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
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.
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
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
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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
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
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