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Yorkshire Gold - Coast & Country

Discover the delights of England's most diverse county on our Signature Tour staying in the beautiful, cathedral city of York. Experience steam nostalgia in the Yorkshire Dales, explore fascinating historic houses and gardens, indulge in a fabulous food tour of Harrogate, and sail the Leeds & Liverpool canal. Stroll through the medieval streets of York and enjoy free time in Skipton and Whitby with the best fish & chips in Yorkshire!

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7 days from £1690



Tuesday 6 May 2025

Tuesday 23 September 2025



  • Stay in the beautiful, cathedral city of York

  • Explore the spa town of Harrogate on a guided food tour

  • Journey through the Yorkshire Dales on the Embsay & Bolton Railway

  • Sail through scenic countryside on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal

  • Explore the traditional market town of Skipton

  • Visit RHS Harlow Carr Gardens

  • Discover the beautiful Harewood House

  • Stroll through the atmospheric medieval streets of York on a private guided tour

  • Steam across the North Yorkshire Moors to Whitby

  • Enjoy free time in Whitby with its abbey, port, and the best fish & chips in Yorkshire!


Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • 6 nights’ bed, breakfast & evening meal

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager


Journey from your home station to York and, on arrival, we will make our way to the Malmaison Hotel, our base for the next six nights. We enjoy free time to explore our new surroundings before meeting for our first evening meal together.



After breakfast this morning, we will be met in reception by our private guide, and we will embark on a fascinating guided walking tour of the city after which there will be free time to explore this vibrant city further. You can stroll through the medieval cobbled lanes in the iconic Shambles, visit the magnificent York Minster, indulge at Betty's Tearoom, shop at one of the many unique independent shops, or walk the ancient Roman city walls before reconvening for evening meal.

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This morning, we travel by coach to Harewood House, one of the Treasure Houses of England, where we can see all the attractions including exhibitions of contemporary art, astounding collections of paintings, furniture, and ceramics plus over 100 acres of exquisite gardens to explore. Following our fascinating visit, we continue to the RHS Harlow Carr Gardens where we can take a walk along the colourful streamside plantings, admire the lavish herbaceous borders and wildflower meadows, and relax in the sweet-scented garden before returning to York in time for our evening meal.

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Today, we experience two historic journeys in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. Firstly, we head to Skipton and sail through beautiful countryside on a one-hour canal boat trip along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Britian's longest at 127 miles, enjoying an informative and entertaining commentary of Skipton, the canals, and the local wildlife. We have free time for lunch in the characterful market town of Skipton before visiting the lovingly restored Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway for our one-hour round trip through stunning Yorkshire scenery along the former Skipton-Ilkley Line, which was built in 1888.

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After a leisurely breakfast, we make our way to the station and travel to Harrogate for a private guided walking, food tour of the city. We will walk around the cultural and historical town centre indulging in the vibrant food with fabulous tastings and, afterwards, there will be time at leisure to explore Harrogate. Stoll amidst the vast green spaces, admire the magnificent buildings, visit the Turkish Baths, and discover the myriad of independent shops and cafés before we return to York for our evening meal.

B, LR, D


Today, we will transfer by coach to Pickering where we board the North Yorkshire Moors Railway for a stunningly diverse journey in heritage carriages to the coast. Steaming across heather moorland landscapes, we pass by Goathland Station which featured as Aidensfield in Heartbeat, before descending to Whitby, a picturesque fishing port framed by its famous abbey. Stroll the quirky, narrow streets in search of Whitby Jet, climb the steps to reach the abbey, or simply enjoy some of the finest fish and chips in Yorkshire before we make the return journey.

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After breakfast, we bid farewell to York and make our way to the station for our homeward journeys.


B=Breakfast, LR=Light Refreshments, D=Dinner


Malmaison, York

Located in the heart of York and surrounded by stunning medieval architecture, the stylish Malmaison offers a suite of facilities and amenities including a spa, a fully equipped gym, and the Malmaison Bar & Grill serving delightful dishes. The contemporary bedrooms provide an en-suite bathroom with a monsoon shower and complimentary toiletries, a hairdryer, digital TV, ironing facilities, free Wi-Fi, and tea/coffee making facilities.



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London: Kings Cross



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North West



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*Please Note: Some local and regional train services are Standard Class seating only and First Class ticket holders will travel in standard class accommodation for these sections of their journey.


£5 tour discount for holders of National Railcards

Join & Leave at Hotel £1,695

Single Room Supplement £690


6 nights’ bed, breakfast & evening meal

Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

Rail & coach travel, with transfers as described

All excursions & admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager


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