YorTours
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About
UNESCO World Heritage sites, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty - the only limitations are those of your own imagination. Explore, discover, experience, taste and breathe in Yorkshire and beyond with award-winning Blue Badge Tour Guide, Nick Smith. Silver Award Winner "Experience of the Year" for Yorkshire. Experienced tour guide for Yorkshire & Windsor. Delivering driver & site guiding in Durham, Northumberland, The Lakes, Chester, Yorkshire & Derbyshire; supported by fellow Blue Badge Tour Guides. Featured on a BBC 1 documentary in 2019 highlighting his journey . Accredited Guide for Windsor, Eton and York Minster. Sit back, relax in the luxurious comfort of our Mercedes-Benz AMG saloon. Providing exceptional levels of service that’ll make your visit truly unforgettable. 1 to 6 day tours, for up to 2 or 3 visitors.
Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England

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2023

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Always_Planning581
Palo Alto, CA1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We had a terrific two days with Nick. The first was to the Dales and Harewood House, and the second was to the Moors and Whitby. Nick seems to know everything about everything, and could answer all my questions. It was nice to get to know him. I highly recommend Nick as a tour guide.
Written 22 October 2023
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It really was a pleasure to host your most varied experiences in Yorkshire. Both days were unique in their different ways, however your interest in the county, from its customs, food, culture, topography and history made my task that much more worthwhile for which I thank you both. Look forward to you returning. Thanks again Nick
Written 26 October 2023
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Oct 2023 • Couples
We spent a wonderful day with Nick exploring the Yorkshire Dales. Nick took us on a beautiful hike while also telling us about the area and its history. Nick had so much knowledge and knew the right places to take us. He structured our day so that we saw as much as possible without feeling rushed. He is fun and interesting to be with, and in typical English fashion very polite. Ironically, on our second day in York, we ran into him at our hotel, as we were leaving to go to the train station, and he offered to give us a ride. It was not something he had to do, but was happy to do it and we really appreciated it. He is a great guy as well as a great guide.
Written 16 October 2023
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Well thank you how kind to provide such a great insight into your varied insights during your short visit. This will help others considering short breaks in Yorkshire too . Thanks Nick.
Written 26 October 2023
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Robert O
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Sept 2023 • Couples
Fabulous bespoke tour of North Yorkshire and Hadrian's Wall, informative, fun, and relaxing! Brilliant insights and deep research into the background of the region and the sights from Neolithic stone circles to Roman ruins and the Great Yorkshire castles and abbeys. We recommend him highly!
Written 3 October 2023
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Thank you both so very much for your review and for the interest you both had over the 2 days of your private bespoke tour.
Written 4 October 2023
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Sue
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Sept 2023 • Family
We’ve just finished up a personal guided tour with Nick Smith. It was more than we had hoped for. We were greeted the first day with a walking tour of York. Nick’s knowledge of the details of everything we saw was impressive. He is a master of history. The next day Nick greeted with a bag full of goodies including dark beer for my husband and a bag full of chocolates tied to the local history. After some conversation, Nick added a load of Kit Kats for my dad! Again tied to the history of York and made right there. Off to beautiful Whitby via the very charming Goathland. Tea and scones were the order of the day. Nick is a master at securing tables! After York we were off to the Lake District, via Haworth. Nick connected us with a very charming Johnny. We strolled the streets and went back in time as Johnny very lovingly told the story of the Bronte sisters. Nick knows exactly where to go and when to be at the very best places in the Lake District including Hill Top and lovely museums. After the Lake District we headed to the Peak District and visited ancient manor houses and gardens. Nick did an outstanding job of guiding us to the best nooks and crannies of England. We were lucky enough to visit and restored windmill where the just happened to be open and just happened to be grinding wheat! These are the very special things you see when you travel with Nick. Our tour greatly exceeded our expectation. And then there is Nick Smith himself. He is as interesting and accomplished a person as any you will meet. We feel incredibly fortunate to have had him as a guide and to be able to spend the time we did.
Written 23 September 2023
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Well what a delight to host you both over the 6 day extended tour programme in the North ! Thank you for your most detailed and comprehensive summary of your experiences; this will be of help to others seeking a bespoke tour and what they can expect " as standard" too! Though as you say every tour experience is individually crafted. Looking forward to hosting you both again next year too. Nickl Smith - founder/owner YorTours.
Written 4 October 2023
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Leslie-Anne B
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
It’s been a wonderful two days in York and most of it due to our fantastic Blue Badge tour guide Nick Smith.
The reason for our trip to York and Harrogate primarily was to visit a relative’s grave who was in the RCAF 1942-44 and is buried in Stonefall cemetery. We had a specific family trip here and because of that, we were paired with Nick. We were so grateful to have his knowledge and and wonderful demeanour for this part of our trip.
Nick is a Commonwealth Grave caretaker for 3 graves there, a former Harrogate resident and is filled with historical facts and knowledge about York, Stonefall Cemetery and Harrogate.
