Guide to Holidays in Yorkshire - Holiday Cottages in Yorkshire

Regional Guide to Yorkshire

Yorkshire is the largest historic county in the UK and is home to some truly inspiring and dramatic scenery, from the lush green Yorkshire Dales and brooding North Yorkshire Moors to the rugged coastline and seaside resorts.

Yorkshire has a long and proud history that is evidenced across the county - in fact you will find every facet of British history including the Romans, Vikings, Celts, Normans, the Tudor War of the Roses and, more recently, the Industrial Revolution, Coal Mining and the Textile industry.

Yorkshire Cottage Holiday Guide

The wonderful variety of scenery, activities and attractions has made Yorkshire a popular holiday destination for couples, families and groups whether you are looking for a lively break or some peace and relaxation.  Popular resorts and holiday destinations in Yorkshire include Scarborough, Bridlington, Ripon, Richmond, Filey, Holmfirth, Harrogate, York, Leeds and Sheffield.

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Seeing Yorkshire in all its Glory

There really isn't a bad time to visit Yorkshire as each season brings new colours and reveals exciting new views and landscape particularly in the two National Parks. The Yorkshire Dales offers some of the best walking in September and of course the summer is the perfect time to explore the coastline and seaside resorts. The famous Great Yorkshire Show takes place in July each year and if you fancy a Viking inspired break then the February Jorvik Festival in York is the pace to head.

 

Top of your Yorkshire Holiday Itinerary

There is not shortage of things to see and do in Yorkshire but here are a few things that should be on every holiday itinerary.

  • Seaside fun at Scarborough - it is where the great British Seaside idea all began. So get out those bucket & spades, donkey rides on the beach, Punch & Judy, walking on the Promenade and some brilliant modern attractions, bars and restaurants. Scarborough is one of our Top 5 British seaside resorts.
  • Walking and hiking through the glorious Yorkshire Dales National Park. Walk through the lush green valleys, heather moorlands and explore the Dales picturesque villages towns including Wensleydale and Ribblesdale.
  • York is packed full of medieval history and culture, from its narrow streets and 13th Century town walls to the magnificent Gothic cathedral and Jorvik Viking Centre. Very tourist friendly, York offers a great choice of museums, , restaurants, cafes and, of course, traditional pubs.
  • Seaside fun at Scarborough, the home of the great British seaside to the wonderful scenery of the Yorkshire Dales
  • For something a little more cosmopolitan head for the regional city of Leeds. A cultural and arts centre, Leeds is the perfect place to head for shopping, eating, drinking and dancing.
  • Rugged and dramatic scenery and, on occasions, all a little moody and foreboding, the North Yorkshire Moors National Park provides a wonderful day out whether you are inland at the hart of the Moor or on the coastal sections near Whitby or Robin Hood's Bay. There is no better way to explore this areas than a trip on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.
  • If you want to understand more about industrial Yorkshire.... then the National Coal Mining museum near Wakefield is a great place to start. Or why not head to Sheffield to explore the history of the former 'Steel City'.

 

The south east has lots of attractions and activities to keep everyone in your family or group entertained. Whether you are looking for wildlife and zoos, theme parks and excitement or simply gardens and castles to visit you will find it in the south west. 

Check out our Yorkshire activities and attraction guide to South Yorkshire, East Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and North Yorkshire.

 

Cycling in Yorkshire

Lots of activities and attractions for couple, families and groups in Yorkshire, check out our attraction guide

With 2 National Parks in Yorkshire it will come as no surprise that there is a lot of places to enjoy cycling. Throughout the region there are lots of scenic lanes and routes to follow but please be careful on roads as even the smaller lanes on the scenic routes can get busy during the season. The best known routes include:

  • White Rose Cycle Route. This is a 120 mile route that takes in York, the Yorkshire Wolds and the North Yorks Moors. There is also a traffic-free section between Selby and York.
  • North York Moors. There are some good cycles routes through this National Park particularly for off road biking on the bridleways and where former rail tracks have been converted to cycle paths
  • Yorkshire Dales Cycleway. This is a 130 mile circuit that showcases the best of the National Park. Of course, there are hundreds of miles of bridleways to explore on off-road rides.
  • Moor to Sea Cycle Route. Heading from Pickering to the Yorkshire coast with a traffic-free section between Whitby and Scarborough.

