Autumn in Robin Hoods Bay Coach Holiday
The Raven Hall Hotel is one of those places that once you have visited, you will surely return. Raven Hall is more than a hotel; with 55 bedrooms, a nine-hole cliff-side links golf course, tennis courts, games room and heated indoor swimming pool among the list of facilities.
Depart for your journey to Ravenscar, stopping for some free time in Beverley. Beverley has been voted one of Yorkshire's best kept secrets. This stunning market town has beauty in abundance. With an awe-inspiring Minster, historical buildings, cobbled streets, and small town charm, there is something for everyone. Beverley has an up market shopping experience amongst cobbled streets and charming courtyards and has many high street names. In addition there is an interesting selection of smaller independent shops and an antique arcade. The town centre and surrounding streets are bordered by cosmopolitan pavement cafes, quirky cafes, cosy coffee shops and fine dining restaurants. You will arrive at Raven Hall Hotel with plenty of time to relax before your evening meal.
Today we travel from our hotel to The Walled Gardens at Scampston Hall in Malton. Scampston Walled Garden is a stunningly beautiful contemporary garden, quite unlike any other, featuring modern, perennial meadow planting alongside more traditional areas, set within the 18th century walls of the original kitchen garden for Scampston Hall. Today the Walled Garden has an exciting and unashamedly modern feel to it and complements the adjacent 18th century 'Capability' Brown parkland. The garden had been derelict for nearly fifty years when Sir Charles and Lady Legard undertook the huge renovation task. The Legards enlisted the help of leading Dutch garden designer, Piet Oudolf, and the design for the walled garden was conceived in 1999. Since opening to the public in 2005, it has received a great deal of international acclaim. After your guided tour you can relax and enjoy refreshments in The Garden Café which is set in a contemporary and light building that looks out over the Walled Garden. This afternoon has been set aside for you to enjoy some leisure time in Scarborough. There is an abundance of cafes and restaurants where you can sit and observe the world go by. Scarborough's town centre has all the usual high street favourites plus, down its picturesque side streets, such as Huntriss Row and Bar Street, a cornucopia of small independents selling everything from vintage clothing to food. The Market Vaults arcade, under the town's historic Market Hall, is home of all sorts of fascinating shops and cafes. Joke shops, candy floss stalls, crab kiosks, ice cream parlours, and shops bristling with traditional seaside souvenirs - find them all on Scarborough's busy seafront.
This morning has been set aside for you to enjoy some leisure time in Whitby one of the most picturesque ports in England, Whitby and its harbour are set in a ravine at the mouth of the River Esk. Dominated by the cliff top ruined Abbey, the narrow alleys and quaint streets climb down to the busy quayside, with its harbourside houses and small shops filled with crafts, curios, and antiques. From these centuries old streets, 199 steps lead up to the parish Church of St Mary, one of the finest Anglo Saxon churches in the country, It's churchyard is famous for providing the setting which inspired Bram Stoker to write his classic novel - Dracula. Dickens and Tennyson are also known to have enjoyed the hospitality of Whitby's ancient inns. Inside the Whitby Museum discover the life story of the town's most famous inhabitant, Captain James Cook, who sailed from the port to change the history of the world. The Captain Cook Memorial Museum, his former home in Grape Lane, is furnished in the style of his times, when Whitby was the seventh-largest port in England. Whitby is well known for its jet, a hard black mineral dug from its cliffs since Victorian times, and fashioned locally into jewellery and ornaments. Its famous Smokehouse still operates, converting herrings to kippers by the traditional process. A bustling and colourful working port, Whitby offers fishing trips by boat or from the pier. Early afternoon you will climb on-board one of The North Yorkshire Moors Railway steam or heritage diesel trains and experience 24 miles of Yorkshire's amazing scenery. The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is one of the world's greatest heritage railway experiences. The train will briefly stop at several picture postcard village stations en route to Pickering where your driver will be waiting for your return journey to Raven Hall.
Today we travel from our hotel to The Bondville Model Village on the outskirts of Bridlington which has over 200 buildings including a castle, ruined Abbey and Harbour. See the villagers going about their everyday lives. Watch the train pull its carriages around the village and across the river where fishing boats and cruisers are moored. Set in one acre of beautiful gardens, It's cottages, houses and shops are lovingly hand-crafted and give a taste, in miniature, of traditional village life. Originally conceived in 1987 Bondville Model Village took 2 years to build and the village is not modelled on any particular location but everybody seems to recognise somewhere even if not quite sure where! The model railway is in correct scale and correct outline which is very rare and here we have both. Everything has been built in a correct 1:12 scale with everything in proportion with everything else. This afternoon has been set aside for you to enjoy leisure time in Bridlington with its glorious clean beaches, history galore, independent shops, great entertainment and amazing nature, in Bridlington there really is something for everyone, whatever the weather.
Following breakfast we make our return journey home with a stop en route in York. Rich in ancient history, romantic ambience and fun activities, York is renowned for its exquisite architecture, tangle of quaint cobbled streets, iconic York Minster, shops and a wealth of visitor attractions.
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