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From York: Full-Day Yorkshire Dales Tour

4.8 / 5

29 reviews

From York: Full-Day Yorkshire Dales Tour

From US$ 68.77 per person

Explore the stunning scenery of the Yorkshire Dales National Park on this guided day trip from York, visiting Bolton Castle, Askrigg, Kettlewell, Pateley Bridge and the traditional Dales Market Town of Hawes, the home of Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese.

About this activity

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Duration 8.5 hours
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Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Explore the stunning landscape of the Yorkshire Dales National Park
  • See the 14th-century Bolton Castle, former home to Mary Queen of Scots
  • Sample the range of cheeses at the award-winning Wensleydale Creamery Visitor Centre
  • Learn the story behind the Calendar Girls movie in the traditional Dales village of Kettlewell
  • Visit the Oldest Sweet Shop in the world at Pateley Bridge
Full description
Leave York at 9:00 AM to explore the stunning landscape of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Stop at the 14th-century Bolton Castle, former home of Mary Queen of Scots, to enjoy the magnificent views over Wensleydale. Next, enjoy some free time in Hawes. Sample the cheeses at the world famous Wensleydale Creamery, visit the Dales Countryside Museum, or explore the quaint shops and cafes. Move on to the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Pass through the picturesque villages on the way to Kettlewell, the main filming location for the Calendar Girls movie. Explore the village, learn more about the true story behind the movie, or relax with the locals in one of the pubs and cafes. Finally, stop in the charming town of Pateley Bridge, winner in the Great British High Street Competition in 2016. Visit the oldest sweet shop in the world before heading back to York, arriving at around 5:15 PM.
  • Friendly and knowledgeable driver/guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned mini-coach
  • Relaxed and friendly small-group tour
  • Regular photo/refreshment/toilet stops
  • Entrance fees to attractions (optional)
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Opposite the Dean Court Hotel in Duncombe Place, York, YO1 7EF (near York Minster)

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  • The tour operates with a maximum of 16 passengers
  • Minimum age is 4 years
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Collapsible wheelchairs can be accommodated, providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
  • Between November and March, depending upon weather conditions, this tour may follow a different route through the Dales after Hawes
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 29 reviews

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Great way to spend a day out of York

Our guide, Chris, was excellent in every way. Lots of stops in beautiful places. And the length of time in each with perfect. Never too long and always just long enough to take in the view, take photos and ooh and ahh. The Dales are breathtaking — and the villages are charming — and we were glad we spent our day this way.

July 18, 2019

Very good tour!

Took a Dales tour 20 years ago on a big bus. This tour is SO much better. You are on a minibus with no more than 16 riders. It's much more personal and you don't have to wait for 40-odd people every time the bus makes a stop. I never felt like I was being "herded" anywhere. Hence, you see more and do more. The stops are good choices with a nice amount of time to explore. It's also possible to have great chats with locals. Our guide was excellent. And I noticed he would check windows for smudges and clean them while we were stopped. I much appreciated that. My small complaint is that the minibus had good air control but limited temp control. Even with the air blowing it was sometimes a bit too hot on the bus.

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July 27, 2016

August 20, 2021

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