Arrive in the city of York and begin your self-drive journey in the lively city with over 30 attractions to choose from! Drive to the magnificent York Minster, one of the largest gothic cathedrals in northern Europe, to admire its tennis court-sized stained glass window and discover 2000 years of history at the Undercroft; a state of the art attraction housed in chambers beneath the Minster. For unbeatable views stroll along the ancient city walls and stop off at the 14th century Monk Bar, the tallest of four gatehouses along the walls! Vikings invaded the city more than 1000 years ago and you can experience what life was like back then at Jorvik Viking Centre, discovering the sights, sounds and smells on a journey through a Viking village.
Other attractions you are able to drive to include York Castle Museum, which tells the story of York’s social and military past and York’s Chocolate Story where you can sample traditional confectionery and get a taste of York’s chocolate-making history. Travel in your hire car to Yorkshire Museum that houses Roman and Viking artefacts and the elegant Treasurer’s House that is filled with an extensive array of antique furniture, ceramics, art and textiles.
York – Hull
Depart York and commence a scenic drive to the city of Hull that should take no longer than an hour, home to a gloriously gothic 13th-century minster. With historical buildings, bustling shops and lively bars and restaurants, Yorkshire’s only waterfront city is a real hidden treasure. Jump in your rental car and visit the Old Town where you’ll find the free museums quarter. Here you will find Wilberforce House, the birthplace of William Wilberforce, a leading light of the anti-slavery movement. You can also step back in time with 200 years of transport history at the Streetlife Museum of Transport.
As well as plenty of modern bars and restaurants there are historic pubs to visit too, such as Ye Olde White Harte with its Plotting Parlour, the place where the plotting of the English Civil War allegedly took place. Afterwards, spend time at The Deep, one of the most spectacular aquariums in the world, or walk along the marina enjoying the peaceful sound of the boat masts swaying in the wind. With plenty of lively restaurants and traditional pubs overlooking the stunning River Humber, it’s the perfect place to visit at sunset.
Hull – Chatsworth
Travel in your rental car from Hull to Chatsworth in the Peak District National Park; this will take about an hour and a half. Chatsworth is one of the UK’s most impressive stately homes with vast gardens and parkland rolling as far as the eye can see. Make time for Chatsworth’s grand greenery, including the enchanting gardens and famous waterworks such as the 300 year old Cascade, the Squirting Willow Tree Fountain and the impressive gravity-fed Emperor Fountain.
The Peak and Speedwell Caverns are the biggest natural caverns in Derbyshire, with the largest entrance to any cave in the British Isles. In summer, make sure you experience the eccentric Buxton Well Dressing Festival and take a stroll through the heady scented Pavilion Gardens. For something more unusual, journey underground and enter another world as you gaze at Poole’s Cavern’s striking stalactites dating back two million years. Enjoy your last night in Buxton before you drive back in comfort and style to Manchester to extend your Northern England stay.