Exploring the city of York is one of the best things to do in Yorkshire, thanks to its fascinating Roman and Viking heritage and fantastic historical feel. Whether you are a history buff or not, you will be bowled over by its famous York Minster, charming, cobbled streets (check out The Shambles) and of course, the famed city walls. Kids will love the Jorvik Viking Centre.
Visitors of all ages flock to see the amazing collection of locomotives at the York Railway Museum, but little ones will be filled with excitement when they see a real-life Thomas the Tank Engine before them. Entry is free and you can step inside dozens of iconic trains, from the world’s fastest steam train to the only bullet train located outside of Japan. On certain days families can enjoy various workshops, science, and storytelling events.
You cannot visit the North Yorkshire coast without seeing the seaside towns of Scarborough and Whitby, both home to some of the best beaches in Yorkshire. Consider a stop in Staithes, a pretty fishing village where you can enjoy mouth-watering fish and chips and lovely sea views at The Cod & Lobster.
Nestled away in the beautiful Spa town of Harrogate is RHS Harlow Carr Gardens, which is one of England’s most relaxing and innovative gardens at the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales. Harlow Carr is a showcase of horticultural excellence located on the outskirts of Harrogate. Harrogate is also home to Valley Gardens.
Perfect for gin lovers, Slingsby Gin – known as The Spirit of Harrogate, taking its name from William Slingsby who discovered the unique properties of the natural spring water from the Tewitt well. They offer three fantastic gin experiences on-site.
Explore the small market city of Ripon – with its cobbled market square and impressive Cathedral you can easily spend a few hours soaking up the country charm of this North Yorkshire town.
Or Ripley. With a 700 year old castle boasting magnificent grounds which you can walk through, a deer park and walled gardens, you can also access a number of pretty walks and bike trails from the village. Don’t forget to visit the famous ice-cream shop before you leave!
A market town full of surprises – a warren of medieval streets, a hilltop castle, picturesque riverside walks and the imposing railway viaduct ensure there is a stunning view around every corner. Mother Shipton’s Cave is another Knaresborough ‘must-see’ attraction. Born in 1488, Mother Shipton was one of England’s most famous prophetess and predicted many things that were to happen in the future. A fascinating place for visitors of all ages.
Located on the other side of Ripon and hailed as one of England’s finest houses Newby Hall & Gardens has plenty to discover both indoors and within the 25 acres of award-winning gardens.
The market town of Thirsk – best known as the home of vet, James Herriot. A central cobbled square still boasts a weekly market and some quirky independent shops to pick up a souvenir of your trip to Yorkshire.
Take a walk to the amazing World Heritage Site and National Trust experience that is Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal. You will discover the impressive ruins of a 12th century abbey, a stunning water garden and two cafes to enjoy.
Another Yorkshire gem is the natural spectacle that is Brimham Rocks. These giant rock formations were created 100 million years ago when dinosaurs walked the earth.
Within the hour, and worth the drive is the 70-metre-high limestone cliff at Malham Cove, which has amazed visitors for centuries and is a highlight of any visit to North Yorkshire.
If you like a bargain, love finding those treasures you don’t get on the high street, partial to some delicious local produce or just love the atmosphere of a market in full swing, Skipton Market is for you. Just 30 minutes from the hotel and open 4 days a week, traders arrive in the town centre and set up stalls along each side of the wide High Street. And they bring with them everything from cheeses to scarves, local meat to arts & crafts, shoes & boots to Yorkshire made blankets. Each day varies, and there is a rotating set of traders, meaning no day is quite the same.
An ancient market town with a market charter that was first granted by Henry III in 1249 and is a real gem.
The town is located at the gateway to Upper Ribblesdale at the southern edge of the Yorkshire Dales. Immediately overlooking the town is Castleberg, a 300 feet (91 m) limestone crag. Enjoy a scramble to the top and take in the views of Settle and Giggleswick – home to the famous Giggleswick school. In 1847 the town was connected to the railway network and the Settle-Carlisle Railway opened in 1875. Today you can enjoy a trip to Appleby or Carlisle on this line which passes over famous Ribblehead viaduct.
White Scar Cave is the longest show cave in Britain. It is 48 miles and one hour and 15 minutes from the hotel. The guided tour takes approximately 80 minutes and you will experience an underground waterfall and over a mile of underground tunnels.
Visit the medieval city of York where you will be spoilt for choice! Visit the impressive spires and stained-glass windows of York Minster, take a walk around the original Castle Walls, get the best view of the city from Clifford’s Tower, marvel at the unrivalled collection of iconic locomotives at the National Railway Museum, meander through the Shambles or enjoy a leisurely boat trip along the River Ouse. On the outskirts of York, you can shop to your heart’s delight at the York Designer Outlet Centre. A great selection of high-end retail brands and food court awaits.
Harewood House – a tour of the interior and fine art collection takes you back in time as you move from the rich furnishings upstairs to a view of the servants’ quarters down below.
Saltaire is a World Heritage site on the outskirts of Bradford and home to Salts Mill. This Grade ll listed historic mill was built by Sir Titus Salt along with the village of Saltaire to house his workers in 1853. Playing host to many different exhibitions such as David Hockney’s gallery, Salts book and poster gallery, The Textile Process and Saltaire’s history.
Castle Howard, one of Britain’s finest historic houses and gardens, tells a story of ambition, public service, politics, and artistic endeavours. It has hosted many famous names in its time from film and TV as well as being used as a backdrop for music videos.
Be amazed by the Yorkshire Sculpture Park
If you prefer your art galleries al fresco, get yourself over to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, near Wakefield. With around 80 outdoor sculptures and a series of temporary exhibitions, this impressive open-air gallery features celebrated artists such as Antony Gormley, Elisabeth Frink and Damien Hirst. It is one the most unique days out in Yorkshire you will find.
Lightwater Valley – with over 35 rides and attractions for thrill seekers of all ages, this theme park offers a great day out for all ages.
Flamingo Land – Flamingo Land offers a variety of offerings such as theme park rides, Zoo and children’s activities. Thrill rides for all ages from children to extreme riders and encounter different animals in the zoo and conservation area.
Black Sheep Brewery – Masham Imagined by Paul Theakston in 1992, Black Sheep produces much loved cask, keg and bottled beers and continues to go against the grain with a flow of new and experimental brews. Take a fabulous and informative tour around the brewery and learn about the distinctive tastes and aroma of our beers.
Wensleydale Creamery based in the wonderful market town of Hawes is a fantastic place for cheese lovers and perfect for families. Wensleydale Creamery offers an interactive family experience including cheese-making viewing gallery and museum. You can also visit their tasting room and try samples of the different cheeses that they make. Visiting their fabulous café, restaurant and shop is a must.
When you’re looking for hotels in Ilkley, The Craiglands Hotel is the perfect choice. We are perfectly situated to visit the many amazing attractions in the area. There really is something to please everyone from historic, stately homes, children’s theme parks and scenic walks. You’ll never get bored staying at The Craiglands Hotel.
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