York and Harrogate
In this new tour we combine visits to two of North Yorkshire’s most popular destinations, York & Harrogate, with plenty of free time to explore them both. We also visit RHS Harlow Carr, one of Yorkshire’s most relaxing and innovative gardens.
Dates throughout 2020 & 2021
Suggested itinerary by coach
Travel to Yorkshire
Full day in York
Today we travel to York, an historic city surrounded by 13th-century walls. Make your way through the medieval web of narrow streets to the immense, awe-inspiring York Minster, surely one of the most beautiful Gothic cathedrals in the world. Visit Clifford’s Tower, originally built by William the Conqueror, or York Castle Museum with an authentically recreated Victorian Street. Don’t miss the remarkable Shambles, York’s most famous street, with overhanging timber-framed buildings, some dating back to the fourteenth century, and the ‘snickelways’ that lead off it.
Harrogate and RHS Harlow Carr
This morning we stay close to home with time to explore Harrogate. Take a stroll through Valley Gardens or indulge in some retail therapy and discover the many independent shops and boutiques. Rest your legs with a cup of tea and a slice of cake at the famous Betty’s Café Tea Rooms. In the afternoon visit the magnificent Royal Horticultural Society gardens at Harlow Carr. This 58-acre garden site features much to delight any gardener, including streamside planting, a Kitchen Garden, Scented Garden and much more. And if you weren’t able to take tea at Betty’s in Harrogate, there’s another, smaller one, here.
Why not stay an extra day and enjoy a day out at Bolton Abbey with a ride on the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway.
Suggested Hotels – Recently inspected by Greatdays staff
Cairn Hotel Harrogate ***
This charming hotel is situated in the Centre of Harrogate, 5 minutes walk up hill from the main shopping area. There is a great restaurant as well as lounge areas and a bar. The hotel has a lift accessing all 4 floors. The corridors have flat access, however, access to some of the public areas is by a couple of small steps, but ramps are also available at all stairways. There is free Wi-Fi available in the public areas, but chargeable in the bedrooms. The hotel offers entertainment on some nights of the week in its ballroom. All of the 135 bedrooms are en-suite bathrooms with bath and shower. They are equipped with tea and coffee making facilities, flat-screen TV and hairdryer. Adapted rooms are available and the hotel provides ample free on site coach parking in its large car park.
Cedar Court Hotel Harrogate ****
This friendly and relaxed grade II listed hotel is located overlooking the famous 200 acre Stray parkland, making it the perfect base to explore Harrogate and the surrounding area. The hotel is around a 15 minute walk into the centre of Harrogate. There are 100 comfortable bedrooms, a lift to all floors, and complimentary coach parking.
Mercure Wetherby ***
A warm welcome awaits in this modern hotel which is situated just a short walk from the town centre. Guests can dine in the restaurant, take a drink in the bar or relax in the lounge areas. Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel. The 103 well equipped bedrooms are with en-suite, some with bath and shower over others with shower only. There are tea and coffee making facilities, flat-screen TVs and hairdryers. Adapted rooms are available on the first floor, however, all rooms on the ground floor have a few steps to access them. The hotel has a large car park with ample space for coaches on site.
|2020 dates||from £172.00 per person|
|2021 dates||from £172.00 per person|
Single supplement available on request.