North Yorkshire is a beautiful rural county that stretches from the North Sea coast across much of northern England and encompasses two National Parks and a mountain range, providing the ideal terrain for numerous outdoor activities. There are also many castles, abbeys and stately homes throughout the countryside that show off the county’s rich historical heritage. The ancient city of York is a treasure trove of historic buildings and museums, while the smaller towns and villages are full of rural charm and that famous warm northern hospitality.
Places to go in North Yorkshire
Most of the Yorkshire Dales and all of the North York Moors lie within the county’s boundaries. The two National Parks provide a beautiful scenic backdrop for hiking and biking along public footpaths such as the tough Pennine Way. For the more adventurous, you can try activities including zip-lining and other high-wire pursuits in Dalby Forest and watersports such as kayaking on the River Ure. Centres like Log Heights offer a full range of outdoor activities. If sports aren’t your thing there are lots of natural attractions to take in, including the amazing Brimham Rocks formations and White Scar Cave, the longest show cave in Britain. The countryside is also home to some of England’s grandest historical landmarks such as Fountains Abbey and the Studley Royal Water Garden. The ruins of Bolton Castle, dating back to the 14th Century, and the 16th Century Whitby Abbey are also worth a visit.
Our Top Picks in North Yorkshire
We want you to enjoy the best that North Yorkshire has to offer and so here's a selection of our favourite things to see and do;
The traditional 'Scarborough Fair' immortalised in song may no longer exist, but there are plenty of other things to see and do in this bustling holiday resort on the North Sea coast. If you’re looking for the traditional seaside experience you can check out the amusement parks at Flower of May Holiday Park and Luna Park, go on one of the town’s famous donkey rides, or just walk along the harbour walls. The multi-million pound Olympia Leisure development, meanwhile, provides you with a more modern all-in-one entertainment venue that includes a restaurant, bar and arcade.
Harrogate Turkish Baths and Health Spa
Find out firsthand what made Harrogate the town it is today with a trip to the Turkish Baths and Health Spa. The healing powers of the town’s water have drawn visitors for hundreds of years and the tradition continues today. The Turkish Baths and Health Spa offers a range of luxury treatments, including facials, scrubs and massages, which will leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.
Black Sheep Brewery - Masham
Learn about the traditional brewing process and taste Yorkshire’s famous ale at one of the county’s breweries like the Black Sheep brewery in Masham. Set in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, the Black Sheep Brewery is great for a day or evening out. You can go on a guided tour of the brewery, enjoy a delicious meal in the bistro and then browse for a souvenir and stock up on ale in the Black Sheep shop.
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