And Interesting Tour taking the Industrial History of Yorkshire, a time when the Iconic Bronte sisters were living and then heading back in time to the Bolton Abbey. The Bronte’s are Iconic within the literary world, join us as we head to the quaint town of Haworth where the sisters were inspired to write their masterpieces. Enjoy time to discover more at the former home now converted into a shrine to the Family. We will also explore Salts Mill in Saltaire, the world’s first Model Village and one of Yorkshires Unesco Heritage sites. We then head over the Hills into the Yorkshire Dales National Park to Explore the 12th Century Augustinian Bolton Abbey.Highlights
Salts Mill, Worlds First Model Village and Mill and UNESCO World Heritage Site
Haworth and the Bronte Parsonage
We leave York heading west to the edge of the Yorkshire Dales before making our way above Ilkley and up to the famous landmark of the Cow and Calf Rocks and the famous Ilkley Moors where the unofficial Yorkshire Anthem was penned. Enjoy a hot brew in the Café and take in the views over Wharfedale and Ilkley in the Valley below or for the more energetic head up explore the moors a little.
We then head for Salts Mill. In the centre of the industrial West Yorkshire the Mill was the focal point of Saltaire Village. The World’s first Model village designed to improve the health of the mills employees and of course increase its profits. We stop at the grade II listed building which has been converted into gallery, shopping and food complex as well as a small museum about the mills history. In its time the mill was the largest and most advanced mill in the world its architectural design is inspiring.
From here it is a short scenic drive through more of West Yorkshire where the Railway children was filmed and into Haworth. Your Driver will drop you outside the Bronte Parsonage where you will have plenty of time to explore the Parsonage and learn all about the famous family. You can take lunch in one of the traditional pubs, cafes or tearooms and potter around the plethora of unique shops.
After Lunch we take another scenic drive out of the industrial west and into the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Just a mile into the boundary of the Park we stop at Bolton Abbey. A 12th Century Abbey ruin, with the unique feature of its priory church standing and still in use after rest of the sire was dissolved. The abbey ruin, located on the banks of the River Wharfe is of referred to as “one of the most Beautiful historical sites in England” and has inspired artists like Turner and writers like Wordsworth.