Yorkshire 4 Day Foodie Experience

Yorkshire 4 Day Foodie Experience

4 Days

This itinerary starts in the beautiful city of York. Founded by the Romans, it has one of the best-preserved medieval city walls and is dominated by its stunning gothic cathedral – York Minster.

Its modest size means it is easy for visitors to explore on foot and, as well as being home to some fabulous bars, pubs, bistros and restaurants, it is the perfect base from which to explore Yorkshire’s fantastic food and drink.

Getting To York

The easiest way to reach York is by train. York is located on the East Coast mainline operated by Virgin Trains East Coast, and the journey takes only 2 hrs from London, or 2 hrs 30 mins from Edinburgh. TransPennine Express trains run frequent services to York from Manchester (1 hr 20 mins) and Manchester Airport (1 hr 45 mins) which also stop in Leeds.

The rest of the itinerary can also completed using the train. The only taxi required is for the 6 miles between Malton and Castle Howard (a public bus runs between Castle Howard and York – details below).

For short trips, individual rail tickets can be booked in advance through the Trainline. For longer journeys, one of the easiest and most relaxing ways to explore Britain is with a BritRail Pass, which allows unlimited journeys and the freedom to explore.

Pass products

Many of the attractions featured below can be accessed with a York Pass. This can be purchased for 1 – 3 days, the 3 day pass can be used on any 3 days over the 6 day period after the point of activation. The York Pass is a great way to discover hidden gems and save time and money.

Day 1

York medieval city centre, Jorvik Viking Centre, York Minster & microbrewery tour

York medieval city centre

There’s no better way to get acquainted with York than to spend a morning exploring the medieval city centre and taking a stroll down one of the most photographed streets in Britain: The Shambles, which dates back to the 14th century.

Jorvik Viking Centre

The JORVIK Viking Centre brings to life the sights, sounds and smells of the turbulent time of the Viking invasions. Having reopened in early 2017, the centre’s gallery experiences have been completely updated, with new display cases allowing you to get up close to astounding Viking artefacts and a collection of 22 new animatronics.

York Minster

York Minster, one of the finest cathedrals in Europe, is another must-visit. The first York Minster dates back to the year 627 AD, but the present gothic-style cathedral was built over a period of 250 years between 1220 and 1472.

Both The Jorvik Centre and York Minster can be accessed with a 3-Day York Pass.

Brewtown Tours

The afternoon is the perfect time to embark on an all-inclusive bus tour of three of the region’s finest microbreweries. Brewtown Brewery Tours give visitors the chance to meet the brewers, see how the beers are produced and of course, taste the beers for themselves in a truly VIP experience, before dropping them back in the centre of York (hotel drop-off available for groups).

Tour details

Min – Max capacity: 1 – 8 for scheduled tours, larger groups can be catered for on request
Frequency: York Tour – Monday to Friday: 12.30pm – 6pm approx. (can also be booked for Saturday)
Leeds Tour – Saturday 1.30pm – 6pm approx. (can also be booked for Monday – Friday)
Private tours: Available on request
FIT or Groups: FIT or groups.
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Website: Brewtown Brewery Tours

Book on the Visit Britain shop

Day 2

York's Chocolate Story, Clifford's Tower & 'Tours in a Dish' afternoon tea

York’s Chocolate Story

Day two starts with another morning of sightseeing in York, and another chance to take in the many visitor attractions on the 3 Day York Pass, including York’s Chocolate Story and Clifford’s Tower.

York’s Chocolate Story reveals the stories behind the greatest names in chocolate, unwraps the secrets of chocolate making, and even teaches the art of the chocolatier. A fully guided tour and three floors of interactive exploration show how York’s fame and fortune have rested on chocolate for almost 300 years, and that, though much has changed over the centuries, York remains the UK’s home of chocolate.

For groups of 10 – 25 you can arrange an exclusive evening masterclass for your clients with one of the venue’s very own chocolatiers.

Tour details

Min – Max capacity: 1 – 15+
Frequency: Open daily from 10am (the last tour is at 4pm).
Tours take place regularly throughout the day. Please allow 90 minutes for your visit.
Private tours: Please contact attraction for groups 15+
Chocolate Evening Masterclass:
6pm daily – please contact attraction to organise
Min/Max: 10 – 25 persons
Duration: 2.5 – 3 hours
FIT or Groups: FIT or groups.
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Website: York Chocolate Story

Clifford's Tower

Clifford’s Tower is one of the best-loved landmarks in York. The first castle on the site was built in 1068 following the Norman conquest of York and the present stone tower dates from the 13th century. A climb to the top of the tower provides panoramic views of the city.