You can find lots more great trails to cycle via the Sustrans website.

 

Walking in Yorkshire

With so much beautiful countryside Yorkshire attracts walkers and hikers in their tens of thousands each year. There is certainly no shortage of choice whether you are looking for a short walk or ramble or some serious walking.

Probably the best area for a days relaxing walk is the Yorkshire Dales which always deliver great scenery and views throughout the valleys and the odd hilltop to climb. To the east of Yorkshire the Yorkshire Wolds offer plenty of nice walks as does the North Yorkshire Moors and Coast.

For more long distance walking the best known routes in Yorkshire include the Pennine Way, Wolds Way, Dales Way, Coast to Coast Wales and Cleveland Way.

Walk the Yorkshire Wolds and Dales or just chill out on the Yorkshire Coast family friendly Blue Flag beaches

 

Blue Flag beaches in Yorkshire

If you are looking for a clean and safe beach for family or friends then it is worth looking out for the Blue Flag beaches (reviewed annually against tough standards, only the best beaches get the Blue Flag Award). Yorkshire has a number of Blue Flag beaches in East Yorkshire (Hornsea and Withernsea) and North Yorkshire (Filey Bay, Whitby and Scarborough North Bay). Check out our Blue Flag beach list.

 

Golfing in Yorkshire

Surprisingly, there are not any English Championship Golf Courses in Yorkshire. However, there are lots of great golf courses in the region that provide a golfing challenge, golfing history and superb views. Golf courses worth checking out include Harrogate, Huddersfield, Ganton and Boothferry Park.

 

Yorkshire Places, Where to Head

If you want to explore some of the wonderful areas of Yorkshire but are not sure which towns to head for, then we have put some suggestions below.

Yorkshire Coast locations

Bridlington, Filey, Flamborough, Hornsea, Robin's Hood Bay, Runswick Bay, Scarborough, Staithes, Whitby, Withernsea

Yorkshire Dales locations

Ripon, Skipton, Grassington, Richmond, Leyburn, Masham, Hawes, Middlesham, Reeth, Settle, Sedbergh, Dent, Pateley Bridge

Herriot Country

Bedale, Easingwold, Great Ayton, Helmsley, Northallerton, Stokesley, Swaledale, Thirsk, Wensleydale, Richmond

North York Moors

Danby, Helmsley, Malton, Pickering

 

 

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Hillside Farm in Littlebeck, North Yorkshire, North East England

Hillside Farm, Littlebeck

Self catering in North YorkshireNorth East England

Hillside Farm self catering accommodation in Littlebeck, North Yorkshire sleeps 10. This 5 bedroom Cottage is a perfect base for your holidays and features include: Garden Open Fire/woodburner . It also has Internet access. Hillside Farm is close to the beach. Activities close by include golf fishing . Prices at Hillside Farm start from £795 for a short break but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. ... more about Hillside Farm


Sleeps 10 or more Close to the Beach Fishing close by Golf close by Garden Internet WIFI available Open fire or wood burner Easy walking close by

Spa Cottage in Hovingham, North Yorkshire, North East England

Spa Cottage, Hovingham

Self catering in North YorkshireNorth East England

Spa Cottage self catering accommodation in Hovingham, North Yorkshire sleeps 6. This 3 bedroom Cottage is a perfect base for your holidays and features include: Garden . It also has Internet access. Prices at Spa Cottage start from £483 for a short break but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. ... more about Spa Cottage


Sleeps 6 Garden Internet WIFI available Easy walking close by

East Lodge in Lower Wensleydale, North Yorkshire, North East England

East Lodge, Lower Wensleydale

Self catering in North YorkshireNorth East England

East Lodge self catering accommodation in Lower Wensleydale, North Yorkshire sleeps 8. This 4 bedroom Lodge is a perfect base for your holidays and features include: Garden Open Fire/woodburner . It also has Internet access. Activities close by include golf fishing . Prices at East Lodge start from £582 for a short break but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. ... more about East Lodge


Sleeps 8 Fishing close by Golf close by Garden Internet WIFI available Open fire or wood burner Easy walking close by

