Yorkshire Holiday Cottages
Yorkshire is a county that has something for everyone. A wonderful stretch of heritage coastline is filled with dog-friendly sandy beaches and craggy coves, all backed by high cliffs dating back to Jurassic times. Yorkshire’s two National Parks offer endless opportunities for romantic jaunts and family adventures with pretty villages, country pubs and majestic view points dotted across the idyllic countryside. And whether you choose to explore the heather clad moorland of the North York Moors, the wild and rugged landscape of the Yorkshire Dales or historic towns and cities such as York and Harrogate, you’ll find an array of ancient castles, historic abbeys and lots to see and do during your next Yorkshire holiday.
Pretty Yorkshire villages to visit include Hutton-le-Hole where sheep graze happily on either side of a gentle stream, the magical coastal cove of Robin Hoods Bay which was once a haven for smugglers and Middleham where you’ll find Richard III’s castle.
Many of Yorkshire’s beaches are dog-friendly all year round and there’s plenty of pubs, cafes and cottages that will happily welcome four-legged friends. There’s also lots of nature to spot throughout Yorkshire including puffins at Bempton Cliffs, whales off the coast of Whitby, seal colonies at Ravenscar and rare red squirrels at Snaizeholme near Hawes.
There are lots of traditional Yorkshire market towns to explore including Richmond which is located at the northern tip of the Dales and known for its Georgian architecture and 10th century castle, Helmsley whose walled garden features in The Secret Garden film and Leyburn which is surrounded by Wensleydale countryside that includes Aysgarth Falls.
Historic York is a must-visit Yorkshire destination. You can still walk along ancient walls that surround the city and wander around medieval streets that are filled with interesting shops, characterful pubs and stylish cocktail bars. Other popular Yorkshire locations include Whitby which is famous for its fish and chips and the elegant spa town of Harrogate where you can spend time relaxing in the historic Turkish Baths.
From Yorkshire Tea to Wensleydale Cheese, there is a range of famous food and drink that originated in Yorkshire and you’ll find lots of farm shops and delis selling top notch local produce. If eating out is your thing then there are some great dining pubs in pretty village locations along with Michelin star restaurants and some rather lovely Yorkshire tea rooms.
Things to do in Yorkshire
You’ll never be short of things to do on a short break or holiday to Yorkshire. Experience the grandeur of the past at stately homes such as Castle Howard and Harewood House, enjoy family days out at attractions such as Yorkshire Wildlife Park or spend time together whistling through the North York Moors countryside on a romantic NYMR steam train.
There are lots of scenic walking routes in Yorkshire including the Cleveland Way which takes in much of the North York Moors and Yorkshire Coast and the Nidderdale Way which follows the rolling hills of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Discover some of the best dog-friendly walks in the Yorkshire Dales and six of the best walks to try in the North York Moors.
If you fancy some fun at the seaside, there are lots of things to do at the Yorkshire Coast from rock pooling and fossil hunting at the beach to boat trips and watersports amongst the waves.
For further inspiration read our insider’s guide to Yorkshire and browse our range of Yorkshire cottages to plan your perfect getaway.