Tours and Short Breaks in York
Yorkshire is an extraordinary region rich in ancestral history. Titan’s Historic Yorkshire short break is based in the flourishing county town of York, in a hotel that overlooks the historic city walls. The tour allows you to discover the famous attractions within this medieval boundary, such as York Minster, with medieval stained glass windows. Climb 275 steps up the Central Tower and you will be at the highest point in the city, with the best views in York.
The award winning Jorvik Viking Centre presents the city of Jorvik as it stood nearly 1,000 years ago. It displays innumerable unique artefacts from the Viking Age and shows the continued impact the Vikings have today.
A walk along the crooked Shambles is a must. This incredibly well preserved medieval street was mentioned in the Doomsday Book. Originally holding butchers shops, the lane now holds quirky boutiques and cafés.
The National Railway Museum is also a fascinating look into 300 years of national history, displaying objects that changed the world. The Great Hall is filled with unmissable engines like the Mallard, which broke the world speed record for steam locomotives in 1938; a replica of George Stephenson's Rocket and a 'Series 0' Shin-kansen, known as Japan’s remarkable bullet train.
Within a 30 mile radius of York are many more fantastic places. Harrogate is an elegant city of historic buildings. The Royal Pump Room used to attract thousands of visitors every year. The popularity of the sulphur wells decreased when the National Health Service started. It became a museum in 1953, with reference to famous visitors including Tsarina Alexandra of Russia in 1911, and Charles Dickens. Nearby is RHS Garden Harlow Carr, a showcase of horticultural excellence. The innovative kitchen garden is particularly popular, with opportunities to gain advice on growing vegetables, fruit and herbs.
In the opposite direction stands Castle Howard, one of Britain’s finest historic houses and gardens. It was designed by the 3rd Earl of Carlisle and took over 100 years to complete. The opulent interiors are appropriate for the flamboyant Baroque exterior; however the final wing shows the more conservative tastes of the 4th Earl. Award winning exhibitions display the history of the family who lived here for over 300 years, the family’s patronage to William Morris, and its use as film sets. The 1,000 acres of garden and parkland impress the visitor with monumental temples and follies, statues and fountains. The extensive woodland and lakes are complemented with seasonal displays of bluebells, rhododendrons, roses and autumn colour.
Continue north and you will soon find the North York Moors. Titan’s short break crosses this beautiful region first by coach to Whitby, the traditional seaside resort associated with Captain James Cook and Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Then relax in a classic wood panelled carriage as you travel through enchanting landscapes on the 180-year old North Yorkshire Moors Railway, pulled by a magnificent restored steam or diesel locomotive.