York, England Good for groups

Our most recommended York, England Good for groups

York: 1-Hour Small Group Evening Walking Tour

1. York: 1-Hour Small Group Evening Walking Tour

Early evening is the most atmospheric time to experience York, the shops have closed, the tourist hordes have departed, the ancient streets lie at your disposal. This hour-long walking tour is for anyone seeking a concise, informal and entertaining introduction to York in the company of an expert local guide. Discover why the Minster is known as a Minster rather than a cathedral, why all the streets in York are called Gates and all the gates are called Bars. Start your tour in Exhibition Square, and see 2000 years of history simply by turning in a circle. Take in all the must-see sights including the Minster, the medieval walls and the Shambles, the inspiration for Diagon Alley. Take the opportunity to enter the maze of ancient cut-throughs and back-passages, or Snickelways as they are known locally.  Although this isn't a ghost tour there are plenty of gruesome true stories to be heard. By the end of the walk you will be ready for your dinner reservation having tasted the full flavour of a city which still has Viking mud on its boots and a tang of cocoa in the air.

3-day Yorkshire Dales and Peak District Tour from Manchester

2. 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.

From York: One-Way Tour To Edinburgh with Hadrian's Wall

3. From York: One-Way Tour To Edinburgh with Hadrian's Wall

Enjoy a relaxing journey through the scenic landscape of northern England and the Scottish Borders as you travel between York and Edinburgh on this tour by luxury vehicle. Benefit from a stress-free, door-to-door journey that takes in sights such as Bamburgh Castle along the way. Start your journey with convenient pickup from your accommodation in York. Avoid expensive taxis or the hassle of public transportation. Instead, let your driver help you with your luggage and settle down into the back of your Mercedes Benz V Class for your trip. Travel from England to Scotland in a hassle-free way and witness the landscape slowly change through your window. Stretch your legs at the tour's first stop in the Yorkshire Dales National Park or historic County Durham. Continue your journey through the wild terrain of northern England. Make a further stop at Hadrian's Wall, the famous border between England and Scotland. Alternatively, explore the tiny coastal villages and mighty castles of the Northumbria coastline. Cross the Scottish border, and admire the pretty landscapes of the border country and/or Scottish coast. Complete your journey by rolling into Edinburgh, the iconic and historic Scottish capital.

From York: Yorkshire Moor Coast, Cliff & Whitby Private Tour

4. From York: Yorkshire Moor Coast, Cliff & Whitby Private Tour

Experience one of England's most beautiful and unexplored counties, Yorkshire, while relaxing inside of a luxury Mercedes. See various of the county's highlights, like ancient villages and castles, Whitby (the capital of fish and chips), and the North York Moors National Park. Meet your guide when you are picked up in your supremely safe and comfortable Mercedes V-class vehicle. Be whisked away through the beguiling medieval streets of York on your way to the first stop in the ancient town of Helmsley. View the ruins of Hemsley Castle, depicted in the famous painting by Joseph Mallord William Turner. Peruse local shops or stop for a fine Yorkshire Cake and a cup of tea. Move on to the otherworldly North York Moors National Park. Watch as the scenery changes on the journey across the moors, and admire the remarkable views while drawing closer to Yorkshire's rugged coastline, where James Cook first voyaged out to sea. Continue on to the coastal town of Whitby, where you can see the dramatic gothic ruins of Whitby Abbey, which famously inspired Bram Stoker's 'Dracula'. Enjoy some free time to explore the sights and attractions of Whitby, either on your own or with your guide, who will be happy to accompany you to the hidden charms of this ancient town. Leave Whitby and travel up one of the steepest inclines in the Moors, included on the Tour de Yorkshire in 2014. Move swiftly to the idyllic village of Goathland, noted for its charming station on the North York Moors Steam Railway. Catch sight of magnificent steam trains thundering through if you are lucky. Cross the moors and take in some beautiful views of the extraordinary landmarks created by glaciers as they scored and chiseled the land during the last ice age, before making your way back to the ancient city of York. Be taken straight to your hotel or take a brief, optional walking tour (free of charge) to see the city's ancient walls to finish off the day.

From York: Private Yorkshire Dales National Park Day Trip

5. From York: Private Yorkshire Dales National Park Day Trip

Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Yorkshire Dales on a private day trip from York. Join a local guide for a journey to the historic village of Richmond, the spooky Bolton Castle, and Richmond Castle. Stop in Askrigg and Masham. Snacks and non-alcoholics drinks are included. After getting picked up from your hotel in York, travel by Mercedes Benz minivan to the peaceful market town of Masham. Enjoy a quick tea or coffee (not included in tour cost) before continuing your journey into the Dales. Pass through idyllic villages and across remote moors via ancient woodland and waterfalls. Stop for lunch in Askrigg, a village so old it features in the famous Domesday Book of AD 1086. Then, arrive at the stark, eerie, and historically fascinating Bolton Castle, where Mary Queen of Scots was held prisoner. After exploring the castle, head out of Wensleydale and into the remote landscape of Swaledale before arriving in Richmond, the first Richmond in the world, predating its American and London namesakes. Explore the dramatic and ancient Richmond Castle and perhaps enjoy a quiet pint in one of its quintessentially English pubs. From Richmond, sit back, relax, and enjoy the onboard snacks on the drive back to York.

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We choose to do a small group tour as we had seen some massive tours and felt it would be very difficult to hear all that was being said and wanted more of a personal touch. Alfred was our guide and he was fantastic all the knowledge you would expect but with some humour mixed in he took us on a tour through all the snickleways showing us stuff off the beaten track covering the origins of York right up to present day with only 7 in our group we had chance to ask questions and could hear everything and also no one was struggling to keep up as he went at our pace! Really enjoyed the tour and learnt lots of things we didn't know and re learnt stuff we'd forgotten! If you're considering a walking tour I highly recommend that you book this one!

I have just enjoyed a wonderful and informative tour led by Sarah, who's knowledge of York and English history is amazing! It was a very small group (just 3 in total) and it meant that we got the opportunity to ask questions and share conversations within the group. Having seen another tour of over 30 people I know I made the right choice in picking a small group. The pace was relaxed, the conversations interesting and Sarah so engaging in how she shared her knowledge. A superb way to spend a good hour on my first evening in the city.

We had an excellent time getting a more customized tour trailered for our interests, as we were the only ones in our group. He was great with our kids and answered all their questions. Such a pretty hike up to Arthur’s Seat. Highly recommend this tour. Go at the beginning of your stay to get suggestions for the rest of your trip.

Brilliant Tour, cannot recommend enough. Our guide Sarah had such an enthusiasm for local history it was infectious. She was also very gracious in answering our many questions. We learnt a lot in an hour!

Alfred was a very informative and friendly guide which started off our York visit very nicely.