Castle Howard © Mike Kipling
Yorkshire’s Houses & Gardens Great & Small Yorkshire’s varied landscape is dotted with magnificent castles, stately homes and gardens which tell the vivid history of this region. We visit one of the area’s finest historic houses, Castle Howard, and draw inspiration from the vibrant Helmsley Walled Gardens and RHS Garden Harlow Carr. Visits to the Thirsk World of James Herriot and spa town of Harrogate complete this exciting tour. PACKAGED ITINERARY Day 1 Arrival We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner. Day 2 Helmsley Walled Garden & Thirsk James Herriot World We begin the morning with a guided tour of Helmsley Walled Garden. With the garden closed to the general public, this is exclusive for groups and we can meet and chat with the volunteers enjoying special attention as we’re guided through the themed garden rooms ablaze with colour, a haven for bees, butterflies and lovers of tranquillity. We finish with coffee and scones before travelling to Thirsk where we spend time at leisure enjoying a nostalgic look around Thirsk World of James Herriot. Home of the famous vet, this is where James Herriot worked and wrote his books, from which several television and film adaptations have been made, including the 1975 film All Creatures Great and Small and the BBC television series of the same name. Day 3 Harrogate & RHS Garden Harlow Carr We spend the morning at leisure in the lovely Victorian spa town of Harrogate. We may wish to visit the grade II listed Royal Pump Room Museum, which explores Harrogate’s spa history, browse the various independent and well-known shops, sip a cuppa in the famous Bettys Café Tea Rooms, or even pamper ourselves with a visit to the luxurious Turkish Baths. In the afternoon we enjoy a visit to RHS Garden Harlow Carr, where we can stroll along the lush streamside walk, admire the lavish herbaceous borders and relax in the sweet-scented garden. Day 4 Castle Howard Today we visit the incomparable Castle Howard . One of England’s finest historic houses and the setting for the TV production of Brideshead Revisited, Castle Howard is more like a palace. This opulent country house is situated within idyllic sweeping parkland dotted with statues, temples, lakes and formal gardens. Day 5 Departure After breakfast, we make our way home.
Yorkshire’s Spa Towns & Compact Cities
This is a brilliant introduction to what’s best about Yorkshire, past and present. We visit Harrogate, Ripon and York, each with their own distinct character, and include a visit to the fascinating Ryedale Folk Museum and a relaxing York City Cruise, completing a fun and educational visit to ‘God’s own country’. PACKAGED ITINERARY Day 1 Arrival This morning, we begin our tour at Ryedale Folk Museum , a large open air museum in the pretty village of Hutton le Hole. Set in 6 acres, the museum brings the past back to life with its immaculately restored heritage shops and buildings, from the Manor House to the Iron Age Roundhouse. Afterwards, we make our way to The Crown pub in the village for a spot of lunch followed by tea/coffee, before heading to Ripon for the afternoon. There is much to do and enjoy in this thriving little city, from the magnificent cathedral and market square, with its streets and ‘snickets’ spreading outwards, to the Workhouse & Garden Museum and racecourse. Day 3 Harrogate Driver’s Day Off We have the whole day at our disposal in the lovely Victorian spa town of Harrogate. We may wish to visit the grade II listed Royal Pump Room Museum, which explores Harrogate’s spa history, browse the various independent and well- known shops, sip a cuppa in the famous Bettys Café Tea Rooms, or even pamper ourselves with a visit to the luxurious Turkish Baths. There are also several pretty gardens here worthy of a wander, including Valley Gardens, beautiful RHS Garden Harlow Carr, and Stray Park, known for its colourful cherry trees. Day 4 York & City Cruise We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner. Day 2 Ryedale Folk Museum & Ripon We spend today in the timbered city of York, beginning with a fantastic York City Cruise . We sit back and relax, taking in the sights of the city and hearing entertaining and informative commentary as we sail the River Ouse. The rest of the day is free in York. An ancient and compact walled city, York can be explored on foot. We can stroll ‘The Shambles’, one of the best-preserved medieval streets in the world, whilst the magnificent Minster is well worth a visit along with the state-of-the-art Undercroft Museum, located in chambers underneath the cathedral. There’s also the National Railway Museum, showcasing over 300 years of railway history, and the JORVIK Viking Centre, which delves into the sights and sounds of Viking York. Day 5 Departure After breakfast, we make our way home.
Helmsley Walled Garden
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