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Saltaire, Steam and the Brontes
This tour gives an opportunity to visit the world famous UNESCO World Heritage Site of Saltaire and take a steam train ride on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway. We visit the Bronte Parsonage Museum in Haworth, take a canal boat ride in Skipton and explore Bolton Abbey.
Dates throughout 2022 & 2023
Suggested itinerary by coach
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Saltaire, Keighley and Worth Valley Railway and Haworth
This morning we travel to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Saltaire. Opened in 1853, this industrial village and textile mill takes its name from its founder, Sir Titus Salt, and the River Aire, which runs through it. Today, Salts Mill and the village are home to many independent shops and galleries. Leaving Saltaire we take a steam train ride on the picturesque Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, the setting for the 1970 film ‘The Railway Children’. The hilltop village of Haworth is internationally famous for its connection with the Bronte sisters. We visit the Bronte Parsonage Museum where Emily, Charlotte and Anne wrote most of their novels. There’s time to explore the village’s many tearooms and bookshops.
Skipton and Bolton Abbey
Today we head for Skipton, the ‘Gateway to the Dales’ for a relaxing cruise on the Leeds Liverpool Canal. Afterwards, there’s plenty of time to explore this charming market town with its famous 900 year-old castle and historic cobbled High Street. We continue to Bolton Abbey, best known for the famous Priory ruins, and a landscape full of history and legend. Walk along the riverside and woodland paths and enjoy local produce in the many tea rooms and cafes.
Return home or stay and extra day
Return home or add an extra day and visit Harewood House, Harrogate or RHS Harlow Carr.
Suggested Hotels – Recently inspected by Greatdays staff
Mercure Bradford Bankfield ***
The Mercure Bradford Bankfield is situated in a rural area, close to Saltaire and Bingley and 3 miles from the centre of Bradford. The hotel is set well back from the road in 8 acres of grounds, and far reaching views from the back of the hotel. Guests can dine in the restaurant and enjoy refreshing drinks in the two bars. The 103 bedrooms spread over 3 floors are en-suite and offer bathrooms with bath and shower over. There are tea and coffee making facilities; Flat-screen TV, trouser press, Hairdryer and iron. There are two adapted rooms available on the ground floor. The hotel has a lift to all floors and provides ample free on site coach parking in its large car park.
Jurys Inn Leeds ***
Situated in the City Centre, Jurys Inn Leeds is just a short flat walk from the main shopping areas. This modern 10 storey hotel has a large reception area, restaurant, bar and lounge areas. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel. The 249 modern and well equipped bedrooms are with en-suite, with bath and shower over. They feature tea and coffee making facilities; Flat-screen TV and Hairdryer. Adapted rooms for disabled use are available. The hotel does not offer coach parking – this is available a short walk from the hotel. However, drop off and pick up outside the hotel is possible.
Holiday Inn Leeds-Garforth ***
This modern hotel is situated adjacent to the M1 and to the South East of the City Centre which is around 20 minutes’ drive away. You will find an open plan reception, lounge bar and restaurant. As the hotel is on only two floors there are many ground floor rooms. However, the corridors do have some stairs, though there are accessible chair lifts at the staircases. There is free Wi-Fi throughout and the hotel is air conditioned. Leisure facilities include a swimming pool, sauna and gym. The bedrooms have been fully refurbished in 2016, and feature en-suite bathrooms, tea and coffee making facilities; Flat-screen TV; Hairdryer; safe and iron. There are adapted rooms available. The hotel provides ample free on site coach parking in its large car park.
|Dates||4 days / 3 nights|
|2022 dates||From £185.00 per person|
|2023 dates||From £215.00 per person|
Single room supplement available upon request.