THINGS YOU CAN DO IN YORKSHIRE.
Let me give you the basics of the region before you learn more about what you can do in Yorkshire:
- Population. 5.3 million
- Local delicacies. Wensleydale cheese, Yorkshire puddings, ginger beer.
- County town. York
- Yorkshire slang. In’t (isn’t it?), aye (yes), bairn (child), brew (cup of tea), butty (sandwich), jammy (lucky), kegs (trousers), ‘ow do (how are you?).
What you can do in the glorious land that is Yorkshire.
Yorkshire is a beautiful and large region located in Northern England. Besides the infamous NY3P Challenge, there are endless opportunities to have fun and explore the area. Here are our top picks for you to choose from.
Whether you’re looking for a unique day out for your family, a romantic spot for a date with that special someone or simply want a change of scenery; the area is splendid for history, nature, food and drink as well as everything else in between. Yorkshire really does have something to offer everyone…
Not that a weekend in Yorkshire is ever enough to do everything, but there is certainly a wide range of activities to choose from. As one of the most scenic counties in England, staying in the area for 2-3 days is sure to be rewarding and won’t cost you an arm and a leg. Comparatively cheaper to the likes of London, if you’re heading North you’ll be welcomed by cheap pints, free museums and the most beautiful landscape to take advantage of.
From camping in a quaint countryside spot to doing a ‘small town’ pub crawl, you’re truly in for a treat.
Versatile enough for seasoned ‘glampers’ to the traditional ‘pitch your own up’ folk; there are many idyllic sites in the area to choose from. There are few better feelings than waking up and stepping directly out into the wholesome country air and embracing everything the landscape has to offer. Yorkshire’s camping sites come each with their own character. For those who want the everyday facilities found at home, some boast showering and eating facilities. Though if you’re more of a Bear Grylls type, you’ll find basic sites too where you can really indulge in the life of a nomad.
Our top picks:
Catgill Farm for its stunning location (you’ll be sleeping in the heart of historic Bolton Abbey).
Camp Katur for its charming glamping facilities inclusive of a smashing BBQ area. There’s even Wifi on site too!
Pubs and food.
Foodies travel far and wide to try some of the local delicacies here. Yorkshire is your place for hearty dishes that are going to leave a lasting imprint on your taste buds. Home to some of the best British delicacies (including the grand Yorkshire pudding) and an abundance of breweries, the region has a wide variety of deliciousness to devour. One of the things that Yorkshire does best is cheese. With a wide selection of unique eateries to choose from and more pubs than you can drink your way through, it really is a food haven.
Our top picks:
Visit the county of Wensleydale and try some of the crumbly mild cheese that hails from the area (and is featured in Wallace and Gromit). Have it with a chunk of fruitcake and you won’t be sorry, you’ll have plenty of places to choose from.
A Sunday roast in one of Yorkshire’s traditional pubs. The gravy and moreish Yorkshire pudding will inspire you to cook your own when you get back home!
Tanhill inn is a gem of a pub that has been mentioned across our blog before. A trip to Yorkshire is incomplete without dropping in to enjoy a pint of Yorkshire brewed ale from the Black Sheep Brewery at 528m above sea level. Don’t forget to say hi to the locals (sheep included) too.
Weird, wacky and downright wonderful. There are various events held across the region all year round making for great family days out. From one-of-a-kind exhibitions, live music performances and festivals, there is something to suit every type of personality.
Our top pick:
Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival. The Scarecrow Festival that is held in Kettlewell each year in August is sure to bring a smile to any child’s face. Far from scary, each year locals bring their scarecrow creations to life. From celebrity lookalikes to quirky creatures, you’ll find more than the imagination could ever desire.
FOR YOUR INNER ADVENTURER.
If you’re heading to Yorkshire, brace yourself for one of the prime spots the country has to offer when it comes to the great outdoors. For those who enjoy hiking, the NY3P challenge is a great way to spend a weekend. You’ll take in the stunning views across the three highest peaks in Yorkshire and, could even raise money for a charity of your choice along the way.
Other outdoor activities.
Cycling, caving, canoeing and more. There are plenty of outdoor activities in the area that you can take advantage of. Weather permitting, the region is a hot spot for adrenaline junkies who travel to Yorkshire to take advantage of the varied landscape which spans rocky mountain faces (perfect for abseiling), to long countryside walks through the Yorkshire Dales
ON A BUDGET? YORKSHIRE IS THE PLACE FOR YOU.
Offering an abundance of free days out, Yorkshire is the perfect place if you want to keep the costs down. As previously mentioned, there are plenty of outdoorsy activities to immerse yourself in and plenty of free events here. Not only will you be treated to some of the best views that England has to offer amongst quaint villages and towering peaks but you’ll also feel the benefit of lower costs overall.
