Yorkshire truly is one of the most beautiful – and exciting – places to live. We’re lucky to have many unique attractions to visit, as well as the stunning scenery all around us – for all of the family to enjoy.
To celebrate it, we have decided to shine the spotlight on our idyllic county and list some favourite hotspots you just have to visit…
Historic houses and gardens
Yorkshire is known for its Roman and Viking heritage, as well as its Norman castles, medieval abbeys and national parks. So, what better way to spend a family day out than visiting one of the many wonderfully significant sites on our doorstep?
The RHS Garden Harlow Carr in Harrogate has plenty of events for all ages, including sculptures, outdoor theatres and quiz trails. And, you can even stop off at Bettys Café Tea Rooms and enjoy some delicious treats after a long day of walking.
The neighbouring Ripley Castle and Gardens is another fascinating and memorable place to visit, along with Harewood House in Leeds – complete with a fun bird garden and adventure playground!
Finally, if you’re looking for an underground adventure, Stump Cross Caverns is the spot for you. One of Britain’s premier show caves, the site offers a fantastic insight into the unique geology of the area.
Dales, moors and the coast
This one’s for the outdoorsy folk who love to be ‘at one’ with nature as they roam the hillsides. No matter which way you turn in Yorkshire, there are beautiful walks and picturesque scenery to enjoy.
From the North Yorkshire Moors and the Yorkshire Dales, to the rugged Yorkshire coastline smattered with beautiful tiny fishing villages – Robin Hood’s Bay, Runswick Bay and Whitby – there’s something to suit everyone.
And, a little bit closer to home, we have some stunning landscapes in Holmfirth accompanied with the perfect walking routes – Digley Reservoir, Hepworth Bluebell Walk and the River Ribble Ramble.
Kids’ days out
There are some fantastic places to explore, designed to keep children – and adults – entertained, while enjoying the outdoors.
Learn to taste chocolate like a professional at York’s Chocolate Story museum, as well as discover its exotic origins. The National Railway Museum is also another firm favourite of ours, where you can marvel the record-breaking Mallard, watch exciting engineering work in progress and see locomotives moving on the turntable.
In the heart of Sheffield, you can also enjoy a relaxing slice of the countryside at Heeley City Farm and meet friendly animals whilst tucking into some delicious food in the farm kitchen.
Another great family outing is the Studfold Adventure Trail which encourages children to be aware of their natural surroundings in an innovative and exciting way.
We hope we’ve given you some ideas of places to keep you and your family busy during this time – as well as provided you with some places to add to your to do list when society returns to some form of ‘normality’.
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown, we would advise that you do your research and ring ahead where possible to ensure these hotspots are open – and safe to travel to.
Yorkshire is a wonderful and beautiful place to live, so let’s get out and take advantage of what’s on our doorstep! And don’t forget to send in your own recommendations via our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.