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Yorkshire Dales National Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

Leeds: Emmerdale Village Set Guided Tour

Leeds: Emmerdale Village Set Guided Tour

Explore the stunning Emmerdale Village and visit the outdoor set where episodes of your favourite soap are brought to life. Home to the stars of Emmerdale during the week, this weekend tour gives you the chance to experience the drama for yourself. Due to the closed set location, your journey will start at a meeting point which will be disclosed in your booking confirmation. Here you will board a transfer coach to the Emmerdale Village Tour. Set off on a fully guided, outdoor walking tour and explore the village and the exterior sets of iconic locations from the TV show including The Woolpack, Café Main Street, David's Shop, and more. There will of course be plenty of time to take photos.

From York: Herriot and Yorkshire Dales Day Trip

From York: Herriot and Yorkshire Dales Day Trip

Start your tour from York city center. Stop at the traditional market town of Masham in Lower Wensleydale, which gained its market charter over 700 years ago in 1251. Here you can learn some of the Town’s history from your guide and see the remains of an Anglo-Saxon cross shaft, thought to be around 1300 years old, at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, explore the quaint shops or just enjoy a leisurely Yorkshire brew and some cake in one of the cafes on the square – the choice is yours! Head out across Masham Moor where the sheep roam freely amongst the Heather and vast open landscape on our way over the tops to Nidderdale. The fantastic views and scenery over Gouthwaite Reservoir and miles of drystone walls make it perfect for some great photo stops. Arrive in the picturesque town of Grassington, famous for its role as the fictional town of ‘Darrowby’ in the new ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ television series, first aired in 2020. Here you will have 1.5 hours free time to explore the shops, Cafes and filming locations or even pop into the Devonshire Arms pub (The Drovers in All Creatures Great and Small) for a drink with the locals! We make our way to the beautiful Linton Falls. It is only a very short drive away so, if you prefer, you have the option to take the short walk from the Visitor Centre car park down the old stone path to the falls at Linton and meet your guide on the bridge over the river Wharfe. We follow the meandering route of the River Wharfe passing through the village of Burnsall and stopping at the historical ruin of Barden Tower, a 12th Century hunting lodge, once the seat of administration for Barden hunting forest and the residence of Henry Clifford, the Shepherd Lord. Arriving at Bolton Abbey home to the 12th Century ruins of Bolton Priory an Augustinian Monastery founded in 1154 and destroyed in 1539 during the Dissolution of the Monasteries under the reign of King Henry VIII. Today it looks extremely picturesque situated on the edge of the river Wharfe and for those of you feeling brave enough you can attempt to cross the river on the famous stepping stones… just don’t fall in! We depart Bolton Abbey and make our way back to York and say our goodbyes.

From York: Full-Day Yorkshire Dales Tour

From York: Full-Day Yorkshire Dales Tour

Discover the wonders of Yorkshire Dales National Park on a guided tour from York. Travel by air-conditioned coach to highlights like Bolton Castle, Kettlewell, Pateley Bridge, and more. Enjoy free time to explore local sights and foods in Hawes. Leave York to explore the memorable landscape of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Stop at the 14th-century Bolton Castle, the former home of Mary Queen of Scots, to enjoy sweeping views over Wensleydale. Next, enjoy free time in Hawes. Sample the cheeses at the world-famous Wensleydale Creamery, visit the Dales Countryside Museum, or explore the quaint shops and cafes (costs not included). Move on to the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Pass through the picturesque villages on the way to Kettlewell, the main filming location for the Calendar Girls movie. Explore the village, learn more about the true story behind the movie, or relax with the locals in one of the pubs and cafes. Before heading back to York, stop in the charming town of Pateley Bridge and see the oldest sweet shop in the world.

From Leeds: Yorkshire Dales Emmerdale Locations Bus Tour

From Leeds: Yorkshire Dales Emmerdale Locations Bus Tour

Although the current Emmerdale TV soap is now filmed on a closed set this tour will take you to the original locations dotted around West Yorkshire. You will visit the market town of Otley and the beautiful village of Esholt in West Yorkshire, used as Hotton and Emmerdale Village in the long-running TV show. Here, you can have a drink at the inn that was once used as the fabled Woolpack, site of many of the popular TV series most memorable scenes. You’ll also drive past the farm near Leathley where Emmerdale farm was originally shot. During the tour take the opportunity to get off the bus at several occasions. Stretch your legs, take pictures of the recognizable buildings and landmarks, and see the locations from one of Britain's longest-running TV soaps.

