Guide to Yorkshire

Yorkshire offers plenty of diversity, from wild characterful fishing villages, imposing cliffs and rocky coves in the Yorkshire Coast to the wild and craggy heather-clad moors in the picturesque Yorkshire Dales there is an abundance of awe inspiring scenery to witness and enjoy.

A 7 day ITINERARY for Yorkshire

There are so many things to experience on a trip to Yorkshire that seven days may not be enough, however we have compiled the best of the best to ensure you make the most of your holiday.

Let your imagination run wild

Yorkshire is jam packed with unique and exciting towns and villages for you to visit during your stay, but a trip to Whitby is a must.

Hop aboard the North Yorkshire Moors Railway for a traditional old fashioned journey along the coast before arriving at the picturesque town of Whitby. Once there you will find a range of things to do and see to easily fill your first day.

Why not climb the 199 steps to St Mary’s Church and the atmospheric ruins of Whitby Abbey before discovering all there is to know about Captain Cook at the Captain Cook Museum, or, if you are looking for a more relaxing day you can choose to take a simple sea-side stroll along the town’s sandy beach. Finish the day off with a visit to Skinner Street tea room for a delicious cream tea before reveling in the delights of your day on the train back home.

A walker’s paradise

A trip to Yorkshire is not complete without putting on those hiking boots and heading for the muddy hills. With so many routes and walks in the area it can be hard to choose where to go first, The Yorkshire Three Peaks would most definitely be a good starting point.

Yorkshire’s great outdoors is home to some of the most spectacular views and wide open spaces the UK has to offer, the Yorkshire Three Peaks takes in three of the highest summits in the area; Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough, making it an un-miss able experience.

After a day taking in the sights, you may feel too windswept for a meal out, but too tired to cook for yourself – so why not pick up a delicious meal from Rozi’s Tandoori House to take away and enjoy back at the comfort of your holiday cottage.

One for the Chocoholics

If you are on a diet then York’s Chocolate Story attraction is one to stay well clear from! This little slice of chocolate paradise located in the Heart of York, is the perfect holiday day out - the adults will love it just as much as the children. A visit will educate you on the history of York’s chocolate, how chocolate is made including the journey it makes, York’s most famous chocolate-making families and everything else chocolate related in between, you will even have the opportunity to try your own hand at creating some chocolate delights. It really is a unique attraction not to be missed out on.

After the tour you can now satisfy your biggest ever chocolate craving with a trip to the Chocolate Bar café and gift shop to indulge in chocolate to your heart’s content. This also provides you with the perfect opportunity to pick up some souvenirs of the edible kind for the rest of the family.

Don’t forget your bucket and spade

If you’re looking for a leisurely day out, how about visiting the elegant promenades of bright and breezy Bridlington? With two stunning beaches you will be spoilt for choice! The sandy shores are a hidden Yorkshire gem brimming with traditional sea-side entertainment, and with a bustling harbour nestled in-between the two beaches there really is so much to do for people of all ages! If fishing is your thing, then you can sit on the harbour side and watch the fishing boats bringing in the days catch or take a cruise along the heritage coast, speedboat across the bay or venture out on a sea fishing expedition.

The rest of the family will have hours of fun visiting the funfair and amusements, riding a donkey on the beach and taking a dip in the sea. After a day in the sunshine, drop by 149 Fish and Chip restaurant for a quintessential British summer treat.

Retail Therapy

The cobbled streets of York are a lively shopping hub, full of designer outlets and independent boutiques. To prepare yourself for a busy day of retail therapy why not head out to The Pig and Pastry, located in the centre of York for a delicious hearty breakfast - whether you are wanting a traditional full English breakfast or toasted muffins you will find just that here.

After filling your stomachs you will be prepared to tackle the high street, York’s shopping scene has an amazing array of shops, enough to satisfy even the most demanding shopper! The Coppergate is York’s main shopping centre, and is home to numerous shops, cafes, galleries and museums. There is also a daily open air market in York with over 100 stalls and traders for you to explore.

Step back in time

If scary stories fascinate you then The Ghost Hunt of York offers an evening walking ghost tour of York’s haunted locations.

You will be greeted by the Victorian guide clad in his frock coat, top hat and Gladstone bag at the strike of half past seven at the bottom of Shambles, England’s most famous medieval street. The tour will take you through York’s magnificent architecture and maze of streets and 'snickelways' presenting ghost stories in a fun and entertaining manor known for its odd hilarious moments.

This ghost walk may be of the scary nature but is family friendly throughout. If the thought of staying awake until 11.30pm to begin the day’s adventure is daunting, then fill your evening with a walk through the beautiful North York Moors National Park and a meal out at one of the many eateries frequenting the area.

Beautiful Views

To make the most of your last day in Yorkshire a visit to the stunning Malham Cove and Gordale will round your holiday off perfectly. Malham is a quaint village, in the Pennines, at the southern base of the Yorkshire Dales, Malham Cove and Gordale are located at this scenic location. Vast cliff formations consisting of limestone rock, spectacular gorges complete with waterfalls and limestone hillsides make up this popular Yorkshire attraction.

There is a walk which trails around the edges allowing you to take in the breath-taking views, with an additional refreshments van where you can stop by for your last holiday ice-cream. The route is suitable for walkers of all abilities, whether that’s experienced hikers or young children, making it a lovely day out for the whole family.

Top 5 beaches

  • Filey
  • Robin Hood’s Bay
  • Hornsea
  • Saltburn
  • Redburn

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