The City of York
The jewel in North Yorkshire’s crown, we love York and think it is one of the best visitor destinations in England. It’s been voted Best UK City* and York is still a favourite amongst even the most seasoned of travellers. This ancient walled city has been the north’s spiritual capital for 2000 years, but that’s not say it is stuck in the past; York’s affluent young student population and its influx of tourist pounds has helped to create a cultural and commercial oasis. History seeps out of every cobbled street, but the crooked old buildings house a fantastic range of designer shops, cafes, restaurants and bars. Make sure you take in the York Minster, The Shambles and Betty’s Tea-rooms.
*Sunday Telegraph Travel 2008
The Yorkshire Coast
Yorkshire is blessed with an amazing coastline. Throw the bucket ‘n spade in the boot and tootle along to one of the many lovely locations on Yorkshire’s coast. Here are our favourites...
- Sandsend - a very pretty village with several gorgeous cafes and restaurants, great beach with a little river through it.
- Whitby - a gothic marvel and stunning harbour town, great fish and chips, interesting shops and crazy golf on the promenade.
- Scarborough - a traditional British seaside town with plenty of treats for the kids, pirate mini golf and a Seaworld.
- Bridlington - includes an historic harbour, the old town and several award winning beaches. It also has a little zoo and mini train.
- Flamborough - go bird watching on the RSPB reserve at Bempton Cliffs
- Filey - another great beach and charming Victorian seafront
- Boggle Hole - magical tiny cove with Youth Hostel serving food.
- Robin Hood’s Bay - great beach and very picturesque - our overall favourite.
The Wolds and North York Moors are teaming with historically important houses, sites and landmarks. From the Vikings to the Georgians, this ancient landscape has been shaped and imprinted by those who’ve settled here. If you enjoy a spot of heritage hunting you’ll love...
Great places to visit for Adults and Children, including some great options for a rainy day...
Local Towns and Villages to Visit
Relax with a cup of Yorkshire tea and a Yorkshire Curd tart. Slow the pace a little with a trip to one of the peaceful villages and towns in the area...
- Beverley - Famous for the Beverley Minster and St. Mary’s Church, Beverly is a pretty market town set on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds. With a history dating back over 1,300 years, it is packed with historically significant and fascinating buildings. It’s also home to Beverley racecourse and the bustling Beverley markets, held every Wednesday and Saturday. With lots of nice cafes and shops to browse around, it’s a lovely place to spend a whole day mooching around.
Try to make it to Nellies pub for a pint – a true drinking mans pub and a real gem of a place; www.nellies.co.uk
- Market Weighton – a gorgeous little town complete with village green and duck pond
- Driffield – Famous for the glamorous Elizabethan Burton Agnes, my favourite country house complete with ghost.
- Pickering – the gateway to the North York Moors and a charming little town. A ride on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway is a must.
- Pocklington & Howden – classic Yorkshire market towns
- Thornton-le-Dale – think chocolate box thatched roofs and olde worlde charm, some good pubs and inns for lunch.