Travel to Yorkshire, UK
Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and think of the beautiful British countryside. Have you got it? Let us take a guess at what it looks like: Green valleys and hills taken straight from a postcard with clear watered rivers crossing over them, country trails from cottage to cottage, romantic ruins with stories in their walls, old-fashioned villages where people smile as they walk past you, and restaurants and pubs that feel like home. How did we do? Well, open your eyes and… Welcome to Yorkshire! Are you ready to fall in love with one of the most beautiful places in the UK? Then remember these reasons and off you go!
This wonderful county is rich in history, being the home of the Brontë sisters who among other novels wrote ‘Wuthering Heights’ and ‘Jane Eyre’. You’ll further understand the books’ description after seeing the rolling hills and steep cliffs of this beautiful area.
Yorkshire is one of the biggest counties in England. If you’re nearby, or dropping off you child at a summer camp or boarding school with us, it is definitely worth it. Yorkshire has everything you’d want from a trip! You can spend a few days in the historical city of York where you’ll find antique shops and cobbled streets.
To the west of York is the Georgian town of Harrogate. There you can head off and explore the marvellous Yorkshire Dales, where you can find The Forbidden Corner, a garden full of mazes that your children will love.
In southern Yorkshire, right in the middle of the English countryside, lie Haworth and Holmfirth where you can find many ‘hipster’ shops. The Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield is also worth visiting, an impressive outdoor museum, which is the home to large scale sculptures from modern artists such as Damien Hirst.
Heading towards the Yorkshire coast, you can stop and have a look at Castle Howard before arriving at the shore and discovering the towns of Scarborough and Whitby. Don’t leave without trying the seafood!
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Enjoy a day in York, the oldest city in Yorkshire
Jorvik Viking Centre
If you take your children to York, don’t forget to visit the Jorvik Viking Centre, it’s an excellent account of how people of York lived in the Viking era.
The city fell at the hands of the Norwegians in the year 866 AD, and their remained in control until 1066. In the Jorvik Viking Centre you will be able to travel back in time and explore the city as it was under Norwegian rule through archaeological findings and re-enactments.
Located in the heart of York, The Shambles is an old medieval street, one of the best preserved in Europe. This narrow, winding street is full of timber-framed buildings, some dating back to the 14th Century. The buildings slope towards the middle of the cobbled street and the roofs almost touch at the top. It’s very impressive! In some parts of The Shambles it’s possible to touch both sides of the streets, some say it was the inspiration behind Diagon Alley in the Harry Potter films.
Where to eat in York
The Rattle Owl
Enjoy a delicious British Sunday roast in this wonderful restaurant in the centre of York. Don´t forget to try one of the famous Yorkshire Puddings! Without doubt the most famous food to come out of this traditional county. The food is modern, fresh, seasonal, and of course very tasty.
Where to sleep in York
Middlethorpe Hall, York
Situated 7 miles from central York, this historical mansion which dates back to 1699 is perfectly restored and is ideal for a mini-break, especially due to the fantastic spa, and it being in the middle of the countryside. It will give you a taste of what life was like in the English countryside in the 18th century. The dinner is amazing, with impeccable service. The gardens and park which surround the mansion are also stunning.
Harrogate, North Yorkshire: a trip to a very traditional town
Harrogate is one of the joys of Northern England. Its elegance, despite its proximity to industrial cities, is reflected in the Montpellier district, which is home to some 80 shops and has become a centre of artistic reference and antiques sales. Home to the famous Betty’s tea room, it was voted the best town to live in in Yorkshire.
Brimham Rocks, Harrogate
10 minutes from the centre of Harrogate, suddenly you find yourself in a completely different world. Rocks with whimsical forms that will make you think about the passing of time and how nature is determined to give us landscapes of incalculable beauty. A scenic walk for all of the family.
Where to eat in Harrogate
Hustle & Co, Harrogate
Start your day in this pretty café, where you can enjoy a delicious breakfast, brunch, or lunch. There are so many options! Try out a ‘Full English’ to get a taste of English food, or choose one of the acai bowls if you’re looking for something more healthy and fresh.
Where to sleep in Harrogate
Grantley Hall, Ripon
Grantley Hall is a very well located hotel, only a half an hour drive from Harrogate, and 10 minutes from Brimham Rocks. It boasts more than 30 hectares of green countryside, an 18 metre-long pool, two gyms, high altitude training facilities, a Japanese garden and you can even hire wellies to walk its many fantastic trails!
