Stay and Explore
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.
Your holiday includes:
2 excursions and visits
- Excursion on the Embsay & Bolton Railway
- Visit to Ripon Museums
- 4 nights in hotel (accommodation as specified or similar)
- 9 meals: 4 breakfasts (days 2-5) 1 lunch (day 3) 4 dinners (days 1-4)
- Tea/coffee and mince pies on arrival
- Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
- Titan tour manager
- Travel in destination by coach
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for the journey to Harrogate. We aim for you to arrive at the hotel between 4pm and 5pm and there’ll be time to relax before meeting your tour manager and fellow guests at a drinks reception.
DoubleTree by Hilton Majestic Harrogate (4-star)
Christmas Eve - Embsay & Bolton Railway
We set out for Bolton Abbey station, to board the train running on the preserved Embsay and Bolton Railway line. The railway runs between the recently rebuilt, award-winning station of Bolton Abbey and Embsay station, built in 1888. During the short journey through the outstanding beauty of the Yorkshire Dales, you’ll get to take in the beautiful views towards the craggy outcrop of Embsay Crag and Hugh Crag. We’ll then stop in Skipton for some free time in this delightful town, home to one of England’s best-preserved medieval castles. Gentlemen are required to wear jackets (but no ties) for dinner this evening.
Christmas Day - Harrogate
Merry Christmas! You’re free to relax at the hotel and spend the day completely as you please. Perhaps venture into Harrogate for the opportunity to stroll its quaint, tranquil streets on this festive morning. This charming spa town is full of beautiful and historic architecture. This afternoon, enjoy a tasty Christmas lunch back at the hotel. There’ll be a further opportunity to relax, with coffee and Christmas cake served in time for the Queen’s Speech. A gala buffet will be served this evening at our hotel followed by entertainment. For this evening’s gala Christmas Day buffet, a dress code of lounge suits applies.
Boxing Day - Ripon
At Ripon Museums, we’ll visit a fascinating collection of three sites (all within walking distance of each other). Filled with intriguing details of the past, they showcase the story of policing, with a Georgian courthouse, prison and Victorian workhouse. The workhouse was almost self-sufficient, with its own teacher, chaplain and doctors. The complex contained the guardians’ room, vagrants’ cells, infirmary and receiving ward for inmates - men and women, young children and elderly. You can 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. Or step into a stark cell and take yourself back to the life of a prisoner. For our final evening drinks reception and dinner, a dress code of lounge suits applies.
Day 5 Harrogate
You’ll be collected at 10am by your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.