Group Holidays

Ellen Smith since 1900

In 1900, Ellen Gilson & Lund Smith started a haulage and passenger service between Littleborough and Rochdale with horse-drawn wagonettes. One of the earliest long distance passengers adventures was a holiday tour to London, Brighton & Eastbourne some 20 years later. Today, Ellen Smith Tours do things a little differently to Ellen & Lund, but we have those family values at heart in everything we do.

We are well-known for offering quality, value for money, day excursions and door-to-door coach holidays in our area and beyond, but we can also offer you river and sea cruises, and worldwide holidays by air.

We have a dedicated Groups Team whose job it is to inspire you with ideas and suggestions. They have the knowledge and expertise to tailor-make an itinerary built around your specific needs, whether they be generic or special interest.


How we work with you

Step 1 – Choose your Destination
Tell us if you have a destination in mind. We can take you anywhere for any length of stay, be it a 1-day excursion or a 2-week holiday. If you are unsure of where to go, we can suggest destinations for you and send you sample itineraries that have worked for other groups in the past.

Step 2 – Choose your Hotel
Whatever your preference and budget, we can find a hotel to suit you. We work with all kinds of properties, from 2-star budget hotels to 5-star luxury, from country house hotels to traditional family-owned seaside hotels. We can arrange accommodation on a bed & breakfast only basis, or include lunch or dinner – or both. Some hotels also have drinks packages on offer and entertainment for groups, just ask us for details.

Step 3 – Choose your Itinerary
Once you have decided on your destination and hotel, we work with you to plan your itinerary. We ask about your interests and then make suggestions of attractions and places to visit. These can include castles, houses & gardens, museums, guided tours, themed breaks, shopping trips, rail journeys, lake cruises, restaurants, coffee stops, and much, much more.


  • Excellent reputation for providing quality holidays since 1900 … and still going strong.
  • Dedicated Groups Manager with over 30 years of experience in the Travel Industry
  • Friendly reservations staff end experienced tour drivers
  • Financial protection
  • Our buying power saves you money
  • Flexible pricing with Organiser Free Place if required
  • One Call Does it All

Please contact Pam Wharton for futher information.





01706 648126


4 Smith St, Rochdale, OL16 1TU

Opening Times

Monday to friday - 9am to 5pm

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Ellen Smith Tours Ltd are Members of the Bonded Coach Holiday Group of the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK Ltd. This is a Government approved consumer protection scheme. This ensures that in relation to the Coach Package Holidays described in this brochure or website that the client's monies are protected by a Bond in the unlikely event of the Members insolvency.

Clients are recommended to inspect the current membership certificate at our registered office or alternatively go to or telephone 0207 240 3131 to confirm current membership.

Your attention is also drawn to the Bonded Coach Holiday Group Trading Charter that will apply to these coach package holidays.

Important Note:
Jersey by Air; Lake Garda by Air and the Lisbon by Air Holidays featured under 'Flight Holidays' are NOT protected under BCHG. These holidays by air are protected under an ATOL licence, details of which can be found on the relevant pages of this website.