Scarborough & Whitby, East Yorkshire: a visit to the coast
Scarborough is a city that includes all of the typical English beaches, like fish and chip shops, arcades, and the pools between the rocks of the sandy North Bay beach.
Parque Peasholm, Scarborough
Peasholm Park has a calm lake which in the summer months people can rent boats and enjoy themselves with friends or family. There is a music stand on an island in the middle of the lake and sometimes during summer you can listen to music concerts for free.
Where to sleep
The Windmill, Scarborough
This B&B is completely different to any other B&B to have welcomed you. You can choose a beautiful room inside the windmill with a sea view, the children always enjoy themselves in this unique experience!
A purely British experience with partly gothic culture: this is Whitby, one of the most picturesque seaside towns in England, and where many scenes from Dracula were inspired (Don’t leave without visiting Whitby Abbey which sits atop cliffs, and you’ll see why!). For a quintessentially British lunch, have fish and chips at the Magpie Café.
The Whitby steam train Yorkshire, Whitby
On the panoramic route between Pickering and Whitby, 38 kilometres long, you can climb aboard a steam train which is more than a hundred years old. Every day, the train crosses the North York Moors, a national park notable for its immense expanse of heather moorland. Harry Potter fans mustn’t miss out on Goathland station, as it was here where the Hogsmeade scenes were filmed.
The trains operate from March to November and the journey lasts for 1 hour and 40 minutes. You’ll love this experience of living like the olden days!
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Yorkshire Dales: explore nature
Discover a region with a rich agricultural tradition, heathery highlands, and undulating green valleys dotted with sheds and barns.
With majestic hills, stone villages, limestone cliffs, causeways and a labyrinth of caves, not to mention a huge industrial heritage, the Yorkshire Dales national park embodies the essence and best bits of the British countryside. Both footpaths and bridle paths offering a wide range of options to walk, cycle, or ride a horse, are available to everyone, including the imposing Three Peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Ingleborough, and Whernside.
The Forbidden Corner, Yorkshire Dales
The Forbidden Corner is a very original place, and if you bring your children, it’ll be very difficult to get them to leave. It is a garden full of labyrinths, underground tunnels, strange figures, and imaginative water jets.
Where to sleep in the Yorkshire Dales
Yorebridge House, Yorkshire Dales
Located in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, Yorebridge is a pretty hotel with incredible views of the countryside. Each room has the name and style of a country that the owners, David and Charlotte, have visited amongst their travels. The food is delicious and the chef tries to use local and fresh ingredients where possible
Other beautiful towns to visit: Knaresborough – Haworth – Holmsfirth
The town of Knaresborough is a medieval city located on the River Nidd and no more than 4 miles from Harrogate. It hosted street markets for centuries, creating a wealth of trade and commerce. In this aesthetic town you can visit the impressive castle or row a boat along the river and below the old aqueduct. It is a beautiful place with winding streets, stone houses, and picturesque narrow stairways which lead you to incredible hidden away parts of town.
To the east of Yorkshire, you will find the countryside population of Haworth, which is the authentic base of the Brontë sisters’ universe. Every part of town is a homage to them, whose image one can see the pubs, shops, and window displays. Visit their home, which is now a museum, to see various personal articles, one of which is the original manuscript of Jane Eyre.
Holmfirth is a charming and typical town, so it’s not surprising that the longest running television series ever is filmed here, ‘Last of the Summer Wine’ has been on the BBC for 37 years! Moreover, their collection of independent shops, cafés, and galleries give it a hipster vibe which doesn’t feel out of place in this very traditional town. We would recommend The Whippet and Pickle for lunch.
Other places to visit in Yorkshire UK
Castle Howard, Howardian Hills
They call it the Little Versailles of Yorkshire, but truthfully small is not an appropriate word to describe it! The construction of this countryside mansion of 145 rooms took more than 100 years (1699-1810). It is decorated with paintings from Canaletto, Carraci, and Gainsborough (among others) and is surrounded by a four kilometres squared park. This spectacular site is where famous series such as Return to Brideshead and Bridgerton were filmed.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield
This park, which is close to Wakefield in the south of Yorkshire, offers a beautiful landscape of tranquillity and at the same time, you can appreciate a number of sculptures that are placed along the pedestrian path, which give a special charm to the park.
It is a property of 500 hectares dating back to the 18th century, and it’s the number one international centre for modern and contemporary sculpture. In 2014 it received the main prize for British art when they were named the Museum of the Year by the Art Fund. In their gardens one can study the works of Julian Opie, Henry Moore, and James Turrell, among others.