UK Self Drive York to Whitby Tour
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UK Self Drive York to Whitby Tour
5 days / 4 nights

Join us on this unforgettable journey taking you in several highlights of the famous Yorh, Whitby and Yorkshire Dales. Enjoy your self-drive travelling through the wild and famous moorland and spa city Harrogate. Travel by steam train on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway from York. Explore the Moors on rural roads and spend time in the amazing fishing town of Whitby.

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The Route:

YORK • Harrogate • Nidderdale • Yorkshire Dales • Optional - Lake District • Castle Howard •  WHITBY


Harrogate's development as a prosperous and flourishing spa town dates back to the 16th century. In 1571 William Slingsby of Bilton Park discovered the Tewit Well and declared that the spring waters had ‘health giving properties’. Travellers began to make diversions to visit the Spa located in High Harrogate... Read more about Harrogate


York has more attractions per square mile than any other UK city, you’ll be spoilt for choice with fun things to do in York. Whether you want to take in the majesty of the iconic York Minster, marvel at masterpieces at York Art Gallery, experience the thunder of galloping hooves at York Racecourse or discover the city’s grisly past at the York Dungeon, there’s an attraction to suit everyone.

Castle Howard
Castle Howard

One of Britain's finest historic houses, situated just outside York in the Howardian Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty. There are over 300 years of history to enjoy and explore here, which you can discover at your leisure. Explore the house at your own pace, admire its architecture, interiors, stunning scenery and 18th-century walled garden; visit the stable courtyard.

Whitby Abbey
Whitby Abbey

It was a 7th-century Christian monastery that later became a Benedictine abbey. The abbey church was situated overlooking the North Sea on the East Cliff above Whitby in North Yorkshire, England, a centre of the medieval Northumbrian kingdom. The abbey and its possessions were confiscated by the crown under Henry VIII during the Dissolution of the Monasteries between 1536 and 1545...Read more about Whitby Abbey


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Self-drive staycation York - Harrogate - Nidderdale - Yorkshire Dales - (Optional Lake District) - Castle Howard - Whitby

DAY 1, York

York Bridge River OuseYour journey will begin in the famous York – city with Roman roots and a Viking past, where ancient walls surround contemporary shops and restaurants. George VI once said: “The history of York is history of England. " The main attraction of the city - York Minster - one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in Western Europe;  The Jorvik Viking Center;  The National Railway Museum - perhaps the best in Britain. York is different from any other English city, it is voted the best place to live in the UK by the Sunday Times. Check in for 2 nights at Jorwick Hotel 5*.

Optional (1 hour cruise). Why not try your hand at skippering your own Red Boat on the by hiring one of the little self-drive boats? Drive your own motor boat on the same river that the Vikings travelled on before setting up their famous settlement, Jorvik and see sights of the city's riverscape at your own pace. You can enjoy a picnic on board as you are welcome to bring your own hamper and non-alcoholic beverages with you.

DAY 2, York - Yorkshire Dales & Fontains Abbey (approx. 120 miles per day)

Aysgarth FallsHave an early morning breakfast at your hotel before self-driving into the Yorkshire Dales and the magnificent estate of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Park, which are recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Park is home to the well-preserved ruins of Fountains Abbey, in its day one of the UK’s leading Cistercian Monasteries. We suggest to have a break and some snack at the estate Lakeside Café overlooking the estate’s glorious lake before self-driving further north. When you leave Fountains Abbey you’ll enjoy a drive out through the Medieval Deer Park, where herds from three species of deer roam freely across the vast estate grounds. Drive into Wensleydale, possibly making stops at the world-famous Wenselydale Creamery if you like and at a must-see stunning Aysgarth Falls which featured in the Hollywood movie ‘Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves’. Your route will lead you up the spectacular Buttertubs Pass (weather permitting) - one of the most picturesque roads in Great Britain. Stop for a glimpse over "Butter Tubs" and look across into Swaledale. Your route passes through the market towns of Leyburn and the historic village of Middleham. Stop for a photo opportunity outside Middleham Castle - once the family home of Richard III. Now it is time to travel back to your hotel in York at the end of this fascinating day in the Yorkshire Dales.

DAY 3, York - Harrogate (40 miles)

shutterstock 1562432386Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will be driving to the southern part of the county of North Yorkshire, the prestigious Harrogate spa resort city. Harrogate spa water contains iron, sulphur and common salt. The town became known as 'The English Spa' in the Georgian era, after its waters were discovered in the 16th century. In the 17th and 18th centuries its 'chalybeate' waters (containing iron) were a popular health treatment, and the influx of wealthy but sickly visitors contributed significantly to the wealth of the town.

