Lake District, Harrogate & York
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14th August 2020
€180 Single Supplement
Your Trip Includes
- Experienced Driver
- Luxury Coach Transportation
- Return Stena Line Sailings
- 6 Nights 3 star Hotels Accommodation
- 6 Full English Breakfasts
- 6 Evening Meals
- 1 ‘Cream Tea’
- Cruise on Lake Windermere
- Entrance to Levens Hall
- Entrance to the Bronte Parsonage Museum
- Entrance to York Minster Cathedral
- Entrance to Castle Howard
- Guided Walking Tour of York
- Visit to Sarah Nelson Gingerbread Shop
- All excursions listed
- Dublin Heuston Station
- Dublin City Centre
- Dublin Port
The Riverside Hotel, Kendal (3 star) – 3 nights
The Cairn Hotel, Harrogate (3 star) – 3 nights
Today we travel to England from Dublin Port, passing though the Welsh and English countryside to Kendal, a busy market town in the heart of The Lake District. We’ll check into our hotel in the late afternoon, located right in the centre of the town. Your dinner is included tonight in the hotel’s dining room.
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 will skirt the romantic eastern shores of Lake Windermere and our next stop is to the picturesque Victorian-Edwardian town of Bowness-on-Windermere, it’s one of England’s most popular tourist destinations. Here we board a cruise boat and take a spectacular voyage on one of the most beautiful and the largest lake in England. Enjoy commentary on-board and take in magnificent views of mountain scenery, secluded bays and the many wooded islands that dot the lake. The boat returns to Bowness-on-Windermere where you might like to visit The World of Beatrix Potter (admission charges apply) or take a gentle rabble at your own pace around this shore-side village before boarding the coach and travelling back to our hotel in Kendal for dinner together.
Sunday morning – Relax this morning. Our coach departs at noon 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.
Following breakfast, we check-out of our hotel and travel towards Harrogate in Yorkshire. 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 Harrogate. Harrogate is world famous for Betty’s Tearooms, magnificent formal displays and elegant buildings, it’s the perfect place for us to base ourselves for 3 nights. Relax and unwind before dinner together 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. 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.
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 before we return to our hotel in Harrogate on time for dinner.
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.
We leave shortly after breakfast on our journey 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.