With the museums, galleries, architecture and fantastic shops on offer in York, you won’t have a chance to get bored in this historic city. However, York is perfectly placed in North Yorkshire to explore some of the best the county has to offer. A short car journey takes you to theme parks, picturesque seaside towns, award-winning sculpture parks and some of the most beautiful, scenic countryside in the UK. Our local insiders have rounded up the best day trips from York to give you an adventure out of the city.
A wander around the world-famous Yorkshire Sculpture Park leaves you feeling inspired, impressed and very grateful that somebody had the idea of putting jaw-dropping works of art in this beautiful slice of countryside. Featuring internationally renowned artists’ work from the likes of Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore and a host of visiting artists, there is something incredible around every corner. It is free to visit, just pay for parking, and the on-site café is delicious. Recommended by local insider David Taylor
William Wordsworth and JMW Turner visited Bolton Abbey for inspiration and peace; you’ll get the same at this incredibly picturesque spot. The ruins of the abbey are worthy of a visit alone, and it’s a great spot for a picnic next to the river. Make sure to leave time to explore the surrounding land. Acres of countryside and miles of walkways circle the abbey so you’re spoiled for choice with routes. The café onsite serves the cake and hot drinks of your dreams for after your ramble. Recommended by local insider David Taylor