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Yorkshire & Northumberland Family Adventure

Puff along on a fun-filled steam train trip in Yorkshire

Best Time To Go

July & August - book early to secure availability

Why not...

Add on a few days in the picturesque Lake District?

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£2175 for a family of four

No of Nights


Puff along on a fun-filled steam train trip in Yorkshire

Yorkshire & Northumberland Family Adventure

Best Time To Go

July & August - book early to secure availability

Why not...

Add on a few days in the picturesque Lake District?

Prices From

£2175 for a family of four

No of Nights


Combine magical steam-train travel, offshore wildlife and the thrilling history of England’s finest castles, with fabulous beaches and epic scenery

Hit the road to Pickering for three nights on the edge of North York Moors National Park, taking the steam-train service to historic Whitby – home of the UK’s finest fish and chips (and much more!) Next, wend your way along the coast to England’s far north-eastern corner, where you’ll enjoy another three-night stay. While here, take to the water to discover the mystical Farne Islands, then top off your family adventure with a day-long private guided tour of some of England’s most momentous castles.

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Day One – To the North York Moors

Wherever you’re travelling from, we’ll create a bespoke route to get you to your first base, taking account of any special interests or requests you may have. You’ll arrive at the cute market town of Pickering for three nights in our hand-picked accommodation.

Your Accommodation in Pickering

Right on the main street here, your hotel in Pickering has been at the very centre of this lively community for some 500 years. A relaxed, family friendly atmosphere pervades throughout, log fires crackling in the cosy lounges, locals and visitors rubbing shoulders in the bar, and fresh, hearty food served in the welcoming restaurant. Dinner is included throughout your stay here, meaning excellent value for the family. Particularly recommended is the North Yorkshire lamb, seared over charcoal and slow cooked to perfection. 

Bedrooms are en-suite, of course, with plenty of room to kick back as a family and with everything you need to make your stay a comfortable one.

Day Two – Steam Across the Moors to Whitby

The railway station at Pickering is an event in itself, and just a few short steps from your hotel. If this is your first time up-close with a working steam locomotive, you’re in for quite the jolly jolt! Setting off from Pickering, you’ll enjoy the flexibility of a Freedom ticket, allowing you to hop on and off throughout the day. You might especially like to take in the station at Goathland, made famous on TV and in film as Aidensfield in Heartbeat and Hogsmeade in Harry Potter, before reaching the end of the line at Whitby.

You’ll have time to explore Whitby’s ascending, twisting cobbled streets, it’s evocative ruined abbey and colourful harbourside before making the return journey to Pickering.

Day Three – Exploring Around Pickering

With the vast North York Moors on your doorstep, there’s plenty to discover around Pickering, with wild nature and rugged landscape to explore, as well as some of the darkest night-skies in the country. Moreover, the coast is just 30 minutes away, the classic seaside towns of Filey, Scarborough and Robin Hood’s Bay all within easy reach. We’ll provide a wealth of information to help you make the most of your time.

Day Four – Road-Trip to Northumberland

Take your time over breakfast before packing up and heading north. Again, our tailormade driving route will make this a fun part of your holiday as you wend your way across the moors, skirting the North Pennines and Northumberland National Park on your way to the coastal village of Bamburgh.

Your Accommodation in Bamburgh

In the ideal position at the centre of the village, your accommodation in Bamburgh is the very friendliest of family owned hotels. In the shadow of mighty Bamburgh Castle and with miles of pristine beach on the doorstep, you couldn’t wish for a better spot from which to explore this ethereal location – or encourage the kids to have a go at recreating the towers and turrets from buckets of sand.

Day Five – Hit the Water for the Farne Islands

After breakfast, take a short drive to the classic fishing village of Seahouses, jumping-off point for your cruise to the mystical Farne Islands. Boarding the twin-hulled vessel as part of a small group, you’ll motor out on the North Sea towards the archipelago, your friendly on-board guide taking time to bring the trip to life with stories of ancient history and an expert eye on the wildlife teeming in the sky, on land and in sea all over and around the islands. Nesting puffins abound here from April to late July, their comical antics sure to deliver many laughs.

Day Six – Private Guided Tour of Castles and Coast

Perhaps saving the best till last, today features one of our favourite ways to spend time in this ancient location. Meeting with a superb local guide – suitably attired in period costume – you’ll set off on a fun and exciting private tour, discovering the sometimes-alarming medieval history of this corner of Britain, told through the stories of its eeriest castles and staggering coastline. Along the way you’ll have time to enjoy lunch and really get under the skin of this most fascinating setting.

Day Seven – Heading Home

Wherever you’re headed, we’ll make sure you have a tailored route to get you home with the minimum of fuss.


This holiday includes stays in Pickering in the North York Moors, and Bamburgh in Northumberland.


Yorkshire & Northumberland Family Adventure costs £2175 in April & October, £2245 in May, June & September and £2325 in July & August.

Price is based on a family of four (two adults and two children up to age 14) sharing an en-suite family room for six nights on a bed and breakfast basis. Dinner is included on three nights for two adults, with children’s meals charged directly as taken. Also included is a Freedom Family ticket on North York Moors Steam Railway, a boat trip to the Farne Islands as part of a small group and a private guided day tour of Northumberland castles and coast, during which entry to two castles is included, though lunch is not.

Before your departure, you will receive personalised holiday information including full directions, recommended routes, and suggestions on places to visit depending on your interests and our local knowledge to help you get the most from your holiday.

All itineraries and room types are presented subject to availability at specific hotels.

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This holiday can be arranged from April to October. There is no school holiday supplement but early booking is recommended to secure availability.

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