The World Heritage Saltaire & Brontes Tour

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I'm starting from: York
I'd like to be picked up from: Duncombe Place, YO1 7EF
  Estimated Pickup Time: 9:15AM
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Please note: We do not allow children under the age of 5

Your tour at a glance

Please note this tour is not operating until March 2022.

Journey through the industrial heart of Yorkshire, delve into the lives of the iconic Bronte sisters and explore Yorkshire's medieval past at Bolton Abbey ruins on this incredible day tour from York. Experience hundreds of years of Yorkshire's incredible history in one day.

The Brontes are iconic within the literary world, join us as we head to the quaint town of Haworth where the sisters were inspired to write their masterpieces.

Take time to discover more at the former home now converted into a shrine to the Family. We will also explore Salts Mill in Saltaire, the world’s first Model Village and one of Yorkshires Unesco Heritage sites.

We then head over the Hills into the Yorkshire Dales National Park to Explore the 12thCentury Augustinian Bolton Abbey. 

This tour does not run between November and March due to the winter season. Please visit our main Yorkshire tours page to find our winter tours. Alternatively we can arrange a private tour for you, please take a look at the options here.

Tour Itinerary


Summer 2022

26th March 2022 - 29th October 2022

Adult Senior Student Child
£42 £40 £40 £36

Tour Days

Summer 2022

26th March 2022 - 29th October 2022

Mon Tues Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun


Full day 09:15 - 17:30

Activity Level

This tour is a guided scenic mini-coach tour, but there are times when you will have the option to walk up to a few hundred metres to take in a view or point of interest.



Group Size

16 passengers


  • Transport in a 16 seater mini-bus;
  • On-board commentary in English;
  • Entry to Bolton Abbey.

Main Departure point

Duncombe Place, York, YO1 7EF

How to find us

Pickup Service

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This tour will start opposite Dean Court Hotel in Duncombe Place next to York Minster, Y01 7EF.

The pick up point is in the heart of city, aproximately 10 minutes walk from York Railway Station.


This tour is unsuitable for children under 5.
All passengers must have their own seat.

We have private hire options available for those who have children under 5.

Luggage on board

There is space on-board for hand luggage, for anything larger there is luggage storage at the York train station.


There will be a designated lunch stop where you’ll be able to purchase lunch.

Cancellation Policy

You may cancel 24 hours prior to departure and recieve a full refund. After 24 hours no refund will be issued.

Leaving York the tour heads to the famous Ilkley Moor, which is known for being the inspiration for the Yorkshire ‘county anthem’ – On Ilkla Moor Baht ‘at (‘on Ilkley moor without a hat’). There will be time to take in the views and a stop for photos.

After leaving Ilkley Moor we head west into where the industrial revolution started in Yorkshire and to the World UNESCO Heritage site of Saltaire. Travelling through some beautiful Yorkshire scenery there will be spectacular views and Sir Titus Salt built the world’s first model village and his textile mill on the banks of the river Aire and christened it Saltaire, his great idea to take his workers from the slums of Bradford into what was countryside helped increase life expectancy by more than double.

The mill has now been transformed into a museum, gallery and independent shops but its original architecture remains intact and is a stunning. There will be time to wander around the mills gallery, museum and enjoy refreshments.

From Saltaire we take a short drive through the rolling industrialised heart of West Yorkshire before we arrive at beautiful cobbled village of Haworth.

Haworth is known for its association with the Bronte Sisters. There is also chance to see the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, and time to go into the Bronte Parsonage (opening times may vary, entry extra).

The tour heads to Bolton Abbey. There is time to view the ruins and take in the surrounding Landscapes which inspired famous artists such as Wordsworth, Ruskin and Turner. 

From here we then travel back to our start point in York for roughly 17:30.

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