3 Counties Delights

3 Counties Delights

Enjoy some of the highlights of Lincolnshire, Yorkshire & Derbyshire on this 3 counties tour


Enjoy some of the highlights of Lincolnshire, Yorkshire & Derbyshire on this 3 counties tour

Gainsborough Old Hall

Gainsborough Old Hall is over five hundred years old and one of the best preserved medieval manor houses in England. The hall was built by Sir Thomas Burgh in 1460. The Burghs were rich, flamboyant and powerful people. Gainsborough Old Hall was not only their home, but also a demonstration of their wealth and importance.

Architecturally the Old Hall has changed very little over the years. It is principally a timber framed building, giving it its characteristic 'striped' or 'black and white' appearance. On the north east corner is a brick tower. A splendid view of the town awaits those who brave the fifty-nine step climb to the top.

Today, the Hall with its elaborate timber roof survives as well as the kitchen—possibly the most complete medieval kitchen in England. The kitchen still contains many original features, including two open fireplaces, each large enough to roast an ox, and two bread ovens served by a third chimney.


Sheffield Botanical Garden

The Sheffield Botanical Gardens are situated off Ecclesall Road in Sheffield, with 5,000 species of plants in 19 acres (77,000 m2) of land.

The gardens were designed by Robert Marnock and first opened in 1836. The most notable feature of the gardens are the Grade II* listed glass pavilions, restored and reopened in 2003. Other notable structures are the main gateway, the south entrance lodge and a bear pit.


Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet

Abbeydal Industrial Hamlet is a unique eighteenth century industrial works. Catch a glimpse of life at home and at work at a rural scythe and steelworks dating back to the 18th century. Abbeydale Works was once a producer of agricultural tools and the largest water-powered industrial site on the River Sheaf. It is now a group of Grade I and Grade II listed buildings and a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

See the Manager's House and Worker's Cottage, waterwheels, workshops, tilt hammers, a grinding hull, steam engine and the last complete surviving crucible steel furnance in the UK!

Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet has been restored and transformed following a 3 year £1million Heritage Lottery Funded restoration project completed in 2016.


Bolsover Castle

Perched on a ridge high above the Vale of Scarsdale, on the site of a medieval fortress, Bolsover Castle is an extraordinary 17th-century aristocratic retreat. The exquisite ‘Little Castle’ has remarkable wall paintings and interiors, and the Riding House is the earliest such building in England to survive complete.

Many of the rooms throughout the Little Castle at Bolsover are richly decorated with wall paintings – rare survivals from the early 17th century. 

Day 1

Morning departure from Penrith as we head to Richmond for coffee and then continue south to Harrogate, time at leisure for lunch before we complete our journey to Rotherham and the Hellaby Hall Hotel. Dinner in the hotel.


Day 2

This morning we head south into Nottinghamshire and the historic market town of Newark-on-Trent. Explore the town and enjoy lunch before our afternoon visit to Gainsborough Old Hall, a large, late medieval manor house built around 1460. See the imposing Great Hall, the original kitchen and much more. Famous visitors to the hall have included Richard III and Henry VIII. Dinner on our return to Hellaby Hall.

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Day 3

Our first visit today is to Sheffield Botanic Gardens and Glass Pavilions, a stunning oasis of colour in a peaceful setting. This afternoon we visit unique 18th century Abbeydale Hamlet to hear all about the city's distant past, with workers houses, waterwheels, workshops and much more. Later we return past Manor Park and the ruins of the castle where Mary Queen of Scots was held. Dinner at the hotel.

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Day 4

We begin today with a visit to Chesterfield with its busy Flea Market, with over 100 stalls to wander around. Don’t miss the town’s famous landmark - the crooked spire! How did it happen? This afternoon we enjoy a visit to the stunning and unique Bolsover Castle. Set on a hilltop overlooking the Vale of Scarsdale, the 17th Century fantasy castle offers panoramic views over the surrounding countryside. Marvel at the Little Castle with its brilliantly restored interiors, and afterwards enjoy refreshments in the café before we make our way back to the hotel for our final dinner.

B, D

Day 5

A leisurely breakfast before we travel north to York, time at leisure in this fascinating walled city that was founded by the ancient Romans. Its many attractions include the huge 13th-century Gothic cathedral, York Minster, the City Walls, famous 'Shambles' shopping streets and many museums. We leave mid afternoon for the journey home to Cumbria, arriving back early evening.


B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

Hellaby Hall Hotel

Hellaby Hall Hotel in Rotherham, near Sheffield offers guests an extraordinary combination of beautiful location, striking architecture, modern facilities and beautiful landscaped gardens. This 17th Century manor house sensitively converted to a striking Four Star hotel is ideally situated just off junction 1 of the M18 and within easy reach of all local amenities, making it the perfect destination for business or pleasure.

Hellaby Hall Hotel offers 90 stylish bedrooms, including three luxury suites. Free Wi-Fi internet access is now available.

Guests can enjoy full use of our leisure facilities. Hellaby Hall offers a superbly equipped gym, 20m swimming pool, health spa, sauna, steam room and sun-bed.


Each of the luxury hotel rooms are equipped with:

  • Free high speed Wi-Fi internet access

  • En-suite bathroom

  • Flat screen Satellite TV with movie channels and Sky Sports

  • Combined ironing facilities

  • Direct dial telephone

  • Tea/coffee making facilities

  • Hairdryer


The Carnelly Restaurant offers a contemporary British menu using fresh local produce, the restaurant provides the opportunity to relax in contemporary surroundings with views out over the hotel's landscaped gardens. 

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
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