Why take a break in Yorkshire?

Thursday, 22 March 2012 9:41 AM

With so many amazing places in which to book holiday cottages in the UK, it can be tough picking somewhere. Yorkshire is a brilliant option and it's fair to say you won't be disappointed if you choose to visit the county for your annual getaway.

There is so much to see and do here you'll find every one of your travelling companions is well catered for, no matter what their interests. Yorkshire is one of those rare places where you can walk in unspoilt countryside, visit a historical city and hit the beach, all without ever leaving the county.

For a guide to some of the great things to do while staying in Yorkshire holiday cottages, read on.


The ancient city of York is one of the most beautiful in the country, home to the iconic York Minster, ancient walls you can walk on top of and take in the views and sophisticated restaurants to indulge yourself at as the day comes to an end.

It is the perfect option for a short break, as you will be able to get around on foot and see some of the country's most famous tourist attractions in the space of just a few days.

Of course, you're certain to want to visit York Minster, the largest Gothic cathedral north of the Alps, while the city dungeons make for a spooky tour. The Jorvik Viking Centre is another must for history fans.

Alternatively, head for the river to relax with a drink at one of the chic bars, or make your way through the narrow cobbled streets for a weekend of shopping, where you can pick up everything from antique books to designer clothes.

The seaside

Yorkshire has a simply stunning stretch of coastline that is immensely popular with walkers. However, there's more to do than take a stroll here and you could also indulge in a spot of fishing.

There are some charming towns and villages scattered along the coast, with Whitby one of the most famous. Here, you can take a walk up to the ruined abbey, or learn more about the town's association with Bram Stoker's Dracula.

The Dales

No-one should visit Yorkshire without spending at least a day in the beautiful Dales. This national park is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and you'll definitely appreciate this by striking out and exploring on foot or by bicycle. You could even book a horse riding session in order to cover more ground in a truly thrilling way.

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