York & Yorkshire in a day
SMALL-GROUP WALKING & DRIVING TOUR on Mondays & Fridays in 2019
Join Grand Yorkshire to discover the city highlights of York and the scenic beauty of the Yorkshire countryside on this enthralling and extensive one-day tour. This dedicated small-group tour is designed to showcase the best of York and Yorkshire in a single day – perfect for those with limited time in the region, or for those who want to see as much as possible in just one day.
- Walking tour of York city centre – max. 8 people per group –
- Yorkshire countryside and quaint villages –
- Rievaulx Abbey –
- North York Moors National Park –
- Yorkshire coastline & fishing village of Staithes –
- Whitby; opportunity for fish & chips at Magpie Cafe
- Experienced local Yorkshire guide
You’ll begin the day with a fascinating walking tour of York, exploring the medieval city with an experienced York guide. Your guided tour of York will include a walk on the ancient city walls, a stroll down Shambles – York’s most famous street – and a fascinating look at the history of one of England’s most important cities.
In the afternoon and early evening you’ll discover some of the amazing sights, scenery and countryside of Yorkshire on a driving tour. You’ll travel through the farmland and rural villages to visit some of the most amazing locations in North Yorkshire, including Rievaulx Abbey, the North York Moors National Park, the Yorkshire coastline at Staithes and Whitby (where you can enjoy fish & chips at the famous Magpie Cafe!).
We meet at Clifford’s Tower – also known as York Castle – to start our morning walking tour. Your guide will greet you at the steps to the castle. At 9am the walking tour will set off to explore the narrow streets, historic buildings and ancient alleyways of York. Your experienced guide will introduce you to the fascinating history of this truly remarkable city as you learn about Roman, Viking, Medieval and Victorian York.
You’ll visit the Shambles, York’s most famous street, see tiny churches and wander along ancient ‘ginnels’ and iconic streets as you explore the highlights of York’s beautifully preserved medieval city centre. You’ll also enjoy an amazing walk along the best section of York’s ancient city walls, taking in the incredible beauty of York Minster and it’s extensive grounds and gardens – best viewed from the city walls.
You’ll have an hour for lunch, where you’ll have chance to try Yorkshire Puddings at a local pub. Alternatively, you might prefer to spend the hour visiting York Minster (entrance payable locally), the city’s collosal Gothic Cathedral, the biggest in northern Europe. We’ll take in “the finest view in England”, an incredible clifftop viewing point that overlooks ‘Herriot Country’. We’ll drive to the village of Rievaulx, where you’ll have the option to explore the famous abbey ruins, or alternatively you can explore the nearby market town of Helmsley. You’ll then take a short stroll through Hutton-le-Hole, an idyllic village on the edge of the North York Moors National Park.
The next journey takes you across the heart of the North York Moors, a wild and isolated landscape of moorland, valleys and coastline. You’ll enjoy photo opportunities and chance to walk briefly on the heather moorland as we drive on the single-track lanes and hidden backroads that lead us across the Moors towards the Yorkshire coast.
Reaching the coastline, you’ll have 30 minutes to enjoy in the tiny fishing village of Staithes – one of the true gems of the British coastline. We then continue to the town of Whitby, famous for its connections to Dracula and Captain Cook. During an hour and a half in Whitby you can see the famous ruins of Whitby Abbey, discover the tiny streets in the Old Town, see the full-size replica of Captain Cook’s famous ship, the Endeavour, which is moored in Whitby’s harbour. You could also enjoy a fish and chip supper at the Magpie Cafe, possibly the most-famous fish and chip restaurant in the world.
Your journey home will include a drive through the village of Goathland (‘Aidensfield’ in Heartbeat at ‘Hogsmeade’ in the Harry Potter films) and a photo stop at the Hole of Horcum (also known as ‘Giant’s Fury’).
Finally you’ll return to York at the end of a fascinating day exploring York and Yorkshire.
- Guided walking tour with experienced York Guide
- Return travel from York for afternoon & evening driving tour
- The services of a local guide throughout the day
- Hotel drop-off on request
- Luggage space
Cost: £60 per person*
- Entrance tickets for attractions/museums in York, Rievaulx & Whitby
*Plus booking fee
**The afternoon part of this tour can also be booked independently if you don’t wish to join the walking tour. Starting at 1pm, “An Afternoon and Evening in the Moors”, has the same itinerary as this tour, excluding the morning walking tour of York. Click here for details: AN AFTERNOON & EVENING IN THE MOORS
How it works – timings for the York & Yorkshire in a day:
(timings for the tour are approximate, although the walking tour will start at 9am sharp and the driving tour will begin at 1pm sharp)
9:00am – walking tour begins
12:00pm – walking tour concludes
ONE HOUR at leisure for lunch
1:00pm – driving tour begins
1:50pm – photo stop at “Finest View in England”
2:15pm – Rievaulx, with optional 45 minutes to explore Rievaulx Abbey
2:30pm – Helmsley, 45 minutes to explore town
3:00pm – departure from Rievaulx Abbey
3:15pm – departure from Helmsley
3:30pm – stroll through Hutton-le-Hole
3:35pm – drive through North York Moors with photo stops
4:30pm – Staithes
5:00pm – depart Staithes
5:15pm – Arrive Whitby
6:45pm – depart Whitby
8:00pm – arrive in York to conclude the tour.