Harrogate & The Lake District
Your Tour Includes
- Experienced Driver Guide
- Luxury Coach Transportation
- 6 Nights Hotel accommodation
- 6 Evening Meals
- 6 Full English Breakfasts
- Return Stena Line Sailings from Dublin Port
- Admission to Castle Howard
- Admission to Bronte Parsonage Museum
- Admission to York Minster
- Guided walking tour of York
- Cruise on Lake Windermere
- Admission to the Lakeland Motor Museum
- Admission to Holker Hall
- All excursions listed
- Kildare Village Designer Outlet
- Heuston Station Dublin
- Dublin City Centre
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 Betty’s Tearooms, magnificent formal displays and elegant buildings, it’s the perfect place for us to base ourselves for the first 3 nights. Relax and unwind before dinner together at our hotel.
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
Following a Full Yorkshire breakfast, we travel to the Roman City of York. One of Europe’s most inspiring cities, built within its still standing medieval walls. The city itself is tightly gathered around the mighty York Minster, a spectacular Gothic cathedral emblazoned with medieval stained glass. We meet a local tour guide who takes us on a gently paced walking tour meandering through the twisting, narrow streets of this beautiful city. We return to our hotel in Harrogate on time for dinner.
Following breakfast, we checkout and travel to The Lake District. Our first stop is to 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 The Lake District. We check in this afternoon into our hotel in Kendal town centre with some free time before dinner.
Our first stop today is to the southern most tip of Lake Windermere where we board our cruise boat and sail the entire length of the largest and most beautiful lake in England in the heart of the Lake District, Lake Windermere (Lakeside to Ambleside). We disembark at Ambleside and board the coach again to travel the short journey to the famous William Wordsworth associated village of Grasmere, set beneath the jagged Lakeland fells, where we have 2 hours to visit at leisure. Explore this gorgeous village and perhaps visit the famous Gingerbread shop or St Oswald’s Church where Williams Wordsworth is buried. The Wordsworth Museum and Dove Cottage are located here too. Our day ends with a visit to the lovely Victorian-Edwardian town of Bowness on Windermere on the eastern shore of Windermere and is home to The World of Beatrix Potter.
Have breakfast at leisure this morning, relax and enjoy Sunday morning. Our first visit is a special treat down memory lane to the Lakeland Motor Museum where you can feast your eyes on a unique collection of 30,000 exhibits assembled over 50 years. The Museum is also home to The Campbell Bluebird Exhibition, a tribute to the racing career of Sir Malcolm and Donald Campbell. You’ll also learn about the Iron Works, Woodlands Industry, Gunpowder Factories and early motoring in the English Lake District. Our afternoon is completed with a visit to Holker Hall, Cumbria’s premier stately home belonging to Lord and Lady Cavendish. Take your time and visit the House, Gardens, Parkland, Cafes and Gourmet Food Store. Dinner one final time together at our hotel.
We leave shortly after breakfast on our journey to Holyhead to meet our 2pm 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.