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A hamlet, a village, a town or a city?

Do you know your hamlets from your villages? How about what differentiates a city from a town? Fear not – we have put together this handy little guide to help you!

A hamlet

In the pretty village you have a charming ice-cream parlour and the local pub is just a short walk away.

At the littlest end of the spectrum, a hamlet is a small settlement that has no central place of worship and no meeting point for example a village hall.

Fancy staying in a hamlet? Try Bluebell of Lofthouse. It’s in the heart of gorgeous Nidderdale and Lofthouse is just a short walk from Pateley Bridge.

A village

Explore the idyllic village of Great Ayton with its cafes, river, village green and pubs.

The next level up from a hamlet is a village. To be classified as a village a settlement must have both a place of worship and a central meeting point.

Fancy staying in a village? Try River View in Great Ayton. This village in the North York Moors has a village green, pub, cafes and one of the best ice cream parlours in Yorkshire!

A town

The cosmopolitan town of Harrogate is just half an hour away and a must visit on any trip to Nidderdale.

To be classed as a town, the location must have multiple places of worship as well as central meeting points. Traditionally in England and Wales a town was a settlement with a charter to hold a market or fair.

Fancy staying in a town?  Try The Penthouse in Harrogate. You won’t be short of things to do in Harrogate –  we particularly recommend Afternoon Tea at Betty’s and a trip to the Turkish Baths.

A city

Gorgeous York is just 20 minutes drive from Acorn Barn - so much to see and do for all ages including lots of lovely shops, cafes and restaurants to discover.

A city will typically be larger than a town and also have multiple places of worship, several meeting points. Traditionally in England and Wales city status was given to settlements with diocesan cathedrals though this is no longer a requirement. City status is granted by the reigning monarch, usually to commemorate special occasions.

Fancy staying in a city? Try Pear Tree House in York. You really can’t beat the fantastic history of this city – take a walk along the ancient city walls the visit the very impressive York Minster.

Gorgeous Cottages has a range of self-catering holiday accommodation in hamlets, villages, towns and cities throughout Yorkshire. If you need any help planning your next luxury short break or Yorkshire holiday, give the team a call on 01642 263 249.

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