Things to do in Yorkshire in winter

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things to do in Yorkshire in winter

Yorkshire wears winter well, like a sleek coat.  Snow transforms rural regions and the beautiful scenery gains an extra layer of sparkle, with peaceful white fields, deserted beaches, and dramatic castles towering into the frosty sky. We’ve gathered together a few suggestions for things to do in Yorkshire over the winter months. There's no need to hide inside, just drive to local outdoor apparel shop and dress up for the weather. Feeling comfortable can make every difference to how you feel about a winter holiday. 

North, South, East and West Yorkshire all have their fair share of all-weather visitor attractions that are opened all year round too, as well as an abundance of cities with museums and amazing shopping experiences. Try a day out in Sheffield, Leeds, Halifax, York or Bradford, you will surprised at what you could find.

Winter Walks

things to do in Yorkshire in winter

Taking a countryside walk during this season provides a feast for the eyes, from pretty little villages which look like they’re straight out of the Kate Winslet film, ‘The Holiday’ to the snow sprinkled hills and dales of the North York Moors.

The Yorkshire Dales are at their most spectacular at this time of year. The sun sits low in the sky and the dry stone walls which criss-cross the landscape take on the orange hues of the winter light. Crisp, cold days when the ground is free of snow are perfect for cycling.

Glorious Cities

things to do in Yorkshire in winter

After Christmas when the dazzling fairy lights of the festive markets have faded, the atmospheric streets of York keep the magic alive, offering a fantastic blend of boutique shops, cosy restaurants, and tearooms where you can enjoy a nice hot cuppa on a chilly day.

January is a great month to take a trip to the county. With seven fabulous cities to choose from you’re never far from the shops to indulge in a spot of retail therapy during the January sales.

The larger cities of Leeds, Sheffield, Bradford and Hull have a jam packed calendar of events over the winter months. There are some world class performances scheduled for January at The Lyceum in Sheffield, including Moscow City Ballet’s ‘The Nutcracker’. Leeds welcomes the live tour of Strictly Come Dancing to its First Direct Arena and Harrogate prepares itself to be inundated with furry critters for the UKs largest small animal show.

Captivating Coastline

things to do in Yorkshire in winter

Winter can’t be allowed to pass by without a mention of the awe-inspiring Yorkshire coast. It is an ideal season for bird watching, with a huge variety of our feathered friends to be found on rocky crags and otherwise deserted beaches.

Why not hop aboard a steam train on the North Yorkshire Moors railway and chuff and puff your way through wintry countryside to Whitby, a lovely place to enjoy a bracing walk and watch the crashing waves before retiring to a cosy pub or tea shop to warm up. On a cold winter’s day it’s not hard to see how the gothic Whitby Abbey, towering forebodingly on the cliff top, provided the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’.

To shed a few post Christmas pounds, wrap up warm and head off on one of the longer coastal trails Yorkshire has to offer. There are some magnificent views on the stretch from Whitby to Runswick Bay. The walk has the added benefit of a couple of pubs on the way and a public bus service to take you back to your starting point in Whitby so you can rest your weary feet.

Dedicated fishermen can catch winter cod at several locations on the Yorkshire coast, but if this sounds like too much hard work, a visit to one of Whitby’s fish and chip shops will have you munching a delicious portion in minutes!

Seize the opportunity to take a break in one of our cottages in Yorkshire this winter and benefit from some great out-of-season prices! If you’d like to head elsewhere in the North for a lovely winter break, we also have cottages in Northumberland and cottages in Lancashire.

Posted by Clare on 8th November 2018