Welcome to the North of England - May 10-14 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 the North of England

4 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.

Day 1

Friday, May 10, 2019 - Harrogate to Leeds

Departing Harrogate after ExploreGB, make the short journey to Leeds, where the educational itinerary begins. Enjoy some free time before a brewery tour and dinner at Northern Monk, an independent brewery based in Holbeck, Leeds.


16:00 – 17:30Transfer to Leeds hotel

16:00 – 16:00Tour Guide to join the group for Harrogate onwards – Listen for announcements for the actual departure time of your coach
17:30 – 19:00Free time
19:00 – 19:30Transfer to Northern Monk Brewery
19:30 – 22:00Brewery Tour and Dinner at Northern Monk
22:00 – 22:30Transfer back to the hotel
Day 2

Saturday, May 11, 2019 - Leeds

This morning, after breakfast you will meet with a representative from VisitLeeds and make your way to Kirkstall to on the first stop on a day of history and heritage to enjoy a tour of the remains of Kirkstall Abbey. The Abbey was founded nearly 800 years ago and is a unique showcase of early Christian architecture.

The coach will then take you to the Dakota Deluxe Leeds Hotel for a site visit and lunch.

After lunch, enjoy a walking tour of Leeds City Centre, home to some of the UK’s best attractions and a hotpot of culture. Take a guided tour of the Royal Armouries, one of the largest collects of historic weapons and armour in the world!


08:00 – 09:00Breakfast in the hotel
09:00 – 09:30Meet Visit Leeds representative in the Hotel Reception. Coach Transfer to Kirkstall Abbey
09:30 – 11:45Transfer to Kirkstall Abbey & Abbey House Museum Tour
11:45 – 12:15Transfer to the Dakota Hotel
12:15 – 13:15Site visit & Lunch at Dakota Deluxe Leeds Hotel
13:15 – 14:30Guided Walk of Leeds City Centre
14:30 – 15:30Guided Tour of the Royal Armouries
15:30 – 18:00Depart the Royal Armouries and return to the Hotel. Plus free time
18:00 – 19:30Meet Visit Leeds Representatives in Hotel reception for Dinner with pre-dinner drinks at Whitelocks
19:30 – 22:00Dinner at Crafthouse
22:00 – 22:30Return to Hotel

Supplier Information

NameVisit Leeds
CategoryTourist Board / DMO / Local Authority
ProfileVisitLeeds is the official Destination Management Organisation for the city of Leeds. VisitLeeds services include information provision, planning and support, introduction to bookable product, familiarisation visits, itinerary building along with a city convention bureau services. The third largest and one of the fastest growing cities in the UK, situated in Northern England, Leeds is connected and accessible via road, rail and air. With rail times of 50 minutes to Manchester, 56 minutes to Hull, 25 minutes to York and 2hr 10 minutes to London, Leeds is the perfect destination to include on all leisure itineraries. The Visitor Economy in Leeds is booming, there has been a steady increase in the number of visitors coming to the city to enjoy the diverse and vibrant culture, great art, unrivalled shopping, theatres, music, sport world class events and a thriving food and drink scene. Lonely Planet has named Leeds as one of Europe’s top 10 destinations for international travellers for 2017 and the city is bidding to become European Capital of Culture 2023.
Phone+44 (0) 0113 378 7256
FIT or Groups:
Day 3

Sunday, May 12, 2019 - Leeds to Manchester

After breakfast at the hotel, board the coach to Harewood House, an 18th century building that features a fine art collection, rare bird garden and over 100 acres of gardens to explore. Enjoy a guided tour of the house and a boat trip on the lake before transferring to the Yorkshire Dales.

From stone-built villages and flower-rich meadows to some of the finest limestone scenery in the UK, each valley or ‘dale’ has its own distinct character, set against expansive heather moorland tops – perfect for a gentle stroll or an energetic hike. Enjoy a lunch stop at Cobbles & Clay Café before making a quick detour to the Church of St Michael & All Angels to see the Bronte Crypt.

The coach will then take you to Manchester where you will check into your hotel for the evening before heading out for dinner at Peter Street Kitchen, a shared dining restaurant specialising in Japanese and Mexican small plates.