The knowledge and information that Nick has accumulated as a BB tour guide is incredible! Never-mind a history lesson at school you will learn mountains of history from Nick and we enjoyed every minute! He even put a treat package together for us with chocolates and beer from York!
Book Nick Smith he was professional, knowledgeable, respectful and made the tour a joy!
We couldn’t have asked for a better experience!
Written 7 September 2023
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It was a real pleasure to host you and your family over the days we spent together in northern England. Though sad memories to discover final the resting place of your uncle; as you experienced for yourselves it was in the most serene location, with planted Canadian maple trees alongside, and kept for so well by the CWGC in Harrogate. As promised; I will now continue to honour him with your personalised cards and flowers accordingly. I'll keep you all updated. Thank you so much, an honour and pleasure to host your trip.
Written 4 October 2023
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Passenger65057
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Nick was the best tour guide we’ve ever had the privilege from which to learn! He was 100% genial and erudite, and he has such a broad range of personal knowledge and experiences which added measurably to our tour. He clearly did his homework ahead of time to curate a very specialized experience for us! (We were researching family history in Yorkshire.) I can’t created enough superlatives to add to our highest recommendation of Nick! Once you’ve found Nick, you’ve found your guide! Thank you so much, Nick! 😊😊😊
Written 5 August 2023
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And thank you both too! Its fair to say that clients who are "interested" and "interesting get far more out of any guided experiences where the guide can share experiences over several days. Thank you for taking the time out to provide others with such an invaluable insight into our country, landscape, customs, food and more besides. Hope to host another visit again for you in the future.
Written 17 August 2023
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Joseph H
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Nick Smith of YorTours is highly recommended as a professional and knowledgable tour guide. He brought us to York from our previous destination in Southern England. He showed us around the area at many principal sites with expert discussion on historic details and context. We modified one particular day to see Hadrian’s Wall and it was well worth it. Alnwick Castle was also very memorable, rich in a history laid out by Nick with genuine enthusiasm. If you’ve never had a private tour guide when visiting a new country, give it a try. England’s historical grandeur is well served by Nick. Also to be noted is his attention to detail, service, and flexibility. We were also presented with a nice sampling of various local wares along the way. (What these are I leave for you to find out and experience.). He went above and beyond in returning a lost item to us.
Cheers to Nick for a great experience of England!
Written 20 July 2023
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Thank you both for your interest in England and in your multi day tours which I was delighted to provide experiences for you. Clearly you enjoyed yourselves and what we were able to offer in this stunning part of Britain. Thank you for your most detailed summary and for sharing with other potential visitors. Most kind. Nick Smith - founder, YorTours
Written 17 August 2023
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Matt Naassz
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Our family had an amazing day touring the scenes from All Creatures Great and Small and the Yorkshire Dales! Nick was extremely polite, friendly, great with the whole family, but most importantly extremely knowledgeable. He explained the scenes from the show as well as the Dales landscape and history. He engaged well with the kids as well as my wife and I. We visited York specifically for this experience and were delighted with our choice of guides.
Written 10 July 2023
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Delighted to host this special day for you all and what an experience we all had too ! I'm really pleased you so enjoyed your family day together and that this was one of the key highlights of your extended vacation across Europe. Thanks again . Nick
Written 11 July 2023
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Craig
Mississippi State, MS4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Over the years we have experienced many private tours. This was our first '4-hour walking' tour. Nick Smith is simply the best. Our time with him was well beyond the 4 hours and he would have spent more time had we not needed to go onto other personal business. Nick's knowledge of the area, history and personal stories was so much appreciated.
Nick picked us up at our hotel on time (actually early) and presented us a gift bag of local fare. We then proceeded to discuss what to see and off we went from there. He went beyond by taking us through our tour of York Minster and pointing out so much of the history that we would have missed had we gone on our own.
A one-in-a-million tour guide.
Written 17 June 2023
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I must say how grateful, excited and delighted to hear of your most detailed feedback on your recent experiences with YorTours. A delight to host you both for our short time together, your interest made it so much easier for me to provide an experience you clearly enjoyed too ! Looking forward to hosting your next visit to England. Thank you. Nick .
Written 21 June 2023
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Joanna H
Maine1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Nick is really something special. We were traveling as a family of 5, with three children under twelve, and they loved him as much as we did! Nick is knowledgeable, kind, thoughtful, and goes above and beyond. He never rushed us, even with the kids, and shared so much information and local perspective. We left him feeling as if we had made a close friend in the Dales, one that we would/will try to see/hire again when we are next in the area! I HIGHLY recommend Nick, as your friendly key to exploring Yorkshire… he was truly exceptional. We had another tour guide later in our trip, in another area of England, and it only highlighted how wonderful Nick was- I can’t say enough!
Written 23 April 2023
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I am honestly blown away with your kindness, what a delight to host you all in Yorkshire. Luck played its part too, with the weather and some great luck! Yorkshire welcomes you back with a heart the size of this county itself. Thank you . Nick,
Written 26 April 2023
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