railways. Discover some of Yorkshire’s charming towns, enjoy the comfort of your hotel and indulge in festive food and celebrations.

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • Four nights’ half board accommodation in Yorkshire
  • Traditional Christmas Lunch
  • Coach transfers for our excursions
  • Services of our experienced Tour Manager
  • Your rail journeys:

  • Steam train journey on the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway
  • Journey on the scenic Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

    Plus the following excursions:

  • Free time to explore Ripon
  • Explore the 14th century Ripley Castle
  • Enjoy a tour of Skipton Castle

Day 1: Yorkshire

Make your own way to our hotel in the charming market town of Skipton where you will meet our Tour Manager. This evening, relax and enjoy mince pies and mulled wine, followed by a delicious three course meal and entertainment.

Day 2 Christmas Eve: Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway – Ripon – Ripley Castle

This morning, we enjoy a ride on the charming Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway. The preserved railway was part of the former Midland Railway route from Skipton to Ilkley. On arrival at Bolton Abbey station, our coach takes us to the city of Ripon. Here, you’ll have time to explore the imposing cathedral which dates back to the 7th century, wander around the market square or take a walk along the canal-side. We continue to Ripley Castle, a Grade I listed 14th century country house where you will have a guided tour of some of the castle rooms which include; the library, drawing rooms, tower room and knights chamber. This evening we return to the hotel for dinner. .

Day 3 Christmas Day: Skipton

Merry Christmas! Today is free for you to enjoy the festivities in the hotel, where a delicious three course Christmas lunch will be served. This afternoon, why not take a stroll along the canal path into Skipton or explore the historic cobbled high street. This evening, a festive buffet will be served, followed by an evening of entertainment. .

Day 4 Boxing Day: Keighley & Worth Valley Railway – Skipton Castle

This morning, we board the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway and enjoy a fantastic round trip from the town of Oxenhope. The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway is a 5-mile-long branch line that served mills and villages in the Worth Valley and is now a heritage railway line that has been delightfully restored. Later, we return to Skipton where there’s time for lunch at your leisure before we enjoy an included guided tour of Skipton Castle. Over 900 years old, Skipton Castle is one of the most complete and well preserved medieval castles in England. You can discover the banqueting hall, kitchens and bedchamber or you can climb from the depths of the dungeon to the top storey of the watch tower. .

Day 5: Home

After breakfast you are free to check out of our hotel and depart at leisure. .

Please note: We cannot guarantee that all rail journeys will be steam hauled. .

HOTEL CHECK-IN TIMES

    Make your own way to and from hotel

  • Check in from 15.00
  • Check out 10.00

Rendezvous Hotel, Skipton

The 3 star family run Rendezvous Hotel is conveniently located close to the town of Skipton, known as the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales. There’s a bar, restaurant, indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and gym. Bedrooms are comfortably furnished and have TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee-making facilities. Complimentary car parking is available on-site and Skipton railway station is just under 2 miles from the hotel.