Welcome to Yorkshire & North Wales - May 10-15 2019

About Explore Great Britain

Dear Partner,

I am delighted you are joining us for the ExploreGB educational trip and I hope you enjoy your time touring Great Britain.

Our Product Development Team in London have been working incredibly hard over the past 12 months to ensure you have a fantastic trip with new itineraries including visits to top attractions, hotels and destinations which you can sell to your clients.

Below you will find a detailed itinerary of your educational trip, along with a comprehensive map and contact details for all the suppliers you will be meeting with throughout the tour.

I hope this ExploreGB educational experience provides you with the inspiration and contacts necessary to enable you to deliver your own tours to Great Britain.

Best Wishes,

Carol Dray, Commercial Director

Welcome to Yorkshire & North Wales

6 days

The North of England is home to some of the UK’s most stunning countryside – with The Yorkshire Dales, The Lake District National Park and Northumberland all within this breath-taking area. Beyond the countryside, the vibrant cities of Northern England are where you’ll find some of the country’s most famous football clubs, and once known for their industrial heritage, these are now renowned for their culture, shopping and nightlife.

Only 2 hours from London, Wales provides a backdrop of exciting landscapes for visitors to explore. With 5 designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and 3 National Parks, with their snow-capped peaks and wild coastline, Wales is the perfect place to switch off and explore untouched valleys and sleepy villages, or to enjoy raring-to-go towns and cities.

Day 1

Friday, May 10, 2019 - Harrogate to York

Departing Harrogate after ExploreGB, make the short journey to York, where the educational itinerary begins. Arrive in York and check into your hotel for the night, before heading out for dinner at the Grand Hotel.


16:00 – 18:15Depart Harrogate and transfer to York
18:15 – 19:15Check-in to The Principal York Hotel and refresh for dinner
19:15 – 19:30Meet in reception and walk to the The Grand Hotel
19:30 – 21:30Dinner at the Grand Hotel
21:30 – 21:45Walk back to the Principal York for the overnight stay

Supplier Information

NamePrincipal Hotels
ProfileTHE PRINCIPAL HOTEL COMPANY, comprising PRINCIPAL - a collection of luxury four and five star city-centre hotels based in landmark buildings in exceptional locations across the United Kingdom such as London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, York, Manchester, Oxford and Cardiff., and DE VERE – modern, country estate hotels, with mansion houses at their heart, with market-leading conference facilities.
FIT or Groups:both

Supplier Information

NameThe Grand, York
ProfileOffering the very best in traditional English style and service, The Grand Hotel & Spa is Yorkshire’s only 5-star hotel and is located two hours north of London by train. Step back in time to a city founded by the Romans, surrounded by 13th century walls and boasting 1900 years of history.
Phone0044 (0)1904 380038
FIT or Groups:The Grand welcomes both individual travellers and group bookings. For trade enquiries please contact the hotel directly.
Translation:Hotel brochure can be provided in Mandarin if required.

Day 2

Saturday, May 11, 2019 - York

The next day, visit the market town of Malton which claims to be the ‘Food Capital of Yorkshire’ – which is just a short distance from York. In the afternoon there is the opportunity to visit Castle Howard returning to York in the evening which will include a chocolate tasting demo from the York Chocolate Story.

York Chocolate Story


08:00 – 09:00Breakfast at hotel – meet your tour guide this morning  – Paul Mullins
09:00 – 10:00Transfer to Malton
10:00 – 12:45Malton Artisan Food Tour
13:00 – 14:00Rare Bird Distillery Gin School
14:00 – 14:30Transfer to Castle Howard
14:30 – 17:30Castle Howard
17:30 – 18:00Transfer to York
19:00 – 21:00Dinner in the Principal York
21:00 – 22:00Private chocolate demo before or after dinner with Ralph Hewitt

Supplier Information

NameMalton Food Tour
ProfileBook a ticket and munch your way around Malton’s charming streets, learning local history and tasting some amazing Yorkshire food and famous local produce. Some of the highlights include tasting sweet pastries, Italian delights, coffee, beer, famous pies, fresh ravioli, gelato and even churning your own butter. On one of our Malton Food Tours you will also meet the top producers who fly the flag for British & Yorkshire food. Above all else this is a tasting tour, so make sure you’ve got an appetite and come hungry!
FIT or Groups:N/A

