Journey by rail to Manchester and travel by mini-coach to York, Chatsworth House, The Peak District, and more timeless destinations.
Castleton - This beautiful village shelters in the shadow of the scenic Shivering Mountain.
Monsal Headstone Viaduct – A landmark viaduct and walking route that spans the serene Monsal Dale
Bakewell - The attractive stone buildings and courtyards attract artists and photographers from around the world.
Chatsworth House - The magnificent grand house of the Devonshire family lies in a stunning estate. You can decide whether you get lost in the luxurious rooms or its famous maze.
York and the Dales - North England’s remote sheep-rearing valleys lay beside the bustling, history-rich city of York.
Goathland Village- The rugged moorland setting of this handsome village have shaped its architecture and outlook
York Minster - Majestic Gothic spires reach up into the York sky, a focal point for dramatic events throughout English history.
Robin Hood’s Bay - This beautifully preserved fishing village offers a stunning contrast between its dainty cottages and rugged cliffs.
Peak District National Park - Broadleaved woodlands give way to sheltered deep valleys in this geological wonderland.
Friendly, gorgeous, and fun: North England’s charms are irresistible.
The Vikings loved it so much they decided to settle and shape the culture. Nature enthusiasts found the rolling hills so dazzling they created five national parks here. And pioneers found the fields to be so fertile they established this area as the home of Industrial Revolution.
So, on this tour, jump on the fast morning train to Manchester, board your mini-coach, and find out what’s so special about the North.
You explore York and learn about an ancient Viking city. You try out Britain’s most famous cakes and cheeses. You venture through the legends of Robin Hood. And you roll over the green and scenic valleys of the Peak District.
So, join this tour and explore the best of North England.
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Students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don't carry children under 5 years old).
It’s time to leave the big city behind and travel to the Peak District.
You transfer in Manchester from your train to our mini-coach, and in the late morning, you arrive in Castleton. This quaint old town attracts travellers from all over the world for its quintessential English charm. Nearby, there are caves, a beautiful view up a valley, and an insightful information centre.
You then venture to another beautiful valley at Monsal Head. There’s an old rail line viaduct that emerges from the green hills. It’s a gorgeous structure with an impressive history.
If you’re hungry, then you’re in luck, because you’re stopping for lunch in Bakewell. Not only is this town delicious to look at, but it’s also the home of one of England’s most famous desserts, the Bakewell Tart.
You should ensure you’ve cleaned up the crumbs, because now you’re heading to Chatsworth House. This luxurious stately home is incredible; you can admire architecture, get lost in a massive maze, or praise precious art.
You head off in the early evening to your overnight stop in York.
You have the choice to spend your whole day in York or come with us on a day trip around the nearby sights. You can visit a chocolate museum, find out about the Vikings, or even just stroll around the ancient walls.
Around midday, you leave York and head to Goathland. This town was used in the Harry Potter movies and is situated in one of the largest expanses of heather moorland in the UK.
Your next stop is Whitby. This is the type of town everyone dreams of retiring in. There’s a beautifully-located, ruined abbey; old stone steps curving around viewpoints; and a lovely little beach to play about on.
After exploring all the nooks and crannies of Whitby, you travel to 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 arrive back in York mid-afternoon.
It’s time to say goodbye to York, England’s capital of Vikings and chocolate.
And although it’s your last day, there’s still plenty more to see. You first take the road to Fountains Abbey. This is one of the largest ruined abbeys in England and part of an important UNESCO Heritage site.
You then find yourself surrounded by some of England’s most lovely waterfalls at Aysgarth.
Now, there’s a delicious lunch for you, because you’re travelling around Wensleydale, home of England’s most famous cheese. Just make sure you have some crackers, so you can eat it the authentic way.
You travel past the epic Ribblehead railway viaduct before having a short snoop around the old castle-topped town of Clitheroe.
You arrive in Manchester in the evening where you join the express train service back to London Euston.
You stay two nights in the medieval city of York.
