Make 2023 the year to explore our beautiful country of England. Here are 15 of our favourite places to visit in Yorkshire this year.
Beverley in East Yorkshire is a peaceful market town known primarily for its Medieval history and its imposing 13th century Minster, one of Europe's finest surviving gothic churches. Today Beverley hosts many food and music festivals and celebrated horse races on its famous track. The pretty cobbled streets of Beverley are bustling with activity and are popular for their boutiques and acclaimed restaurants. The medieval food market sells crafts alongside cheeses, meats and other local produce. If you love music, the Beverley Folk festival is an entertaining yearly addition to the town's calendar.
Runswick Bay is a popular family destination on a dramatic section of coast. Rock pooling, fossil hunting and blustery coastal walks are popular activities in this area. The peaceful sandy bay offers great surfing and sailing opportunities and is set against the charming village backdrop of red roofed cottages. The old RNLI lifeboat station was operational until the late 1970s and today offers incredible panoramic views over the water. For walking and outdoor enthusiasts, there are a multitude of scenic coastal paths and trails in the Runswick Bay area.
Thornton Le Dale has won countless awards for being Britain’s most attractive town, with its thatched cottages, gentle stream running alongside the Main Street and pretty gardens. The village is certainly picturesque and highly photographed. You might have seen the thatched cottage by the 'babbling beck' on a number of chocolate boxes and sweet selections. We recommend having a gentle stroll through the village, followed by a bite from Balderson’s bakery. A visit to Thornton Dale wouldn’t be complete without stocking up on goodies from The Chocolate Factory, where mouth-watering treats are plentiful.
Ilkley, nestled in the heart of Yorkshire, is a picturesque town famous for its Victorian architecture, rich history, and the beloved Ilkley Moor. Renowned for its spa town heritage, it offers tranquility alongside vibrant cultural experiences. With numerous independent shops, cafés, and the famous Betty's Tea Rooms, Ilkley delivers quintessential British charm. The town's stunning surrounding landscapes provide perfect opportunities for walking, hiking, and appreciating nature's beauty.
Located in the historic market town of Pickering is the themed Pickering Station. The station has a wonderful old feeling to it and has recently had a replacement roof installed, which was a design from the 1840’s. Steam trains operate throughout the year and are more frequent during the warmer months. As well as regular journeys between Whitby, Levisham, Grosmont and Goathland you can also book a dining car experience, where you can enjoy lunch, afternoon tea and dinner on board the Pullman Dining Train. This is a wonderful way to see the North York Moors in complete comfort.
The North York Moors is an expansive and beautiful national park known for its diverse landscape of heather moorland, ancient woodlands, and jagged coastline. The area is rich in history, featuring historical landmarks, such as the iconic Whitby Abbey, and picturesque villages nestled in its rolling hills. Renowned for its diverse wildlife, the North York Moors is a haven for nature lovers, hikers, and those seeking tranquility away from bustling city life.
Flamborough, in Yorkshire's East Riding, is a coastal siren, enchanting with chalk-white cliffs dramatically kissing the North Sea. History whispers tales of seafarers beneath the watchful lighthouse, while the village heart pulsates with timeless charm. North, the Bempton Cliffs, a ballet stage for puffins and gannets, unspools a symphony of nature. Here, serene paths weave a narrative of tranquility and drama, making Flamborough an exploration into Yorkshire's gentle yet awe-inspiring soul.