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Roses Christmas Markets & Steam

Roses Christmas Markets & Steam

Whilst this tour is timed to coincide with Harrogate's Christmas Market weekend, it includes so much more! We also visit two of the country's best-known Christmas Markets, contrasting charming York with metropolitan Manchester and features two great steam railways, one in Yorkshire and one in Lancashire, plus UNESCO World Heritage Saltaire. We're coming up smelling of roses again with festive cheer!

5 Days From £389

 

DEPARTS

Thursday 14 November 2019

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Stay at Bradford’s historic railway hotel, the Midland Hotel

  • Enjoy Harrogate’s Christmas Market

  • Explore York and its St Nicholas fayre

  • Visit the National Railway Museum, with its superb collection

  • Step back in time on the Keighley & Worth Valley Steam Railway

  • Take in the beautifully preserved Saltaire village and Salt’s Mill’s Hockney collection

  • Experience steam on the East Lancashire Railway

  • Discover Manchester’s excellent Christmas Markets

 

Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • Dinner every evening

  • Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

DAY 1

Arriving in Bradford we transfer to the historic Midland Hotel at Bradford Forster Square, built by the Midland Railway company in the late 19th century.

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DAY 2

Our first excursion takes us by rail to Harrogate, known as 'the English Spa'. We have timed our visit to coincide with Harrogate's Christmas Market weekend. Take a short stroll to the Stray in the Montpelier Quarter, which boasts exclusive shops, but also the Christmas Market's 200 stalls filled with Harrogate and Yorkshire produce. We then continue by rail to York, with free time to stroll around the ancient city walls, visit the Minster, take in the timeless Shambles or to experience the National Railway Museum. York also boasts its own Christmas Market, known as the St Nicholas Fayre, with an excellent array of shops and stalls. After free time to browse, enjoying the pre-Christmas sights and smells, plus maybe a taste of mulled wine, our round trip returns to Bradford for dinner.

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DAY 3

A busy day exploring Yorkshire awaits, as we take the local rail network to Keighley. Here we board the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway for a scenic steam hauled journey through the countryside made familiar through the film, the Railway Children. Returning along the line to Keighley, we head next to Saltaire, the beautifully preserved Victorian model village created by industrialist Sir Titus Salt to house the workers at his local mill. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, the village's mill has now been converted into a shopping and arts space, with regular exhibitions of local artist David Hockney.

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DAY 4

Our final day ventures across the Pennines to the red rose county. In Manchester we take the tram to Bury for a return steam journey on the East Lancashire Railway, a beautifully preserved heritage line through the Irwell Valley linking Bury with Rawtenstall. Back in Manchester, we enjoy some free time at its extensive Christmas Market, before heading back to the white rose county. Back in Yorkshire, it might be worth keeping today's Lancashire visit a secret!

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DAY 5

We bid farewell to new found friends and make our way home.



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B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

HOTEL

The Midland Hotel, Bradford

Built between 1885 and 1890 by the Midland Railway Company, the Midland Hotel was a showpiece for the railway company's northern operations, with some of the finest Victorian interiors in the city. The Midland has hosted many Prime Ministers, plus famous entertainers like Laurel & Hardy, George Formby, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. In 1905 the Shakespearean actor Sir Henry Irving died on the hotel staircase following his appearance at the Theatre Royal, to be attended by his manager, Bram Stoker! Today sees a hotel that has undergone a transformation, with investment to all areas of the building, restoring it to its original greatness.

 

FARES

Fare Region

First

Standard

London: Kings Cross

£555

£485

Greater London

£565

£490

South of England

£605

£515

East Anglia

£615

£519

South West

£655

£539

Heart of England

£599

£509

Midlands

£539

£469

Yorkshire

N/A

£455

North East

£555

£489

North West

N/A

£455

South Wales

£619

£505

North Wales

£579

£499

Scotland

£559

£489



 

Join & Leave at Hotel £399

 

£10 Tour Discount for holders of National Railcards

 

Single Room Supplement £85

 

4 nights’ bed, breakfast & Table d’Hôte evening meal

Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

Rail & coach travel, with transfers as described

 

All excursions and admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

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