Here are ten top days out in Yorkshire for you to consider. Our friend Ali, the Yorkshire Womble has shared with us their favourite days out in Yorkshire and we are in total agreement!
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Whitby is one of my favourite Yorkshire seaside destinations and one of the most popular days out in Yorkshire. It has something for everyone, the Abbey, the beach, the piers and of course fish and chips. The pier is a great place to catch a sunset. There are plenty of cute independent cafes and shops to choose from on the beautiful narrow cobbled streets, steeped in history. The Abbey is a must-visit up on the cliffs and there are also some stunning coastal walks, the beach walk to Sandsend past the gorgeous beach huts is a lovely stroll. Or if you prefer a lazy day you can have a beach day and watch the world go by!
Hawes is a beautiful little village in the heart of Wensleydale. Surrounded by stunning countryside, the village itself has a one-way system and a lovely cobbled street full of antique and gift shops. There is a beautiful waterfall next to the bridge halfway along the street. There are walks galore for every walking capability, gentle strolls on the river, or a hike up on the hills, it has it all. There is also the famous Hardraw Force waterfall nearby that is within walking distance and alternatively is easy to get to by car. After all that walking you can relax in one of the many pubs with a drink and some good pub food.
Harrogate, a spa town in North Yorkshire is popular with day-trippers from across Yorkshire. Harrogate has lots to see and do, whether you are there for the shops or restaurants or just a day out you won’t be disappointed. There is the stray which is great for a stroll and practically surrounds the town. Valley Gardens has lovely flower displays all year round. You can also visit Rhs Harlow Carr gardens which are on the outskirts of the town. The spa is also worth a visit, although the water isn’t to everyone’s taste. There are narrow streets with bars and cafes tucked away and plenty of restaurants to choose from. A great day out in Yorkshire for everyone.
York is one of my favourite city days out and one of the most visited places in Yorkshire. So much history and so much to see and do. Walking around the walls is a must and it’s a great way to see the city. The Minster is a beautiful building, you can also go up on the roof, the view is amazing. You have loads of museums to choose from, parks to visit, river cruises, or you can just hire your own boat. Lots of beautiful buildings and streets, pubs and restaurants, or maybe just feeding the squirrels in the park. It’s not hard to see why York is considering one of the best days out in Yorkshire.
Ilkley is a beautiful spa town in Wharfedale. It has the famous Ilkley Moor with the cow and calf rocks, plus White Wells Spa although this is no longer in use you can go in. There are endless beautiful moor walks. In summer the river has boats you can hire and a huge park to relax in. There is also the Lido which is a fantastic day out in summer. There are loads of great places to eat and drink, with outside space to watch the world go by.
Pen y Ghent
Pen y Ghent is the prettiest Yorkshire Peak and should be climbed from Horton in Ribboesdale passed the primary school and along the picturesque lane. It’s only around 1.5 miles to the summit from here, but it’s quite a climb, the hardest part being before the scrabble bit at the top. When you’re passed that you’re nearly at the top. The sheep love to share your lunch if they are around. The way back down is a long clear path with beautiful views of Yorkshire. Make sure you visit Hull Pot on the way it’s quite amazing especially if it’s in flow. There are cafes and pubs to relax in once your back in Horton.
Burton Agnes Hall
Burton Agnes Hall is an Elizabethan stately home near Bridlington. It has beautiful gardens, with a sculpture on the pond and a wonderful set of geese at the front of the house. The walled garden is stunning in summer and has giant chess, droughts, and snakes and ladders set to play with for the kids (or adults). The woodland walk is lovely and is famous for the snowdrops in January and February. The house itself is beautiful and full of history. There is also a small area outside to buy plants and a cafe. If you have time the beach isn’t far away to grab an ice cream to end the day.
Robin Hoods Bay
Robin Hoods Bay is a gorgeous little fishing village, and so quaint. You can spend ages exploring all the narrow alleys, full of little fishermen’s cottages. There are gift shops and a pub right next to the sea. It also has a beautiful beach if you want to spend the day there. You can walk along the beach to the fabulously named Boggle Hole and back along the cliff tops, the views are lovely. However you spend your day, lounging on the beach or walking, Robin Hood’s Bay is a great place to visit, you could just spend the day exploring all the lovely alleys.
Fountains Abbey is a magical place to visit at any time of year, but especially at Christmas as the Abbey is lit up, there is a carol service in the abbey too, it’s so pretty. The grounds are huge and lovely to walk through. There are oaths off the main ones all over and lots to explore. It’s attached to Studley Royal which is full of Deer, they are so lovely to see, there is also the 7 bridges walk which is very picturesque. The Abbey itself is fantastic and there’s a lot to explore. There are a few cafes dotted around to sit and watch the world go by with a cuppa.
Last but not least Filey. A beautiful unspoiled seaside town. Filey has many gift shops with all sorts of exciting seaside stuff to buy. There are lots of cafes to choose from too. There are lovely parks to wander through that take you down to the seafront, which is lovely to see. There is a paddling pool at the far end of the seafront and the most beautiful beach that goes on for miles. Along the promenade, there is crazy golf, swings, and various other children’s rides, whilst at the far end is an amusement arcade where you can spend hours on the 2p machines, then there is the Brigg which is a must either walking on the beach or the top, the views are stunning.
Thank you for reading our guest post from Ali with her top picks for days out in Yorkshire. You can see more great content from her Instagram account here (yorkshire_womble.) We hope you enjoyed it, let us know what you think in the comments below!