Join us on our five-day York and the Lake District tour where you’ll travel through the heart of Britain, and take in some of fantastic highlights along the way, including Stratford-upon-Avon and Cambridge. This small-group tour to the Lake District will take you on a journey of spectacular scenery, literary legends and historic cities…
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Our York & the Lake District tours starts and end at the Mercure London Kensington Hotel, which is a five minute walk from Earl’s Court station. Your tour starts at 8.30am on the morning of departure, but please arrive at least 15 minutes before.
Cambridge and Lincoln
Our York & the Lake District tour begins by departing London and travelling north to the city of Cambridge, home to one of the world’s best universities that possesses an…
Our York & the Lake District tour begins by departing London and travelling north to the city of Cambridge, home to one of the world’s best universities that possesses an alumni which includes Stephen Hawking, Charles Darwin, CS Lewis and Sir Isaac Newton. Whilst here you can visit King College Chapel, Cambridge’s most iconic building or one of the many historic college buildings. You can also partake in a local tradition; punting. ‘Punts’ are shallow boats that negogiate the canals and provide the best way to really absorb the beauty of this city. After lunch we’ll continue north to the historic city of Lincoln. The main landmark of Lincoln is its imposing medieval Cathedral which sits at top of a hill and is visible for many miles around. It is one of the greatest Cathedrals in England, and was actually the tallest building in the world for several hundred years. Lincoln’s Roman quarter is fascinating, and the Norman castle here is home to one of the only surviving copies of the world’s oldest constitution; the Magna Carta. After Lincoln we will continue north and head towards York, where we will spend the first night of our tour.
The Yorkshire Dales and the Lakes
This morning we leave York but it won’t be long before we venture into the Yorkshire Dales, a National Park known for its beautiful green valleys, called ‘Dales’. We’ll take…
This morning we leave York but it won’t be long before we venture into the Yorkshire Dales, a National Park known for its beautiful green valleys, called ‘Dales’. We’ll take in beautiful scenery along the narrow country roads as our route takes us to Aysgrath Falls; a beautiful triple flight of waterfalls that featured in the film Robin Hood; a Prince of Thieves. Next, look closely for Red Squirrels as we travel to the quaint town of Askrigg, a charming example of a Yorkshire village set in the picturesque Wensleydale area. Take a wander around this traditional place; also recognised as the ficitional village of Darrowby from the TV series All Creatures Great and Small, based on the books of James Herriott. Now it’s time to start our Lake District adventure, and we’ll start at Sizergh Castle; a stately home at the gateway of the Lake District National Park. The house dates back to the fourteenth century and has been the home of the Strickland family for over 750 years. While here, there’ll be time to explore the house & grounds, and have lunch. Next we’ll travel to Hill Top, a quaint cottage and the former home of Beatrix Potter, author of The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Beatrix Potter loved animals and was inspired by the unspoilt landscape of the Lake District where she lived for much of her life. After visiting the house where Beatrix lived it’s time to head to Windermere; our base in the Lake District and where we will spend the next two nights.
The Highlights of the Lake District
Today our travels take us around the highlights of the Lake District; England’s largest National Park which is famous for its beautiful scenery, fantastic…
Today our travels take us around the highlights of the Lake District; England’s largest National Park which is famous for its beautiful scenery, fantastic wildlife and literary connections. We’ll begin by visiting an iconic destination; Dove Cottage, former home of the Lakes most famous son: William Wordsworth. One of England’s greatest poets, Wordsworth was one of the founders of Romantic Age, and we’ll have time to visit the house where he wrote many of his most famous works. There will also be time to see the adjacent village of Grasnere, which is famous for its gingerbread. Next we’ll enjoy a leisurely drive along the Honister Pass, one of England’s most scenic roads. For lunch we’ll stop in Keswick, a pleasant market town where you can relax by the lake, or wander through the town centre. Close by is our next stop, the dramatic Castlerigg Stone Circle; one of England’s most atmospheric neolithic sites and thought to be at least 4,000 years old. This afternoon we will loop around Ullswater Lake, regarded by many as the most beautiful of all Lakes which inspiried Wordsworth’s iconic poem Daffolfils. We’ll visit Aira Force, a spectacular waterfall set amongst beautiful woodland. Now it’s time to head back to Windermere, where you’ll have time to relax and the option to take a boat trip on England’s largest lake.
The grand city of York
This morning it’s time to depart the Lake District and continue our Yorkshire adventure by heading back to York. This city is truly one of the greatest in England and…
This morning it’s time to depart the Lake District and continue our Yorkshire adventure by heading back to York. This city is truly one of the greatest in England and has a complex and fascinating history. Occupied by the Romans, Vikings and Saxons, the history of York is extremely varied, and its said that York is the most haunted city in England. There’s so much to do here including: visit the majestic York Minster, explore the renowned National Railway Museum, take a walk atop the ancient city wall, wander through the historic central streets known as ‘The Shambles’, try a traditional Yorkshire pudding or join one of the many fantastic ghost tours. You’ll have the afternoon free to explore York and take in as much of the history as possible.
Hardwick Hall & Stratford-upon-Avon
The final day of our voyage begins by departing York and beginning the journey south. Our first stop will take us to visit one of Britain’s great Elizabethan houses; Hardwick Hall….
The final day of our voyage begins by departing York and beginning the journey south. Our first stop will take us to visit one of Britain’s great Elizabethan houses; Hardwick Hall. This stunning house and estate was created in the 1590’s by Bess of Hardwick; a local lady who through progressive marriages and business acumen had risen to become the second wealthiest female in Britain after Queen Elizabeth I. Hardwick Hall was a statement of Bess’ affluence & power and this is reflected in the size and architecture of this house; which is often regarded as ‘one of Britain’s Best Buildings’. Whilst here you’ll have time to fully explore this incredible house and its beautiful gardens. This afternoon, our journey continues as we make our way to Stratford-upon-Avon; the final stop of our tour. Stratford the home of the world’s most famous playwright, William Shakespeare; this is where Shakespeare was born and where he lived before becoming famous for works such as Romeo & Juliet and Macbeth. You’ll have ample time to visit his birthplace and former home, see the school where he studied, Trinity Church where he was laid to rest, and wander the towns charming streets. After this it will be time to make our way back to London where our York & the Lake District tour concludes.
This tour ends at the Mercure Kensington Hotel at approximately 6.30pm. If traffic conditions allow it may be possible to do an additional stop on Bath Road, Heathrow, for those staying in the Heathrow Airport area.
Includes: Minibus transportation, services of Tour Leader, four nights accommodation (choose B&B or Hotel) and breakfast each morning
Extras: Meals (except breakfast), entry to attractions