The Yorkshire Dales & Peak District
3 day tour

  • Chatsworth House
  • Bakewell Tart
  • Headstone Viaduct in Monsal Dales
  • Robin Hood's Bay
  • Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Inn, Castleton
  • York Minster

Travel through the best of Northern England on this tour to York, Chatsworth House, The Peak District, and more.

Tour map

Tour Highlights

National Parks
Waterfalls
Walks
Palaces
Cathedrals
Film Locations
UNESCO Heritage Sites
Mountains

Castleton - This beautiful village shelters in the shadow of the scenic Shivering Mountain.

Monsal Headstone Viaduct - A landmark viaduct and walking route that spans the serene Monsal Dale

Bakewell - The attractive stone buildings and courtyards attract artists and photographers from around the world.

Chatsworth House - The magnificent grand house of the Devonshire family lies in a stunning estate. You can decide whether you get lost in the luxurious rooms or its famous maze.

York and the Dales - North England’s remote sheep-rearing valleys lay beside the bustling, history-rich city of York.

Goathland Village - The rugged moorland setting of this handsome village have shaped its architecture and outlook

York Minster - Majestic Gothic spires reach up into the York sky, a focal point for dramatic events throughout English history.

Robin Hood's Bay - This beautifully preserved fishing village offers a stunning contrast between its dainty cottages and rugged cliffs.

Peak District National Park - Broadleaved woodlands give way to sheltered deep valleys in this geological wonderland.

 

Your journey

 

Friendly, gorgeous, and fun: North England’s charms are irresistible.

The Vikings loved it so much they decided to settle and shape the culture. Nature enthusiasts found the rolling hills so dazzling they created five national parks here. And pioneers discovered such fertile fields that they established this area as the home of the Industrial Revolution.

So, on this tour, you find out what’s so special about the North.

You travel to York and learn about an ancient Viking city. You try out Britain’s most famous cakes and cheeses. You venture through the legends of Robin Hood. And you roll over the green and scenic valleys of the Peak District.

So, join this tour and explore the best of North England.

And maybe by the end of this trip, you’ll have plans to settle here too.

 

Tour Details

Starts
Check-in closes at 09:45 (tour departs at 10:00) - Manchester Piccadilly (Store Street) Pick Up, Coach parking bays, Store Street (Boad Street intersection), Manchester, M1 2WD
Finishes (approx.)
18:15 - Manchester Piccadilly(Store Street) Drop Off, Manchester Piccadilly Station, Store Street, Manchester, M1 2WD
Luggage
You're restricted to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) and a small bag for onboard personal items. You can find details about luggage storage options here.
Discounts

Students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don't carry children under 5 years old).

Important information
  • Pack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes
  • Some attraction tickets can be purchased in advance when you book your tour. You’ll have the option to add at check-out. Other attractions will not be available to book beforehand, instead you can purchase those while on tour.
Tour inclusions
  • Transportation by a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Air conditioning as standard
  • The stories and services of an English-speaking driver-guide
Tour exclusions
  • Tour accommodation
  • Attraction entry tickets

Itinerary

Day 1

  • Admire the green heights of the Peak District
  • Wander through green mazes and ornate halls at Chatsworth House

It’s time to leave the big city behind and travel to the Peak District.

In the late morning, you arrive in Castleton. This quaint old town attracts travellers from all over the world for its quintessential English charm. Nearby, there are caves, a beautiful view up a valley, and an insightful information centre.

You then venture to another beautiful valley at Monsal Head. There’s an old rail line viaduct that emerges from the green hills. It’s a gorgeous structure with an impressive history.

If you’re hungry, then you’re in luck, because you’re stopping for lunch in Bakewell. Not only is this town delicious to look at, but it’s also the home of one of England’s most famous desserts, the Bakewell Pudding.

You should ensure you’ve cleaned up the crumbs, because now you’re heading to Chatsworth House. This luxurious stately home is incredible; you can admire architecture, get lost in a massive maze, or praise precious art.

You head off in the early evening to your overnight stop in York.

Day 2

  • Visit a magnificent cathedral and learn about the Viking past in York
  • Explore two essential harbour towns at Whitby and Robin Hood Bay

You have the choice to spend your whole day in York or come with us on a day trip around the nearby sights.

If you choose to stay in York, you can visit a chocolate museum, find out about the Vikings, or stroll around the ancient walls.

Alternatively, you may head out with us to Goathland in the morning. This town was used in the Harry Potter movies and is situated in one of the largest expanses of heather moorland in the UK. Your next stop on the day trip is Whitby. This is the type of town everyone dreams of retiring in. There’s a beautifully located, ruined abbey; old stone steps curving around viewpoints; and a lovely little beach to play about on. After exploring all the nooks and crannies of Whitby, you travel to Robin Hood’s Bay. They doubt if the real Robin Hood ever came here, but there are still plenty of smugglers tales dotted around this remarkable harbour village.

You arrive back in York mid-afternoon with time to admire the famous cathedral.

Day 3

  • Satiate your taste buds with a classic English cake and a famous cheese
  • Praise the marvels of one of the largest ruined abbeys in England at Fountains Abbey

It’s time to say goodbye to York, England’s capital of Vikings and chocolate.

And although it’s your last day, there’s still plenty more to see. You first take the road to Fountains Abbey. This is one of the largest ruined abbeys in England and part of an important UNESCO Heritage site.

You then find yourself surrounded by some of England’s most lovely waterfalls at Aysgarth.

Now, there’s a delicious lunch for you, because you’re travelling around Wensleydale, home of England’s most famous cheese. Just make sure you have some crackers so you can eat it the authentic way.

