We love days out in Yorkshire, and thanks to our Jonathan who hails from Ripon we’re never short of hints and tips when it comes to exploring the county. From the attractions that have welcomed families for generations, to the lesser-known favourites that are all the more special for being off the beaten track, here are ten of the best. Let us know if we’ve missed yours!
Top 10 Yorkshire Attractions
The only place in Yorkshire (as far as we know) with talking trees, a unique labyrinth of caves, and a pyramid made of glass, The Forbidden Corner has got to be number one.
Home to Goathland Station, which starred as Hogsmeade in the Harry Potter films, this steam railway is probably the prettiest way to experience the Yorkshire scenery.
Calling all fans of Wensleydale cheese! Watch yummy Wensleydale in the making and learn about how the process has changed over the years, and you can even sample the goods…
Now don’t tell too many people about this cascade of water near the pretty village of Stainforth. It’s tucked in to a hidden woodland copse, and it’s a beautiful spot for a picnic.
This theatre’s actually a refurbished village hall near Whitby, and with raked seating and a friendly atmosphere it’s a great place to catch one of the local productions.
Perfect for this time of year when we’re all feeling spooky, escorted walks around this mysterious coastal town tell the stories of smugglers, ancient traditions and of course Dracula.
Very much the foreboding Victorian workhouse, the Workhouse Museum offers a sobering glimpse into what life would have been like for those it once housed. Look out for the restored kitchen garden during your visit.
Set in the North York Moors National Park, Harwood Dale is a quiet, totally unspoilt valley with some fantastic walks and a mountain bike adventure park. Better still, it’s all within half an hour of Whitby and Scarborough.
Roseberry Topping is a small but perfectly formed mountain in miniature, reminiscent of the Matterhorn in Switzerland, which is easy to climb and with many nooks and crannies perfect for a quiet picnic.
This dramatic headland of coast is often missed in favour of the sandy beaches nearby, but its cliffs are home to thousands of nesting birds. The noise may be deafening, but the sight’s spectacular.