Tour Date: 13 to 21 SeptemberLocation: United Kingdom

This tour is a new addition to our popular UK “In-Style” programme.

Following on from the “in style tours“ already run in Snowdonia , South West England and Scotland this is a new tour in the same vein taking in the many rail and historic delights of Yorkshire and the North-East. Quality hotels and gourmet food will feature as always, and the maximum group size will be 16 people. As usual on the “in style” tours Stephen has arranged behind-the-scenes access to preserved railways and National Trust properties etc. if this is a region you’re not familiar with or indeed have not had the opportunity of looking at in depth this is an excellent tour for you.

Tour Manager: Stephen Martin  smart@ptg.co.uk 

From: York or any UK rail station

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Tour Highlights


  • Some of the finest hotels
  • Fine dining dinner included every night
  • York Minster and Shabbles medieval street
  • North Yorkshire Moors Railway
  • Middlethorpe Hall Hotel
  • Both National Railway Museums
  • Beamish
  • Fountains Abbey
  • Durham and Harrogate
  • Tour Itinerary
  • Prices & Options
  • Booking
  • Gallery
  • Transport & Accommodation

Day 1 Monday 13 September (D) Our tour prices include taxi pick up from your house and travel from your home railway station. The group meet up at the National Trust’s Middlethorpe Hall Hotel close to York Racecourse where, if you are driving up, your car can be left for the duration of the tour. At 3 o’clock we will have a tour of the gardens led by a National Trust gardener. This will be followed in the early evening by pre-dinner drinks and welcome dinner in a private dining room. Middlethorpe Hall is a William III country house just two miles from York’s city centre, yet is set in 20 acres of its own beautiful gardens and parkland – the best of both city and country.  Built in 1699, it was once the home of the famous diarist, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, and today it is renowned for its excellent food, luxurious accommodation and boutique Spa.

Day 2 Tuesday 14 September (B, D) Our first full day is focused on the city of York. For those less familiar with the city we have included an open top bus tour and a River cruise to orientate you. There is free time for people to choose from the wide variety of activities in York, including: York Minster, Jorvik Viking Centre, English Heritage operated Norman Castle Keep and the excellent museums and art galleries to be found in the city. There is also of course the National Rail Museum close to the central station. We will gather together at Fairfax House a wonderful preserved Georgian house in the city centre for pre-dinner drinks and a tour of the house before walking to the famous Betty’s restaurant where we will enjoy a meal together in the private dining room before returning to our hotel.

Day 3 Wednesday 15 September (B, D) Today we will venture further afield visiting the North York Moors Railway with a trip down the line from Pickering to Whitby. The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is a heritage railway in North Yorkshire, England that runs through the North York Moors National Park. First opened in 1836 as the Whitby and Pickering Railway, the railway was planned in 1831 by George Stephenson as a means of opening up trade routes inland from the then important seaport of Whitby. The line between Grosmont and Rillington was closed in 1965 and the section between Grosmont and Pickering was reopened in 1973 by the North York Moors Historical Railway Trust Ltd. It is now one of the longest and most spectacular of all of the UK’s preserved railways. It is planned to be joined by the general manager and other staff for a meal and presentation on the railway focusing in on the impact of them featuring in the Channel 5 series over the last two years.

Depending on timings there may be an option of travelling from York to Pickering by rail.

Day 4 Thursday 16 September (B, D) A visit this morning to the nearby National Trust Beningbrough Hall with a guided tour of the beautiful gardens, followed by time to explore the house which includes an outlier gallery for the National Portrait Gallery. Beningbrough Hall is a large Georgian mansion near the village of Beningbrough, North Yorkshire, England, and overlooks the River Ouse. It has baroque interiors, cantilevered stairs, wood carving and central corridors which run the length of the house. Externally the house is a red-brick Georgian mansion with a grand drive running to the main frontage and a walled garden.

We then continue in our executive coach to Harrogate. Our first visit will be to famous RHS Harlow Carr Gardens for a guided tour before free time to explore Harrogate city centre. There will be an opportunity to pre-book a session in the famous Turkish baths or in the evening to partake of theatrical events at the Royal Theatre. Tonight we will dine in our hotel.

Day 5 Friday 17 September (B, D) This morning we will visit the famous Fountains Abbey and water gardens which has World Heritage status for a private guided tour of both the Abbey and the water garden. Fountains Abbey is one of the largest and best-preserved ruined Cistercian monasteries in England. Founded in 1132, the abbey operated for 407 years becoming one of the wealthiest monasteries in England until its dissolution in 1539 under the order of Henry VIII.

After an opportunity for lunch in the tea rooms we will continue on to the Embassy and Bolton Abbey Railway for a return trip on this line and a presentation on the future of this railway. Tonight’s dinner will be taken at an Italian restaurant in Harrogate.

Day 6 Saturday 18 September (B, D) Today we head further North and after stopping to explore the centre of Richmond and its famous Georgian theatre, we will move to the Stockton and Darlington Railway visiting the original Darlington station where we will have a conducted tour and then on to see one of the first railway bridges built anywhere in the world. Tonight we will dine in a private room at our hotel.

Day 7 Sunday 19 September (B, D) Firstly today we travel to visit the Shildon Locomotion Museum the outlier of the National Railway Museum with its important collection of rail vehicles.  We will then proceed to Barnard’s Castle a very attractive Dale’s town and take in the Bowes Museum with its eclectic and eccentric collection including an incredible mechanical Swan. We plan to dine in a Dale’s hostelry before returning to our hotel.

Day 8 Monday 20 September (B, D) An opportunity to visit the beautiful city of Durham and visit the Cathedral and the Castle where it’s planned to have private guided tours in both places. We will then proceed on to Beamish with its famous re-creation of times gone by, including its steam railway and street tramway. We are anticipating a guided tour and a presentation on the development of Beamish before free time to explore. We return to our hotel for our farewell dinner.

Day 9 Tuesday 21 September (B) Today we will make our way back down to York in our executive coach to collect our cars or if travelling by train we will provide a service to Durham station for onward journeys from there.

For more details please email Stephen at smart@ptg.co.uk

Holiday Price (per person)

  • Full tour from home: £2,575
  • Full tour joining in York: £2,425

Options

  • Single use room add: £420

Price Includes

  • 8 nights in top hotels with dinner included
  • all excursions listed in the itinerary
  • services of our tour manager. Holiday is fully escorted from York

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