In the heart of the Yorkshire Ridings, between the city of York and the Yorkshire Dales, lies the Victorian spa town of Harrogate. Tree-lined streets and cobbled walkways give way to an impressive collection of 17th and 18th century buildings and homes. We’ll explore the bustling market of Skipton, take in the sweeping views across the Yorkshire Dales and uncover history at Ripon Museums. A special gala celebration on the 25th is the icing on the Christmas cake.
4 nights in hotel (accommodation as specified or similar)
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for the journey to the Doubletree By Hilton Majestic Harrogate (4T). We aim for you to arrive at the hotel between 4pm and 5pm. There will be time to relax before meeting with your tour manager and fellow guests at a drinks reception. Dinner is served, followed by entertainment.
Christmas Eve - Embsay & Bolton Railway
After breakfast, we depart for Bolton Abbey station, where we board the train running on the preserved Embsay and Bolton Railway line. The railway operates between the recently rebuilt, award-winning station of Bolton Abbey and Embsay station built in 1888. During the short journey through the Yorkshire Dales you will get to experience the fine views towards Embsay Crag and Hugh Crag. We stop in Skipton for some free time in this delightful market town, centred around a magnificent medieval castle. Dinner and entertainment will take place at our hotel this evening. Please note: Gentlemen will be required to wear jackets, but no ties for dinner.
Christmas Day - Harrogate
Merry Christmas! After breakfast you are free to relax at your hotel. Enjoy your Christmas lunch at the hotel, after which there will be a further opportunity to relax with coffee and Christmas cake which will be available in time for the Queen’s Speech. A Christmas Day gala buffet will be served this evening at our hotel followed by entertainment. Please note: A dress code of lounge suits applies for dinner.
Boxing Day - Ripon
Today we take a coach to Ripon Museums, a collection of three sites (about a five-minute walk apart) that tell the story of policing, with a Georgian Liberty Courthouse, Prison and Victorian Workhouse. The workhouse complex contained the Guardians’ Room, Vagrants cells, Infirmary and Receiving Ward for inmates - men and women, young children and elderly. It was almost self-sufficient, with its own teacher, chaplain and doctors. Enter the Courthouse to see where defendants were tried by the township or parish officers in attendance - constables, Surveyors of the Highways and Overseers of the Poor; and imagine life in a stark cell. Our final evening starts with a drinks reception and dinner, followed by entertainment. Please note: A dress code of lounge suits applies for dinner.
Day 5 Harrogate
You’ll be collected at 10am by your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.