Itinerary Ideas

When putting an itinerary together it can be difficult to know how many elements you might include during a specific number of days, what the highlights or ‘must sees’ are in the area and how it might fit together eg the best route.

Below are a few itinerary ideas which I hope will help. However, should you require any advice, please do not hesitate to get in touch –

World of Wedgwood is a unique visitor attraction celebrating the very best of British industrial and design heritage, in the heart of the Staffordshire countryside. Over half of Wedgwood’s global ceramics production takes place on site at World of Wedgwood. As well as Factory and Museum tours, visitors can try their hand at the potter’s wheel, design their own pattern, or simply browse and buy from the widest selection of Wedgwood products in the world. Relax with the ultimate Afternoon Tea or enjoy delicious local produce in the contemporary restaurant. Wedgwood is one of the most renowned English brands, with globally-recognised designs spanning 250 years. The award winning Wedgwood Museum is home to the Wedgwood Collection, one of the most important industrial and ceramics archives in the world.

World of Wedgwood is located in just outside Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire in the west of England. It is less than 10 minutes from the M6 motorway and only 1½ hours by train from London Euston Station. From the north of Stoke on Trent, it is just over 1 hour from Manchester Airport by rail or road and slightly over 1 hour from Birmingham Airport, in the south by rail or road.

During an exciting visit to London there is one place not to be missed, the Houses of Parliament. Immerse yourself in the one of the world’s most iconic buildings, the Palace of Westminster, and discover how events in this beautiful place continue to shape the UK.

Tours around the Houses of Parliament offer a unique combination of 1,000 years of history, contemporary political activity, and stunning art and architecture. You will visit the House of Lords, House of Commons and medieval Westminster Hall where invited dignitaries (Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama in recent years) occasionally address Members of both Houses.

The home of the UK Parliament is located on the banks of the River Thames next to Westminster Bridge and Westminster Underground Station. Look out for the famous clock tower commonly known as Big Ben but actually the Elizabeth Tower. Big Ben is the name given to the Great Bell. Victoria Tower at the other end of the building is where the Sovereign enters for the State Opening of Parliament ceremony.

Tours are available on Saturdays throughout the year and on most weekdays during parliamentary recesses including Christmas, February, Easter and the summer. A wide choice is offered, from self-guided audio tours and guided tours to private morning tours or early evening ‘Royalty and Splendour’ tours. Afternoon tea with a fine view of the Thames is a popular addition to the tours. Both individual visitors and groups are welcome and well catered for.

Day 1

Travel north from London, or south from Manchester Airport, just 16 miles south of Sheffield, sits Chatsworth in the heart of the beautiful Peak District National Park. Enjoy the visit to this majestic house with 30 rooms including State Rooms and galleries, a beautiful garden and water features and impressive parkland. Chatsworth is home to one of Europe’s most significant art collections.

Travel north to the city of York

Overnight in York.

Day 2

The historic and vibrant city of York is definitely a ‘must see’ destination. Pre-arrange a York Pass for your clients so that they can enjoy up to 30 attractions including the very popular JORVIK Viking Centre. Check to see if there are events or festivals taking place in the city. The city is easy to walk around and has excellent shopping, restaurants and theatres. Take a boat trip, relax in the tearooms and don’t forget an evening ghost walk!

Overnight in York.

Day 3

Travel 40 minutes to the market town of Pickering, north east of York and take the steam railway to the costal harbour town of Whitby, where Bram Stoker was inspired to write Dracula, herrings are smoked here and known as kippers, Whitby jet jewellery is for sale in the shops and Captain Cook sailed from here on his discovery of Australia and New Zealand and a museum about his life is worth a visit. Return to York, only after enjoying Whitby’s famous fish and chips!

Overnight in York.

Day 4

Travel north to the town of Thirsk and visit the World of James Herriot – to discover more of the life of Alf Wight (James Herriot) and the books he wrote and films that were made of his life and the characters he met as a Yorkshire Vet. Go onto see the breath-taking scenery of the Yorkshire Dales National Park via Masham and visit the Black Sheep Brewery for a tour, Aysgarth Falls (waterfalls) onto Hawes at the end of Wensleydale – the Wensleydale Creamery opens to visitors – watch Wallace & Gromit’s famous Wensleydale Cheese being made!

Overnight in the north of the Yorkshire Dales National Park

Ideally, you or your clients would spend at least two nights in the city of York to see as many of the city’s amazing attractions as time allows and hopefully a little time to see the beautiful Yorkshire countryside, outside the city.

There are more than 30 attractions to enjoy, including a walk on the city walls which surround the city. At the JORVIK Viking Centre in Coppergate, travel in a time capsule to experience the sights, sounds and smells of a Viking village, discovered on the site of the attraction. Barley Hall is close to Stonegate, a medieval townhouse discovered in the 1980’s. It was once the home of the Priors of Nostell and the Mayor of York. In two of the main ‘gates/entrances’ or Bars to the city, explore the Richard lll Experience at Monk Bar and Henry Vll Experience at Micklegate Bar. If travelling in February – join in the fun of the JORVIK Viking Festival – not to be missed! York is a vibrant city with a café atmosphere, excellent restaurants, bars, theatres, stylish boutiques and designer outlet shopping.

Don’t forget to experience the oldé worldé tearooms and their delicious cakes, a relaxing boat trip or maybe experience a spooky evening ghost walk!

Enjoy the fascinating city of York!