Enjoy a good old brew (a cup of tea) and scone for a bargain price of around £5.00, we think that’s enough convincing for a trip to the area, don’t you?
HISTORY IN YORKSHIRE.
Yorkshire is full to the brim with history. In every corner, you’ll find a slice of time from the ice age right through to the modern day, the area has been shaped by a long history that has made it unique both geographically and culturally. Here are some of our top picks when it comes to free historical sites in the region:
York has a long history stretching back to the Roman era (about 71 A.D), when it was originally known as Eboracum. Later, the Vikings settled in the area naming it Jorvik. Today, many of York’s historical sites remain, including its old city walls that were constructed during the Roman age. Spanning 3.4 kilometres, the walls are the longest of their type found in any English town. Take a walk along the old walls and enjoy the views across the city. Don’t forget to pay a visit to the beautiful York Minster too!
As one of the largest and best-preserved Cistercian abbeys in the country. Fountains Abbey was constructed in 1132 and is a great day out for the family. Spanning 850 hectares, there is plenty to explore at this national heritage site including its parks, monuments and of course the abbey ruins!
The immaculately preserved castle located in York is a great sight in the area for kids and adults alike. The fully roofed castle features a beautiful Tudor courtyard which visitors are greeted with upon entering.
Set within the grounds of an original WWII prisoner of war camp, Eden Camp is a family run business that draws upon the concept of a living museum. Featuring plenty of immersive displays.
Whitby and its abbey.
Whitby is a quaint seaside town located in the region and it too offers it own little slice of history. The history here is more obscure than meets the eye. Boasting a beautiful abbey that dates back to the 7th Century. As well as the abbey, there is the infamous Dracula’s grave which can be found atop 199 steps in the church’s graveyard. The best fish and chips and a quirky mix of gothic culture…that’s Whitby in a nutshell.
MUSEUMS AND ART GALLERIES.
If you love museum and art culture, then you’re in for a treat. The region of Yorkshire offers a museum for everyone. Whether you’re looking for a free day out for families or a free day out for adults, you may be surprised at just how much the region offers.
Royal Armouries Museum.
Boasting free entry, the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds is a great place to explore as a family. Located in West Yorkshire, the museum showcases the National Collection of Arms and Armour.
Leeds Art Gallery.
General admission the gallery is free, however, if you want to attend any of the special exhibitions they will have their entry prices too. The Leeds Collection is packed full of spectacular pieces from traditional to contemporary.
HIDDEN GEMS IN YORKSHIRE.
Yorkshire isn’t only treasured for its obvious attributes such as the heartwarming food, obscure history and gorgeous landscape. There are a number of secret spots you may want to keep on your radar when in the area.
The Forbidden Corner.
Constructed originally as a folly, The Forbidden Corner is a popular family attraction in North Yorkshire. Featuring unique labyrinths and tunnels, the attraction is set within four acres and will have kids entertained as they make way through the surprises at the site.
Swinton druids temple.
Built in the 1820s, the modern folly was constructed at the instruction of William Danby who thought of the idea to help the unemployed in the area, at the time. Today, you can enjoy the site and drop by for a cup of tea, while new-age Pagans gather here to celebrate Summer Solstice.
Red telephone box graveyard.
Visit the town of Carlton Minniot and witness the graveyard of iconic red telephone boxes. In 1985 when the piece of tech was no longer regarded as innovative, the boxes were cast aside and stored away to decay.
A group of beautiful glacial boulders, you’ll find these ancient rocks on the southern slopes of Ingleborough.
Kilburn White Horse.
The Kilburn White Horse was designed by Thomas Taylor, a famous white chalk landmark in Yorkshire measuring 314ft in length. Admission is free and there is car parking on site with a picnic area too.
The one-of-a-kind road in the Yorkshire Dales is one worth driving along. The name of the road derives from the buttertub limestone potholes that were used throughout the warmer months to store butter and keep it cool.
The large curved limestone structure formed by a waterfall during the melting of glaciers throughout the ice age, today it stands as a monumental landscape wonder. Malham Cove was also used during the filming of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows.
The limestone ravine is about 1 mile northeast of Malham and contains two stunning waterfalls that have inspired both artists and writers alike for centuries. We definitely recommend taking a trip to this beautiful spot to take in the energy of the water.
This naturally formed caved is perfect for both adult and children explorers alike. The 98 ft deep pothole has a stream beck flowing into it that brings the cave to life.
Ingleborough, Pent-Y-Ghent and Whernside.
The three highest peaks in Yorkshire. How could you visit the area without seeing these stunning mountains? And, if you’re brave enough, there’s always the NY3P Challenge to add to your bucket list!
Yorkshire is full of surprises, from lush landscape to culinary quirks there’s no wonder it has built a reputation over centuries that keeps visitors coming back for more and more.