So yesterday I had a tweet asking if there were any villages I’d recommend for a visit in Yorkshire. Now obviously Yorkshire is an awesome place to visit with tons of cool locations to go to and you just can’t cover that in 140 characters. So here are my top ten places to visit in Yorkshire, villagey and otherwise.
10 – Knaresborough
Knaresborough is a lovely village in North Yorkshire. I spent some time there over Christmas a few years ago at which point it was particularly sleepy and peaceful. It is also home to Britain’s oldest tourist attraction, Mother Shipton’s Cave.
9 – Whitby
Whitby is a town on the Yorkshire coast. It has a good mix of things to do, from the usual coastal activities, to the Goth weekend it’s become quite famous for. Then there’s the associations with Dracula, and it’s always nice to visit places that are mentioned in books!
8 – Hawes
Hawes is a market town in the Yorkshire Dales, and is actually the highest town in Britain. I first went to Hawes with my boyfriend and it’s a gorgeous place to walk around. It’s also where Wensleydale cheese comes from.
7 – York
I suppose you can’t really mention visiting Yorkshire without mentioning York! It’s obviously a city in North Yorkshire and you can walk around the walls and visit the Shambles, the most picturesque street in Britain.
6 – Kirkstall Abbey
Kirkstall Abbey is one of the best preserved abbeys in Britain and I’ve been visiting it since I was little. I’ve also taken my niece and nephew a few times. The Abbey itself is in huge grounds where you can go for nice walks. Across the road is the Abbey House Museum which is interactive and has a replica of a 19th century high street. It also has one of the best Santa’s grottos I’ve been to.
5 – Roundhay Park
Roundhay is another place I’ve visited since being little. The park is massive and there’s lots of places to go walking and have picnics. There’s also Tropical World which has the largest collection of tropical plants outside of Kew Gardens and various animals, including meerkats, which are awesome.
4 – Hazlewood Castle
My boyfriend took me to Hazlewood Castle last Valentine’s day. It’s a beautiful building in beautiful grounds and it was all very romantic and fairy tale like.
3 – Pateley Bridge
This a little town in Nidderdale and is another place I first visited with my boyfriend. It has the nicest little museum ever, which, even though it’s quite small, has loads of stuff in it. Pateley Bridge is also home to the oldest sweet shop in Britain.
2 – Haworth
Haworth is a village in West Yorkshire which was home to the Brontes. As well as the Bronte museum, the village itself is a lovely place to visit with cobbled streets. My favourite way to get there is on the old steam train.
1 – Ilkey Moor
Kinda goes without saying really. It’s the home of our Yorkshire anthem, it has some of the best views in the county, and is, all in all, my favourite place in the homeland.
Visit Yorkshire – it’s a lovely place!
Copyright, D M Day, 2016