08:00 – 09:20Breakfast at the hotel
09:20 – 11:00Transfer to Harewood House – Guided tour of the house, boat trip on the lake (subject to weather conditions) and free time to explore the grounds
11:00 – 12:30Transfer to the Yorkshire Dales
12:30 – 13:30Lunch stop – Cobbles & Clay Café
13:30 – 15:45Visit the Church of St Michael & All Angels to see the Bronte Crypt
15:45 – 17:15Transfer to Manchester
17:15 – 19:00Check-in to the Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester
19:00 – 19:45Radisson site inspection
19:45 – 22:00Peter Street Kitchen
22:00 – 22:30Return to the hotel

Supplier Information

NameRadisson Blu Edwardian Manchester
ProfileBuilt in 1853 to commemorate the repeal of the Corn Laws, the Free Trade Hall has been at the centre of life in Manchester for almost 160 years. The building has been bombed, abandoned, rebuilt several times and seen much controversy. It has also enjoyed many lives – a political arena, concert hall and rock venue with a most diverse range of famous people appearing on stage - Winston Churchill (hailed as his most brilliant speech), Bob Dylan (Judas gig), Pink Floyd (performed prior to album release), the Sex Pistols (started the Punk era) and the Dalai Lama (the last speaker). Finally, it was reborn in 2004 as a magnificent luxury 263 bedroom hotel, award winning restaurant and must visit spa. It retains its original façade, heritage and famous artefacts plus it is still at the heart of Manchester life. Located in Manchester’s historic Free Trade Hall and the original home to the Hallé Orchestra, Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester has brought a new generation of award winning luxury to one of the city’s oldest and most iconic buildings over the past decade. As the hotel of music in Manchester, displays of autographs provide a snapshot of the many stars who performed there during its years as a world famous music and theatre venue; a tradition the hotel continues with signatures from its high profile guests today. Many of them, such as Louis Armstrong, Judy Garland, Shirley Bassey and Bob Dylan, are also immortalised in the names of the hotel’s deluxe suites, including 20 al fresco suites that each feature a covered terrace set within the Free Trade Hall’s original brick façade. In homage to its proud heritage, the hotel celebrated its 10th birthday through a unique collaboration with the Hallé Orchestra in September 2014.
Phone+44 (0)161 835 9929
FIT or Groups:Both

Supplier Information

NamePeter Street Kitchen
CategoryFood, beverage & Entertainment Venues
ProfileEmbracing the art of shared dining in the heart of Manchester, our Kitchen offers an exquisite selection of contemporary Japanese and Mexican small plates, complemented with the finest wines, sake and our signature cocktails.
FIT or Groups:Both
Day 4

Monday, May 13, 2019 - Manchester

This morning starts with a tour of the BBC studios at Media City in Salford. Take a tour of these buildings, seeing sets of famous TV shows as well as having a go on their immersive studio experience! Then it’s off for a site visit and lunch at the Lowery, a theatre and performing arts space in central Manchester.

Manchester is a hot-spot for shopping, and after lunch, you will enjoy a personal shopping experience in the heart of the city, before heading back to the hotel to freshen up for dinner at the Northern Quarter Restaurant.


08:30 – 09:30Breakfast at leisure
09:30 – 10:15Transfer – Coach to MediaCity UK
10:15 – 10:30Register for BBC Tour
10:30 – 12:00BBC Tour
12:00 – 12:15Transfer to the Lowry
12:15 – 14:15Lunch & Site visit at the Lowry
14:15 – 15:15Walking tour of the city centre – ending at Selfridges
15:15 – 17:00Introduction and personal shopping experience/tour & free time for leisurely shop
17:00 – 18:30Transfer – walk, return to hotels, drop bags and freshen up for dinner
18:30 – 18:40Meet in the hotel lobby
18:40 – 19:00Transfer – Tram to the dinner location
19:00 – 22:00Dinner at the Northern Quarter Restaurant
22:00 – 22:30Return to hotel/sample Manchester nightlife

Supplier Information

NameThe Lowry Hotel
ProfileThe Lowry Hotel is the iconic five-star destination in Manchester. This is where things happen for the modern luxury generation. Iconic. Individual. Intuitive. The Lowry Hotel is more than just a hotel.
Phone0161 827 4000
FIT or Groups:We offer both FIT & Group rates.

Supplier Information

NameSelfridges &and Co.
ProfileDiscover the world’s best luxury brands and the latest exclusive arrivals at Selfridges Exchange Square, Manchester, a one-stop shop for luxurious retail therapy in the heart of the city.
Phone0800 123 400
FIT or Groups:Both
Day 5

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - Manchester

On the final day of the trip board the coach to the Museum of Science and Industry, a fascinating attraction that will guide you through Manchester’s history – from the industrial revolution, to present day, to beyond! Then, it’s a short transfer to the home of Manchester City FC with a tour around the ground and museum. Enjoy a tour around the ground before the group divides into two. Those who are catching an earlier flight will board a coach to the airport, and those departing later will enjoy lunch and free time in the city before being transferred to the airport at the later time.


08:00 – 09:30Breakfast at the hotel
09:30 – 09:45Walk to Museum of Science and Industry
09:45 – 10:45Science and Industry Museum
10:45 – 11:30Transfer to Etihad
11:30 – 13:00Manchester City Tour
12:30Transfer to Manchester Airport for passengers on early flight
13:00 – 13:30Tram from the Etihad to Corn exchange
13:30 – 16:30Lunch & free time in Manchester
16:30 – 17:00Transfer to Manchester Airport – pick up from Hilton Deansgate

All times are subject to change.