Hundreds of attractions including World Heritage sites, three National Parks, vibrant city breaks and a coastline featuring Blue Flag beaches galore and two stretches of heritage coast – welcome to holidays in Yorkshire. Discover magnificent stately home estates, adrenalin pumping outdoor activities, best country shows and ruined castles and abbeys in the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales.
Tour Unesco World Heritage Sites at Saltaire and Fountains Abbey with Georgian water gardens Studley Royal or experience Yorkshire’s maritime and industrial heritage – there for all to see in the region’s network of canals, National Railway and Mining Museums, free entry industrial museums and heritage steam railway rides.
Cities & Family Fun
Book a Yorkshire city break in Leeds, Bradford, York, Sheffield, Hull or Wakefield and enjoy some of Britain’s best theatre, live music and festivals, world class museums and galleries, historic treasures and top ten shopping breaks. Looking for family fun in the UK? Find it here in Yorkshire – there’s oodles of fun family attractions in the region from interactive science adventure centres to giant submarium water worlds, as well as theme parks, family friendly seaside resorts and farm parks.
Yorkshire landscapes have inspired and produced some of the country’s greatest literary and arts names. Explore wild Pennine Bronte Country around Haworth or browse the best of Barbara Hepworth’s sculpture at the Hepworth Wakefield and Yorkshire Sculpture Park. If you’re looking for cutting edge drama, find it at the Stephen Joseph Art Deco theatre in Scarborough and the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds!
TV, Film & Heritage
Hit the Yorkshire TV and film trail and tour James Herriot’s Wensleydale and Swaledale in the Yorkshire Dales, ‘Heartbeat’s Goathland in the North York Moors, ‘Summer Wine Country’ around Pennine village Holmfirth and Winifred Holtby’s ‘South Riding’ highlighting hidden landscape gems on the Spurn Point heritage coast.
Don’t miss Yorkshire’s magnificent stately home estates including John Vanbrugh’s palatial Castle Howard near York, and discover Yorkshire’s ancient monastic and medieval history – visit ruined abbeys, castles, mighty cathedrals, old churches and minsters from Selby Abbey to the great Gothic York Minster.
Be dazzled and challenged by the Yorkshire Moors, Dales and spectacular coastline – all special places and meccas for outdoor enthusiasts and walkers, nature lovers and beachcombers! From the puffins of RSPB Bempton Cliffs to the Peregrine Falcons at Malham Cove, Yorkshire’s wildlife is rich and the region isn’t short on natural wonders from the great limestone pavement of Malham to Britain’s longest showcave at White Scar in the Dales.
An outdoor enthusiast’s dream – best surfing, mountain biking, horse riding, caving and walking are all here across the coast and countryside!
Getting Here From Overseas
Three airports including Leeds Bradford International Airport, Robin Hood Airport (Doncaster/Sheffield) and Humberside Airport serve the Yorkshire region making it an accessible region to overseas visitors. Several low cost airlines operate at Leeds Bradford. By rail and Eurostar, visitors from the Continent can also pick up fast rail links to major cities York, Leeds, Sheffield and Hull from St Pancras or King’s Cross stations. Ferry services to Hull and nearby Newcastle link the area to Holland, Belgium and Germany. Regular ferry services from Rotterdam and Zeebrugge run to Hull.
Getting Here From Elsewhere in the UK
The East Coast Mainline rail service offers great value fast train links from London and Edinburgh direct to York and Leeds. Grand Central also operate a fast rail service from Kings Cross to York, and First TransPennine Express trains connect the region to North West Airports and the North East.
National Express coach services operate to all Yorkshire’s cities and by road the M1 motorway is a direct route in from the south, with other motorway routes in including the A1 (from Scotland and the North East) and the M62 (from the North West).
Where to Stay
With thousands of holiday cottages and B&Bs to choose from here on iknow Yorkshire, this English region with its coast, country and city destinations has the perfect holiday or short break accommodation for you! Whether you’re looking for a classic York guest house just minutes from the city centre or a beautiful stone cottage in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales or North York Moors, find it here with iknow.
Yorkshire is a great area for unique places to stay, be it an old coaching inn with restaurant and rooms, a cosy B&B in Bronte village Haworth or that perfect pet friendly cottage in Whitby on the Yorkshire Coast. The region is particularly popular for group activity breaks, with lots of rural bunkhouse and group accommodation available.
It’s a fantastic area for holidays with dogs across National Parks, AONBs and along the coast, with a great range of pet friendly cottages available. Families too will find a huge choice of family friendly cottages and holiday parks in the area. Start planning your Yorkshire holiday now and book direct or online.