Threp nybit Cottage in Pockley, North Yorkshire, North East England

Threp nybit Cottage, Pockley

Self catering in North YorkshireNorth East England

Threp nybit Cottage self catering accommodation in Pockley, North Yorkshire sleeps 5. This Cottage is a perfect base for your holidays and features include: Garden Open Fire/woodburner . Threp nybit Cottage does allow pet dogs although this may be limited, so please check direct prior to booking. Prices at Threp nybit Cottage start from £247 but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. ... more about Threp nybit Cottage


Sleeps 4 Pet friendly Garden Open fire or wood burner Easy walking close by

Easthorpe Lodge in Malton, North Yorkshire, North East England

Easthorpe Lodge, Malton

Self catering in North YorkshireNorth East England

Easthorpe Lodge in North East England has a 4 star rating and can sleep up to 4. This 2 bedroom luxury Cottage is ideal as a holiday base or for a fun short break and features include: Detached Garden . It also has Internet access. Activities close by include golf horse riding fishing . Prices at Easthorpe Lodge start from £330 a weeks stay but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. See selected Easthorpe Lodge customer reviews/feedback by clicking More Info button. ... more about Easthorpe Lodge

Phone enquiries: 01944 710429


Sleeps 4 Fishing close by Golf close by Garden Internet WIFI available Ideal for a romantic break Easy walking close by Luxury self catering Easthorpe Lodge Customer Feedback and Reviews

Harwood Cottage in Hovingham, North Yorkshire, North East England

Harwood Cottage, Hovingham

Self catering in North YorkshireNorth East England

Harwood Cottage self catering accommodation in Hovingham, North Yorkshire sleeps 6. This 3 bedroom Cottage is a perfect base for your holidays and features include: Garden Open Fire/woodburner . It also has Internet access. Prices at Harwood Cottage start from £457 for a short break but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. ... more about Harwood Cottage


Sleeps 6 Garden Internet WIFI available Open fire or wood burner Easy walking close by

Fell Beck in Burnsall, North Yorkshire, North East England

Fell Beck, Burnsall

Self catering in North YorkshireNorth East England

Fell Beck self catering accommodation in Burnsall, North Yorkshire sleeps 4. This 2 bedroom Cottage is a perfect base for your holidays and features include: Open Fire/woodburner . It also has Internet access. Prices at Fell Beck start from £372 for a short break but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. ... more about Fell Beck


Sleeps 4 Internet WIFI available Open fire or wood burner Easy walking close by

Hindlethwaite Hall in Horsehouse, North Yorkshire, North East England

Hindlethwaite Hall, Horsehouse

Self catering in North YorkshireNorth East England

Hindlethwaite Hall self catering accommodation in Horsehouse, North Yorkshire sleeps 6. This 3 bedroom Cottage is a perfect base for your holidays and features include: Garden Open Fire/woodburner . It also has Internet access. Hindlethwaite Hall does allow pet dogs although this may be limited, so please check direct prior to booking. Prices at Hindlethwaite Hall start from £716 for a short break but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. ... more about Hindlethwaite Hall


Sleeps 6 Pet friendly Garden Internet WIFI available Open fire or wood burner Easy walking close by

Vanguard in Whitby Lighthouse, North Yorkshire, North East England

Vanguard, Whitby Lighthouse

Self catering in North YorkshireNorth East England

Vanguard self catering accommodation in Whitby Lighthouse, North Yorkshire sleeps 5. This 3 bedroom Cottage is a perfect base for your holidays and features include: Garden . Vanguard is close to the beach. Vanguard does allow pet dogs although this may be limited, so please check direct prior to booking. Prices at Vanguard start from £483 for a short break but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. ... more about Vanguard


Sleeps 4 Close to the Beach Pet friendly Garden Ideal for a romantic break Easy walking close by

Stone Cottage in Oxenhope, West Yorkshire, North West England

Stone Cottage, Oxenhope

Self catering in West YorkshireNorth West England

Stone Cottage self catering accommodation in Oxenhope, West Yorkshire sleeps 3. This 1 bedroom Cottage is ideal as a holiday base or for a fun short break and features include: Open Fire/woodburner . It also has Internet access. Activities close by include golf horse riding fishing . Prices at Stone Cottage start from £250 for a weeks stay but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. ... more about Stone Cottage

Phone enquiries: 07773 775364


Sleeps 2 Fishing close by Golf close by Internet WIFI available Ideal for a romantic break Open fire or wood burner Easy walking close by

 

 

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