Grand Yorkshire is a family-run touring company offering day trips from York, private tours of Yorkshire & Northumberland and executive travel and airport transfers from York.
We offer a weekly programme of day trips from York to Whitby, the North York Moors and the Yorkshire Dales. We also have day trips to Castle Howard, day trips to Fountains Abbey and day trips by steam train on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.
Our experienced, professional driver-guides are Yorkshire natives who grew up in and around York. Lead guide Chris spent time growing up in the village of Hutton-le-Hole on the edge of the North York Moors and can offer a real insight into Yorkshire life, the history and culture of the Moors and the industry and economy of the region.
Being based in York, we are ideally placed to offer information and advice about every aspect of your visit to York and Yorkshire. We don’t have “special deals” with local hotels, restaurants and suppliers in York which would affect the impartiality of our advice…any questions you ask will be answered honestly and impartially. If we know of any special offers which you could benefit from, we’ll tell you about them.
The advice we give you will be our opinion or will be feedback we have gathered from our customers. Whatever you want to know about visiting York and Yorkshire – please don’t hesitate to ask.
For your benefit, we are pleased to include some useful links to places that we visit on our tours, local tourist information offices in York and some of the towns we visit, as well as some websites where you can learn more about visiting York and Yorkshire.
Visit York Tourist Information Centre – you can book guided tours of York, save money on museums and attractions in York and arrange your accommodation in York at competitive prices using this website: www.VisitYork.org
Visit Helmsley Tourist Information – we love Helmsley and travel to this beautiful market town on two of our three tours. www.VisitHelmsley.co.uk
Yorkshire Dales – we visit the Yorkshire Dales on our “Yorkshire Dales & Fountains Abbey” tour. Find out more about the Dales here: http://www.yorkshire-dales.com
North York Moors National Park – the amazing North York Moors features on two of our tours. One of Britain’s treasured National Parks, you can find out more about the area and how it is managed at www.northyorkmoors.org.uk.
There’s more information about the Moors here: http://www.north-york-moors.com
You can also read information, look at maps and find out about spending more time in the North York Moors by visiting www.yorkshirenet.co.uk/yorkshire-moors/
Whitby is probably the jewel of the Yorkshire coastline – a seaside fishing town of real charm, where Captain James Cook learned the art of seamanship and the location which helped to inspire Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Find out more about Whitby at their tourist information website, www.VisitWhitby.com
Goathland is better known to many as ‘Aidensfield’ from the ITV drama ‘Heartbeat’. The pretty village is preserved in its 1960s style and you can still visit the Aidensfield Arms, Scripps Garage and the Aidensfield Stores. Goathland Station featured in ‘Heartbeat’ and ‘All Creatures Great and Small’, but is now best known for its starring role in the Harry Potter Films as ‘Hogsmeade Station’. You can learn about this charming railway station from the volunteers who look after it at their website, www.GoathlandStation.org.uk
The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is one of the most successful heritage railways in the world. The railway is almost entirely staffed by enthusiastic volunteers, running a daily schedule of steam trains and heritage diesels on a route through the North York Moors. Their website has information about the railway, its history, its volunteers and its timetable: www.NYMR.co.uk
You can read about the steam trains on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway here, and don’t forget our Steam Trains Guarantee for our day trips from York.
Castle Howard – one of Britain’s finest stately homes and the filming location for ‘Brideshead Revisited’ on TV and film. We run tours to Castle Howard twice every week during the summer season (March – November) and three times every week during the festive season from late November until Christmas Eve. Find out more about Castle Howard here.
Rievaulx Abbey – founded in 1130, the Cistercian Abbey ruins are located only a few miles from Helmsley and feature on our twice-weekly ‘Castle Howard, Rievaulx and the Moors’ tour. Find out about visiting Rievaulx Abbey here.
Fountains Abbey – another Cistercian Abbey, founded only a few years after Rievaulx, is located close to Ripon on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. Our twice-weekly “Yorkshire Dales and Fountains Abbey” tour includes time for you to explore Europe’s best-preserved monastic ruins and the surrounding water gardens of Studley Royal Park. Read about Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal here.
Other Travel Links
Yorkshire Guide – a guide to the best attractions, destinations and places of interest across Yorkshire, with information, photos and advice.
Visit Ryedale – the visitor information site for Ryedale, visited on so many of our tours.
Travel Directory – itravelnet.com
bookmarktravel.com – Travel Directory : A comprehensive directory of all things travel.
Golf in York – visit www.YorkGolfClub.co.uk