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Whitby & North York Moors Railway

Holiday Highlights

  • Explore bustling Whitby from your cliff-top hotel
  • Ride the scenic North Yorkshire Moors Railway
  • Visit the delightful market town of Helmsley
  • Trip to seaside Scarborough

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Holiday details

What is Included?

  • Coach travel
  • Four nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast, four evening meals
  • Two included excursions
  • Fantastic evening entertainment

All aboard the lovingly restored carriages of the North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway! This is the most popular heritage railway in the country and passes through some of Yorkshire’s most spectacular scenery on the delightful journey.

We’ll stay at the Royal Hotel in Whitby, one of our excellent Coast and Country hotels. Situated just a few minutes from the harbour and shops, this hotel enjoys a fantastic location and will allow us to explore the local town at leisure.

When not doing this, we’ll be able to make the most of two fantastic included excursions. The first will take us on a ride on the famous North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway, as we travel through equally-famous stations, such as Goathland Station - the setting for Hogsmeade Station in the Harry Potter films!

We’ll then spend some time in delightful Helmsley, an ancient market town, and will make our way to Scarborough, where we’ll get to enjoy the fantastic seaside here. There’s a lot to see and do in Scarborough, from visiting the bustling harbour to shopping in the town centre.

Included Excursions

Full day: North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway
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Half Day: Scarborough
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Holiday Details

Day One - Home to Whitby
We’ll make our way from the interchange to the Royal Hotel in Whitby, where we’ll enjoy a delicious evening meal. (D)
Days Two to Four - Whitby
There will be lots to do over the next few days, as we spend time exploring Whitby at leisure, as well as taking a ride on the North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway, visit Helmsley and spend time in Scarborough. (B,D)
Day Five - Whitby to Home
We’ll bid Whitby a fond farewell today, as we travel back to the interchange and then continue home. (B)


Mr & Mrs W

Essex, UK

4 July 2012

Good Holiday - Good service

This for us was a good holiday, excellent value for money. The restaurant staff, particularly Ben, were excellent. Nothing was too much trouble for any staff at this hotel. Our driver, Mike, was very informative and obviously enjoyed his job.. We enjoyed this holiday and will be taking another with Shearings in 2 weeks time, this time to Scotland.



4 July 2012

Good value for the cost

The driver was friendly and informative and the excursions interesting. The hotel breakfasts were excellent and the evening meals OK. All the staff were helpful. The bus stopping outside the hotel made getting around Whitby easy.Will come again.


Ascot, Berkshire

3 July 2012

great holiday showing you the best of North Yorkshire

Great holiday, the driver was exceptional , with real local knowledge. The garden with railway layouts we would never have even heard of it let alone visit without him.Well balanced week with rest days and excursions arranged to give us an interesting & restful week.

John 21


25 June 2012

Very enjoyable holiday and well worth the 7 days

Great value and we were fortunate to have an excellent waiter at table 12. He is a Hungarian named Ben, who is working in Whitby. He made our meal times very pleasant. The hotel and food were very satisfactory and we had a lovely room with a sea view. The bar tended to get a bit crowded immediately before and after meals (when coffee was served) and seats were at a premium. A sign of its popularity!The lift was slow and was busy at meal times. Availability of the lift was diminished by staff using the lift to move trolleys/luggage etc. The town had plenty of character and local tours.


West Midlands

23 June 2012

This holiday was marred by the long wait at Stretton interchange on the way there and back was even worse.

This was probably due to the adverse weather conditions and the fact that our driver decided not to take us on our trip to Heartbeat Country on the Thursday but saved it until the Friday morning when all you want to do on your return journey is GO HOME!!!!The hotel was comfortable and the staff were very pleasant. Food adequate for the cost of this break. Whitby was delightful. If I recommend Shearings to a friend I would have to warn them of delays at Stretton 'holding pen'.

dave 8


23 June 2012

very good value

enjoyable holiday but not impressed with over 2 hours waiting for feeder coach to depart owing to driver being over his hours and having to take break

Mary 13

North Kent

22 June 2012

Very enjoyable holiday with plenty to do in lovely Whitby however the food could have been better in the Hotel.

