5 great places to visit in Yorkshire

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Posted by Hannah Jury on 5th October 2019

With Yorkshire having won Europe’s Leading Destination at the World Travel Awards, we’ve decided to showcase our favourite places to visit in Yorkshire. It’s no wonder the area managed to beat off top locations such as London, Berlin and Madrid, with its diverse and stunning variety of landscapes such as the two National Parks, Britain’s first seaside resort and grand walled city.

Head to the North York Moors for endless dramatic landscapes or hide out in the bustling city of York, there's so much to do throughout the region you'll be spoilt for choice! Enjoy exploring ancient gardens, head to fun family-friendly attractions and go walking in the great outdoors in this remarkable part of the world. 

Browse through our collection of holiday cottages across Yorkshire and find a retreat perfect for your next trip. 

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Read on and get inspired to visit one of these fantastic places to visit in Yorkshire. Where will your next UK holiday take you? 


This traditional seaside town is perfect for families wanting a holiday beside the sea. Scarborough has two beautiful bays, one of which (North Bay beach) has been awarded Blue Flag status for its cleanliness. Get down to the beach for water sports and sunbathing during the warmer months, and serene coastal walks when it turns milder. 

Aside from the beautiful golden beaches, Scarborough also has much in the likes of entertainment, from donkey rides on the sand to exciting amusement arcades, not forgetting the array of food outlets for delicious ice creams and portions of fish and chips. Visit Scarborough Castle, meet sea creatures at SEA LIFE Scarborough, and look over the Rotunda Museum.

⭐ Don't miss: Peasholm Park - a Japanese-themed garden that's right by Scarborough's fantastic sandy beach!

⛅ Best time of year: Summer so you can build sandcastles on the sand and swim in the water.

🏡 Stay nearby: Victoria Garden Flat, Scarborough | sleeps 5 and 2 dogs 

Scarborough cottages

Yorkshire Dales

With two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you can expect countryside unspoilt and at its best in this National Park. The Yorkshire Dales are a haven for those with a love for wildlife and walking, with the Dales providing both a number of fantastic habitats and diverse range of terrains. Home to rare species of animals and plants, you can spend your days hiding in countryside spotting anything from peregrine falcons to red squirrels. For keen hikers, there are plenty of guided walks to take part in, or instead, if you wish to take to the hills without a guide, you can access an array of Yorkshire Dales audio trails here.

Crashing waterfalls, historical houses and charming towns are waiting to be discovered by you and your family! Visit the family-friendly attraction of The Forbidden Corner, see Skipton Castle and walk to the impressive Ribblehead Viaduct to make the most of this phenomenal region. 

⭐ Don't miss: Malham Cove is a curved limestone formation that was formed at the end fo the last Ice Age and today is a well-known beauty spot and an ideal place to visit as you explore the region.

Best time of year: Go walking through the Dales in springtime to see wildflowers in the meadows and hear birdsong in the trees.

🏡 Stay nearby: Mouse Manor, Leyburn | sleeps 4 and 2 dogs

Yorkshire Dales cottages


On the edge of the Yorkshire Dales lies Richmond, a pretty market town with an abundance of countryside charm. With a variety of markets still taking place, Richmond offers the perfect opportunity for tasting Yorkshire specialities and delicious local produce, as well as displaying beautiful handmade crafts. The beauty of this town has also inspired many artists, with an array of galleries to visit in both the town and surrounding areas. 

This idyllic market town also provides the perfect base for exploration. Historical sites to stop by include Richmond Castle, Easby Abbey, and The Station Old Cinema, while the beautiful River Swale Waterfalls offer a fantastic natural site and area to go walking. 

⭐ Don't miss: Take a walk up to the magnificent ruins of Richmond Castle to take in views over the Dales and investigate the interactive museum.

⛅ Best time of year: Visit in winter when the streets will be lit up with sparkling lights and you can go to the magical Richmond Christmas Market.

🏡 Stay nearby: Xanadu, Richmond | sleeps 2 and 1 dog

Richmond cottages

North York Moors

Encompassing both coastline and beautiful moorland, this National Park can cater for everyone, from those wanting to make the most of the great outdoors to those wanting to admire spectacular scenery whilst taking a rest from busy everyday life. Cycle through the expanses of lavender-covered moorland, try your hand at sailing along the diverse coastline or even glide over the iconic Kilburn White Horse. Or for those wanting to kick back and relax, there are many gentle walks available through pretty towns with cute and quirky shops and cafes from which to sit and watch the world go by. 

If you're bringing youngsters along, enjoy a day out to Flamingo Land Resort for rides and animals, while Rievaulx Abbey and Whitby Abbey are two exquisite ancient sites for history buffs. You could also go walking along the Cleveland Way, choosing between stretches of footpath that pass through the majestic moorland landscape or the coastal section of path. 

 Don't miss: Step aboard the North Yorkshire Moors Railway to discover as much of the idyllic landscape in this wonderful holiday destination as possible. 

⛅ Best time of year: Autumn is an ideal time - see the idyllic landscape in a kaleidoscope of beautiful colours. 

🏡 Stay nearby: Heather View Lodge, Rosedale | sleeps 8

North Yorkshire Moors


York is where the old meets the new and has a unique charm that not many other cities can claim. Enclosed by the beautifully preserved walls, this city is rich with heritage, right through from the magnificent York Minster Cathedral to the ancient paths leading to The Shambles. 

There are many attractions throughout the city where you can travel back in time and take a look into the city’s interesting past - visit York Castle Museum, JORVIK Viking Centre or DIG: An Archaeological Adventure for fun trips out. Coupled with the chic boutiques and quaint cafes, York is a great holiday destination for couples, families and groups alike.

⭐ Don't miss: Shop your way down the medieval Shambles, a series of ancient buildings that together offer a beautiful street that was once a butchers row but now full of boutiques. 

Best time of year: Another great place to head to in autumn or winter to make the most of the attractions, shopping and wonderful York Christmas Festival. 

🏡 Stay nearby: The Shambles, York | sleeps 2 

Retreat to York and the Wolds

Why not come and experience the delights of Yorkshire for yourself by booking a stay in one of our comfortable cottages? Start exploring our collection today and begin planning your exciting break to Yorkshire. 

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