Venture to the heart of Northern England on this comprehensive tour of the North’s scenic and cultural splendour.
Alnwick Castle - A major shooting location for the Harry Potter franchise and Downton Abbey, this superb 1000-year-old site offers the archetypal English castle experience.
York Minster - Majestic Gothic spires reach up into the York sky on one of Europe’s largest cathedrals, a focal point for dramatic events throughout English history.
Robin Hood’s Bay - This beautifully preserved fishing village offers a stunning contrast between its pretty cottages and rugged cliffside setting.
Yorkshire Dales - The fiercely rugged and verdant expanse is a haven for plant species and hosts some of the UK’s most diverse wildlife, with the beautiful Gothic-influenced city of York at its centre.
Wordsworth’s Cottage - Famed abode of the poet William Wordsworth and the refuge where he produced some of his greatest works, this cottage is full of the great man’s secrets and truths.
Lake Windermere - Spiritual home to Beatrix Potter’s fabulous stories, the largest natural lake in England provides historical and natural fascination.
Scottish Borders - Explore from the ancient boundary of Hadrian’s Wall to the great city of Edinburgh.
Explore the cultural highlights and scenic peaks of Northern England on this five day tour.
Roam from the dramatic Yorkshire Dales to the North’s powerful castles and halls. Ascend to the tip of Gothic cathedral’s spires before delving into the nooks and crannies of valley villages. And relive the scenes of fierce conflicts as you wander Hadrian’s Wall.
Picturesque bays, broad lakes, and stunning buildings are guaranteed on this comprehensive tour of the English landscape.
Students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don't carry children under 5 years old)
You depart the cosmopolitan city of Edinburgh and follow the magnificent East Lothian coastline towards the walled border town of Berwick-upon-Tweed.
After stopping to admire the fortifications, you continue to Alnwick Castle. This immense stronghold has been home of the Earls and Dukes of Northumberland since 1309 and has stood strong for nearly a millennium.
It was originally built to assert Norman rule over newly conquered lands. But more recently Alnwick Castle has found fame as one of the settings for the fictional Hogwarts school in the Harry Potter movie series and Downton Abbey.
Leaving Alnwick behind, you travel towards the city of York on the Great North Road, a route that has carried countless Roman legions between the remote Northern outposts and the more populous settlements of Roman Britannia. In the late afternoon, you arrive in York; your base for the next two nights.
Today you can decide what you want to do.
You can choose to spend the day exploring the medieval heart of York; an ancient city with a colourful history dating back to the times of the Romans, Vikings, and Normans. There's much to see and do: you can visit a chocolate museum, find out about the Vikings, or even just stroll around the ancient walls.
Alternatively, you can journey out with your guide on a half-day excursion to the magnificent North York Moors National Park. Your next stop is Whitby, a bustling fishing port and inspiration for the imagination of Bram Stoker, who stayed here in a hotel while writing his famous novel Dracula.
After lunch and free time in Whitby, you travel to the fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay*; They doubt if the real Robin Hood ever came here, but there are still plenty of smugglers tales dotted around this remarkable harbour village. You then return to York in the early evening.
Whichever option you choose, you spend your evening enjoying the sights and sounds of York.
*Robin Hood's Bay - The mini-coach cannot access the main village because of local restrictions. The coach will drop you off at the top of the village and you must walk down (and back up!) a steep hill to reach the old village centre.
You're picked up from your accommodation and head west into the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Established in 1954, the Yorkshire Dales National Park has outstanding scenery, a range of wildlife habitats and rich cultural heritage. It’s a special place – a fantastic outdoor arena for recreation and relaxation and a haven for wildlife.
Continuing west, the route takes you through the Northern Dales - the centre of the Dales cattle trade.
The final leg of today’s journey takes you high up into the remote hills of the Yorkshire Dales before descending into the lively market town of Keswick* where you're dropped off at your accommodation and have free time to explore this charming town.
(*Please note all tours that depart on the 13th, 16th, 20th, 23rd, 27th and 30th July will stay in Bowness-on-Windermere instead of Keswick.)
After breakfast, you head a short distance out of town to the mysterious Castlerigg standing stones. Many people think these were placed here over 5,000 years ago and were once a lively hub of ancient pagan rituals.
You then travel on to the shores of Ullswater, known as England’s most beautiful lake. Here, you can take a forest walk to see the mighty Aira Force waterfall. Continuing south over the narrow and winding Kirkstone Pass, you stop at Lake Windermere where you have the option to take a leisurely cruise on the lake or simply eat lunch while enjoying views of the mountains and lakes.
