Grandeur of Yorkshire & Derbyshire

Yorkshire and Derbyshire are two counties in England with plenty to offer, from stunning scenery to fascinating historic sites. We’ll spend time at Brodsworth Hall and Gardens discovering the grandeur and wealth of the property’s past residents as well as exploring Bolsover Castle, an impressive Stuart mansion that was once the setting for lavish parties.


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Holiday Highlights

  • 5 nights dinner, bed and breakfast at our selected hotel
  • Porterage
  • Welcome drink
  • After dinner tea and coffee at the hotel
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • Visits to Conisbrough Castle, Brodsworth Hall and Gardens, Clifford’s Tower, York, York Minster, Mount Grace Priory, Richmond, Richmond Castle, Bolsover Castle, Chesterfield & Church of St Mary and All Saints
  • Guided gardens tour with a member of the gardening team and lunch* at Brodsworth Hall and Gardens
  • Guided tour of Clifford’s Tower
  • Guided tour of Mount Grace Priory, House and Gardens
  • Guided tour of Richmond Castle
  • Guided tour of Bolsover Castle
  • Guidebooks for selected properties
  • Services of a Tour Manager

    *Please inform us at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements

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  • Return coach travel
  • 5 nights dinner, bed and breakfast at our selected hotel
  • Porterage
  • Welcome drink
  • After dinner tea and coffee at the hotel
  • Return coach travel
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • Visits to Conisbrough Castle, Brodsworth Hall and Gardens, Clifford’s Tower, York, York Minster, Mount Grace Priory, Richmond, Richmond Castle, Bolsover Castle, Chesterfield & Church of St Mary and All Saints
  • Guided gardens tour with a member of the gardening team and lunch* at Brodsworth Hall and Gardens
  • Guided tour of Clifford’s Tower
  • Guided tour of Mount Grace Priory, House and Gardens
  • Guided tour of Richmond Castle
  • Guided tour of Bolsover Castle
  • Guidebooks for selected properties
  • Services of a Tour Manager

    *Please inform us at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements

Are you an English Heritage Member?

If you are a member of English Heritage you can save a further £40pp on the price shown. To redeem this all you need to do is tick the "EH Member Discount" box on the "Passenger Options" page during the booking process.


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Selected Hotels

We’ll stay at one of two hotels:

The Cedar Court Wakefield Hotel is located by the River Calder in Wakefield. Facilities include a bar and lounge plus a Health Club with a hot spa bath, Turkish steam room and sauna as well as a heated swimming pool. Each of the en-suite rooms has tea and coffee-making facilities and a flat-screen TV.

The Weetwood Hall Hotel is located just outside of Leeds city centre set in nine acres of wooded grounds. Weetwood Hall is a 17th-century manor house offering a pub and a restaurant with each en-suite bedroom featuring a flat-screen TV. Guests also receive free passes for a nearby David Lloyd Gym with transport provided at designated times.

Single Supplements Apply

Excursion One – Conisbrough Castle & Brodsworth Hall and Gardens

We begin our day with a visit to the 12th-century Conisbrough Castle, built by the half-brother of Henry II. It featured as a Saxon stronghold in Sir Walter Scott’s novel Ivanhoe.

Brodsworth Hall and Gardens is our next stop. Built in the 1860s in the Italianate style for the wealthy Thellusson family, the house has survived with remarkably few changes. With its air of grandeur mixed with gentle decline, Brodsworth tells the story of the changing fortunes of the people who lived and worked here, while the beautiful pleasure gardens have been restored to their full Victorian splendour. We will enjoy a guided tour of the gardens from a member of the gardening team followed by lunch here.

Excursion Two – Clifford’s Tower, York & York Minster

Clifford’s Tower offers spectacular views over the city of York, so it’s the perfect place to begin our day. William the Conqueror built the first castle here when he launched his campaign to subdue the north of England, and it was rebuilt in stone in the 13th century. It’s the largest remaining part of what was once a much larger castle. We’ll discover more on a guided tour here.

Next we enjoy some time in the historic city of York with the chance to explore and find somewhere for lunch at leisure. Highlights include the picturesque warren of medieval lanes known as the ‘Shambles’, the ancient walls surrounding the city and the Jorvic Centre, which tells the story of York’s Viking past. The famous Betty’s Tea Rooms are also worth a visit.

We then have the opportunity to visit York Minster, the largest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe and home to the most stunning stained glass Great East Window that has been described as England’s artistic equivalent of the Sistine Chapel.

Excursion Three – Mount Grace Priory, House and Gardens, Richmond & Richmond Castle

Mount Grace House is an Arts and Crafts mansion, nestled among woodland, beautiful gardens and the remains of the best preserved Carthusian priory in England. We’ll discover its secrets and stories on our guided tour this morning.

