Must-Visit Attractions in Yorkshire

Yorkshire Sculpture Park is one of the most exciting outdoor art spaces in the UK
Yorkshire Sculpture Park is one of the most exciting outdoor art spaces in the UK | © McCoy Wynne / Alamy Stock Photo
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27 August 2020

Yorkshire is a sprawling county with lots to see and do, from dramatic natural landscapes such as Ilkley Moor and Malham Cove to cultural attractions like the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. If you’re planning a visit, we’ve curated a list of the 25 best attractions all around the county.

The Deep

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Arguably the best aquarium anywhere in the UK, The Deep is unique in that it was built specifically to help drive up Hull’s tapering tourist trade as well as to support marine conservation. Now, it’s one of the most visually striking and popular attractions in the north, with several living exhibitions and thousands of species on display, including seven types of shark.

Brimham Rocks

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Brimham Rocks.
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Many areas of the Yorkshire countryside look like something out of a fantasy film, and this is especially true of Brimham Rocks. The huge natural rock formations were carved into strange shapes by an ancient river and now sit prominently in the midst of the rolling hills of the Dales.

Captain Cook Memorial Museum

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Another Whitby attraction, the Captain Cook Memorial Museum is housed in the building where Cook himself got his apprenticeship with the merchant navy in 1747. Now, it sports an ever-growing collection of artefacts and documents relating to Cook’s life and seeks to educate visitors about not only Cook but also the naval and exploratory history of the UK.

Brontë Parsonage Museum

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Many of Britain’s most well recognised historical figures were born in Yorkshire, and the Brontë sisters are no exception. Kept inside their old house in Haworth, the Passage Museum contains the largest collection of their manuscripts, letters and other writings anywhere in the world. A true beacon of literary history.

National Science and Media Museum

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JB Priestley Statue, National Science and Media Museum, Bradford, West Yorkshire, England
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There are many different science museums dotted around the UK, but the National Science and Media Museum is uniquely focused on film, photography and television, which is fitting given it’s in Bradford, the first UNESCO City of Film. You can learn all about the history and technology that powers our screens, experience hands-on learning exhibitions and even watch a film on one of the three massive IMAX screens.

Additional reporting by Callum Davies

These recommendations were updated on August 27, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.