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Roses Steam & Harrogate Flower Show

Roses Steam & Harrogate Flower Show

A great railway holiday with a distinctly floral twist, as our visit to Harrogate coincides with the Harrogate Flower Show. After a day at the North’s most famous flower show, we sample two great steam railways in the red rose and white rose counties, plus UNESCO World Heritage Saltaire. We hope you’ll agree that we’ve coming up smelling of roses!

5 Days From £449



Thursday 23 April 2020

Thursday 17 September 2020



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

  • Enjoy Harrogate’s Spring or Autumn Flower Show*

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

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

  • Steam through the Irwell Valley on the East Lancashire Railway


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


* The Flower Show in April will be held at The Great Yorkshire Show Ground and the September date will be held at Newby Hall. *


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.



Today we head to Harrogate, known as 'the English Spa'. We transfer to the Great Yorkshire Showground to visit the Harrogate Flower Show, the North's top gardening event, with floral displays galore and superb exhibitions.

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Today we venture 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 railway line through the Irwell Valley linking Bury with Rawtenstall. Back in Bury you have the opportunity to visit its Transport Museum before heading back to the white rose county. Back in Yorkshire, it might be worth keeping today's Lancashire excursion secret!

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


B=Breakfast, D=Dinner


The Midland Hotel, Bradford

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, and is of particular architectural interest, with some of the finest Victorian interiors in the city. Today sees a hotel that has undergone a transformation, with investment to all areas of the building, restoring it to its original greatness.




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Join & Leave at Hotel £459


£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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