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Get acquainted with the scenery of the Yorkshire Dales during this 8-hour tour from York. Board a climate-controlled minivan with your small group, limited to 16 people or fewer, and set out to explore the English countryside. Pass through charming towns like Kettlewell, Leyburn and Ripon while listening to engaging commentary from your local guide. View the ruins of medieval castles and waterfalls at the Ure River and Aysgarth. Relax and enjoy free time to wander in Reeth, Grassington and Masham. Round-trip transportation from York hotels is included.


  • Explore the Yorkshire Dales on a 8-hour tour
  • Visit charming towns such as Kettlewell, Ripon and Masham
  • See the area's natural beauty with stops at the Aysgarth Falls and the Ure River
  • Small group tour is limited to 16 people or fewer to ensure an intimate atmosphere
  • Round-trip transportation from Yorkshire hotels

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What You Can Expect

Full-Day Yorkshire Dales Tour from York

Sheep in the Yorkshire Dales

Begin the day with pickup at your accommodation in York or meet your group in the city center. Climb aboard a comfortable, climate-controlled minivan for an 8-hour day tour of the scenic Yorkshire Dales. Your group is limited to 16 people or fewer to ensure an intimate atmosphere and personal attention from your guide.

Drive through Ripon, famous for its cathedral, before stopping at Masham. Stroll through the charming town at your own pace, getting lost in the streets or seeking out a local market. 

Back on the van, continue to Middleham Castle, famous for being Richard III's childhood home. On a brief stop, listen to your guide's commentary about the 'Windsor of the North' as you snap photos of the imposing structure. 

After travel through rolling countryside with bucolic vistas, arrive at Reeth for lunch (own expense). Your guide will be happy to recommend one of the village's tea rooms or pubs.

Continue to Bolton Castle, the site of Mary Queen of Scots' imprisonment. Admire the crumbling face of the castle before voyaging on to your next stops, Aysgarth Falls and the Ure River waterfalls. Immerse yourself in the tranquil atmosphere and breathe in the misty air. Your next waterfall stop is at the West Burton Cauldron Falls, featured in a J.M.W Turner painting. 

Drive through Kettlewell and Buckden on the way to view the impressive limestone cliffs at Klinsey Crag. Make a stop in Grassington, where you can peruse the charming market selling local goods.

At the conclusion of your 8-hour tour, return to York for drop-off at your hotel or in the city center.

Customer Reviews

Cynthia M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The route was well planned and the driver was very pleasant. He related interesting facts about the various locations along the way. We had sufficient time at each stop and enjoyed our hour-long stop for lunch at Reeth. We especially liked Jervaulx Abbey and Bolton Castle. If you don't have time to tour the Yorkshire Dales at your leisure this is a great way to cover a wide area and get a taste of the whole area, enjoying the beautiful scenery and getting a glimpse into village life as you go. It certainly didn't feel like we had spent all day driving around. The time seemed to go very quickly and we enjoyed the company of our fellow travellers - and our driver. It was a great day out and we would gladly recommend it. We would also book another similar tour as it is a good way of discovering the sights of an area without having to do any research or planning beforehand.

Paige D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Great tour and the guide was very informative. The sights were lovely and I would definitely do it again!

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