Grand Days Out in Yorkshire

Grand Days Out in Yorkshire

A 5 day visit taking in some of the many attractions of this delightful county


A 5 day visit taking in some of the many attractions of this delightful county


The city of Ripon is located in North Yorkshire on the River Ure. Ripon is a beautiful market town that was founded over 1300 years ago, and is famous as an old Cathedral City where monasteries have stood since the 7th Century.

The old city of Ripon is filled with shops, cafes, restaurants, and pubs, and also boasts many historical buildings and museums, including Ripon Cathedral, the Wakeman’s House, Studley Royal, Fountains Abbey and Ripon Spa Gardens where a Victorian bandstand is set. A market is held every Thursday on the Ripon market square next to its 300 year old Obelisk, where the Hornblower will sound his horn at 9 o’clock every night.



Renowned for its exquisite architecture, tangle of quaint cobbled streets and the iconic York Minster, York is fast developing a flourishing, cutting-edge scene. Delve into the city's vibrant café culture, take time out to enjoy some of the country's most talented street entertainers or simply watch the world go by while sipping a drink at a riverside stylish bar or in one of the many cities' heritage taverns.

A city of contrasts and exciting discoveries, York is a place where the old encompasses the new and the commonplace meets with the unexpected. Broaden your mind with a visit to world class museums like the National Railway Museum.

National Railway Museum

Renowned for its Roman, Viking, and Medieval heritage and wealth of attractions like the iconic York Minster and JORVIK and with a host of magnificent events, entertaining guided walks and boat trips on the River Ouse, there is something to keep you entertained throughout your day.

If you want to spoil yourself there is no better place to go shopping than York.With its mix of designer labels, high street names and independent shops and antique shops selling vintage jewellery York will satisfy even the most demanding shopper. Wander the web of shopping streets to browse the amazing array of independent boutiques, vintage stores and popular high street names such



With its handsome historic buildings and verdant gardens, Harrogate is one of Yorkshire's most elegant destinations. Harrogate is renowned for its smart little tearooms and classy cafés spilling out onto the pavements. The celebrated Betty's tea room was established in Harrogate in 1919, with queues still forming for their glorious afternoon teas. Enjoy some time perusing Harrogate's many fascinating shops in the Montpellier Quarter for antique treasures, high-end fashion, charming arts & crafts shops and bustling markets.


Harlow Carr

One of Yorkshire’s most relaxing and innovative gardens at the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales, RHS Harlow Carr is a showcase of horticultural excellence all year round. Wander through the tranquil surroundings of this stunning 58 acre garden and gain ideas for your own borders, or simply relax with family and friends on a leisurely stroll. Pick up the latest tips and growing techniques in the beautiful Kitchen Garden, where raised beds, fruit trees and a forager’s garden have been laid out with thoughtful design and ornamental aspects to create a truly unique and inspirational growing space. Saunter along the lush Streamside Garden, unearth hidden treasures in the Woodland and take glorious deep breaths in the magical Scented Garden, with its focus on roses.

Harewood House

Harewood is one of the Treasure Houses of England set in the heart of Yorkshire. With rolling ‘Capability’ Brown landscapes, an impressive art collection including works by Turner & El Greco, renaissance masterpieces, exquisite Thomas Chippendale furniture, fabulous Robert Adam interiors, combined with 100 acres of award-winning Gardens and a renowned lakeside Bird Garden, Harewood really does offer something for everyone.



Welcome to Herriot country. As well as being a traditional Yorkshire market town, Thirsk was also the home of renowned vet, James Herriot. Boasting the spectacular backdrops of the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors, it's no wonder this much-loved author was so inspired living and working here.


This little market town is England's highest, set 850 feet above sea water. Hawes was first recorded as a market place in 1307 and the lively Tuesday market still entices shoppers in. Home to the world famous Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese and the Dales Countryside Museum and set amidst breath-taking scenery it's no surprise Hawes is one of the honeypot tourist attractions of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

The name Hawes means a ‘pass between mountains' and it stands between the stunning Buttertubs and Fleet Moss.


Day 1

A morning departure from Cumbria as we head to Richmond, time for coffee in this lovely town that is a northern gateway to the Yorkshire Dales National Park, from here we continue to Ripon, explore the market square and wonderful cathedral. We complete our journey to Escrick and the Parsonage hotel our base for the next 4 nights. Dinner in the hotel.


Day 2

This morning we head to the National Railway Museum in York - here in the UKs biggest railway museum you can discover how over the last 300 years the railway has changed the world. In the afternoon we explore the compact medieval walled city of York. There are many attractions to enjoy including the awe-inspiring York Minster, its Old Palace and its new state of the art attraction, The Undercroft. The Jorvik Viking Centre and 'The Shambles', one of the best preserved medieval streets in the world. Dinner in the hotel.

B, D

Day 3

This morning we head into Harrogate, take time to view the towns beautiful public gardens and stunning architecture and then possibly visit the famous Bettys tea rooms for lunch. We spend the rest of the afternoon in the historic town of Knaresborough, situated on the River Nidd. Dinner at the hotel.

B, D

Day 4

Morning visit to the RHS gardens at Harlow Carr, where highlights include the colourful main borders, streamside and scented gardens, the alpine zone, woodland walks and wildflower meadows. We then head to Harewood House, one of Yorkshire’s most loved country houses, set in over 100 acres of landscaped grounds, the Georgian building is elegantly furnished with beautiful Chippendale furniture, silk covered walls and original Robert Adam ceilings. Final dinner at the hotel tonight.

B, D

Day 5

A final breakfast in the hotel before we leave and travel to Thirsk, this old fashioned Yorkshire market town is famous as Darrowby from the James Herriot 'All Creatures Great and Small' books. From here we continue via Leyburn and Aysgarth to Hawes, this thriving town is home to Wensleydale Cheese and the Dales Countryside Museum. There are several craft workshops, antique and other speciality shops along with an abundance of pubs, restaurants and cafés.We leave late afternoon for the journey back to Cumbria.


B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

The Parsonage Hotel & Spa

The Parsonage Hotel & Spa is set in 6 acres of landscaped gardens and woodland and offers free Wi-Fi and free parking. York's city centre is only 15 minutes' drive away. Built in the early 1840s, the building maintains many of its original features.

There are two restaurants located in the grounds of The Parsonage: The Lascelles Restaurant serves AA Rosette award-winning dishes and The Fat Abbot offers classic pub-style food.

Guests are welcome to make use of the adults only Cloisters Spa and Health Club, which includes a 20 yards swimming pool, spa bath, modern gymnasium, sauna, steam room, aromatherapy and salt rooms. Holistic treatments are also available.

The Parsonage Hotel and Spa has 50 stylishly decorated bedrooms, all rooms have en-suite facilities, flat screen digital TV and radio, direct dial telephones, trouser press, hair dryer and tea and coffee making facilities all to make your stay a restful one. WiFi is available in all bedrooms. 

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
High Hesket Palmerstons Furniture Store
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Old Bus Station Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
From Price Call Back Telephone Favourites
10 Sep
£399.00 Call Back Telephone Add
Show/Hide Pricing

Keyword Search

Availability Search


Autumn Spring 2017 2018
Summer Brochure 2018
Autumn Spring 2018 2019