A Castle Tour of England - Enjoy the history and grandeur of an ancient land on this tour of England. By day you'll explore castle ruins, opulent manor houses, historic sites, stunning landscapes and England’s cultural jewels such as Oxford, Stratford, Chester, York and Bath whilst by night you'll live like royalty as you experience historic and characterful castle hotels and country manor house accommodation!View this tour
Our guide to visiting York Minster
Dominating the skyline of the city, York Minster is one of the grandest cathedrals in Britain and indeed is one of the largest gothic buildings in Europe.
Located at the very heart of York in the North of England, the minster started life as a humble wooden chapel and resembled nothing like the magnificent edifice we see today. It was however, in this wooden structure, that the Saxon King Edwin was baptized in 627, which perhaps initiated its rise of importance in English religious history. Later constructed in stone and dedicated to St Peter, the Saxon holy building was then replaced by the Normans in the 11th Century and was again rebuilt in the year 1220. A further 250 years of development saw the addition of many intricate features and results in the impressively grandiose structure that we enjoy today.
There is no doubt that the Minster is visually impressive – towering over the historic city of York, the cathedral stretches 175 yards long and the cathedral spire reaches 65 yards tall and can be seen throughout the city’s cobbled lanes. The magnificent gothic architecture shows off grand pillars, towers, arches and comical ornamental gargoyles. The central tower is large enough to fit the leaning tower of Pisa inside and if you’re brave enough to climb the 275 step spiral staircase to the viewing platform you’ll gain magnificent panoramic views of the York and the rolling Yorkshire countryside beyond.
Inside the Minster there is a wealth of historical and striking features to explore; the choir screen is lined with statues of former Kings of England, whilst exploring the vaults of the Chapter House will offer the chance to spot beasts and gargoyles amidst the decorative carvings. In the Vaults and Crypt you’ll find the treasures of York Minster which include the church’s silver plate and jewels belonging to the archbishops. The visual highlight however must be the magnificent stained-glass windows, some of which date to the 12th century – be sure to look out for the Great East window which dramatically depicts the beginning and end of the world!
Whilst visually impressive York Minster also retains its religious importance; as the seat of the Archbishop of York , the Minster is second only to Canterbury Cathedral in terms of its status in the Anglican Church.
The ultimate example of medieval gothic architecture and with massive significance in England’s religious history, York Minster is a must-see on any visit to York as part of a driving tour in the North of England.
A Britain Escorted Tour - Spend ten days exploring the very best of Britain on this journey to discover the nation's highlights. We'll stay in the exciting captial cities of London, Edinburgh and Cardiff and in between we'll discover Britain's historic charm and beautiful landscapes. Highlights include Royal Windsor, the rustic Cotswolds, Medieval York and the Lake District.View this tour
A Northern England Coach Tour - Experience iconic English cities and landscapes along with lesser known gems on this journey from London to the beautiful North of England. Discover the contrasts of England's historic cities such as Liverpool, Cambridge and York with the beautiful and remote countryside of the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District. Your journey includes a host of unique experiences including historic steam-train rides, lake cruises and sampling traditional food and drink. The North of England is a region waiting to be discovered.View this tour
A Comprehensive England Coach Tour - Explore England's unrivalled history, heritage and natural beauty on the Taste of England Tour. Combining the Best of Southern and Northern England tours, this journey of discovery takes you from England's South Coast to the remote and rustic landscapes of the North of England. On our journey we'll visit some of England's greatest historic cities such as Bath, Oxford, Cambridge and York and pass through areas of outstanding natural beauty including the Cotswolds, the Yorkshire Moors and the English Lake District. On route, we'll not only visit ancient castles and stately homes but will also engage with local traditions and culture enjoying historic rail journeys, lake cruises, and sampling regional food and drink. The perfect tour to gain a true flavour of England.View this tour