Tours In A Dish

For the afternoon of day two, Tours in a Dish bring a whole new meaning to “afternoon tea”. With a fascinating journey through the world of tea and history, they reveal what makes tea-taking a timeless and much-loved tradition across the world with afternoon of tea, scones, cakes and more in unique historical settings.

Tour details

Min – Max capacity: 1 – 8
Frequency: Scheduled tours: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday – 1pm
Tours last 3.5 hours
Private tours: On request – no Mondays though
FIT or Groups: FIT or groups.
Translation: Tours in French available

Overnight in York.

Website: Tours in a Dish

Book on the Visit Britain shop

Day 3

Malton Cookery School & The best of Yorkshire gin

Malton Cookery School

Day three visits the market town of Malton, that claims to be the ‘Food Capital of Yorkshire’ – just 30 mins from York by train.

As one of Britain’s most renowned foodie destinations, Malton is home to artisan producers, shops, restaurants, cafés and a food market as well as being the venue for several famous food festivals.

Arriving at the Talbot Hotel for 10am, there is time to drop off luggage before heading to Malton Cookery School – Yorkshire’s “most relaxed place to learn to cook”. In this stylish and homely kitchen, participants will be able to unleash their inner gourmet chef, cooking with the best of Yorkshire produce and with courses specialising in game, seafood and baking among others. Please note, actual course may vary depending on date. All of the courses include all ingredients, as well as plenty of food to eat as whilst cooking!

Talbot Hotel: The best of Yorkshire gin

Returning to the Talbot Hotel to check in and explore the grounds, there is time to enjoy the gardens or relax by the fire in the hotel’s drawing room before meeting at the Talbot Bar with a local expert, who will give an hour-long exploration of the gin world. This discovery will showcase the best of Yorkshire gin, including Malton’s very own creations.

To end the day, a light dinner will be served in the hotel’s Wentworth Restaurant. Prepared by head chef Dan Graham, the meal will complement the day at the Malton Cookery School and will use the best produce of the season.

Overnight in one of the hotel’s beautifully furnished rooms.

Tour details

Min – Max capacity: 1 – 12
Frequency: Regular calendar of courses
FIT or Groups: FIT or groups.
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Website: Malton Cookery School

Day 4

Malton Food Tour & Castle Howard

Malton Food Tour

A light breakfast is recommended before this morning’s tasting tour!

The local tour guide will meet visitors in the hotel lobby, and give them the background on the Yorkshire Food Capital project before escorting them to the first stop of the tour: Talbot Yard Food Court.

The tour will visit a varying selection of ‘Made in Malton’ producers and specialist shops, with the opportunity to sample a range of seasonal delights that could include brownies, award-winning sausages, Scotch eggs, Yorkshire cheese, French patisserie delights, freshly ground coffee, championship beer, pies, whisky, gin and gelato, plus an incredible dessert from head chef Dan Graham! There will also be the chance to go behind the scenes of Yorkshire’s most famous food town, meeting, chatting and learning from top food producers and artisans.

To book all or a combination of these Malton experiences, please contact:

enquiries@talbotmalton.co.uk or call 01653 639096

Tour details

Min – Max capacity: 1 – 12
Frequency: Scheduled tours:
Every Saturday 10.30am
Some Wednesdays
Further tours run during events e.g. Food Lovers Festival
Private Tours: On request
FIT or Groups: FIT or groups.
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Website: Malton Cookery School Food Tour

Castle Howard

In the afternoon there is the opportunity to visit Castle Howard – included as part of the 3 Day York Pass. One of Britain’s most impressive stately homes, Castle Howard can easily be reached from Malton (a 10 minute taxi ride, or 30 minutes if coming from York – from where there are also bus services available). The 18th-century residence is set within 1,000 acres of breathtaking landscape and boasts world-renowned works of art and stunning architecture.

The grounds include lakes, fountains, temples and woodland as well as a formal walled garden. There is also a changing programme of events to enjoy, and a range of cafés and shops including a farm shop. There is even time to enjoy lunch or a quintessentially English cream tea in the Courtyard Café before heading back to York.

Return to York for return train to London/Manchester or onward journey.

Britrail Pass

For those exploring Britain by train, a BritRail Pass is the easiest and most cost-effective way to travel. For a single fixed price, pass holders can make unlimited train journeys around the whole country or a region of their choice. BritRail tickets are exclusive to overseas visitors so they will need to buy their ticket before they arrive in the UK.

Book on the Visit Britain shop