Yorkshire Attractions

Hall of Steel, Royal Armouries Leeds. A steel & glass tower displaying over 2,500 pieces of armour & military equipment

Hall of Steel, Royal Armouries Leeds. A steel & glass tower displaying over 2,500 pieces of armour & military equipment

Yorkshire attractions are diverse, with plenty of free museums and galleries, fun packed outdoor activities and first class family attractions to be found across the region. Rich in heritage, Yorkshire is where you’ll find spectacular ruined abbeys, mighty castles and one of the country’s best canal networks. See internationally acclaimed art collections, soak up the atmosphere of Yorkshire festivals and events and experience the great outdoors – Yorkshire attractions cater for all tastes and budgets.

Family Attractions

Find family fun in Yorkshire at popular interactive museums like Eureka! The Children’s Museum in Halifax or enjoy fun family days out at the Magna Science Adventure Centre and The Deep Submarium. Families are spoilt for choice in this mixed rural, coastal and urban region, which offers a fantastic selection of theme parks, steam railway rides with Thomas and friends, farm parks, family cycling and walking trails and free family friendly museums.

Skipton Castle on the southern edge of the Yorkshire Dales

Skipton Castle on the southern edge of the Yorkshire Dales

National Parks & AONBs

Discover Yorkshire outdoor attractions and activities in the region’s three National Parks and two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. From gentle waterfalls and woodland trails to challenging hikes and cycling around the Three Peaks, Yorkshire offers some of the best mountain biking and outdoor activity centres in the country. Visit one of Britain’s largest collections of magnificent medieval abbeys and castles in Yorkshire, from Skipton’s medieval castle gem to the World Heritage Fountains Abbey ruins near Ripon.

National Museums

National collections feature in free entry Yorkshire museums, including the great arms and armoury collection in the Royal Armouries Leeds. Take an underground mine tour at the National Mining Museum near Wakefield, be dazzled by Yorkshire’s great stately home estates and gardens and see Yorkshire’s stunning countryside via iconic steam railway rides on the Settle-Carlisle Railway and along the Railway Children Line – the Keighley & Worth Valley Line.

Many of the Yorkshire museums and galleries are free entry, with all the region’s city’s offering up premier museum experiences from York’s National Railway Museum to Bradford’s National Media Museum and the award-winning Thackray Museum telling the story of medicine with lots of fun interactive exhibits for kids.

Arts & Tours

The arts scene in Yorkshire is one of the best outside of London, whether you’re looking for cutting edge theatre or internationally acclaimed music, food and arts festivals. From intimate quirky arts venues like The Shed in Malton to mighty theatre gems like the Alhambra in Bradford and the Theatre Royal York, you’ll find original and creative theatre shows across the region.

See world class sculpture at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in West Yorkshire, take a leisurely cruise on the Rochdale Canal from Hebden Bridge, tour the Wensleydale Creamery in the Yorkshire Dales and catch one of the best collections of art work by Yorkshire’s own David Hockney at Salts Mills near Bradford. From a rich industrial heritage and arts scene to seaside attractions and outdoor activity playgrounds, Yorkshire is a region brimming with attractions and things to do. Book Yorkshire holidays 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.