I went on the 8 day holiday and had never been to Whitby before! The town and harbour were colourful and interesting with plenty to do for all ages! Boat trips, museums, open top bus, steam tram and the 199 steps up to the wonderful ruined abbey and St Mary's Church! The excursions were good and varied, and the coach driver was excellent and very knowledgeable! My only complaint was with the Hotel! It was in a marvellous cliff top posiition and I had a lovely view of the harbour from my single bedroom although the window was very dirty! There was only one small slow lift in the Hotel which could be a problem if it broke down! The Hotel was old, but quite adequate and comfortable, however the food wasn't very good, due to lack of choice and poor quality vegetables! The Service was good in the restaurant but the reception staff weren't that friendly or welcoming! Overall I would recommend this holiday, as Whitby itself has a lot to offer! I try not to spend too long in a Hotel anyway, so could put up with it's faults.


Chelmsford, Essex, UK

6 June 2012

This holiday exceded expectations

Having booked this holiday at the last minute,we were not looking for anything special,however the whole four days went without a hitch and everyone done all they could to make it memorable.Coach drivers and hotel staff were professional and helpful at all times.


Oxford, UK

5 June 2012

Very relaxing

This was my first coach holiday. There was a power cut whilst I was there but the staff in the hotel coped with this very well. The trip to 'Heart Beat' should have been cancelled as due to the power cut everything there was closed.I met some lovely people in the hotel, it had a very friendly atmosphere and was very clean and tidy.The food was excellent and the service was quick and efficient.The excursions were a little bit rushed but never the less enjoyable.



1 June 2012

good food great staff

good overall not so happy with entertainment miisssed wettnwilde in the past they have made the holiday



31 May 2012

A most enjoyable short break

Our first visit to this hotel - good position right on cliff top with wonderful views from many of the rooms. Service was good - gluten free diet well catered for. The all-day trip to Helmsley and back over the moors most enjoyable, especially helped by our driver's local knowledge.



12 May 2012

Well positioned hotel

We had stayed at this hotel before on a 5 day break but the 8 day trip went to different places and gave us the opportunity to meet up and spend the day with a friend. We had a sea view this time but we prefered the view of Whitby that we had had on the previous visit. The room and parts of the hotel are in need of decoration and up dating however the room was comfortable. The staff were very helpful and adaptable as unfortunately our new coach broke down but lukily the returning feeder coach picked us up and we did not arrive too late. We also had a lift failure while during our stay and as we were on the top floor and quite fit but some older people found this quite a problem. If you did not want to go to the entertainment other seating in the hotel was quite limited especially when there are a number of coaches plus self drive and other guests. We enjoyed the trips and we had plenty of time to do the things we wanted while out on the trips. We had been to York quite a few times and would have liked the opportunity to go to the WW II camp, as we had to drive right past the entrance on the way to and from York and we would have happily paid the entrance fee. On the free days in Whitby there is plenty to do in the town. We took a trip out into the countryside on the local train, we went on the original Aiddensfield bus for the Heartbeat trip and we also had a trip around Whitby on a rare steam bus. There were also a number of boat trips, we went in October and everything was still running. There are various interesting local museums and of course the walk up the steps to the church and ruins. We would recommend this trip and it was our second visit as there is so much to do. We had an excellent relaxed driver and that is important on a coach driver



11 May 2012

This holiday had very good excursions.

I thoroughly enjoyed this holiday, the coach driver was very knowledgeable of the area and the extra outings were very good value.The hotel could do with a tidy up, the room I had was run down, but the food was excellent and all the staff very helpful and friendly.


Enfield, Greater London, UK

11 May 2012

Great relaxing Break

It had been twenty years since we last visited Whitby.The Royal Hotel is everything you would expect from the name. The food is very good, the meal times relaxed and the choice of menu was fine for us. Having evening meals in the hotel leaves you free to explore in the evening without worrying where to eat (and how much will it cost).All trips were optional and we went on most. There is much to see and the drivers were very knowledgeable about the area. They accepted the challenge of driving the moors, up the hills and down the lanes with glee.The vintage tour bus from the centre to Heartbeat country is a real treat and cheap enough, just get there early and queqe.It is a long ride up and back from London but generally it went smoothly.As we were one of the youngest couples I would recomend it to every one. You can come and go as you please. Great.

David of Nottingham


11 May 2012

Excellent hotel and prime location; friendly, helpful staff

Everything about this holiday hit the spot - hotel, food, location, excursions; even for elderly, semi-disabled people like we. The town, open top bus was a godsend with a stop immediately outside the hotel and a £3.00 fare for the whole day. Will certainly consider it again.

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