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Things to do in  Yorkshire

From Dales to Michelin stars

With a rich history spanning thousands of years, England’s largest county offers plenty of things to do, not least of all for history buffs, who will be drawn to Yorkshire’s abbeys, cathedrals, Roman ruins, Viking lore, and Neolithic standing stones. Travel to the smaller towns of Ilkley and Harrogate for Victorian romance or the Dales for quaint farming hamlets. In the cities, you’ll find award-winning restaurants and traditional pubs as well as museums that will satisfy your cultural itch. Yorkshire’s rolling hills attract nature lovers, too: If you venture east to the wild North Yorkshire coast, you’ll be met with bracing sea breezes and cliffside walks.

Top 15 attractions in Yorkshire

World of James Herriot

Fans of the Yorkshire author and vet of All Creatures Great and Small fame won’t want to miss the World of James Herriot. Now an award-winning, interactive museum, Herriot’s former veterinary office—a fully restored 1940s home—displays a huge collection of Herriot memorabilia.More


Despite an association with all things spooky—goth festivals, Bram Stoker, and decrepit abbeys—Whitby remains one of the most popular seaside towns in England. Replete with natural beauty, the town is small enough to explore on foot and boasts numerous attractions that appeal to a cross section of visitors.More

Wensleydale Creamery

In the Yorkshire Dales, the award-winning Wensleydale Creamery is the home of Yorkshire’s Wensleydale cheese. At the Creamery Visitor Centre, guests can learn about cheese-making, try and buy different varieties, and enjoy a gift shop, café, and restaurant—all complemented by stellar views of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.More

Peak District National Park

The Peak District became Britain’s first national park in 1951 and remains one of its most popular outdoor destinations. From fertile farmland and stately homes to towering peaks and underground caves, there’s much to explore across the 143,700-hectare park, including the beginning of Britain’s best-known trail, the Pennine Way.More

Captain Cook Memorial Museum

In the 17th-century Whitby residence he once called home, take a voyage through the life and times of Captain James Cook at the Captain Cook Memorial Museum. Highlights are the attic room—complete with period furnishings—as well as artifacts Cook brought back from New Zealand and original letters penned by the man himself.More

Kilburn White Horse

The largest and most northerly white horse geoglyph in Britain, the Kilburn White Horse stands in artificially chalky contrast to the lush greenery of the surrounding Sutton Bank hills. Admire it from a distance or hike alongside the vast equine figure, which was originally designed and completed in the mid-19th century.More


A lively market town within the North York Moors National Park, Helmsley is a popular day-trip from nearby York. The cobblestone streets of the town center—as well as quaint teahouses, ivy-covered traditional pubs, and an imposing 12th-century castle—add to the appeal of this traditional Yorkshire destination.More

Durham Castle

Built by the order of William the Conqueror in 1072, Durham Castle has stood the test of time and remains one of England’s most important Norman attractions, as well as a striking example of the elevated “motte-and-bailey” fortress style. Now used as university residences, history buffs will still enjoy the vast Great Hall, 17th-century Black Staircase, and the Bishop’s Rooms.More
Bridlington Birds of Prey & Animal Park

Bridlington Birds of Prey & Animal Park

The family-owned Bridlington Birds of Prey and Animal Park brings together endangered animals across different habitat zones. You can find everything from alpacas and raccoons to owls and meerkats, as well as many birds of prey; exhibits sit alongside educational exhibits and hands-on experiences.More
Flamingo Land

Flamingo Land

Part zoo, part theme park, and part resort, this 375-acre (152-hectare) attraction is a long-standing favorite of families, thrill seekers, and animal lovers in North Yorkshire, England. You can visit for the day, or book accommodation on-site. The park is home to 140 animal species and boasts around 40 rides across eight themed sections.More
The Deep

The Deep

Hull’s award-winning aquarium, The Deep, combines fun with learning through audiovisual presentations and interactive exhibits. You can marvel at tropical fish in the Lagoon of Light; watch sharks, turtles, and rays swim around the Endless Ocean; observe penguins in the Kingdom of Ice; and see jellyfish in the Cool Seas.More
Forbidden Corner (Tupgill Park)

Forbidden Corner (Tupgill Park)

Grottos, tunnels, passageways, a labyrinth, sculptures, and various other unusual follies can be found scattered around this 4-acre (1.6-hectare plot of green in Tupgill Park Estate. Originally built as a private garden, it was later opened up to the public, with visitors encouraged to wander at will and discover its oddities.More
Eden Camp

