Fantastic Places to Visit in Yorkshire

Yorkshire is a picturesque part of the country that has lots of great places for you to explore.

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By Mary Mason

Here at Swaledale Cottages (a sister company of Herdwick Cottages in Cumbria), you’ll find a great range of self-catering accommodation in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales and North Yorkshire area.

Whether you want a relaxing break or a more active holiday, you can be sure to find a self-catering property that is just perfect for you. You’ll also see that we have places to suit all budgets.

Whilst on holiday in Yorkshire, you’ll be spoilt for choice for things to do and places to visit.

Let’s take a look at some of the region’s attractions to give you some holiday inspiration:

Settle – Carlisle Railway

Enjoy a trip on the Settle-Carlisle Railway, one the best rail journeys in the world.

This impressive railway is made up of 72 miles of track and has 21 viaducts and 14 tunnels.

Your journey will take you through the scenic landscape of the Yorkshire Dales, before descending into Cumbria’s Eden Valley – you’ll see some wonderful views of both the Pennines and the Lakeland Fells.

Herriot Way Walk

The Herriot Way walk is a 52-mile long-distance path that allows you to explore some of the most stunning scenery within the Yorkshire Dales. The walk is named after James Herriot, the fictional name given to a country vet who lived and worked in the Dales. In real life, James Herriot was actually Alf Wright and the route is based on a walking holiday that he went on with his son, Jimmy. The walk is typically undertaken over four days.

It’s also worth visiting the World of James Herriot, an award-winning museum in Thirsk; the author’s former home which pays a unique tribute to him.

North Yorkshire Moors Railway

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is one of the world’s greatest heritage railways and runs through the North Yorkshire Moors National Park.

You can experience journeys on both steam and diesel trains, taking in 24 miles of Yorkshire’s attractive countryside.

There’s also some interesting train stations worth checking out.

Pickering is a 1930’s themed station that will transport you back to the steam era. Another one worthy of a visit is Goathland Station. This is Yorkshire’s celebrity station as it was Hogsmeade Station in the first Harry Potter film, ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’.

Yorkshire Three Peaks Walk

The Yorkshire Three Peaks Walk is a 24-mile route that many undertake every year.

It includes the peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. These are some of the best-known hills in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park.

It’s a popular walk that takes around 12 hours to complete.

You can undertake this walk as part of an organised event or within a self-organised group.

It’s definitely one for the bucket list.

Tour de Yorkshire

The Tour de Yorkshire is one of the most popular road cycling races in the UK. It’s an action-packed event which takes place in many areas throughout North Yorkshire.

The full course includes four stages – Stage 1: Beverley to Redcar, Stage 2: Skipton to Leyburn, Stage 3: Barnsley to Huddersfield and Stage 4: Halifax to Leeds.

The tour takes in beautiful landscapes, seascapes and the charms of Yorkshire’s towns and cities.

It’s a brilliant family-friendly event with an electric atmosphere.

Brimham Rocks

Brimham Rocks is an incredible site located in the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It’s managed by the National Trust and is a fascinating collection of weird and wonderful rock formations, sculpted over centuries by ice, wind and rain.

It’s a great day out for everyone – ideal for families, walkers, climbers and anyone wanting to enjoy some amazing scenic views.

Brimham Rocks has attracted visitors for hundreds of years due to its unique and magical ambience.

RHS Garden Harlow Carr

RHS Garden Harlow Carr is located in the spa town of Harrogate. It’s one of five public gardens run by the Royal Horticultural Society. The gardens are attractive all year round and are an impressive showcase of horticultural excellence.

This popular attraction is set in a valley and boasts a woodland and herb garden, along with rock, bog and alpine gardens. The variety on offer will leave you feeling inspired. It makes a lovely family day out as there are also lots of natural play activities and a huge treehouse that children just love.

Ripley Castle and Gardens

Ripley Castle and Gardens is situated 3 miles from Harrogate, on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

The castle is a Grade I listed 14th-century country house set in stunning grounds. It’s a magnificent property that’s been home to the Ingilby family for over 700 years. During a visit to this attraction, you’ll find out all about the castle’s rather colourful history – there’s certainly some interesting facts to learn!

Why not also enjoy a relaxing walk around the castle grounds, taking in the breathtaking views over the lakes and deer park? You can also have a stroll around the wonderful walled kitchen garden where you’ll find a variety of herbs and rare vegetables.

An ideal place to base yourself when exploring Yorkshire is Harrogate, an attractive spa town in North Yorkshire.

Harrogate has so much to offer with its many attractions, cafes, pubs and restaurants.

Why not sample a delicious afternoon tea at Bettys Café Tea Rooms? They’ve been serving customers since 1919!

Or why not take some time out to relax at the delightful Harrogate’s Turkish Baths? It’s the perfect pampering experience which will leave you feeling so chilled out. 

Perhaps you’d like to take in a bit of culture and visit some museums, like the Royal Pump Museums, a Grade II listed building which used to be a spa water pump house.

When taking a break in this beautiful part of the country, you’ll literally be spoilt for choice with all that there is to do.

You won’t be able to fit everything into your holiday itinerary.

Oh well, you’ll just have to organise another trip to the area, so you can explore it some more!

If you’re interested in exploring the Yorkshire Dales and the North Yorkshire area, check out the accommodation that Swaledale Cottages has to offer.

If you have any questions about any of our properties, please just get in touch.

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