We’ll then have some time at leisure to find a place for lunch in Richmond, a historic market town situated in the heart of North Yorkshire on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales.

Our final stop of the day will be Richmond Castle. The castle is one of the greatest Norman fortresses in Britain and offers breathtaking views over the Yorkshire Dales. We’ll take a guided tour and discover more about the castle’s role in the First World War.

Excursion Four – Bolsover Castle, Chesterfield & Church of St Mary and All Saints

Bolsover Castle is a spectacular castle perched on a ridge high above the Vale of Scarsdale in Derbyshire. Bolsover was rebuilt in the early 17th century by Sir Charles Hardwick and his son, Sir William Cavendish. Cavendish was a playboy and a poet who later became the first Duke of Newcastle and he used Bolsover as an aristocratic retreat where he could entertain guests and indulge in his passion for dressage and entertainments. We’ll hear more about William and the stories of the house on our guided tour and we’ll also see the remarkable wall paintings, rich panelling and elaborate fireplaces inside the exquisite Little Castle.

After time to find somewhere for a spot of lunch at leisure in Bolsover, we’ll continue on to Chesterfield, a market town in Derbyshire where we will see the crooked spire of the Church of St Mary and All Saints. The spire was originally straight, but the movement of lead inside the tower over the centuries has given it an iconic twist.

Excursion One – Conisbrough Castle & Brodsworth Hall and Gardens

We begin our day with a visit to the 12th-century Conisbrough Castle, built by the half-brother of Henry II. It featured as a Saxon stronghold in Sir Walter Scott’s novel Ivanhoe.

Brodsworth Hall and Gardens is our next stop. Built in the 1860s in the Italianate style for the wealthy Thellusson family, the house has survived with remarkably few changes. With its air of grandeur mixed with gentle decline, Brodsworth tells the story of the changing fortunes of the people who lived and worked here, while the beautiful pleasure gardens have been restored to their full Victorian splendour. We will enjoy a guided tour of the gardens from a member of the gardening team followed by lunch here.

Excursion Two – Clifford’s Tower, York & York Minster

Clifford’s Tower offers spectacular views over the city of York, so it’s the perfect place to begin our day. William the Conqueror built the first castle here when he launched his campaign to subdue the north of England, and it was rebuilt in stone in the 13th century. It’s the largest remaining part of what was once a much larger castle. We’ll discover more on a guided tour here.

Next we enjoy some time in the historic city of York with the chance to explore and find somewhere for lunch at leisure. Highlights include the picturesque warren of medieval lanes known as the ‘Shambles’, the ancient walls surrounding the city and the Jorvic Centre, which tells the story of York’s Viking past. The famous Betty’s Tea Rooms are also worth a visit.

We then have the opportunity to visit York Minster, the largest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe and home to the most stunning stained glass Great East Window that has been described as England’s artistic equivalent of the Sistine Chapel.

Excursion Three – Mount Grace Priory, House and Gardens, Richmond & Richmond Castle

Mount Grace House is an Arts and Crafts mansion, nestled among woodland, beautiful gardens and the remains of the best preserved Carthusian priory in England. We’ll discover its secrets and stories on our guided tour this morning.

We’ll then have some time at leisure to find a place for lunch in Richmond, a historic market town situated in the heart of North Yorkshire on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales.

Our final stop of the day will be Richmond Castle. The castle is one of the greatest Norman fortresses in Britain and offers breathtaking views over the Yorkshire Dales. We’ll take a guided tour and discover more about the castle’s role in the First World War.

Excursion Four – Bolsover Castle, Chesterfield & Church of St Mary and All Saints

Bolsover Castle is a spectacular castle perched on a ridge high above the Vale of Scarsdale in Derbyshire. Bolsover was rebuilt in the early 17th century by Sir Charles Hardwick and his son, Sir William Cavendish. Cavendish was a playboy and a poet who later became the first Duke of Newcastle and he used Bolsover as an aristocratic retreat where he could entertain guests and indulge in his passion for dressage and entertainments. We’ll hear more about William and the stories of the house on our guided tour and we’ll also see the remarkable wall paintings, rich panelling and elaborate fireplaces inside the exquisite Little Castle.

After time to find somewhere for a spot of lunch at leisure in Bolsover, we’ll continue on to Chesterfield, a market town in Derbyshire where we will see the crooked spire of the Church of St Mary and All Saints. The spire was originally straight, but the movement of lead inside the tower over the centuries has given it an iconic twist.

Please note: You will need a reasonable degree of mobility to keep up with the pace of the tour; you may encounter steep or rough terrain and have stairs to climb. As a general guideline, we recommend that you are comfortable to stroll for 20-30 minutes at a time.