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

 

 

Start your Yorkshire Cottage search

Beansheaf in Pickering, North Yorkshire, North East England

Beansheaf, Pickering

Self catering in North YorkshireNorth East England

Beansheaf self catering accommodation in Pickering, North Yorkshire sleeps 6. This 3 bedroom Cottage is ideal as a holiday base or for a fun short break and features include: Detached . Prices at Beansheaf start from £327 for a weeks stay but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. See selected Beansheaf customer reviews/feedback by clicking More Info button. ... more about Beansheaf

Phone enquiries: 0345 498 6152


Sleeps 6 Easy walking close by Beansheaf Customer Feedback and Reviews

Sage Lodge in Easingwold, North Yorkshire, North East England

Sage Lodge, Easingwold

Self catering in North YorkshireNorth East England

Sage Lodge self catering accommodation in Easingwold, North Yorkshire sleeps 4. This Lodge is a perfect base for your holidays and features include: Hot Tub . Activities close by include golf fishing . Prices at Sage Lodge start from £371 for a weeks stay but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. ... more about Sage Lodge

Phone enquiries: 0345 498 6152


Sleeps 4 Fishing close by Golf close by Ideal for a romantic break Hot tub

Skellgill House in Leyburn, North Yorkshire, North East England

Skellgill House, Leyburn

Self catering in North YorkshireNorth East England

Skellgill House self catering accommodation in Leyburn, North Yorkshire sleeps 7. This 3 bedroom Cottage is ideal as a holiday base or for a fun short break and features include: Garden Open Fire/woodburner . Activities close by include horse riding fishing . Skellgill House does allow pet dogs although this may be limited, so please check direct prior to booking. Prices at Skellgill House start from £150 for a short break but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. ... more about Skellgill House


Sleeps 6 Pet friendly Fishing close by Garden Open fire or wood burner Easy walking close by Games room

Usha Gap in Muker, North Yorkshire, North East England

Usha Gap, Muker

Self catering in North YorkshireNorth East England

Usha Gap self catering accommodation in Muker, North Yorkshire sleeps 5. This 2 bedroom Cottage is ideal as a holiday base or for a fun short break and features include: Garden Open Fire/woodburner . Activities close by include horse riding fishing . Usha Gap does allow pet dogs although this may be limited, so please check direct prior to booking. Prices at Usha Gap start from £185 for a short break but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. ... more about Usha Gap


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

Lendal Tower in York, East Yorkshire, North East England

Lendal Tower, York

Self catering in East YorkshireNorth East England

Lendal Tower in North East England has a 5 star rating and can sleep up to 6. This 3 bedroom luxury Cottage is ideal as a holiday base or for a fun short break . It also has Internet access. Prices at Lendal Tower start from £1738 for a weeks stay but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. See selected Lendal Tower customer reviews/feedback by clicking More Info button. ... more about Lendal Tower


Sleeps 6 Internet WIFI available Games room Luxury self catering Lendal Tower Customer Feedback and Reviews

The Blacksmiths Shop in Bedale, North Yorkshire, North East England

The Blacksmiths Shop, Bedale

Self catering in North YorkshireNorth East England

The Blacksmiths Shop self catering accommodation in Bedale, North Yorkshire sleeps 2. This 1 bedroom luxury Cottage is ideal as a holiday base or for a fun short break and features include: Open Fire/woodburner . Prices at The Blacksmiths Shop start from £317 for a weeks stay but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. See selected The Blacksmiths Shop customer reviews/feedback by clicking More Info button. ... more about The Blacksmiths Shop

Phone enquiries: 0345 498 6152


Sleeps 2 Ideal for a romantic break Open fire or wood burner Luxury self catering The Blacksmiths Shop Customer Feedback and Reviews

Newton Dale Lodge at Pickering Lodges in Pickering, North Yorkshire, North East England

Newton Dale Lodge at Pickering Lodges, Pickering

Self catering in North YorkshireNorth East England

Newton Dale Lodge at Pickering Lodges self catering accommodation in Pickering, North Yorkshire sleeps 6. This Lodge is a perfect base for your holidays and features include: Hot Tub . Prices at Newton Dale Lodge at Pickering Lodges start from £415 for a weeks stay but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. ... more about Newton Dale Lodge at Pickering Lodges

Phone enquiries: 0345 498 6152


Sleeps 6 Hot tub

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

The Tack Room in Beverley, East Yorkshire, North East England

The Tack Room, Beverley

Self catering in East YorkshireNorth East England

The Tack Room self catering accommodation in Beverley, East Yorkshire sleeps 4. This 2 bedroom luxury Cottage is ideal as a holiday base or for a fun short break . Activities close by include fishing . The Tack Room does allow pet dogs although this may be limited, so please check direct prior to booking. It is listed as wheelchair accessible but please check direct prior to booking. Prices at The Tack Room start from £379 for a weeks stay but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. See selected The Tack Room customer reviews/feedback by clicking More Info button. ... more about The Tack Room

Phone enquiries: 0345 498 6152


Sleeps 4 Disabled/Wheelchair Access Pet friendly Fishing close by Luxury self catering The Tack Room Customer Feedback and Reviews

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

 

 

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