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Yorkshire is a wonderful place to visit whether you want a historic city break, an escape to the countryside or be close to perfect patches of sandy coastline. Explore three national parks, from 840 miles of beautiful Yorkshire Dales, the North York Moors National Park’s unique vista opportunities and dramatic coastline, or head down to The Peak District National Park and discover the area’s rich history. City goers can explore the culture, history and shopping offered of York; or experience nature any way you like with rock climbing, tree top adventures or peaceful walks. There really is so much to enjoy in Yorkshire, so come and explore the history, heritage and scenery of this fantastic area in the UK.

Things to do in Yorkshire

Walking & Hiking in Yorkshire

Walking & Hiking

From short strolls to long and winding walks and everything in between, including fell running and urban trails through York, immerse yourself in this beautiful landscape for hours on end. Discover Turner’s Trails and visit over 70 places that he sketched and painted, explore Yorkshire’s wilder areas with an exhilarating trail run along Cleveland Way that undulates across the North York Moors, or just take a relaxing meander down a local canal towpath.

Cycling in Yorkshire

Cycling

There’s a multitude of two wheeled fun to enjoy, whether you’re learning how to ride or have years of experience in Yorkshire. Take the kids and ride along the quieter routes set in the countryside that have handy stopping points for some wildlife spotting. The Howardian Hills makes for a great day of road cycling; starting from pretty villages, the route takes you past attractions and riverside meadows. Adventure seekers will find purpose build championship level mountain trails at Dalby Forest, or enjoy the natural trails of both the Dales and the Moors such as Nidderdale and the Pennine Bridleway.

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Yorkshire Towns and Cities

Towns and cities

From characterful history to contemporary attractions, Yorkshire’s lively towns and cities offer so much to keep all ages entertained. Walk along the cobbled streets of York; take in the breath-taking beauty of York Minster, the largest Gothic cathedral north of the Alps; explore the boutique shops, amazing eateries and hidden gems, or go on a river cruise and see the city from the water. The medieval market square of Thirsk offers all kinds of speciality stores that is the perfect escape from your traditional high street. Discover all the nooks and crannies offering tea shops, boutiques, and secret stores.

Yorkshire Beaches

Beaches

Yorkshire's stunning coastline is packed with equal parts charm as it is striking ruggedness. Spend a day at award winning fishing villages like Runswick Bay that seemingly hang from the nearby cliffs, stroll along picture perfect stretches of golden sand that you’ll find at Robin Hood’s Bay, or splash around at a bucket and spade family seaside area like Filey dotted with fish and chip shops. The fishing history, old world architecture, plus the fun and games you can have on the Yorkshire Coast make this a must visit region filled with variety and things to do for all ages.

Places to visit

York

York

Explore history like never before at York with thirty world-class museums, enjoy the thriving cultural scene and the festivals which run every month of the year, get a bird’s eye view of the city from Clifford’s Tower, or walk around the ancient walls that hide contemporary independent shops and vibrant eateries.

Thirsk

Thirsk

Find out why Thirsk was home to renowned vet, James Herriot; a quintessential North Yorkshire market town that features a bustling market space filled weekly with local delights, step back in time and wander around the shops, the 15th century church or discover the blue plaque trail. Families will love Monk Park, a children’s farm park that’s home to all kinds of furry friends and has feeding areas as well as an adventure playground.

North York Moors

North York Moors

A perfect blend of history and nature; the North York Moors offers a stunning, unique landscape bursting with heritage sites and wildlife wonders to discover at any time in the year. Whether it’s magical moorlands, native woodlands or towering coastal cliffs; there’s plenty that makes the North York Moors special, especially when there’s so many opportunities to uncover thousands of years of history during your walk.

Yorkshire Dales

Yorkshire Dales

The Yorkshire Dales is as diverse as it gets; discover Aysgarth waterfalls, walk along steep valleys or across fields split by the famous drystone walls, or perhaps head underground and explore the caves! Whether it’s a calming break surrounded by beauty or a wild escape within the rugged landscape, the Yorkshire Dales has it all.

Scarborough

Scarborough

For a true Yorkshire experience, Scarborough is one the places to visit with beautiful views, stunning beaches and plenty to do for all ages. Spend a day building sandcastles, splash around in the sea and then head to the glittery South Bay area for an afternoon of amusements and ice cream; or head to the quieter North Bay for peaceful walks around the marine and Royal Albert Drive.

Robin Hood's Bay

Robin Hood's Bay

A picture postcard beautiful fishing village nestled on the Heritage Coast of the North York Moors, there’s plenty of coastal wonder to explore; from the dog friendly sandy beach to searching for ancient fossils and exploring nearby rock pools. Step off the sand and onto the cobbled streets to find a range of cafes, pubs, quaint shops and other places to explore.