Eden Camp

Experience life in wartime Britain at Eden Camp, a family-friendly museum which combines award-winning interactive elements with dozens of informative exhibits in a former World War II prisoner-of-war camp. Marvel over real tanks, military aircraft, and more, as the sounds and smells of Eden Camp recreate the feel of WWII life.More
York Bird of Prey Centre

York Bird of Prey Centre

Situated within the Walled Garden of Burn Hall Hotel, the York Bird of Prey Centre is home to more than 80 birds of prey, including owls, falcons, hawks, and eagles. Watch flight demonstrations and take the opportunity to both feed and handle these magnificent creatures at indoor and outdoor exhibits.More
The Little Chocolate Shop

The Little Chocolate Shop

High-quality, palm oil–free Belgian chocolate meets Yorkshire innovation and craftsmanship at The Little Chocolate Shop in North Yorkshire, which runs daily chocolate-making workshops for all ages and abilities. Browse for a pick-and-mix selection of locally made chocolate at the store, grab a decadent hot chocolate in the on-site café, or simply watch the chocolatiers at work at this delicious destination.More

Top activities in Yorkshire

North York Moors and Whitby Day Tour from York
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Ghost Bus Tour of York

Ghost Bus Tour of York

Steam Trains, Whitby, and the North York Moors Full-Day Tour from York
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Yorkshire Dales and Fountains Abbey Small-Group Day Trip from York
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Private Viking Walk of York

Private Viking Walk of York

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All about Yorkshire

When to visit

Yorkshire is perfect whatever time of year you visit, but when you go will depend on what type of trip you want. Hiking in the Yorkshire Dales or vacationing by the sea is much more pleasant in the spring and summer, while the cities’ Christmas markets and festive lights make November and December shine. As with most popular destinations in England, summer brings in a lot of crowds, so it may make sense to avoid traveling during bank holidays and weekends between June and August.

Getting around

Traveling by train is the easiest way to get from place to place if you're visiting Yorkshire's larger towns and cities. To explore the countryside of North Yorkshire, renting a car is the most sensible and convenient choice, although bus routes link many towns and offer an even better value option; check the timetables before setting off.

Traveler tips

Don’t miss out on the smaller towns. Places like Halifax and Harrogate are well worth a visit, with centuries-old historic houses and castles, idyllic parks and gardens, and Victorian-era markets. Visit seaside towns like Scarborough, Robin Hood’s Bay, and Whitby off-season for a quieter, more atmospheric experience.

People Also Ask

Where is the prettiest place in Yorkshire?

Nidderdale AONB (Area of Natural Beauty) is consistently voted as the prettiest place in Yorkshire. A nature reserve that’s home to countless species of birds, animals, and indigenous plants, it combines windswept moors with steep valleys and peaceful, pastoral farmland.

What is Yorkshire most known for?

Ask a local what Yorkshire is most famous for, and they’ll probably say Yorkshire pudding—a baked pastry made with eggs, flour, and milk and usually served during Sunday roasts. However, the county of Yorkshire is just as famous for its wild landscapes and the Brontë sisters, who all hail from Thornton and whose classic novels were partially inspired by their environs.

Why is Yorkshire popular with tourists?

Yorkshire is popular with tourists because of its variety. Travel to Yorkshire, and you’ll find mountain bike trails and exceptional climbing on top of art galleries, modern architecture, and Michelin-star dining. You can make Yorkshire your own, no matter your interests.

What is there not to miss in Yorkshire Dales?

The Yorkshire Dales is an area of moorland and limestone hills dotted with picturesque villages and traditional pubs. Visit the Ribblehead Viaduct to see an engineering marvel, and continue on to White Scar Cave to venture into the rocky labyrinth beneath Ingleborough mountain. The 4.3-mile (7-kilometer) Ingleton Waterfalls Trail is also a must-see.

What is the poshest town in Yorkshire?

Harrogate is repeatedly voted as the poshest town in Yorkshire, and it has the Victorian glamor and picturesque parks to stand up to that title. Home of the original Bettys tea room and the 19th-century Turkish Baths, Harrogate is the perfect place to spend a night or two in luxury.

What is the oldest town in Yorkshire?

Ripon is Yorkshire’s oldest town, and at around 1,300 years old, it’s also the oldest city in England. It boasts a stunning cathedral and a watch-setting tradition that has continued for 1,128 years.


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