There are several museums and galleries, some of which are located in old mansions and are dedicated to the history of the city. In 1805, The Promenade Inn was built by public subscription and was used as a meeting place for people to make ‘polite conversation’ after taking the waters. This building was also used a theatre, where in 1884, Lilli Langtry (Mistress of Edward VII) performed ‘School for Scandal’. Oscar Wilde also gave a lecture here on dress. This building is now the Mercer Art Gallery. Harrogate is a home to the world-class, award-winning Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival which would have celebrated it’s 18th year in 2020. Overnight at The Old Swan Hotel.

DAY 4, Harrogate – North York Moors National Park - Whitby (70 miles)

GoathlandToday spend the whole day to explore the picturesque North York Moors National Park- a pretty special place. History and nature have combined to give us an amazingly vibrant landscape, rich in heritage and wildlife – an inspiring place to visit. Today you will wonder everything from ancient trees to wild birds of prey. Explore popular traditional moorland villages of Hutton-le-Hole within the North York Moors National Park and Goathland which has a station on the steam-operated North Yorkshire Moors Railway line.

Goathland village has attracted visitors since the 19th century, but numbers soared following its appearance (as 'Aidensfield') in the television series 'Heartbeat' and its role in the 'Harry Potter' films. It's fun to arrive on the trains of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, after which walkers can enjoy lots of local strolls and hikes.

Wade's Causeway, also known as the 'Roman road', runs across nearby Wheeldale Moor. Long considered Roman in date, this is now less certain – it may date from early medieval times or may even have been built by a certain Wade the Giant . . . Optional: Take a ride on the steam train from Whitby to Goathland / Goathland to Whitby on the Yorkshire Steam Railway.

After lunch in one of the villages, drive to the seaside town of Whitby. Pass the 16th-century Lion Inn on Blakey Ridge at the highest point of the moors. See some of the pretty villages on the way to Whitby. See the Whitbey Abbey, visit the Captain Cook attractions and much more. Overnight at Flying Scotsman Engine Shed.


Today your short five-day tour ends and you can self-drive back home.

Jorvick House 5*

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50 – 52 Marygate, York YO30 7BH, United Kingdom


Jorvik House is a city centre hotel less than 5 minutes walk from the heart of York’s shopping district, all its major attractions and the railway station. Welcoming you with good old fashioned hospitality and Yorkshire charm. This 1750’s Georgian townhouse overlooks the gateway to the Museum Gardens, The 11th Century Church of St Olaf’s and the remains of St Mary’s Abbey.
The Old Swan Hotel

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Swan Rd, Harrogate HG1 2SR, United Kingdom


Situated in the heart of Harrogate this hotel is the perfect location for business or pleasure. The Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate combines Victorian splendour with elegant contemporary style. Enter through our revolving doors and saunter in to our famous glass-ceilinged Wedgwood Restaurant. Stay in one of our 136 bedrooms, arrange a gathering in one of our nine meeting rooms or visit the Swan Lounge and Bar for an Afternoon Tea. Our Harrogate hotels is surrounded by luscious lawns and gardens, ideal for those looking to take the pace out of their Yorkshire trip.
Flying Scotsman Engine Shed
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Whitby, YO21 1TE, United Kingdom


Flying Scotsman Engine Shed in Whitby offers accommodation with free WiFi, 1.7 miles from Whitby Abbey, less than 0.6 miles from Captain Cook Memorial Museum and an 11-minute walk from Whitby Lighthouse. The apartment is 1.6 miles from Sneaton Castle. Flying Scotsman Engine Shed includes 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms with a bath or shower, a seating area, and a kitchen with a dishwasher.

The hotels in the tour are a suggestion only. We are happy to offer anything from B&B to a castle suite! Just contact us and we will find the best option for you!


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Package Includes:

•  Bed and Breakfast Accommodation at hotels as mentioned in the itinerary

•  Entrance tickets to the places of interest that you'll include in the itinerary


Package Does Not Include:

•  Optional activities, which we will add to you summary/quote upon request


Terms and Conditions:

•  The terms and conditions will be personalized for every booking, and will reflect the supplier's conditions

•  All prices are NETT / non-commissionable;

•  The prices are given as indication only and can be changed in accordance with the actual date of departure and the hotels' availabilities;

•  The example price from is calculated on the 15th August 2020 departure;

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