Roses Steam & Harrogate Flower Show

Roses Steam & Harrogate Flower Show

A new tour with a distinctly floral twist, our visit to Harrogate coincides with the RHS Harrogate Flower Show. After a day at the North's most famous flower show, we sample two great steam railways in the red rose and white rose counties, plus UNESCO World Heritage Saltaire. We hope you'll agree that we've coming up smelling of roses!

5 Days From £445.00

 

DEPARTS

Thursday 25 April 2019

Thursday 12 September 2019

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Stay at Bradford’s historic railway hotel, the Midland Hotel

  • Enjoy Harrogate’s RHS Flower Show

  • Step back in time on the Keighley & Worth Valley Steam Railway

  • Take in the beautifully preserved Saltaire village and Salt’s Mill’s Hockney collection

  • Steam through the Irwell Valley on the East Lancashire Railway

 

Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • Dinner every evening

  • Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

  • Hotel Porterage

DAY 1

Arriving in Bradford we transfer to the historic Midland Hotel at Bradford Forster Square, built by the Midland Railway company in the late 19th century.

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DAY 2

Our first excursion takes us on the Harrogate Line to Harrogate, known as 'the English Spa'. We transfer first to the Great Yorkshire Showground to visit the Harrogate Flower Show, the North's top gardening event, with floral displays galore and superb exhibitions. After a little free time back in Harrogate itself, our round trip returns to Bradford for dinner.

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DAY 3

Today we venture across the Pennines to the red rose county. In Manchester we take the tram to Bury for a return steam journey on the East Lancashire Railway, a beautifully preserved heritage line through the Irwell Valley linking Bury with Rawtenstall. Back in Bury you have the opportunity to visit its Transport Museum before heading back to the white rose county. Back in Yorkshire, it might be worth keeping today's Lancashire excursion secret!

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DAY 4

A busy day exploring Yorkshire awaits, as we take the local rail network to Keighley. Here we board the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway for a scenic steam hauled journey through the countryside made familiar through the film, the Railway Children. Returning along the line to Keighley, we head next to Saltaire, the beautifully preserved Victorian model village created by industrialist Sir Titus Salt to house the workers at his local mill. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, the village's mill has now been converted into a shopping and arts space, with regular exhibitions of local artist David Hockney.

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DAY 5

We bid farewell to new found friends and make our way home.



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B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

HOTEL

The Midland Hotel, Bradford

Built between 1885 and 1890 by the Midland Railway Company, the Midland Hotel was a showpiece for the railway company's northern operations, with some of the finest Victorian interiors in the city. The Midland has hosted many Prime Ministers, plus famous entertainers like Laurel & Hardy, George Formby, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. In 1905 the Shakespearean actor Sir Henry Irving died on the hotel staircase following his appearance at the Theatre Royal, to be attended by his manager, Bram Stoker! Today sees a hotel that has undergone a transformation, with investment to all areas of the building, restoring it to its original greatness.

 

FARES


Fare Region

First

Standard

RC (-)

London: Kings Cross

£600

£535

-£10

Greater London

£640

£555

-£10

South of England

£650

£560

-£15

East Anglia

£665

£565

-£15

South West

£700

£585

-£20

Heart of England

£645

£555

-£10

Midlands

£585

£515

-£10

Yorkshire

N/A

£495

-£5

North East

£565

£525

-£10

North West

N/A

£500

-£5

South Wales

£660

£550

-£10

North Wales

N/A

£535

-£10

Scotland

£605

£535

-£10

 

Join & Leave at Hotel £445

 

Single Room Supplement £85

 

4 nights’ bed, breakfast & Table d’Hôte evening meal

Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

Rail & coach travel, with transfers as described

All excursions and admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

Hotel Porterage

Important – Please select the number of passengers before proceeding to ‘Book Now’

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