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The Best 12 Things to See and Do in Yorkshire

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Updated: 31 July 2017
There’s no end to interesting things to do in Yorkshire, the large county offering a vast variety of both indoor and outdoor activities to keep even the fussiest people entertained. Whether you prefer exploring the great outdoors or visiting exciting museums, here are the twelve best things to see and do in the county.
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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 Sculpture Park

Yorkshire Sculpture Park | © Tim Parkinson / Wikimedia

Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, Wakefield

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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.

Yorkshire Dales

Yorkshire Dales | © Immanuel Giel / Wikimedia

Yorkshire Dales National Park

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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.

Jorvik Viking Centre

Jorvik Viking Centre | © Wikipedia

Jorvik Viking Centre, 47 Aldwark, York

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York Minster

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.

York Minster

York Minster | © Diliff / Wikimedia

York Minster, Deangate, York

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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.

North York Moors

North York Moors | © Welcome to Yorkshire / Wikimedia

North York Moors National Park

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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.

The Hepworth

The Hepworth | © Stephen Bowler / Pxhere

The Hepworth Wakefield, Gallery Walk, Wakefield

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Fountains Abbey

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.

Fountains Abbey

Fountains Abbey | © Wikimedia

Fountains Abbey, Fountains, Ripon

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Flamingo Land

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.

Flamingos

Flamingos | © Chensiyuan / Wikimedia

Flamingo Land, Kirby Misperton, Malton

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Skipton Castle

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!

Skipton Castle

Skipton Castle | © Andy Hay / Wikimedia

Skipton Castle, The Bailey, Skipton

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