Harrogate, York & Lake District

Pierce Kavanagh Coaches
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30th June 2022
€ 1450 pps
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Your Trip Includes

  • Experienced Driver
  • Luxury Coach Transportation
  • Return Stena Line Sailings
  • 7 Nights 3 star Hotels Accommodation
  • 7 Full English Breakfasts
  • 7 Evening Meals
  • 1 ‘Cream Tea’
  • Guided Walking Tour of York
  • Entrance to York Minster Cathedral
  • Entrance to Castle Howard
  • Entrance to the Bronte Parsonage Museum
  • Cruise on Lake Windermere
  • Entrance to Levens Hall
  • Cruise on Ullswater Lake
  • Visit to Sarah Nelson Gingerbread Shop
  • Entrance to Holker Hall
  • All excursions listed

Pick-up Points

  • Urlingford
  • Portlaoise
  • Naas
  • Dublin Heuston Station
  • Dublin City Centre
  • Dublin Port

Hotels:

The Cairn Hotel, Harrogate (3 star) – 3 nights (or Similar)
The Riverside Hotel, Kendal (3 star) – 4 nights (or Similar) 

Day to day operations of the tour may change due to government COVID-19 restrictions / guidelines at the time of travel.
Day 1:
Today we travel to England from Dublin Port, passing though the Welsh and English countryside to Harrogate, a beautiful town in Yorkshire which draws its style and elegance from its 18th century history. Famous for Bettys Tearooms, magnificent floral displays and elegant building, it is the perfect place for us to base ourselves over the next 3 nights. Dinner will be served at our hotel shortly after arrival. Relax and unwind after dinner
Day 2:
A morning visit to Castle Howard, one of England’s grandest Baroque mansions with its sweeping views across the Howardian Hills. Tour the lavishly decorated rooms with its world-renowned collections, stunning architecture and idyllic gardens. In the afternoon we return to Harrogate, so you can enjoy some free time to explore this delightful town’s Victorian buildings, colourful banks of flowers and broad tree-lined boulevards at leisure.

We’ll dine together this evening at our hotel.

Day 3:
Following a Full Yorkshire breakfast, our excursion today is to the Roman City of York, one of Europe’s most inspiring cities, built within its still standing medieval walls. We meet a local tour guide who takes us on a gently paced walking tour meandering through the twisting narrow ancient streets of this beautiful city leading to the Shambles, an historic shopping area with its famous leaning houses.

The city itself is tightly gathered around the mighty York Minster, a spectacular Gothic cathedral emblazoned with medieval stained glass. Entrance to York Minister is included and our superb local tour guide will take you on an enlightening tour of this truly spectacular cathedral. The afternoon is at leisure in York, stroll at leisure through the streets with the most beautiful and exquisite architecture and discover many gens this city has to offer.  There will be a transfer back to our hotel in Harrogate  during the late afternoon, dinner is included at our hotel.

Day 4:
This morning after breakfast, we’ll check-out of our hotel and travel towards Kendal in The Lake District. We’re visiting the Haworth Parsonage, now the Bronte Parsonage Museum, home to the literary sisters from 1820 to 1861. It was here that the Bronte sisters wrote Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

Explore the steep narrow streets of Haworth before our journey continues through the stunning countryside to Kendal, a busy town at the gateway to the Lake District. Dinner is served in the hotel.

Day 5:
Today, we travel Pooley Bridge and board the Ullswater Steamer boat to enjoy a cruise, travelling 8 miles through the Lake District National Park, a area of unspoiled natural beauty. Our coach awaits us at Glenridding where we board the coach again and travel to the shores to  Lake Windermere with time to explore the very pretty and bustling Victoria-Edwardian town of Bowness on Windermere right on the waters edge.
Day 6:
Enjoy the morning free in Kendal, our coach departs late morning from outside our hotel to the nearby Levens Hall. Once a stark, imposing Pele Tower built c1250-1300, Levens Hall has grown into an impressive Elizabethan house, with each generation leaving its mark on the architectural fabric of the building. The result is a stunning family home with spectacular interiors and impressive collections of furniture, clocks and paintings.

The Hall has an intriguing history and fascinating links to the Duke of Wellington. Designed in the 1690s by Monsieur Guillaume Beaumont, gardener to King James II and Colonel James Grahme, these ten acres of gardens retain many original features. With over 100 ancient box and yew trees sculpted into abstract or geometric shapes, the garden is a remarkable place to explore. Our group enjoys a free flowing self-guided tour of the Hall and the stunning gardens and a delicious homemade cream tea served in the Howard room.

Day 7:

Our first stop today to the famous William Wordsworth associated village of Grasmere, set beneath the jagged Lakeland Fells, where we have time to visit at leisure. Wordsworth described Grasmere as ‘the loveliest spot that man hath found’. It is also where England’s poet laureate was laid to rest in St Oswald’s Churchyard. We’re going to visit Sarah Nelson’s Gingerbread Shop, made famous by the Victorian cook who invented Grasmere Gingerbread in 1854 in this village. The tiny shop is a delight and visitors to the shop are greeted by the wonderful aroma of freshly baked Grasmere Gingerbread hanging in the air. We will hear the story of Sarah Nelson brought to life in a talk held outside the shop (if it is raining bring an umbrella) and enjoy a cuppa and the best gingerbread in the world!

Afterwards explore this gorgeous village and perhaps you may like to visit the famous Wordsworth Museum and Dove Cottage (admission charges apply)

Our coach travels to Ambleside, the northern tip of Lake Windermeere, here we’ll board our awaiting cruise boat for a 90 minute journey sailing the entire length of the largest and most beautiful lake in England down to Lakeside where your driver and coach will be waiting to take you to the wonderful Holker Hall,  Cumbria’s premier stately home. Holker Hall is the Victoria Stately home of Lord and Lady Cavandish, dating back to the early 1600’s. The Hall contains superb examples of fine art and furnishings by such names as Van Dyck and Chippendale and is nestled amongst romantic formal gardens, meadows and woodland. Don’t miss visiting the magnificent Holker Food Hall when you are there.

Our final dinner together is at our hotel in Kendal this evening. 

Day 8:
An early rise this morning as we make our way to Holyhead to meet our ferry taking us back to Dublin Port. Our final journey together will give you time to reflect and chat about the wonderful places we have visited, and new friends made.