From Liverpool: Full-Day Yorkshire Sightseeing Adventure

From Liverpool: Full-Day Yorkshire Sightseeing Adventure

Get a taste of Yorkshire on a full-day minibus tour from Liverpool. Explore the county's history and cuisine, admire feats of Victorian engineering, and see the picturesque Hardraw Force waterfall. After a partially-narrated 2-hour journey, arrive in Haworth to discover the stories of the Bronte Sisters – Anne, Charlotte, and Emily. From there, head to the stunning limestone feature of Malham Cove, formed by melt-water from glaciers over 12,000 years ago. See the impressive Ribblehead Viaduct, a masterpiece of 19th-century engineering, and take a stroll to get a closer look at its 1.5 million bricks. A stop at the must-visit Wensleydale Creamery follows. Sample some of its famous cheeses, made originally by Cistercian Monks. Next, visit the pretty village of Hawes, a honeypot of a town boasting shops, cafes, pubs, and locals sipping John Smith's while munching a Yorkshire Pudding. Once you have explored Hawes, head to Hardraw Force, the UK's highest single-drop waterfall, which is over 100 feet tall. Enjoy the splash pool and the breathtaking natural “amphitheater” before beginning your journey back to Liverpool.

Yorkshire: All Creatures Great and Small Mini-Coach Tour

Yorkshire: All Creatures Great and Small Mini-Coach Tour

Join other fans on an All Creatures Great and Small Tour including locations from the latest TV adaptation from Channel 5 as well as sites from the original BBC series from the 1970s. This day tour by mini-coach showcases the culture and beauty of the Yorkshire Dales. It will take fans of the James Herriot books and TV series (both the current and the original BBC series) on a picturesque tour of the dales covering more than 15 locations from the show over the years. Starting from central York your first stop will be a photo stop at the 'World of James Herriot' attraction where you can see the formner surgery and hone of Alf Wright, the worlds most famous vet. The late morning will be punctuated with a short break at the Drovers Arms and a visit to where James proposed to Helen, the Darrowby Bus Stop, where James & Helen married and Darrowby Station – all from the original show. Lunch will be taken at Hardraw where you can stop for lunch at the pub that was actually used as the interior of The Drovers Arms and featured in many of the episodes of the new series. Nearby we will visit locations from the original TV series including Darrowby Church, Darrowby Cattle Market, Darrowby Country Club and Skeldale House, the veterinary practice in which the character James Herriot worked. From here you will head to the remote village that has been central to the latest version of James Herriots’ screen adaptations and doubled as the fictional village of Darrowby. Here you can take refreshments before you go and explore the village. Your guide will take you on a short walking tour to see sites such as the exterior of the Drovers Arms, G F Endleby, Grocers, Handleys Booksellers, Darrowby Cycle Shop, Darrowby Hardwares, Skeldale House and J. A. Dean, Drapers and Hosiery. Your day-long All Creatures Great and Small Tour will be full of scenic countryside and will conclude back in central York.

From Chester: Full-Day Yorkshire Sightseeing Day Trip

From Chester: Full-Day Yorkshire Sightseeing Day Trip

Get a taste of Yorkshire on a full-day minibus tour from Chester. Explore the county's history and cuisine, admire feats of Victorian engineering, and see the picturesque Hardraw Force waterfall. After a partially-narrated 2-hour journey, arrive in Haworth to discover the stories of the Bronte Sisters — Anne, Charlotte, and Emily. From there, head to the stunning limestone feature of Malham Cove, formed by melt-water from glaciers over 12,000 years ago. See the impressive Ribblehead Viaduct, a masterpiece of 19th-century engineering, and take a stroll to get a closer look at its 1.5 million bricks. A stop at the must-visit Wensleydale Creamery follows. Sample some of its famous cheeses, made originally by Cistercian Monks. Next, visit the pretty village of Hawes, a honeypot boasting shops, cafes, pubs, and locals sipping John Smith's while munching a Yorkshire Pudding. Once you have explored Hawes, head to Hardraw Force, the UK's highest single-drop waterfall, which is over 100 feet tall. Enjoy the splash pool and the breathtaking natural “amphitheater” before beginning your journey back to Chester.