A week-long tour of England - Icons of England takes you on a journey of discovery of England’s most renowned sites, cities and landscapes. You’ll experience English icons including Stonehenge, Bath’s Roman Baths, the rolling hills of the Cotswolds countryside, Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon Avon, York Minster, the colleges of Cambridge and a wealth of attractions across the English Capital London.View this tour
English Pub Tour – Is there anything more quintessentially English than a country pub or coaching inn? Our country pubs of England tour offers the opportunity to tour the scenic and historic destinations of this nations whilst overnighting in traditional pubs and inns sure to offer a warm welcome, homely feel and good “pub grub” food and drink. Your journey will take you through the rolling fields of Cambridgeshire to York, over the Dales of Lake District to patchwork countryside of the Cotswolds.View this tour
This Britain Small Group Tour takes you from London to Edinburgh providing the full British history and culture experience along the way. Experience the natural beauty of the Cotswolds, Wales' stunning Snowdonia National Park and the Lake District in between visiting cultural highlights such as Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, the Beatles' Liverpool and medieval York. Your tour ends in the Scottish captial after a journey through the rolling landscapes of the lowlands.View this tour
A Northern England Driving Tour – enjoy a journey of contrasts from bustling cities to the rustic, rural charm of the English countryside. The northern counties of England offer guests a unique and truly traditional experience; having inspired poets, artists, novelists and musician’s alike, uncover the rugged beauty of the the Yorkshire Moors and Dales and the Lakes and Waterways of the English Lake District. Along the way also discover the Peak District, and some of England’s most renowned historic and cultural cities including York, Durham, Chester Liverpool and Manchester.View this tour
York and the Lake District – this Northern England small group tour focusses on England’s rustic Northern region. From London pass through the heart of Britain to some of England’s most scenic landscapes including the hills and dales of Yorkshire and the mountains and waterways of the English Lake District. Besides spectacular scenery you’ll visit historic cathedral cities, walk amidst ancient stone circles, discover England’s literary legends and see castles and stately manors...View this tour
A Britain Small Group Tour - Travel from Edinburgh to London through England's enchanting Eastern regions where the Celts, Romans, Angles and Vikings all left their marks. On this Eastern England small group tour we'll discover rich and contrasting history and culture as we explore the cathedral cities of Durham and York, drive through the stunning and remote landscapes of the Yorkshire Moors and the Peak District and wind our way through the colleges and cobbled streets of Cambridge. On route we'll encounter hidden villages, stately homes and Royal Palaces.View this tour
Classic Britain - a snapshot of the countryside and historic cities of England, Scotland and Wales. Enjoy the rolling hills and thatch villages of the Cotswolds to the towering mountains and fortresses of North Wales. Pass through the lakes and dales of the English Lake District and the rolling hills of the Scottish Lowlands and Yorkshire Dales. Historic cities to explore on route include Regency Bath, Medieval York, and the capital cities of Edinburgh and London.View this tour
A Complete Britain Tour - Enjoy the highlights of Britain on this leisurely 15-day tour which takes you from the far South West of England to Scotland’s St Andrews. On route discover national icons such as Stonehenge, Edinburgh Castle and Windsor Castle alongside more “off the beaten path” destinations as you explore the coast and countryside of Devon and Cornwall, the mountains of North Wales and the remote towns and dales of Yorkshire.View this tour
A Comprehensive Britain Tour - This elegant excorted coach tour of Scotland and England evokes a bygone age; discover traditional villages, stately homes, historic castles and beautiful gardens. Enjoy a leisurely touring pace with two-night stays in each overnight destination. With expertly planned day excursions or city tours from your accommodation bases, not to mention a fabulous array of local visits, this tour is designed to showcase each region in depth. A truly engaging and well balanced itinerary of Britain.View this tour
An England driving tour - England Explorer is a comprehensive tour of this great nation taking you from the heart of England to its far-reaching corners including the beautiful Lake District and the coastlines of Cornwall. You’ll experience classic English countryside including the Cotswolds and Yorkshire Dales and a host of historic cities including York, Chester and Bath not to mention a couple of nights in the vibrant English capital city, London.View this tour