When you look out over the rolling green dales, it’s easy to see why the locals are proud of this expansive and beautiful county. From York’s fascinating history and charming cobbled streets to wild and windy North York Moors, this is a county you’ll want to return to year after year. And with so many fantastic holiday rentals in the area, picking a place to stay will be a pleasure. Choose from a log cabin in the countryside, a cosy cottage in a Yorkshire town and much, much more.
History & heritage
To discover a wealth of history, visit some of Yorkshire's castles and ruins. Skipton Castle is one of the most well-preserved castles in England and has stood as the ‘guardian of the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales’ for over 900 years. There are some stunning and atmospheric ruins to wander around too, such as the Gothic Whitby Abbey and the picturesque Roche Abbey.
If you like nothing better than spending your day in a museum, then you’re in the right place. From the realism of Viking village life at the Jorvik Viking Centre to interactive fun at the National Railway Museum, there’s something for everyone in Yorkshire.
Yorkshire's grand stately homes are filled with antiques and treasures that tell the story of the county’s history. Wander through the beautiful Victorian house, explore the gorgeous gardens, and take tea in the tearooms at Brodsworth Hall & Gardens in Doncaster. Pack a picnic and spend the day discovering the 300 year history of Castle Howard near York. Or if tapestries and contemporary sculpture inspire you, visit Newby Hall and Gardens in Ripon.
Enjoy the view
One of the best ways to see Yorkshire’s countryside is by steam train. Chug over rivers and dales on the Settle to Carlisle line. Take a step back in time when you ride the North Yorkshire Moors Railway in one of their cosy wood-panelled carriages. Follow the journey of The Railway Children when you ride the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway steam and diesel trains through the heart of Brontë country.