From Lake District: Full-Day Yorkshire Dales Tour

From Lake District: Full-Day Yorkshire Dales Tour

Choose from a pickup point in Windermere, Bowness, or Ambleside and begin your drive to the quaint village of Sedbergh. head up to see the famous Settle to Carlisle Railway and the spectacular viaducts. Later, venture down into Wensleydale and Hardraw before descending into Swaledale through the valley to the small market town of Reeth for lunch. After lunch visits Bolton Castle, where Mary, Queen of Scots was held as a prisoner. Take a journey up the valley to the spectacular Aysgarth Waterfalls. From the waterfalls head to Hawes, where you’ll stop before continuing on to the lovely village of Dent, famous for the Dent knitters and brewery. The return trip to Windermere takes a different route, traveling via Kirkby Lonsdale.

Windermere: The Brontes, Wuthering Heights & Jane Eyre Tour

Windermere: The Brontes, Wuthering Heights & Jane Eyre Tour

This tour takes you through three counties to the village of Haworth, where the Bronte’s lived, set in the bleak moorland landscape of North Yorkshire. You will drive through the beautiful Yorkshire Dales scenery for a stop in the ageless village of Clapham. See the infamous school attended by the Bronte sisters which became the inspiration for Lowood school in Jane Eyre. Following in the Charlotte Bronte’s footsteps, you can visit the pretty village of Wycoller with its ruinous hall, the model for Ferndean Manor in Jane Eyre. Discover the places the Bronte’s knew and the landscape which inspired them. Following this, explore the Bronte Parsonage, where Charlotte, Emily, Anne and Branwell lived with their father, Reverand Patrick Bronte. See where they sat and wrote Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre and The Tennant of Wildfell Hall, and discover how they lived and what their lives were like in industrial Yorkshire where death was constantly on the doorstep and freedom was on the moors. Wander down the high street of Haworth, having hardly changed since the Bronte’s walked here 150 years ago. See the Black Bull Inn where Branwell drank, and the old apothecary where he bought laudanum. Set your imagination free, breathe the chilly moorland air and gaze over the wild, dramatic landscape of Wuthering Heights. Discover the freedoms and restrictions, the successes and failures, the loves and losses endured in the world of Victorian England. This was a place which fashioned the passionate, emotional and tragic lives of the world’s most famous literary family.

3-day Yorkshire Dales and Peak District Tour from Manchester

3-day Yorkshire Dales and Peak District Tour from Manchester

Day 1: Travel to the Peak District. In the late morning, you will arrive in Castleton. This quaint old town attracts travelers from all over the world for its quintessential English charm. Nearby, there are caves, a beautiful view up a valley, and an insightful information center. Venture to the 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. After savoring every last crumb, head over to Chatsworth House. This luxurious stately home is incredible; you can admire the architecture, get lost in a massive maze, or praise precious art. Finally, head off in the early evening to your overnight stop in York. Day 2: Full-day Tour of York Spend your morning in York. Visit a chocolate museum, find out about the Vikings, or just stroll around the ancient walls. Around midday, leave York and head to Goathland. 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 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, 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 harbor village. Finally, arrive back in York in the early evening. Day 3: Touring, Lunch, and Returning to Manchester Take the road to Fountains Abbey. This is one of the largest ruined abbeys in England and part of an important UNESCO Heritage site. Then find yourself surrounded by some of England’s most lovely waterfalls at AysgarthEnjoy a delicious lunch of Wensleydale's famous cheese and crackers. After lunch, travel past the epic Ribblehead railway viaduct before having a short snoop around the old castle-topped town of Clitheroe. In the evening, arrive in Manchester.

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Our tour guide Mark was one of the finest knowledgeable guides we have ever encountered. He made the tour interesting and factual. He provided details on restroom stops and places to eat along the way. Mark took the time to photograph all of us individually at special scenery stops. We would highly recommend this tour for anyone interested in the Yorkshire Dales and James Herriot stories.

Liked the small size and opportunity for discussion. Guide was excellent and very knowledgeable about the Brontës as well as history and geography of the Yorkshire Dales. Everything was on time and enjoyable.

A wonderful day of seeing the Yorkshire Dales we love in All Creatures Great and Small. Full itinerary but enough time at each stop. We really felt we that we were able to view some great sites in one day.

Excellent tour. Only 6 other tourists which ensured plenty of room on the bus. Tour guide was excellent and provided a good commentary on the tour. Plenty of photo stops were made during the tour.

Our tour guide, John, was excellent! He was very knowledgeable, personable, full of stories, and a wonderful driver! We thoroughly enjoyed all the stops and scenery. Highly recommend this trip!