Things to do in Yorkshire

Jenai Laignel / 17 February 2012

Take your pick of some great things to do in Yorkshire's fantastic towns and cities – there’s so much choice and you are bound to enjoy this peaceful and unhurried part of the world.

1. Stay in York 

Yorkshire’s capital – the walled city of York – is intertwined with major events that have shaped Britain.

Notorious gunpowder plotter, Guy Fawkes was born and raised in the city, and at the turn of the 20th century, the North Eastern Railway was based in York and subsequently played a large part in its expansion.

The city has a wealth of contemporary attractions too. York has been voted the UK’s top ‘Food & Wine City’ on Trip Advisor and the annual Illuminating York festival offers a fresh take on some of the city’s most stunning historic locations.

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2. Explore the secret caves 

Some of the Yorkshire Dales’ most treasured locations are hidden deep underground.

Why not take a trip to White Scar Cave and see a trove of hidden gems at the longest show cave in Britain? Or, take a visit to Malham Cove which boasts a huge limestone formation that towers over the surrounding countryside.

In fact, it’s such an enchanting view that Harry Potter stopped off there during the first part of his adventures in The Deathly Hallows.

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3. Visit the Brontë family home 

Away from the city, situated on the edge of the Pennines, Haworth’s cobbled streets, tea rooms and antique shops promote a proud sense of heritage.

It was also the former home of the Brontës, making it a mecca for literary fans. Make sure you pay a visit to the Parsonage Museum, the Brontës’ former home is packed with history and family memorabilia and remains a fantastic tribute to the family and their time in Haworth.

4. See the Forbidden Corner folly 

For something a little more unexpected there’s the Forbidden Corner folly located in a four acre garden in Tupgill, North Yorkshire.

The Forbidden Corner reflects 25 years of effort between Colin Armstrong, the owner of Tupgill Park, and architect Malcolm Temptest. During this time it has expanded to become a maze of walled gardens, tunnels and woodland.

Since winning The Guardian readers’ tips for UK family attractions it’s clearly not going to be a secret for very long.

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5. Bolton Abbey 

Offering the stunning remnants of a 12th-century Augustinian priory within expansive grounds and a beautiful riverside setting, Bolton Abbey is an ideal place to unwind in the warmer months and a lovely location for a walk in winter.

6. Brideshead Revisted 

Castle Howard featured in both screen adaptations of Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited (the classic TV adaptation and the film) and legendary director Stanley Kubrick used it as an exterior location for his film Barry Lyndon in 1975.

There are formal gardens, an arboretum, walled gardens, an adventure playground, a mausoleum and much more to enjoy in the grounds, which makes Castle Howard a superior all-weather attraction.

One of the most enjoyable ways to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Yorkshire is by spending your time in a holiday cottage.

What is your favourite part of Yorkshire? Tell us in the comments below.