The Most Beautiful Villages in Yorkshire

Yorkshire has an abundance of villages worth visiting, including Robin Hood Bay
Yorkshire has an abundance of villages worth visiting, including Robin Hood Bay | © Paul Thompson Images / Alamy Stock Photo
Photo of Nicholas Grantham
28 July 2020

Think of Yorkshire and a pint of real ale, flat caps and picturesque villages come to mind. From market towns to quiet corners of the dales, this part of England is full to the brim with places worth visiting. Here are some of the top destinations where you can experience a real slice of life up north.


Natural Feature, Architectural Landmark

Surrounded by the sweeping North York Moors, Hutton-le-Hole is the perfect destination for a weekend away. The village is filled with delightful family-run shops and even has a local crafts workshop that produces its own ceramics, furnishings and even chocolates. The village also has many walking trails to explore.


Natural Feature, Architectural Landmark
Appletreewick village in Wharfedale, The Yorkshire Dales, England.
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For those of you looking for a quiet escape, the tranquil village of Appletreewick, known locally as Aptick, is ideal. Walking down the main road here, you could be forgiven for thinking you have gone back in time a few hundred years. Mountain bikes are available to hire from the village livery, offering an ideal way of exploring the picturesque landscape.


Natural Feature, Architectural Landmark

Home of world-famous Wensleydale cheese, the small market town of Hawes is one of the most popular destinations in the Yorkshire Dales. Dating back to the early 14th century, it has plenty o activities and events for the discerning day tripper, not least the still functioning creamery, which is open for tours. Come on a Tuesday for the popular market.

Robin Hood’s Bay

Natural Feature

This historic fishing village, on the coastline of the North York Moors, features some magnificent views. Rich with local history, Robin Hood’s Bay has been home to everyone from sailors to smugglers. Inside the village, there is a host of things to see and do, including visiting the Old Coastguard Station, horse riding and sailing tours.

Hebden Bridge

Beautiful calm morning by the canal in Hebden Bridge
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A magnet for writers and artists in the 1970s and ’80s, the village of Hebden Bridge has a more artistic feel than the rest of Yorkshire. The village is filled with independent shops, cafés and galleries to discover, and it hosts an annual arts fair that brings visitors from across the county. Just outside of the village is peaceful woodland waiting to be explored.


Art Gallery
England Yorkshire Shipley Saltaire mill & River Aire
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Just within the city limits of Bradford, and selected as a Unesco World Heritage site in the early 2000s, Saltaire is a well preserved industrial village. Built in 1851, it gets its name from Sir Titus Salt, a local entrepreneur. Take a stroll through the pretty streets and enjoy the Victorian architecture on display. The Salts Mill has been converted into an art gallery that houses a large collection of works by local boy David Hockney.

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