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.
We'll reserve your room(s) with one of our preferred accommodation suppliers and you'll pay them directly when you check-in. Most accommodation hosts don’t accept credit cards, so be prepared to pay cash.
You won't be able to choose which Hotel/B&B you stay in, but we will confirm the named property and exact prices on your first day of tour. If it's important for you to know where you're going to be staying in advance, or if you want to stay in a specific Hotel/B&B, we recommend that you select the option to book your own accommodation.
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
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 - £50 per person per night based on shared accommodation. A single standard room is £40 - £70 per night.
B&B En suite
The showering and toilet facilities are private, and breakfast is included in the price. The cost is £45 - £65 per person per night based on shared accommodation. A single en suite is £75 - £90 per night.
Hotels have a bar or restaurant and provide evening meals. Breakfast is included in the price. The cost is £75 - £90 per person per night. A single is £90 - £150 per night.
Please note, we're unable to book hostels for this tour at the moment. You may still be able to book hostel accommodation yourself if you choose to the option to book 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 - £30 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).
Your tour departs from Euston Station, London. You first take the train to Manchester Piccadilly Station and then make your way the short distance to the departure point on Store Street where your guide and mini-coach will be waiting for you next to the NCP car park. On the last day of your tour, your driver-guide takes you back to Store Street, just round the corner from Manchester Piccadilly Station where you catch the train back to Euston Station.
Depending on where your London accommodation is located, there are several ways to get to the station. You can easily access the station using the underground network, local buses, or a taxi.
The train departs London’s Euston Station at 07.20. We recommend you try to arrive by 06.40 in case there are delays or cancellations on your journey. Leaving plenty of time also gives you a chance to collect your tickets and purchase refreshments. Your ticket is only valid on the 07.20 departure. If you miss this train, you’re responsible for purchasing new tickets for the next departure.
At the train station, insert any credit or debit card into one of the self-service ticket machines and enter the Ticket Collection Reference Number in the email we send you. If you have problems with this, please go to a manned ticket window with your booking confirmation or phone the Avanti helpline on +443455280253. Allow 20 minutes for ticket collection and ensure you collect all the tickets for your journey. Once you’ve collected your train ticket, it’s non-amendable and non-refundable unless the service is cancelled or delayed.
In most cases, you have pre-assigned and reserved seats. The details are provided on your tickets. If you booked your ticket within one week of departure, you may not have a seating reservation. But don’t worry, there are usually plenty of unreserved seats available.
Not at all. We use the name provided at the time of booking, but it doesn’t matter whose name is on the ticket.
Each train has a café on board which provides a selection of food and drinks. If you require anything in particular, we recommend you pick up what you need from one of shops at Euston Station.
The platform changes every day. Your train’s destination is Manchester Piccadilly Station. Please watch the electronic departure board for notification of your platform. The platform will be announced about 15 – 20mins before departure. The departure gates close five minutes before the train leaves, so please make your way to the train once you’ve seen which platform the train is departing from.
If your train is delayed by more than 15 minutes or cancelled, please seek advice on the status of your journey from a railway staff member. Once informed, please contact us and we’ll help arrange public transport alternatives. Depending on the circumstances and transport options, your itinerary may be rearranged to bring you to an alternative meeting point. If this happens, we’ll provide compensation for any missed portion of your tour.
The train takes a little over two hours.
Your train arrives at Piccadilly Station at 09:30am, and your driver-guide will meet you at the bus stop located outside Piccadilly Gate on 26-32 Store Street (near the NCP car park) at 10:00am. All you need to do is to exit the station by the main exit, turn right and walk up to Café Nero. You will come to a set of lights, turn left and go down the street. Walk under the footbridge and take the first left under the tunnel and you should be able to see your driver in a white branded mini-coach. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the guide may not be at the bus stop to meet you. Don’t worry, they’ll be there as soon as possible. If you have problems finding your bus, just give us a call on +44(0)131 226 3133.
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.
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