Yorkshire is a huge, sprawling county with a vast variety of things to see and do, encompassing both dramatic natural landscapes
and cultural attractions. If you’re planning a visit, we’ve curated a list of the 20 best attractions all around Yorkshire, including everything from visiting galleries to climbing mountains.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Art Gallery, Park
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
One of the most exciting outdoor art spaces in the UK, Yorkshire Sculpture Park boasts an impressive collection of sculptures across its 500 acres, including works by Ai Weiwei, Barbara Hepworth and Antony Gormley.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, Wakefield, +44 1924 832631
Yorkshire Sculpture Park | © Jordanhill School D&T Dept / Flickr
Follow this five-mile circular trail through a wooded glen to view one of the most impressive collections of waterfalls in Yorkshire, including the dramatic 14-metre high Thornton Force.
Ingleton Waterfalls, Broadwood Entrance, Carnforth, +44 15242 41930
Ingleton Waterfalls | © Wikimedia Commons
Whether you view Malham Cove from the bottom of the limestone cliff or climb up to stand on the limestone pavement and admire the views from above, you are sure to be impressed at this Yorkshire Dale’s landmark.
Malham Cove, Yorkshire
Malham Cove | © NPhotoLtd / Wikipedia
One of the most important seabird colonies in the British Isles, Bempton Cliffs are home to an impressive array of species including puffins and guillemots. Walks along the highest cliffs in England offer several viewpoints to admire the wildlife.
Bempton Cliffs, Cliff Ln, Bempton, Bridlington, +44 1262 422212
Bempton Cliffs | © Wikimedia Commons
This former textile town in the Calder Valley is as well known for being a creative hub as is it for its beautiful surroundings. Visit the independent shops and cafés or take a stroll through the wooded valleys to understand why so many city folk flock here.
Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire
Hebden Bridge | © Wikimedia Commons | © Wikimedia Commons
Time your visit for late summer when Ilkley Moor explodes with a riot of colour as the purple heather enters full bloom. Ensure that your visit includes a walk to the famous Cow and Calf rocks to enjoy vistas over the surrounding moorland.
Ilkley Moor, Yorkshire
Ilkley Moor | © Wikimedia Commons
Harrogate Turkish Baths
Enjoy a relaxing afternoon bathing and enjoying pampering treatments in the best preserved baths in the country. Dating back to 1897, the Royal Baths boast beautiful interiors featuring original tiles, painting ceilings and mosaic floors.
Royal Baths, Parliament St, Harrogate, +44 1423 556746
Hathersage Royal Baths | © Tim Green / Flickr
The Henry Moore Institute
Located in Leeds city centre, the Henry Moore Institute is a space dedicated to celebrating sculpture, in particular the works of the eponymous local artist. A series of talks, discussions and after-hours events compliments the rotating series of exhibitions.
The Henry Moore Institute, 74 The Headrow, Leeds, +44 113 246 7467
The Henry Moore Institute | © Wikimedia Commons
This stunning Victorian village is perfectly preserved, thanks to its UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Visit Salts Mill to view their impressive David Hockney collection, take a stroll past the United Reformed Church and enjoy a pint from the award-winning brewery.
Saltaire | © Wikimedia Commons
National Railway Museum
Visit York’s National Railway Museum to view the largest collection of railway memorabilia in the world, based in a former steam train depot in the centre of the city. Ensure that you admire the collection of Royal trains and allow your children to explore the carriages.
National Railway Museum, Leeman Rd, York, +44 844 815 3139
National Railway Museum | © Wikimedia Commons | © Wikimedia Commons
Any visitor to the seaside town of Whitby should climb up to the eerie ruins of the abbey that overlooks the town. There’s a small charge to enter the 13th-century remains, but it’s worth it to soak up the atmosphere that inspired the story of Dracula.
Whitby Abbey, Abbey Ln, Whitby, +44 370 333 1181
Whitby Abbey | © Smabs Sputzer / Flickr
White Scar Caves
The longest show caves in Britain aren’t for the claustrophobic, as you’ll have to crawl and squeeze through narrow gaps to admire the waterfalls, stalagmites, stalactites and gigantic caverns that lurk inside.
White Scar Caves, Ingleton, Carnforth, +44 15242 41244
White Scar Caves | © Wikimedia Commons
The Hepworth Wakefield
The Hepworth Wakefield
One of the most impressive exhibition spaces outside of London, The Hepworth’s architecture is just as spectacular as the collections housed inside. View rare pieces by famed local sculptor, Barbara Hepworth alongside a series of visiting exhibitions.
The Hepworth, Gallery Walk, Wakefield, +44 1924 247360
The Hepworth | © Wikimedia Commons
The Three Peaks
Whether you decide to take on the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge or simply pick one mountain to scale, a visit to Yorkshire isn’t complete without summiting either Ingleborough, Whernside or Pen-y-Ghent.
Yorkshire Three Peaks
Yorkshire’s favourite theme park is located near North Stainley, boasting a variety of rides suitable for both young and older children including The Ultimate, the longest roller-coaster in Europe.
Lightwater Valley, North Stainley, Ripon, +44 1765 635321
Lightwater Valley | © Wikimedia Commons
How Stean Gorge
One of the best sites in Yorkshire to attempt gorge scrambling, rock climbing or abseiling, How Stean Gorge is a natural limestone ravine that offers excellent walking trails and exhilarating adventure sports.
How Stean Gorge, Lofthouse, Harrogate, +44 1423 755666
How Stean Gorge | © Colin Gregory / Flickr
Visit this gigantic cavern that looms below Ingleborough on one of the two days of the year that the local potholing club lowers visitors down into its depths on a winch. The cave is so big that it’s rumoured to be able to house St Paul’s Cathedral.
Gaping Gill, Clapdale Dr, Lancaster
Gaping Gill | © Wikimedia Commons
The ruins of the Augustinian monastery are open to the public to wander around and explore. The surrounding area offers beautiful scenery for relaxing walks through the woods and by the river.
Bolton Abbey, Yorkshire
Bolton Abbey | © Wikimedia Commons