Harrogate, York & the Dales

Harrogate, York & the Dales

Enjoy the scenic Dales, historic York and the genteel city of Harrogate on this 5 day tour


Enjoy the scenic Dales, historic York and the genteel city of Harrogate on this 5 day tour


With its handsome historic buildings and verdant gardens, Harrogate is one of Yorkshire's most elegant destinations. Harrogate is renowned for its smart little tearooms and classy cafés spilling out onto the pavements. The celebrated Betty's tea room was established in Harrogate in 1919, with queues still forming for their glorious afternoon teas. Enjoy some time perusing Harrogate's many fascinating shops in the Montpellier Quarter for antique treasures, high-end fashion, charming arts & crafts shops and bustling markets.



Renowned for its exquisite architecture, tangle of quaint cobbled streets and the iconic York Minster, York is fast developing a flourishing, cutting-edge scene. Delve into the city's vibrant café culture, take time out to enjoy some of the country's most talented street entertainers or simply watch the world go by while sipping a drink at a riverside stylish bar or in one of the many cities' heritage taverns.

A city of contrasts and exciting discoveries, York is a place where the old encompasses the new and the commonplace meets with the unexpected. Broaden your mind with a visit to world class museums like the National Railway Museum.

National Railway Museum

Renowned for its Roman, Viking, and Medieval heritage and wealth of attractions like the iconic York Minster and JORVIK and with a host of magnificent events, entertaining guided walks and boat trips on the River Ouse, there is something to keep you entertained throughout your day.

If you want to spoil yourself there is no better place to go shopping than York.With its mix of designer labels, high street names and independent shops and antique shops selling vintage jewellery York will satisfy even the most demanding shopper. Wander the web of shopping streets to browse the amazing array of independent boutiques, vintage stores and popular high street names.



Skipton is a fascinating place with its historic buildings and interesting past. There are many facilities and attractions in the town and nearby. The wider area offers beautiful countryside and attractive villages. At over 900 years old, Skipton Castle is one of the most complete and best preserved medieval castles in England and is well worth a visit at any season of the year. Skipton, including its award winning High Street, is a shopper's delight, with many independent shops and with an array of restaurants, pubs and cafes, Skipton caters for all tastes.



Welcome to Herriot country. As well as being a traditional Yorkshire market town, Thirsk was also the home of renowned vet, James Herriot. Boasting the spectacular backdrops of the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors, it's no wonder this much-loved author was so inspired living and working here.


This little market town is England's highest, set 850 feet above sea water. Hawes was first recorded as a market place in 1307 and the lively Tuesday market still entices shoppers in. Home to the world famous Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese and the Dales Countryside Museum and set amidst breath-taking scenery it's no surprise Hawes is one of the honeypot tourist attractions of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

The name Hawes means a ‘pass between mountains' and it stands between the stunning Buttertubs and Fleet Moss.

Day 1

A morning departure from Cumbria as we head to Richmond, time for coffee in this lovely town that is a northern gateway to the Yorkshire Dales National Park, from here we continue to Ripon, explore the market square and wonderful cathedral. We complete our journey to Harrogate and the Cairn Hotel. Dinner in the hotel. Followed by live entertainment. 3 complimentary drinks vouchers per person


Day 2

After breakfast today we head to the National Railway Museum in York. Here in the UK’s biggest railway museum you can discover how over the last 300 years the railway has changed the world. In the afternoon we explore the compact medieval walled city of York. There are many attractions to enjoy including the awe-inspiring York Minster, the Jorvik Viking Centre and 'The Shambles', one of the best preserved medieval streets in the world. Dinner in the hotel followed by live entertainment. 3 complimentary drinks vouchers per person.

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Day 3

A day to explore Harrogate with its tree-lined streets, antique shops and shopping arcades, elegant buildings and the famous Betty’s tearooms. We include afternoon tea at the hotel before tonights dinner and live entertainment. 3 complimentary drinks vouchers per person.

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Day 4

Today we head via the charming Dales Village of Grassington to Skipton, time at leisure for lunch before returning to Harrogate via Ilkley and Otley. Final dinner at the hotel and an evening live entertainment.
3 drinks vouchers per person.

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Day 5

A final breakfast in the hotel before we leave and travel to Thirsk, this old fashioned Yorkshire Market town is famous as Darrowby from the James Herriot 'All Creatures Great and Small' books. From here we
continue via Leyburn and Aysgarth to Hawes, this thriving town is home to Wensleydale Cheese and the Dales Countryside Museum. There are several craft workshops, antique and other speciality shops along with an abundance of pubs, restaurants and cafés. We leave late afternoon for the journey back to Cumbria.


B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

Cairn Hotel

The Cairn Hotel was built during Harrogate’s period as a Spa Town when people came from far and wide to take the waters. Carefully modernised, grand original features still welcome you to this charming Victorian hotel. Located only a short 5 minute walk from the centre of town, The Cairn Hotel is a perfect choice for your stay in Harrogate.

The beautiful and large Windsor Restaurant offers a choice of daily changing main dishes from our carvery, featuring prime cuts and tasty dishes, and is complimented by beautifully prepared and tasty side dishes. Our friendly and talented chefs will be on hand to serve you and help you choose. Local produce is used wherever possible and special dietary requests can be catered for. This informal restaurant is the ideal place to relax after a day out.

The recently refurbished large lounge, foyer and bar area with its classically styled decor and leather sofas, offers a warm and inviting place to relax. The ideal place to enjoy a morning tea or coffee and a read of the papers, or perhaps a drink before dinner, or even a liqueur after you have eaten. 

All 135 bedrooms have en-suite bathroom with complimentary toiletries, hairdryer, direct dial telephone, wide screen television with Freeview, tea and coffee making facilities, desk and chair and an ironing board and iron are available on request.


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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