Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Don’t miss Yorkshire Sculpture Park, an open-air gallery close to Wakefield in West Yorkshire. It’s easy to spend an entire day here, exploring the vast grounds and discovering intriguing sculptures by the likes of Henry Moore, Andy Goldsworthy and David Nash. Alongside the permanent works, expect exciting temporary exhibitions by the likes of Kaws and Tony Cragg.
Yorkshire Dales National Park
If you’re at your happiest exploring the great outdoors, make a beeline for the Yorkshire Dales to discover beautiful waterfalls, exciting caves and some of the best walking trails in the county. There’s plenty to discover over an entire week spent in this area, but if you only have a couple of days, make Malham Cove, Ingleton waterfalls and White Scar Caves your first ports of call.
Jorvik Viking Centre
Anyone with an interest in the Vikings – kids or adults – will enjoy the Jorvik Viking experience. Built on the site of one of the most important finds in modern archaeology in the UK, the centre has rebuilt the Viking village with incredible detail, revealing what life would have been like on the streets of York over 1,000 years ago.
While in York, don’t miss out on visiting the Minster, one of the most impressive religious structures in the whole of Yorkshire. This impressive Gothic building is one of the largest Minsters in Europe and features an impressive collection of beautiful stained glass windows to admire. It’s worth paying to climb the winding steps that lead up to the top of the tower, offering unparalleled views over the city.
North York Moors National Park
Another impressive area of breath-taking natural beauty is the North York Moors, sprawling across the north-eastern part of the county. Explore rugged coastlines, dense forests, heather-covered moorland and luscious green dales, ensuring that you include a visit to possibly the most iconic town in the area, Whitby. Here, you can sample the best fish and chips in the region and visit the dramatic abbey that looms on the cliffs above the town.
The Hepworth Gallery
Named after local sculptor Barbara Hepworth, the Hepworth Gallery is one of the most important centres for contemporary arts in the UK. Part of the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle, the Hepworth is located close to Yorkshire Sculpture Park, tying in perfectly for a cultured day out. Architecture lovers will be besotted with the dramatic building while art advocates will find plenty to admire inside.
There are plenty of ancient abbeys to explore and admire in Yorkshire, but if you only have time to visit one, Fountains Abbey is perhaps the most impressive. Located just outside Ripon in West Yorkshire, the ruins of this Cistercian have been remarkably preserved. There is also an attractive water garden and a deer park on the estate, making this the perfect option for a family day out.
The most exciting theme park in Yorkshire, Flamingo Land is a popular attraction with families. Boasting a zoo and a resort village alongside the traditional theme park attractions, even those that don’t enjoy rides will find something to keep them entertained. Bird lovers will love the conservation project where they can admire the huge flock of flamingos alongside 129 other avian species.
The pretty market town of Skipton holds many attractions, such as its lively weekly markets, but it is the medieval Skipton castle that really pulls in the crowds. Incredibly preserved, even after 900 years, the castle is open to the public to explore and experience life as it would have been in medieval times. Anyone claustrophobic may want to miss out the dank dungeons from their tour!