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The Historic Houses & Art in Yorkshire

Holiday in Yorkshire - 5 days from Monday 20 May 2019

(Photo York Minster)

This holiday is now fully booked. Contact Tricia Savours if you wish to add your name to the 'Waiting List'

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Day 1

We meet at our designated pick up point and board our executive coach with our lecturer from The Arts Society, Andrew Davies. En route to our hotel we visit the home of the Queen’s cousin, the Earl of Harewood. Located just outside Leeds, Harewood House is renowned for its stunning architecture, exquisite Adam interiors and Chippendale furniture and a fine art collection. All are set in a 1,000 acre Capability Brown landscape with a modern bird garden. We continue to the 3* Mercure Leeds Parkway Hotel on the outskirts of Leeds for a four night stay on a half board basis.
Day 2
With Andrew Davies we visit Whitby, a resort dominated by the cliff top ruins of a beautiful 13th century abbey and with old cobbled streets,  icturesque houses and a sandy beach. This afternoon we enjoy and included one way nostalgic steam train journey from Whitby to Pickering through the picturesque North Yorkshire Moors. Preserved in 1967, the North Yorkshire Moors Railway has gone from strength to strength and has featured on television and film, including ‘Harry Potter’.
Day 3
We visit York with Andrew Davies today. Our guided walking tour of the city on arrival takes in sights such as the City Walls, the Shambles and the Minster, the largest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe. After free time for lunch we visit the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, built between 1357 and 1361 and one of the best preserved medieval guild halls in the world. We then visit Fairfax House, a stunning Georgian townhouse brimming with decorative flourishes and artistic treasures and displaying some of the finest 18th century period furniture in England.
Day 4
This morning we visit the National Trust’s Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, which has been attracting visitors since the 18th century. Together the Cistercian abbey, Georgian water garden, medieval deer park, Elizabethan hall and Victorian church offer an unparalleled opportunity to appreciate the range of England’s heritage at this World Heritage Site. We spend some time at leisure for lunch in Ripon, before continuing with Andrew Davies to Newby Hall for a guided tour. Built under the guidance of Sir Christopher Wren, the family home of Mr and Mrs Richard Compton is one of England’s finest Adam houses and offers an exceptional example of 18th century interior decoration.
Day 5
After checking out of our hotel and before returning home we visit the Yorkshire Sculpture Park near Wakefield, featuring works by British and international artists including Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth.

Cost from £449 pp 
Staying in 3* Mercure Leeds Parkway Hotel

We stay four nights on a half board basis at the  on the outskirts of Leeds. Facilities at the hotel include a restaurant, bar, indoor swimming pool, gymnasium, and a sauna. All rooms are en suite and feature a television, telephone, hairdryer and tea & coffee making facilities.