After lunch, you travel around the southern tip of Windermere and on towards the picturesque conservation village of Hawkshead, where the poet William Wordsworth attended Grammar School.
After free time to explore the village, you take the narrow country lanes north towards Grasmere, which Wordsworth described as “the loveliest spot that man hath found”. There's free time to visit Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage, taste the legendary gingerbread, or enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the Wordsworth Daffodil Garden by the River Rothy.
In the late afternoon, you return to Keswick.*
(*Please note all tours that depart on the 13th, 16th, 20th, 23rd, 27th and 30th July will stay in Bowness-on-Windermere instead of Keswick.)
Leaving the lakes behind, you start the climb towards Hartside Pass, at over 1,900ft. On a clear day, the hills and mountains of Scotland and the English Lake District are clearly visible. You follow the route of the old sheep drovers between England and Scotland.
Stopping at Hadrian's Wall, there’s an opportunity to explore some of the Roman remains and walk in the footsteps of the Roman Centurions who patrolled this desolate frontier of the Empire. You then travel along the ancient Roman Dere Street, cross the border into Scotland, and head to the border town of Jedburgh for refreshments by the ruins of Jedburgh Abbey.
Your final stop is at the world-famous Scott’s View with stunning views over the River Tweed and the Cheviot Hills before continuing north to Edinburgh.
A big thank you to Nick Mcadie for a fantastic tour. Had a great time and have great memories from the trip which will stay with me forever.
My first trip with Rabbies and I had a fantastic time. Thanks to our awesome guide, Nick for a great 5 day trip of Yorkshire, the Dales and the Lake District. I was amazed by the stunning views throughout and appreciated interesting history and fun tunes provided by Nick. Great weather was just an added bonus. The BBs Rabbies booked were good too. Highly recommend this tour especially if a Harry Potter or Beatrix Potter fan. Thanks Rabbies! I hope to be on one of your tours again.
Our tour of Yorkshire Lake District was exceptional. Rabbies should be proud to have a driver of such capabilities as Mav. His knowledge of the areas and ability to answer questions thrown at him were spot on. Thank you Rabbies for booking us excellent B Bs. All in all a great experience and we are looking forward to our tour of Mull Iowa Skye and Orkney. We will be recommending your tours to our friends in Australia.
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Just returned from two Rabbies tours, the first of which was the Yorkshire and Lake District 5-day tour that leaves from Edinburgh. This was a 'new' tour in that it was done in reverse order to the previous versions so that we could pick up part of our group in York on Day 2 - those folks had come up from London on the 7-day tour from London to Edinburgh. Despite a few kinks (unusually foggy weather, very cold temperatures for May), I enjoyed the trip, particularly the beautiful Lake District, Hadrian's wall, Keswick, and the entry back into Scotland. Eric was an able guide, singing to us every day, and giving us much new knowledge regarding sheep farming! Thanks again, Rabbies, for a lovely experience!
We had an excellent trip with just 4 passengers and our guide. Pete was awesome! He enhanced our itinerary with great info, music, and stories (all true!) Our B&Bs were lovely, their hosts very gracious. Hope to return to hike around the beautiful lakes and hills. York was fantastic with the Minster and Shambles topping the list.
We just completed our second wonderful Rabbies tour and would like to thank Rabbies for being the best in the business. Eric Nicol was a fantastic tour guide who kept us all informed and laughing (even though he did not sing enough Elvis!) We do travl frequently and recommend the company every where we go. Already planning our next Rabbies!
Second tour with rabbies 5-9th June Another fantastic tour with Rabbies. Couldn't get enough of the medi-eveil walled city of YORK Eric our guide was fantastic and accomodating in every way. Many thanks Eric
What a fabulous time we had touring the Lake District and Yorkshire with Angela! Her detailed knowledge kept us informed, while her delightful sense of humour kept us laughing. Rabbie's tours are always excellent, but having that special kind of tour guide makes the trip extraordinary. My thanks to the company for such a wonderful tour and to Angela for her outstanding performance.
The most exiting trip I have ever been! Angela was great, and the beauty of natural impressed me.
You stay two nights in the historic city of York and two nights in Keswick in the heart of the Lake District.
Your tour excludes accommodation; but when you book, you can ask us to reserve local accommodation for you, or you can choose to reserve your own accommodation in the overnight locations.
