Lesbian Lives – York

3 days
goat guide

DATES Fri 31st March 2023
- Mon 3rd April 2023

3 nights

In 2023 we continue our series of walks to celebrate women’s lives as we explore new places. This time we visit York where many scenes of Gentleman Jack were filmed and which make for some great walking tours. Your guide Brenda will help you discover this fascinating English Yorkshire City.


Dates: Friday March 31st to Monday April 3rd

Guide: Brenda Whisker

Walking Grade: 1 Goat

Base: The Bar Convent Living Heritage Centre in the heart of York. England’s oldest living convent still home to a community of catholic sisters. It was one of the earliest educational establishments for young women in the country. It now offers modern accommodation and a cosy cafe for breakfast and lunches.

Please arrive by 3pm if you can  for a briefing with your guide and a short walk. Check in starts at 3pm.

There is a train station in York and the nearest airport is Leeds/Bradford approx 1 hour by train to York  or Manchester approx 2 hours by train.

Departure is after a morning walk on the last day.

If you need help with flights or trains do get in touch with Helen our travel concierge service  – helen.wheatley@travelcounsellors.com   Or call on – 01522 716180/07775 927746

Price: £599 per person for the holiday to include:

  • Ensuite solo occupancy Bed & Breakfast in unique accommodation
  • Welcome dinner on the first night
  • Guided walks from Friday to Monday afternoon.

Not included: return travel to York, evening meals after the first night, drinks and anything not mentioned in the itinerary.

Some of the bedrooms are slightly smaller so book early for a bigger room.

If you bring a friend or partner and share a room there is a discount of  £100 pp . Total price for holiday = £499 per person . We will reduce your invoice once you have booked.


We add York to our programme of cities to visit for many reasons.

It is easy to get to with a train station connecting trains across England and with the airports of Leeds/Bradford and Manchester.

It became well known when the TV series Gentlemen Jack showcased the city as the place much visited by Anne Lister as it was the centre of Yorkshire Society at that time. In 1804 Anne studied at the Manor House School in York and it was where she had her first intense relationship with fellow student Eliza Raines.

There are many other famous women of York documented in a book “ Women of York’ by Claire Shaw. Judi Dench came from York and her parents worked at York Theatre Royal. We will explore the lives of some local influential women as we walk the historic streets.

The city walls are a great walk as these walls are beautifully preserved and are the longest medieval town walls in England at 3.4km long. As you walk you get lovely views of the city.

York has The Shambles named the most picturesque street in Britain with its enchanting cobbled streets.

There are plenty of cafes, restaurants and cosy english pubs. Betty’s Tea Room has been serving tea since 1936 and well worth a visit.

There are museums, medieval buildings, a minster and much more to explore on our walking trip to York.


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