Mixing spectacular rural regions like the Rother Valley, the South Pennines and the eastern edge of the Peak District with top city break Sheffield and classic racing centres like Doncaster, South Yorkshire is full of unexpected delights. A popular area for business with its major motorway links, the M1, A1 and M18, the region is also serviced by international airport – Robin Hood’s Airport between Sheffield and Doncaster. Fast rail links to London run regularly from the region’s two big urban centres.
Premier art galleries, a mammoth glass house garden and a top UK shopping scene all await in Sheffield, a city which exudes ‘cool’, featuring one of Britain’s largest shopping centres Meadowhall and host venue to the World Snooker championships – The Crucible. Enjoy a weekend away at the races, at one of England’s busiest and oldest race courses, Doncaster Racecourse, the home of iconic race meets like the St Ledger.
Discover outstanding craft centre, heritage railways and castle estates around rural Barnsley where visits to Wentworth Castle & Gardens and the Elsecar Heritage Centre are not to be missed. Be wowed by the hidden gem country parks of Rotherham or head of to Penistone on the edge of the Peak District for a great horse riding holiday base.
South Yorkshire also features one of Britain’s finest surviving Norman circular Keep towers at Conisbrough Castle near Doncaster and top interactive family attraction, the Magna Science Adventure Centre sits just south of Rotherham off the M1! Choose a South Yorkshire holiday and a Sheffield city break. Book South Yorkshire accommodation now with Iknow.
Where to Stay in South Yorkshire
South Yorkshire offers a mix or rural and city accommodation choices. Opt for a city centre hotel in Sheffield, easily accessed off the M1. A wide range of luxury and budget Sheffield hotels are available to book below. Prefer a rural B&B within easy each of the Peak District. Browse the choice below around Barnsley where you’ll find not just affordable, welcoming guest houses but also a wide choice of camping, caravan and cottage conversions in the Penistone area – ideal as a northern gateway into the wild northern Pennines of the Yorkshire Peak District.
With the historic maritime city of Hull at its core, East Yorkshire contains spectacular coastline and the rolling countryside of the Yorkshire Wolds cut through by the Yorkshire Wolds Way National Trail. From magnificent minster town Beverley with its top racecourse to sunny seaside resorts like Hornsea and Bridlington, East Yorkshire is a great location for either a coast or country holiday.
Be dazzled by the world class museums and art galleries of Hull which include the historic home of anti-slavery campaigner William Wilberforce, now a fascinating museum. Take a tour of art gallery treasure, The Ferens in Hull with a breathtaking collection of European old masters and interactive children’s gallery. From maritime museums to funky shopping centres and top Yorkshire family attraction – The Deep Submarium – Hull makes a fantastic weekend away, with a location affording easy access on to the coast and into the Wolds.
Where to Stay in East Yorkshire
Stay in the gentle countryside of the Yorkshire Wolds, and take a tour of the Elizabethan Burton Agnes Hall and Georgian Sledmere House, or tour ancient Norman churches in Wolds villages like Garton on the Wolds. ‘Capital of the Wolds’ Driffield is East Yorkshire’s largest market town hosting one of the UK’s top annual agricultural shows, weekly markets and award-winning farmers’ markets.
Whether you’re looking for a Wolds cottage, a luxury country house hotel for conference and wedding events or a stylish Hull guest house, find a great choice of East Yorkshire accommodation below, and book with Iknow.
Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.