Supplier Information

NameCastle Howard
ProfileCastle Howard, near York, is one of Britain's finest stately homes. A magnificent historic house in the north of England with ornate interiors, landscaped gardens and adventure playground for a great family day out.
Phone01653 648624
FIT or Groups:N/A

Supplier Information

NameYork Chocolate Story
ProfileDiscover the stories behind the greatest names in chocolate on our fully guided, interactive tour. Journey through the city where chocolate made history.
Phone01904 527765
FIT or Groups:N/A


Sunday, May 12, 2019 - York to Deganwy Quay, Conwy

This morning, take a guided walk around the streets of York, including the famous sites of York Minster, the city walls and the Shambles. End the tour at Jorvik Viking Centre, which reveals the houses, workshops and backyards of the Viking city of Jorvik as it stood nearly 1,000 years ago. The centre also has state-of-the-art galleries and a fantastic ride experience.

After lunch, being the journey by coach to North Wales. The route will take a few hours, so relax and enjoy the journey. On arrival, check in to your hotel and enjoy dinner at Deganwy Quay.



08:00 – 09:00Breakfast at hotel, check out and load coach
09:00 – 11:30York Tour and JORVIK Viking Centre
11:30 – 13:15York City Cruise (including Lunch)
13:15- 18:30Transfer to Conwy
18:30- 19:30Check in to Deganwy Quay & refresh
19:30 – 21:00Dinner in Deganwy Quay

Supplier Information

NameJORVIK Viking Centre
ProfileDiscover the return of the Vikings at JORVIK Viking Centre. This comes after a multi-million pound re-imagining of the centre and we cannot wait to welcome you back to Viking-Age York!
Phone01904 615505
FIT or Groups:

Day 4

Monday, May 13, 2019 - Conwy

Enjoy a delicious Welsh breakfast at your hotel, before setting off on a tour of some of North Wales’ most impressive sights. Nearby Bodnant Garden (National Trust) the first stop, and a must for garden enthusiasts, with botanical collections from around the globe. It has five Italianate terraces and formal lawns on its upper level, leading down to a wooded valley with a stream running through a secluded wild garden.

Continue to a further National Trust property by visiting Conwy Castle. Built in the 13th Century, Conwy is among the most impressive fortified monuments remaining in Britain. Excellently preserved both outside and inside, this is a fascinating glimpse into medieval history.

Return to Conwy for the evening, and enjoy dinner at Paysanne, one of the finest restaurants in the region.


08:00 – 09:00Breakfast at hotel
09:00 – 09:30Transfer to Bodnant Gardens
09:30 – 12:00Short tour of Bodnant Gardens
12:00 – 13:00Lunch
13:00 – 13:30Transfer to Conwy
13:30 – 14:30Plas Mawr – audio guided tour
14:30 – 16:00Conwy Castle
16:00 – 18:00Free time in Conwy
18:00 – 18:10Transfer to Deganwy hotel to refresh
19:00 – 21:00Dinner at Paysanne – short walk from Deganwy Quay hotel

Supplier Information

NameConwy Castle
ProfileBuilt for Edward I, Conwy Castle is amongst the finest surviving medieval fortifications in Britain. The battlements provide breathtaking views across mountains and sea.
Phone+44 (0) 300 0256000
Min - Max capacity:N/A
Frequency:Castle open daily - please see website for seasonal opening times
Private tours:No - however group operators are welcome to provide their own guide
FIT or Groups:Groups
Extra information:Long stay car/coach park outside the Town Walls. Short stay pay and display car park immediately outside the visitor centre.

Supplier Information

NameBodnant Garden
ProfileA world-famous garden home to National Collections and Champion Trees. With intimate corners, sweeping lawns, grand terraces and verdant woodland, there are many gardens in one at Bodnant.
Phone+44 (0)1492 650460
Min - Max capacity:N/A
Frequency:Please see below for our 2018 opening hours
Private tours:No - operators are welcome to provide their own guides
FIT or Groups:FIT or Groups
Extra information:OPENING DATES & TIMES: 1st January – 28th February: daily 10am – 4pm 1st March – 30th April: daily 10am – 5pm 1st May – 30th June: daily 9am – 5pm 1st July – 31st October: daily 10am – 5pm 1st November – 31st December: daily 10am – 4pm Wednesdays April – September: open late until 8pm Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day - CLOSED Last entry 30 minutes before closing, gates are locked at closing time. During the winter months opening may be restricted by the weather.

