What to See & Do in Yorkshire

Days Out on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Days Out on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway

There’s so many things to do and see in Yorkshire, from adrenalin pumping outdoor activities and walking trails to the region’s rich heritage, evident in its canals, stately home estates and ruined castles and abbeys. Famous literary, film and TV tours are numerous, from Bronte Country in West Yorkshire’s Haworth to Herriot Country around Thirsk and the Yorkshire Dales’ Wensleydale and Swaledale.

Walking & Outdoor Activities

Love the great outdoors? Love Yorkshire for its breathtaking scenery across three National Parks, two stretches of heritage coast and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty including the Pennines, Nidderdale and the Yorkshire Wolds. Whatever your activity favourite, be it hiking along the Pennine Way and up the Three Peaks of the Dales or ripping it up on some of Britain’s best mountain bike trails – Yorkshire is one of our best outdoor playgrounds. Try surfing in Scarborough, caving in the Southern Dales or spectacular cliff top walking along the Bempton cliffs. From walking and mountain biking, to climbing and water sports – experience them all on a Yorkshire holiday.

World Heritage Site Fountains Abbey near Ripon

World Heritage Site Fountains Abbey near Ripon

Abbeys, Castles & Stately Homes

Spread across the Yorkshire countryside and coast are the region’s famous medieval abbeys and castles (some in ruins, some not), with highlights including the cliff top Whitby Abbey, magnificent York Minster and World Heritage Site Fountains Abbey near Ripon. Take a tour of one of Yorkshire’s many spectacular stately home estates, including the Georgian gems – Newby Hall and Harewood House.

Canals, Breweries & Steam Railways

Yorkshire’s rich industrial and brewing heritage also offers up a string of fascinating museums, heritage mills and great brewery tours. Visit World Heritage Site Saltaire and Salts Mill along the Leeds Liverpool Canal near Bradford or take a tour of the Black Sheep brewery in Masham. Don’t miss a narrowboat ride along one of Yorkshire’s many canals or a classic railway excursion on one of the region’s many steam railways!

Museums, Galleries & Festivals

National and world class museums and galleries are here in Yorkshire with not to be missed museum experiences including the National Mining Museum near Wakefield, the National Media Museum in Bradford and the National Railway Museum in York. Yorkshire’s arts and festival scene is equally astounding, featuring everything from top music festivals in Leeds to 1940s weekend extravaganzas in Leyburn, Pickering and Haworth.

Family Holidays

Yorkshire loves families! Take your pick of fun family beaches and seaside resorts packed with amusements, water sports, pretty harbours and boat trips. The choice of family attractions in the region is fantastic, featuring mammoth aquariums and family friendly forest parks with miles of cycling trails in the North York Moors. For a fun packed holiday book a place to stay in Yorkshire now 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.