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 – Sue Lovel –

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.

The home of TRH Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall is Highgrove in Gloucestershire. The Royal Gardens at Highgrove are located in the South West of England and are open to visitors. Highgrove is situated in the village of Doughton, Gloucestershire, southwest of Tetbury, off the A433, Bath to Tetbury and Cirencester road.

Highgrove offers five types of tours; Individual Garden Tours, Group Garden Tours, Private Tours, Champagne Tea Tours and Supper Tours and should be booked in advance.

When HRH The Prince of Wales bought the house in 1985, the garden consisted of a lawn and a few thorn bushes. In the intervening years, HRH has transformed the land adjoining the house into several exquisite gardens that embody his gardening ideals and organic principles.

All profits from the sale of Highgrove products, garden tours and events are donated to The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation.

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

Day 5

Travel north from the Yorkshire Dales National Park and visit the city of Durham. This small and friendly city is home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site – Durham Castle and Cathedral. The city’s cobbled streets are full of intriguing shops, cafes and restaurants. Travel north on the A1, you won’t miss the Angel of the North, an iconic work of public art by Antony Gormley, before arriving in the amazing cities of Newcastle and Gateshead. Newcastle is on the north of the River Tyne and Gateshead to the south of the river, united by seven bridges. The bridges and the vibrant Quayside make for an amazing view. The BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, The Great North Museum – Hancock and The Sage Gateshead – one of the top concert halls in the world add a vast amount to these two diverse, cultural and exciting cities.

Overnight in Newcastle or Gateshead.

Day 6

Leave Newcastle and Gateshead heading north on the A1, stopping in an hour at the magnificent Bamburgh Castle. This King of Castles sits at the heart of the Northumberland Coastal Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with amazing views of the Farne Islands. The castle sits proud on cliffs above white sands. Bamburgh was once the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Northumbria. This is definitely a castle to explore, with fourteen State Rooms and 3,000 amazing items to discover. The castle was the site of the world’s first ‘coastguard’ station and the first castle in England to fall to canon fire.

From here travel south and end your North of England adventure.

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!

Two suggestions for days out from York:

Option 1

Travel to the market town of Thirsk which was Darrowby in James Herriot’s books. First stop a visit to the World of James Herriot to learn more about this famous Yorkshire Vet, his family, the wonderful countryside he lived and worked in and the wonderful characters he met – both human and animal during his life!

Travel up Sutton Bank (steep incline) above Thirsk which was a favourite place of Alf Wight (James Herriot) and take a look at the Visitor Centre, the amazing views and the famous White Horse, on the side of the hill. The horse was designed and financed by Thomas Taylor, a native of Kilburn, and was cut into the hillside in 1857. The village schoolmaster, John Hodgson, and 20 helpers did the work. It is 314ft long and 228ft high.

Travel onto the market town of Helmsley, in the North York Moors National Park and take a walk and enjoy its quaint shops, market place and pretty stream.

Travel south west to York.

Option 2

Take a tour of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, to understand the passion James Herriot had for this beautiful part of England.

From the market town of Skipton, travel along the A59 to Bolton Abbey. Visit the pretty villages of Burnsall and Grassington, close by. Meander through beautiful scenery of rolling green hills, sheep, dry stone walls, ruined abbeys and castles and more pretty villages.

Travel north to Hawes and have a walk in this lovely town – maybe visit the Wensleydale Creamery and watch the making of Wensleydale Cheese.

From Hawes, via Bainbridge to Askrigg – where much of the James Herriot TV programmes were filmed, to Aysgarth Falls (waterfalls) – where Robin Hood – Prince of Thieves was filmed, starring Kevin Costner. Close by, is the majestic Bolton Castle – where Mary Queen of Scots was once imprisoned. Bolton Castle offers fabulous views along Wensleydale and a number of medieval activities for visitors to enjoy.

Travel onto Leyburn a popular market town and south via Middleham – some of the top racing stables in the country are located here and Middleham Castle, known as the Windsor of the North was once the home of King Richard 111.

Travel south east through the market town of Masham, onto Ripon and the magnificent Cathedral and south to the spa town of Harrogate.