Once you've booked your tour, we'll reserve all your accommodation, and your driver will drop you off with your hosts. You’ll pay your accommodation directly. Most don’t accept credit cards, so be prepared to pay cash.
Plans can change, so we let you alter your accommodation choices for free within the first 48 hours of booking. After this time, amendments aren't guaranteed and carry a surcharge. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
You’ll need to contact us with your accommodation details. Please only reserve accommodation within the overnight towns that your tour stops in. Your driver will drop you off at your chosen accommodation as long as it’s relatively central.
You may be liable for the cost of your first nights’ accommodation for each separate accommodation booked. If you cancel less than three days before departure, you may be liable for all your accommodation costs.
We try to reserve accommodation that’s no more than a 20-minute walk from the town centre. We regularly check our accommodation suppliers to ensure they reach a certain standard. The prices below are for guidance only.
B&B (Bed and Breakfast) Standard
Please note, we're unable to book B&B standard rooms for this tour in 2020. Instead, the accommodation may be a room with a separate, private bathroom. The availability of this option will be reviewed for 2021 depending on government guidance. You may still be able to book B&B standard accommodation yourself if you choose to find your own accommodation for you tour.
The toilet and showering facilities are shared with at least one other room in the house, and the price includes breakfast. The cost is £35 - £40 per person per night based on shared accommodation. A single standard room is £40 - £60 per night.
B&B En suite
The showering and toilet facilities are private, and breakfast is included in the price. The cost is £45 - £60 per person per night based on shared accommodation. A single en suite is £60 - £80 per night.
Hotels have a bar or restaurant and provide evening meals. Breakfast is included in the price. The cost is £70 - £85 per person per night based on shared accommodation. A single is £85 - £130 per night.
Please note, we're unable to book hostels for this tour in 2020. The availability of this option will be reviewed for 2021 depending on the government guidance. You may still be able to book hostel accommodation if you choose to find your own accommodation for your tour.
A hostel consists of dormitory rooms with 4 to 16 bunk beds. The bathroom facilities are a short distance from the dorm room. Kitchen facilities are equipped so you can make your own meals. The cost based on dorm beds is £19 - £27 per person per night.
Please note that SYHA hostels only offer same gender dorms. Some independent hostels will offer mixed rooms (males and females together).
The UK and Ireland's historic city centres are full of narrow streets and winding roads. So, to speed up your departure, we only pick up from our central meeting points. What's more is leaving the city using the most direct route also reduces the carbon footprint of our tours.
We don't recommend bringing your car into the centre of our departure cities. It can be hard to find parking, and there are excellent public transportation services.
Arrive 15 minutes before your departure time. Due to waiting restrictions, we can't wait for you if you're late.
If you're late for your tour, our cancellation policy applies.
We have a cancellation period of three days for our one day tours, and 21 days for longer tours. If cancelled outside this period, we'll give you a full refund minus a 10% admin charge. If you cancel inside this period, refunds are at our discretion. Click here to view full terms and conditions.
It's simple: you book, you go. This means we'll never cancel your tour because of a minimum numbers policy.
Due to logistical reasons, we're unable to let you pre-book a seat on the bus. But our comfortable 16-seat mini-coaches have huge windows. So, you'll always get a good view.
Unfortunately, we have no on-board toilet facilities, but you'll have regular comfort breaks.
We aim to accommodate everyone. To read more information on how we do this, click here to go to our accessibility guide.
We regret we don't carry children under the age of five on our scheduled tours.
You can ask us about the tours we recommend for younger children. And if your child is less than 1.35m tall, you should let us know, so we can provide them with a suitable booster seat.
We want you to enjoy Britain and Ireland. And we believe the best way to do this is to get you off the mini-coach and out exploring. So, we give you plenty of time to take photos, go walking, and explore ancient ruins.
We exclude visitor attractions in your tour price because it lets you travel your way. It means you can pamper yourself with a luxury lunch or skip an attraction whenever you feel like it.
You don't need to. We stop in small towns, villages, and rural eateries where you can choose whatever meal pleases both your taste buds and your budget.
Let's be honest, our driver-guides would never refuse a cheeky bonus. But it's up to you, and the amount is entirely at your discretion.
We advise you take out travel insurance.
You're protected by ABTOT when you chose to let us reserve your accommodation on a multi-day tour. This means you can claim back anything you've paid us if we become bankrupt. Read our terms and conditions for more information.
Travel on small group tours of 10 people or fewer
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