Yorkshire is Britain’s largest county, which we think contains some of Britain’s best-kept secrets. Unlike your traditional popular attractions like Stonehenge, Yorkshire really does have something for everyone, with stunning countryside, great Art, and some of the best shopping outside of London – not to mention some fabulous beaches and a diverse cultural history. So with this in mind, we’ve been exploring Yorkshire and have come up with a list of our top spots, which you mustn’t miss if you’re going there for a break. And if you haven’t booked anything yet then deals are available online and can often be a great way to save some money too! So what are you waiting for! See what Yorkshire has to interest you.
Famous for being the home of Modern British sculpture Wakefield is now home to a sculpture park set in 500 acres of stunning parkland. Here you can encounter works from locally born artists such as Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore, in the landscape that inspired them. There is a whole range of other things to enjoy in Wakefield too, from the lovely Cathedral, which has the tallest spire in the county, to the National Coal Mining Museum where you can speak to ex-miners and experience what it’s like to be in a black-out in a coal mine!
Herriot country, made famous by the writer James Herriot, includes some of the most stunning countryside in the UK. Covering everywhere from the wide open valleys and sweeping hills of the Yorkshire Moors and Dales, to the small market towns and villages scattered across them, you can expect to encounter wonderful sights and friendly faces wherever you go. We recommend you visit Wensleydale, home of course to the famous cheese, but also home to some a fantastic castles, waterfalls and some lovely restaurants. If you have children with you head to Bolton Castle, where there’s heaps for them to do and the adults won’t be bored either.
The Yorkshire Coastline is one of the UK’s best-kept secrets. It boats wonderful rugged cliffs, tiny fishing villages and magnificent stretches of white sand that make being there a dream. We love the tiny fishing hamlet of Staithes, which is made up of dinky cottages and winding streets yet was once the biggest fishing port on the North East coast. The size of it now is a testament to how much has changed but it does make a truly wonderful destination for a seaside walk, some fish and chips and a warming pint in one of its friendly Inns. If you’re looking for a long stretch of white sand, head to Filey. It has a truly gorgeous beach that stretches as far as the eye can see, along with a relaxed atmosphere that’ll make you wish you could stay for longer.
Known to many as ‘the Knightsbridge of the North’, Leeds is not only home to some of the finest shopping outside of London but also boasts more than its fair share of listed buildings. The city has its own Harvey Nichols department store and shops from many of the top fashion brands, right the way through to high street shops galore! There are endless wonderful places to eat in the city too; with everything from budget eating to some world class Michelin starred restaurants.
We hope that this list of top spots in Yorkshire has whetted your appetite and given you a flavour of what delights the county has to offer you. Why not plan a trip there in the new year? Or, if you fancy one at even shorter notice try looking up last minute cottages in Yorkshire online – there are some gorgeous accommodation options out there and you can often end up getting a really good deal too! Enjoy.