Day 5

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - Conwy to Caernafon

Start the day at Penrhyn Castle, admire the unique architecture and fine art collection of this “neo-Norman” building. Journey on from Penrhyn Castle to Menai Bridge for lunch at Dylan’s, before switching to a more action packed style of exploration.

Starting from St George’s Pier, enjoy an exhilarating RIB Ride boat ride. Various rides are available including a journey under the historic Menai and Britannia Bridges, Caernarfon, Beaumaris & Puffin Island and further afield to Llanddwyn Island.

Continue on to Celtic Royal for dinner and overnight accommodation.



08:00 – 10:00Breakfast at the hotel
10:00 – 10:30Transfer to Penrhyn Castle
10:30 – 12:00Penrhyn Castle Tour
12:00 – 12:15Transfer to Menai Bridge – Stop at Llanfair PG for Photo
12:15 – 14:00Lunch at Dylans
14:00 – 16:00Rib Ride – Two groups of six to ride Velocity
15:00 – 17:00Transfer to Celtic Royal Hotel
17:00 – 20:00Dinner at Celtic Royal


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Supplier Information

NamePenrhyn Castle
ProfileThe dominating stone facade of Penrhyn Castle hides more than just its internal red-brick construction. The unique architecture, opulent interiors and fine art collection sit alongside a history of sugar and slate fortunes, of social unrest and the longest-running industrial dispute in British history. Discover Penrhyn’s history, its vast rooms, neo-Norman stairways and Victorian kitchens. The extensive grounds are perfect for exploring and enjoying spectacular views of Snowdonia and the North Wales coast. Little explorers can climb trees, make dens and run wild in the adventure playground. There’s something for everyone at Penrhyn, just expect the unexpected.
Phone0344 800 1895
FIT or Groups:N/A

Supplier Information

NameMenai Bridge
ProfileGoing under Thomas Telford’s Menai Suspension Bridge, we enter the infamous Swellies with its shipwrecks, rocks and whirlpools. We whip under the Britannia Bridge to spot the Lions and salute Lord Nelson’s statue. After viewing Plas Newydd, we return to Menai Bridge and on to see ‘Millionaires Row’. Our skippers are your fast and fun guides to the natural beauty and history of the Menai Strait.
Phone0333 1234 303
FIT or Groups:N/A

Day 6

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - Caernafon to Manchester Airport

This morning, explore Plas Menai, the National Outdoor Centre for Wales. Home to experiences for all levels of experience and abilities, Plas Menai showcases some of the best water-based activities available in the area, and a tour around the site will show the variety that is available.

From Plas Menai, continue the journey through exhilarating activities with a visit to Slate Mountain & Zip World. The site includes the Llechwedd Deep Mine, Quarry Explorer and Slate Mountain Adventure as well as Zip World Velocity – the fastest zip line on the planet. Flying head-first for just under a mile at speeds exceeding 100mph down a mountain and over a cliff edge to soar 500 feet above an old quarry lake, visitors can experience the closest a human can get to skydiving without actually leaping out of a plane.

After all that activity, stop for lunch at Slate Mountain before transferring to Manchester Airport for departure on connecting flights.


09:00 – 10:00Breakfast at Celtic Royal
10:00 – 10:30Transfer to Plas Menai
10:30 – 11:30Tour of Plas Menai
11:30 – 12:00Transfer to Slate Mountain & Zip World
12:00 – 14:00Tour of Slate Moutain & Zip World – Tour of the deep mine and other on site facilities
14:00 – 16:00Lunch at Slate Mountain
16:00 – 18:00Transfer to Manchester Airport

Supplier Information

NameLlechwedd Slate Cavern
ProfileBuried deep under the mountains of Snowdonia lies an extraordinary story: it’s a rock revolution that shaped the look and feel of the world as we know it. A way of life which built communities and defined generations of families in North Wales.
Phone01766 830306
FIT or Groups:N/A

All times are subject to change.