You travel past the epic Ribblehead railway viaduct before having a short snoop around the old castle-topped town of Clitheroe.

You arrive in Manchester in the evening.

Attractions

Tour Attractions

You are able to pre-purchase entrance tickets to the following attractions at the time of booking:

  • Fountains Abbey

Other attractions may be booked and paid locally during the tour.

Accommodation

Where does this tour stay overnight?

You stay two nights in the medieval city of York.

How can I book accommodation?

Accommodation is not included in the price of your tour. To book accommodation, there are two options: either Rabbie’s Tours can book it for you, or you can book your own. For information on how to do this, please see the ‘Accommodation’ tab on FAQ page HERE.

Alternatively, please email us your questions at tours@rabbies.com or call us on +44(0)131 226 3133.

Information you can find on the FAQ page, under the ‘Accommodation’ tab: types of accommodation, room types, the booking process, getting to and from your accommodation, and cancellation terms.

How much will the accommodation cost?

We book accommodation with third-party providers on your behalf and each property sets their own rates. Rates vary considerably depending on the accommodation standard, facilities, location, and local demand. We therefore can’t tell you exactly how much your accommodation will cost until your request has been allocated to a specific property.

As a guide, you can expect to pay the following prices, per person per night:

 

Approximate prices, per person per night

Overnight Location

 

Sole Occupancy

Multiple Occupancy

 

(1 person per room)

(2+ people per room)

B&B Standard

£80 - £120

£60 - £80

UK & Northern Ireland

€80 - €120

€60 - €80

Ireland

B&B En-suite

£100 - £145

£55 - £95

UK & Northern Ireland

€100 - €145

€55 - €100

Ireland

Hotel

£110 - £190

£75 - £150

UK & Northern Ireland

€130 - €235

€75 - €150

Ireland

NOTE: Prices quoted are for guidance only and may be higher on some occasions, especially for last-minute bookings and when demand is high (E.g. peak season, weekends, holidays, special events etc)

Breakfast will be included unless otherwise noted. The type of breakfast provided will vary from place to place so you may receive either a full cooked breakfast, a continental style breakfast (E.g., toast, fruit, cereal), or a packed breakfast bag or tray (E.g., porridge pot, fruit, granola bar).

FAQs

Do you offer hotel pickups in the departure cities?

The UK and Ireland's historic city centres are full of narrow streets and winding roads. So, to speed up your departure, we only pick up from our central meeting points. What's more is leaving the city using the most direct route also reduces the carbon footprint of our tours.

Is there parking close to the departure point?

We don't recommend bringing your car into the centre of our departure cities. It can be hard to find parking, and there are excellent public transportation services.

When should I get to the departure point?

Arrive 15 minutes before your departure time. Due to waiting restrictions, we can't wait for you if you're late.

What happens if I'm late or miss the tour?

If you're late for your tour, our cancellation policy applies. 100% charges are applicable, and you will not be entitled to a refund or alternative.

What are your cancellation policies?

Your cancellation terms depend on which tour you've booked.

For one-day tours: You'll receive a full refund if you cancel 24 hours or more before the tour departure

For tours of between two and nine days: You'll receive a 90% refund if you cancel 15 or more days before the tour departure

For tours of 10 or more days: You'll receive a 90% refund if you cancel 21 or more days before the tour departure

For all European packaged tours: You'll receive a 90% refund if you cancel 42 days before the tour departure.

If you cancel inside these notice periods, full charges will apply and no refunds will be issued.

To cancel your booking, email tours@rabbies.com as soon as possible. The effective date of cancellation will be the date we receive written confirmation from you.

Click here to view terms and conditions

Can Itineraries change?

Your tour will always follow the itinerary as closely as possible. Your driver-guide will keep you up to date on the road, and we'll try to get in touch about any large changes prior to your departure.

Can I pre-book a specific seat?

Due to logistical reasons, we're unable to let you pre-book a seat on the bus. But our comfortable 16-seat mini-coaches have huge windows. So, you'll always get a good view.

Are there toilets on the bus?

Unfortunately, we have no on-board toilet facilities, but you'll have regular comfort breaks.

How do you cater for people with accessibility needs?

We aim to accommodate everyone. To read more information on how we do this, click here to go to our accessibility guide.

Do you take children on your tours?

We regret we don't carry children under the age of five on our scheduled tours.

You can ask us about the tours we recommend for younger children. And if your child is less than 1.35m tall, you should let us know, so we can provide them with a suitable booster seat.

How much time do I get off the bus?

We want you to enjoy Britain and Ireland. And we believe the best way to do this is to get you off the mini-coach and out exploring. So, we give you plenty of time to take photos, go walking, and explore ancient ruins.

Why do you exclude visitor attractions?

We exclude visitor attractions in your tour price because it lets you travel your way. It means you can pamper yourself with a luxury lunch or skip an attraction whenever you feel like it.

Do we need to bring our own lunch?

You don't need to. We stop in small towns, villages, and rural eateries where you can choose whatever meal pleases both your taste buds and your budget.

Should I tip the driver-guide?

Let's be honest, our driver-guides would never refuse a cheeky bonus. But it's up to you, and the amount is entirely at your discretion.

What about travel insurance?

We advise you take out travel insurance.

What is ABTOT?

You're protected by ABTOT when you chose to let us reserve your accommodation on a multi-day tour. This means you can claim back anything you've paid us if we become bankrupt. Read our terms and conditions for more information.

I have more questions, who can help me?

If you have any more questions, call us on +44(0)131 226 3133, email tours@rabbies.com , or check out our full FAQs .


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