The county of Yorkshire is a wonderful part of England which truly offers the best of both worlds – exciting city life and rural retreats. This area of England is loved so much, it’s even got its own dedicated day: Yorkshire Day, celebrated on 1st August to promote the historic English county of Yorkshire. So, to celebrate, we have outlined some of Yorkshire’s best attractions for anyone who plans on spending a weekend in the fantastic county of Yorkshire.
Friday – The Yorkshire Dales National Park
The Yorkshire Dales National Park encompasses thousands of square miles of moors, valleys, hills and villages. Covering such a large area, it would be impossible to complete a visit around the Dales in just one day, so we’ve picked out some of the best parts.
No trip is complete without a visit to a historical site. The 14th century Bolton Castle is located in the village of Castle Bolton to the north-east of the Yorkshire Dales. Unlike many castles nowadays, Bolton Castle is still in the ownership of the descendants of the Scrope family, the castle’s original family. Around one third of the castle’s rooms are fully intact and the rest of the Castle is almost completely accessible, offering a great insight into its turbulent past.
Aysgarth Falls is located just a short drive away from Bolton Castle. The Falls consist of three sets of waterfalls on the River Ure surrounded by woodland and farmland. There are various public footpaths through the woodlands offering amazing views of the river and falls.
Bolton Abbey is actually not near Bolton Castle. It’s located to the south of the Yorkshire Dales in Wharfedale. Its name comes from the ruins of the 12th-century Augustinian monastery now known as Bolton Priory which closed in 1539. The estate consists of 30,000 acres of countryside with over 80 miles of footpaths to explore.
Saturday – Leeds City Centre
Leeds City Centre can be reached in around 45 minutes from certain parts of the Yorkshire Dales. Many people refer to Leeds as the unofficial capital of Yorkshire because of life and cultural energy.
The city centre of Leeds is well known for is shopping as it’s one of the UK’s biggest shopping destinations outside of London. There are several shopping centres and arcades within the city including Trinity Leeds with over 120 high-street stores, bars and cafes, and the Victoria Quarter where you can find just about any designer brand.
Leeds City Museum
Even in city centres there is still the opportunity to learn. Leeds City Museum is made up of exhibits of Leeds history. ‘The Leeds Story’ showcases the first archaeological findings to changing displays reflecting people’s lives in the city today. Visitors can also explore Asian culture and Leeds’ links with the world’s largest continent through the ‘World View: Voices of Asia’ exhibition.
Leeds is home to some of the UK’s best bars and restaurants. From classy rooftop terraces to quirky basement bars, visitors are really spoilt for choice. Some of the city’s busiest bars and restaurants can be found on Greek Street as well as it neighbouring streets.
Sunday – York
A Sunday well spent brings a week of content, which is why York is the best place to end your trip. One of the best things about York is that it’s fairly small and its main attractions are very central.
It would be hard to visit York and miss the York Minster as it stands in the centre and can be spotted from miles away. The cathedral is a truly magnificent sight to see and its history stretches back 2,000 years to the birth of modern-day Christianity. It even has more medieval stained glass than anywhere else in the country.
The Shambles is one of the best-preserved medieval shopping streets in Europe with timber buildings that date back as far as the 13th century. It’s thought that the narrowed cobbled street is the inspiration behind Diagon Alley from Harry Potter, you’ll even find some Harry Potter themed shops here.
York’s Chocolate Story
York is known as the chocolate capital of the UK as chocolate production has taken place here for almost 300 years. Now, some of the country’s most loved chocolate bars are produced in York. Visitors can learn all about York’s chocolate history through York’s Chocolate Story, a visitor attraction and chocolate museum.
Visit the amazing county of Yorkshire through our North England in 4 Days package. Not only does this package take you to Yorkshire, it covers various other exciting areas of Northern England too. You can find out more about this package here or do not hesitate to contact us if you require further information.