England's largest and most diverse county, with rolling dales that inspired the Brontës, the brooding North York Moors, a charming coastline, historic York and lovely Harrogate - "the English Spa".
Although this tour is timed to coincide with Harrogate's Christmas Market weekend, it includes so much more! We also visit two of the country's best known Christmas Markets, contrasting charming York with metropolitan Manchester, and feature two great steam railways, one in Yorkshire and one in Lancashire, plus UNESCO World Heritage Saltaire. We're coming up smelling of roses again with festive cheer!
A new tour with a distinctly floral twist, our visit to Harrogate coincides with the RHS Harrogate Flower Show. After a day at the North's most famous flower show, we sample two great steam railways in the red rose and white rose counties, plus UNESCO World Heritage Saltaire. We hope you'll agree that we've coming up smelling of roses!
Here is a punchy short break featuring some of the great rail highlights of the North over one long weekend. We sample two fabulous steam railways, the East Lancashire Railway in the Red Rose county and the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, running through Brontë Country in the White Rose county. We also cross the moors on the stunning Settle & Carlisle Line and visit UNESCO World Heritage Saltaire. We hope you'll agree that we've coming up smelling of roses!
There are said to be 'Seven Wonders of the Waterways' and on this tour we visit six! Our grand tour begins at the very heart of the industrial revolution at a hotel within the Ironbridge World Heritage site, then explores the masterpieces of Victorian engineering with boat trips and steam trains galore.
We thought we would celebrate the steam and rail heritage of the north country with our own 'battle of the roses' tour, picking off Yorkshire and Lancashire steam and heritage railways every day from our base at an iconic railway hotel. With Railtrail opening the batting you are sure to come up smelling of roses!
Award winning rail holidays in the UK and Europe. All departing in 2019