Our guide to the best days out in... North Yorkshire

Rugged coastlines and romantic towns. Windy moors and cosy pubs. North Yorkshire’s got them all.

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North Yorkshire

Days out in North Yorkshire

Feeling loved-up? Kiss your better half under the Heart of Yorkshire window at York Minster and (allegedly) you’ll stay together forever. As long as you’re sure now. And if there’s any Harry Potter fans in tow, another York highlight is The Shambles – the timber-framed buildings and cobbled streets apparently inspired Diagon Alley.

There’s plenty to do outside of York too. A day at the seaside in Scarborough is always fun – try feeding the sharks at SEA LIFE. Treat yourself to a posh afternoon tea at Bettys in Harrogate or chill out with craft beers at The Beer Engine in Skipton. And if countryside is your thing, the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales are cracking.

Great for families or grown-up weekends and easy to get to from most of the UK, North Yorkshire has plenty to offer.

Did you know...

A little nugget about North Yorkshire

For over 1000 years, a horn has been sounded at 9pm four times each night in the market square of Ripon. Glad we're not their neighbours.


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Amazing attractions in North Yorkshire

The York Dungeon

With a weird (but strangely wonderful) mix of horror and history, York Dungeon is scary without being totally nightmarish. It’s exciting too – there’s... Keep reading

SEA LIFE Scarborough

Octopuses with three hearts. 420 million year-old sharks. Japanese spider crabs that measure a whopping 3m claw-to-claw. Then there’s Penguin Island, an Otter River... Keep reading

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Get ready for seaside fun, cool places to stay and loads of family attractions.


An eye-popping cathedral. Romantic tumbledown alleyways. Nose-curling Viking scents. There’s loads to see, do, and smell in York.

Looking further afield?

Explore other areas

Greater Manchester

With the buzzing cities of Manchester, Salford and loads more besides, there’s plenty to see and do in Greater Manchester.


Staffordshire – bang in the middle of England and brimming with stuff to do.

West Midlands County

The West Midlands – nowhere else in Britain could bring us Lenny Henry, Caitlin Moran and Ozzy Osbourne.

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