Every day of your holiday is precious, every moment should be treasured. So why waste half a day, or more than likely a whole day, travelling between cities and from hotel to hotel? There is a better way.
With Grand Yorkshire, you can combine your travel day with a day’s sightseeing by booking one of our “transfer tours”. You’ll enjoy all the benefits of a private transfer – hotel collection, luggage porterage, a spacious executive vehicle and door-to-door service – with the added bonus of a full day’s private sightseeing tour. Discover the amazing locations, spectacular scenery and incredible attractions that can be found en route to your next hotel; places that you wouldn’t even see from a train, let alone have the opportunity to explore.
We’ve compiled a list of suggested transfer tour itineraries for you to choose from – but don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss other ideas and suggestions of your own. The possibilities are endless.
YORK TO EDINBURGH
One of the most popular onward destinations from York, Edinburgh is a fantastic city to visit as part of your UK tour. The train journey from York to Edinburgh can take as little as 2 hrs 30 minutes, but can still take up an entire day of your holiday: breakfast at the hotel, pack your bags, check out at 10:30. Taxi to the station, catch the train at 11:30. Train journey of 2 hrs 30 minutes. Taxi to your hotel. Check in at the hotel. Before you know it, it’s already 3:45pm and all you’ve done is change cities.
Instead of just travelling to Edinburgh, why not make the most of the sightseeing options between York and Scotland on a Transfer Tour with Grand Yorkshire.
Castles & Coastline of Northumberland
Our most popular transfer tour, this tour is a fabulous way to see the stunning scenery of Northumberland before crossing the Scottish border and continuing your holiday in Edinburgh.
Hadrian’s Wall – the Northern Frontier
This fantastic transfer tour to Hadrian’s Wall takes you to the ancient borderline between the Roman Empire and the wild lands to the north. The historic northern frontier runs across the country from east to west, and you’ll have chance to see this famous wall and visit the remains of forts and milecastles on its route.
During your time in Northumberland you’ll explore Housesteads Roman Fort and visit the Roman Army Museum at Vindolanda. You’ll also have the option of walking a section of the Wall past Sycamore Gap, one of the most iconic places on Hadrian’s Wall.
Finally you’ll reach Carlisle, where you’ll continue your transfer by train to Edinburgh.
Through the Moors and along the Coast
Perfect if you didn’t have time to explore the Yorkshire countryside during your visit to York, this Transfer Tour travels from York through the truly stunning North York Moors National Park. You’ll have chance to discover rural North Yorkshire villages, charming market towns and some of the UK’s most spectacular scenery. After travelling across the Moors, you’ll have chance to spend time on Yorkshire’s dramatic Jurassic coastline, exploring seaside towns and villages including Robin Hood’s Bay, Whitby and Staithes.
Spend the full-day in the Moors and on the coast before completing your journey to Edinburgh by train from Darlington, or add a visit to Durham before catching the train from there.
YORK TO THE LAKE DISTRICT
If your destination after York (or before you come to York) is the Lake District, you might consider one of the following options:
Through the Dales to the Lakes
Enjoy a full-day in the spectacular Yorkshire Dales, located between York and the Lake District. Your tour could include a combination of the following sites and attractions:
- Fountains Abbey
- Nidderdale AONB
- Wensleydale Creamery & Hawes
- James Herriott Country (including Thirsk and the World of James Herriott Museum)
- Middleham Castle
- Bolton Castle
- Skipton and Skipton Castle
- Bolton Abbey
- Malham Cove
After visiting your choice of sites in the Yorkshire Dales, we’ll complete your transfer to your hotel in the Lake District.
Haworth & the Bronte Parsonage
Travel from York to the truly charming hillside town of Haworth for an unforgettable visit to the locations that inspired the Bronte sisters. You’ll travel into the Worth Valley where you can see the Haworth Moors which inspired Wuthering Heights. You could even include a journey by steam train the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway. During your time in Haworth you can spend time at the remarkable Bronte Parsonage, the former home of the Bronte sisters where they spent most of their lives and where they wrote their celebrated novels. The Bronte Parsonage is now a museum which celebrates the life and works of the famous literary sisters.
The transfer tour continues from Haworth into the Lake District and on to your hotel.
Hadrian’s Wall – The Northern Frontier
Your journey to the Lake District could take you to the northern frontier of the Roman Empire as you explore the fascinating forts, excavations and scenery along the route of Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland. From your hotel in York you’ll travel north to Newcastle before following the route of the Hadrian’s Wall from east to west. You can walk along the most dramatic section of the wall, enjoying amazing views across the Northumberland countryside, as well as visiting some of the excavated forts and sites of interest along the wall, including:
- Housestead’s Roman Fort
- The Roman Army Museum
Finally, you’ll travel into Cumbria to your hotel in the Lake District.
LONDON TO YORK / YORK TO LONDON
The quickest and easiest way to get out of London is by train, but you can break your journey to Yorkshire with a trip to one of the UK’s most recognisable country houses…
A Trip to Chatsworth
Take the opportunity to discover Chatsworth House as you travel between London and York. On this popular transfer tour you’ll begin your journey from London by train, travelling to Chesterfield. Here you’ll meet your driver for the short journey to Chatsworth House. You can then enjoy an unforgettable tour of Chatsworth House and its magnificent estate.
You’ll then continue your transfer tour by car from Chatsworth to your hotel in York.
The itineraries above are some of the many options you might consider…why not get in touch with us and let us know what you would like to do on your transfer tour.