Scarborough – Coast & Country

5 days / 4 nights 
Return Coach Travel
4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast at the 3*Hackness Grange Hotel Scarborough - all ensuite rooms

The Hackness Grange Hotel is a 19th Century Grade II Georgian Manor which retains its traditional heritage and period features but keeps pace with modern times. The main manor house has been decorated maintaining a traditional feel whereas the Courtyard Rooms have a more modern, contemporary feel. The hotel is situated just a short distance from Scarborough in 17 acres of private grounds, surrounded by woodland and splendid hillside views. All rooms offer a flat screen TV, telephone, hairdryer, free toiletries, bath or shower, tea/coffee making facilities and Wi-Fi is available throughout.

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Provisional Itinerary:

Sunday Day 1 – Departing your allocated pick-up point, we journey north making a comfort stop en route to Lincolnshire at Doddington Hall & Gardens where a free-flow visit of the Hall & Gardens is included. This is a fine late Elizabethan Mansion which was completed in 1600, originally built by Robert Smythson for Thomas Tailor, the registrar to the Bishop of Lincoln, Smythson also designed Longleat, Hardwick Hall and Burton Agnes. Doddington’s high symmetrical outlines and huge windows symbolise the security and confidence of Queen Elizabeth’s prosperous age. In 1749 the Hall was inherited by John Delaval of Seaton Delaval in Northumberland. He carried out an extensive redesign of the interior in a bold Georgian manner, however he did not change the house externally which remains as it was in 1600's, including the gatehouse, courtyards and formal gardens. In 1830 George Jarvis inherited the house from his lady friend Sarah Gunman who was heiress to the property; the present owners are his direct descendants. You are also welcome to explore the gardens at your leisure. Lunch can be purchased in the on-site café before continuing on to North Yorkshire, where having checked into the hotel and freshened up your evening meal is included.

Monday Day 2 – Today you might choose to spend the day at your leisure in Scarborough OR join our pre-bookable optional excursion to Burnby Hall Gardens + Museum situated in the charming town of Pocklington on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds. These gardens comprise of Upper and Lower lakes set in nine acres of woodland and garden and are home to a National Collection of over a hundred varieties of Hardy Water Lily. Carp and Roach are in both lakes in large numbers and can be hand fed by visitors. There are walkways around both lakes, an ornamental bridge, a Victorian Garden, an Aviary, a newly restored Edwardian Rock Garden and a Stumpery. The Gardens are seven times winners of the Yorkshire in Bloom Gold Award for Country Houses, Estates, Parks and Gardens (2010 to 2016). There is also the Stewart Museum to explore which is primarily dedicated to the travels of Major Percy Stewart and the eight World Tours he undertook between 1906 and 1926. Often accompanied by his wife Katharine, Percy visited every continent, explored remote regions and collected a remarkable range of cultural and religious exhibits. Several of these have been recognised by UNESCO as of national and international importance. There will also be the opportunity of visiting Pocklington, a delightful market town only 5 minutes’ walk from the Gardens. Pocklington is a unique town with a host of beautiful independent shops, two art galleries and the acclaimed Pocklington Arts Centre.

Tuesday Day 3 – Today we begin by travelling to the seaside resort of Whitby, whose skyline is dominated by the ruins of St. Hilda's Abbey (EH). The town of Whitby is a maze of alleyways and narrow streets which run down to the busy quayside. From the old town of Whitby, 199 steps lead up to the parish church of St. Mary, whose churchyard on Whitby's East Cliff gave Bram Stoker the inspiration to write his world famous book, Dracula. Whitby has produced its own famous sons amongst which is Captain James Cook, the 18th century explorer and voyager who sailed in the Bark Endeavour from Whitby. Having a unique old world charm, for centuries Whitby has provided a safe haven for shipping and fishing fleets and was once the main whaling port for the North of England. You might choose to enjoy a traditional fish n’ chip lunch here before taking the North York Moors Railway to Goathland and its celebrity station which became Hogsmeade Station in the first Harry Potter film. This attractive village was the setting for the fictional ‘Aidensfield’ in ITV’s popular TV programme ‘Heartbeat’. You will have a little free time here before re-joining the coach for the short onward journey to the historic market town of Pickering where you will have time to explore and enjoy afternoon refreshments. Returning to the hotel dinner is included.

Wednesday Day 4 – Free day in Scarborough to explore at leisure. Breakfast + Dinner included at the hotel

Thursday Day 5 – Checking out of the hotel we retrace our steps stopping en route in the city of Hull where the town of Kingston first developed, on the banks of the River Hull, hence the city’s proper name of Kingston-upon-Hull. The old warehouses, merchant dwellings, lanes and pubs nearby all lend their unique flavour to this historic district. This unique Museum Quarter consists of Wilberforce House, the Hull and East Riding Museum, Streetlife and the Arctic Corsair Trawler. In the Streetlife Museum of Transport, visitors are able to experience a first-class collection of transport exhibits, from trams to tricycles. The Hull and East Riding Museum’s collections include the only dinosaur bones to have been found in East Yorkshire. Wilberforce House is the birthplace of William Wilberforce, famous campaigner against the slave trade and the Arctic Corsair Trawler is Hull’s last sidewinder trawler. Lunch can be purchased here before continuing homeward, returning you to your original departure point(s) this evening.

Simply Groups reserve the right to make minor adjustments to this itinerary due to circumstances beyond our control.