Whitby (full day)
We travel to the charming coastal town of Whitby, famed for its connection to Dracula, in which Bram Stoker describes it as a ‘lovely place’ and for its striking jet jewellery, popularised in Victorian times. Whitby was also once the home of the famous explorer Captain Cook, who lived here as an apprentice. Wander around the quirky streets and the busy harbour before tackling the climb up to the atmospheric ruined abbey perched on the cliffs above the town.
Beverley Market & Filey (full day)
We head first to the pretty town of Beverley, one of Yorkshire’s best-kept secrets. The town’s famous market dates back centuries and offers a vibrant mix of stalls while its rich heritage is reflected in the cobbled streets and historic buildings, including the 13th -century Minster with its medieval stone carvings and stained glass. There are also quaint boutiques, cosmopolitan cafés and traditional pubs to enjoy. Next stop is the quaint resort of Filey, full of olde-worlde charm and boasting a five mile stretch of sandy beach and some of the most spectacular sea views on the Yorkshire coast.
York – £12pp (full day)
Our optional excursion takes us to the historic city of York. Make time for the glorious York Minster, the largest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe with world-famous stained glass windows. Other highlights include the narrow cobbled streets of the ‘Shambles’ where the buildings date back to medieval times, the Jorvik Centre which tells the story of York’s Viking heritage, and the ancient walls surrounding the city. The famous Betty’s tea rooms are also worth a visit.