Places to visit in North Yorkshire

When you visit North Yorkshire, you’ll soon embrace the great outdoors. Bring your walking shoes for uphill climbs across Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors to castles and abbey ruins that frame the landscape, and afterwards, recharge in regal spa town tearooms and market town pubs over jugs of locally brewed Ruby Ale. One of the best things to do in North Yorkshire of all is amble round historic York, with its gothic York Minster cathedral decked out in stained glass. Get lost in cobbled snickelway passages, or take in ancient forts and bridges on a River Ouse cruise.

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Be crowned king of the castle in glorious Skipton

Exercise your princely skills at North Yorkshire’s marvelous Norman keep.

Location: Skipton, North Yorkshire

Get beside the seaside for the Coastival arts festival

Be part of Scarborough’s three-day celebration of all things music, theatre, dance, film and art.

Location: Scarborough, Yorkshire

September events: Pop-up galleries and festival arts in North Yorkshire

The Staithes Festival of Arts and Heritage in North Yorkshire invites visitors to experience a unique weekend featuring 130 artists in 90 pop-up galleries.

Location: Whitby, North Yorkshire

Get on board at the National Railway Museum

The world's largest railway museum is home to a staggering collection of restored locomotives, including the fastest steam engine of all time.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

Feed your soul at the ruins of Rievaulx Abbey

Medieval monks chose a serene valley in the North York Moors National Park to establish an abbey that became the richest and most powerful in England.

Location: Helmsley, North Yorkshire

Spend the night in your very own railway carriage

Why not make trainspotting your passion whilst staying in ‘Oscar’, a railway carriage permanently stationed at Cloughton railway station.

Location: Cloughton, Scarborough, North Yorkshire

Rainy Day Activities: Step back in time at York Castle Museum

Travel back in time on a rainy day at this trend-setting museum, which transports visitors back through 300 years of history.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

Cheese-y does it now…

Discover the captivating and often emotional story behind Wensleydale cheese and find out how Yorkshire’s art of cheese making evolved.

Location: Hawes, North Yorkshire

Explore, learn and discover on the Dinosaur Coast

Find your own fossils and discover what it was like to live 180 million years ago.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

Cross the great viaduct to historic Knaresborough

Mysterious caves, a medieval castle and a magical spring that turns objects to stone are just a few reasons to visit this gorgeous riverside town.

Location: Knaresborough, North Yorkshire

Take afternoon tea at Bettys Café Tea Rooms

Experience vintage English hospitality and choose from hundreds of delicious treats and tea varieties in this iconic Art Deco café.

Location: Harrogate, North Yorkshire

Enjoy a rural romantic break at Carr House Farm

Carr House Farm is perfect for a romantic spring getaway, with four poster beds and spectacular scenery.

Location: Helmsley, North Yorkshire

Explore the Forge Valley

A walk through 165 million years of history.

Location: Forge Valley, North Yorkshire 

Tread in the footsteps of the stars on the Yorkshire Coast

Visit the most popular film locations on the Yorkshire Coast and North York Moors and follow in the footsteps of stars such as Catherine Zeta-Jones, Ewan McGregor, Bill Nighy and Danielle Radcliffe.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

All aboard for the North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Revel in the romance of steam with a trip on the world’s most popular heritage railway line, spotting film locations and amazing scenery on the way.

Location: Pickering to Whitby via North York Moors National Park

Tales of intrigue, love and war at Ripley Castle

Discover over 700 years of English history through one of the country’s oldest families, and the fascinating castle that they call home.

Location: Ripley Village, North Yorkshire

Take on adventures aplenty in Dalby Forest

See some of Yorkshire’s beautiful countryside from a mountain bike, Segway, tree-top trail and by night, at one of the UK’s premier activity centres.

Location: Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire

The Orange Tree in Rosedale Abbey

Looking after your body doesn’t need to involve colonic irrigation and strenuous yoga workouts.

Location: Near Pickering, North Yorkshire

Bag some bon bons at England’s Oldest Sweet Shop

Evoke happy childhood memories with hundreds of retro sweets at The Oldest Sweet Shop in England.

Location: Harrogate, North Yorkshire

Rainy Day Activities: Relax in Harrogate’s Turkish Baths

Use the next rainy day as an excuse for a spa treatment in these elaborate Turkish baths, recently restored to their former glory.

Location: Harrogate, North Yorkshire

Stay in a 300-year-old pub in the heart of Herriot country

Eat, drink and get a good night’s sleep at The Durham Ox; a quintessential English pub in the Yorkshire Dales.

Location: Crayke, Yorkshire

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