Yorkshire is the perfect destination for the ultimate staycation and, with unspoiled views and breathtaking countryside, visitors can enjoy the best of Britain, whether they’re looking for a rural retreat or a coastal escape. With hundreds of walking trails, three national parks - including the award-winning Yorkshire Dales - and thousands of stunning cottages to make home, you’re sure to fall in love with the great outdoors when you’re visiting God’s Own Country.
Yorkshire, the largest county in the UK, is a fun-filled destination with tonnes to see and do; family-friendly, great for couples, and perfect for group getaways. Famed for its spectacular landscapes and stunning scenery, Yorkshire boasts unrivalled natural beauty as well as historic towns and vibrant cities buzzing with excellent shopping and bustling nightlife. The area is ideal for couples, families and groups looking for a good time.
The county has a vast selection of luxury self catering cottages and luxury holiday cottages in the Yorkshire Dales, along the coast and further afield. We’ve listed barn conversions, dog-friendly cottages, and romantic lodges with hot tubs so you can plan the perfect Yorkshire holiday that’s right for you!
Find your perfect luxury holiday home. Whether that’s in the hills of the North York Moors to in North Yorkshire to the cosmopolitan city of Leeds in West Yorkshire.
Best for: Sun, sea and sand
Britain’s original seaside resort, Scarborough, is the perfect spot for a traditional day out by the coast. Two beautiful beaches, great dining options and lots of family activities make this a great destination for a classic getaway.
Best for: Culture
Hull is an up-and-coming city that has undergone a transformation in recent years and was named the City of Culture in 2017. It’s an eclectic hub of attractions, restaurants, shops and nightlife.
Best for: Relaxing in style
Harrogate is a beautiful Victorian spa town nestled within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The historic town has lots of amenities and atmosphere for visitors, and is a great base for exploring the Yorkshire Dales.
Best for: Ancient architecture
York is a beautiful city that is steeped in history and is home to an abundance of ancient buildings, stunning architecture and wonderful amenities for visitors.
Best for: Foodies
Much of Barnsley’s local culture is rooted in its industrial heritage. It’s packed full of galleries, museums and stately homes, and is well known for its country pubs, award-winning restaurants and food markets.
Getting out and about in nature on foot is the best way to explore this stunning area.
Walk length: Five miles
The Cornelian Trail is a circular walk that takes in views of Cornelian Bay as you hike past the golf course and to smuggler’s bay.
Walk length: 12 miles
Enjoy a 12-mile walk along the disused Hull to Withernsea railway line through the historic town of Hedon and the pretty village of Keyingham.
Walk length: Three miles
Brimham Rocks is a collection of rock formations in the Yorkshire Dales managed by the National Trust. The walking trail is a circular walk taking in the formations known as the Dancing Bear, the Turtle and the Sphinx.
Walk length: Five miles
Castle Howard is a beautiful circular walk around the stately home of Castle Howard and through the pretty flower meadows.
Walk length: Four miles
Bretton Lakes is a simple circular walk around the lakes at the pretty Bretton Country Park. One note for dog owners: four-legged friends must be on the lead.
There are lots of beautiful landmarks, landscapes and towns to visit across Yorkshire, as well as a host of activities for the whole family to enjoy.
Best for: Family fun
The North Bay Heritage Railway is much more than a steam train ride along the coast; it’s now home to the Sky Trail, Water Chute, Water Balls and a beautiful boating lake.
Best for: Going underwater
The Deep is thought to be the world’s first submariums meaning it’s partly submerged in the water that surrounds it. It’s home to over 3,500 fish, marine life and lots of family fun.
Best for: R&R
In the 16th century, Harrogate flourished as a prosperous spa town. Visit The Harrogate Spa to embrace the town’s past and enjoy some much-needed R&R.
Best for: Cathedral charm
York Minster is a magnificent cathedral which, for centuries, has been at the heart of Christianity in the north of England.
Best for: History
Worsbrough Mill is a 17th century water mill set amongst beautiful country parkland and is a great palace for a family day out.