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North Yorkshire is one of the UK’s most visited and celebrated holiday destinations, known for its stunning landscapes and rich history.

Below we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 reasons why you should visit.

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1. The North York Moors

This beautiful National Park is a special place for walkers, cyclists and horse riders to soak up extraordinary views of North Yorkshire. With its heather-covered moorland, it’s home to a variety of wildlife, including red deer and grouse.

2. York


Visit York and discover the fascinating history of the region. There’s its Roman and Viking past, the ancient walls that surround the city and offer remarkable views of its stunning architecture, contemporary bars/restaurants and independent shops. The tourist scene is thriving with thirty museums, celebrated ghost walks, and let’s not forget the Shambles – no visit to York is complete without a stroll down this famous street that looks as though it has been lifted straight from the set of an Oscar-winning film.

3. Harrogate

This elegant town, famous for its Victorian architecture and beautiful gardens, offers luxury in abundance. It’s a great place to explore and immerse yourself in Yorkshire life. You may even want to treat yourself to a spa – there’s an impressive collection of spas and wellbeing centres close by that offer the perfect treatments to rest and relax.

4. Castle Howard

Described by the Telegraph as “one of the top 10 buildings you must visit in your lifetime”, Castle Howard is a magnificent country house and a must-see for any history enthusiast. The immense beauty of its architecture and gardens makes it one of the region’s most popular tourist attractions. Bridgerton fans may recognise it as the Duke of Hasting’s country estate from series one!

5. Whitby

A picturesque seaside town with stunning coastal views, Whitby is a treasure trove of tourist adventures; it’s the place where the explorer Captain James Cook began his famed sailing expeditions, and it’s home to the gothic abbey that inspired Bram Stoker in his literary masterpiece Dracula – you can still walk around its ruins and experience its connection to the story. Whitby is a great place to relax, enjoy the sea air and indulge in its famous seafood.

6. Fountains Abbey

This magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the largest and best-persevered ruined monasteries in the UK. Arrange a visit and explore a place that dates back to the 12th century. As well as the abbey itself, you can also discover Porter’s Lodge, Fountains Hall and Fountains Mill and learn about heritage crafts at Swanley Grange. It’s a perfect day out for avid historians.

7. The North York Moors Railway

Made famous by ITV’s Heartbeat and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the first instalment of the iconic film collection, this heritage railway runs through the heart of the North York Moors and offers a unique way to explore the region and soak up its stunning scenery.

8. York Minster

This stunning cathedral is so awe-inspiring it deserves its own ranking on our list. It’s one of the largest in Europe and a must-see for anybody interested in architecture. The cathedral dates back to the 8th century and is home to beautiful stained-glass windows and intricate stone carvings.

9. The Yorkshire Dales National Park

Get out in the fresh air with the family and enjoy this beautiful National Park. It’s home to rolling hills, grassy meadows, dramatic landscapes and picturesque villages. It’s the ideal place for walking, hiking, cycling and exploring the outdoors.

10. The Yorkshire Wolds

Whether you’re on foot, cycling or driving you’ll be blown away by the charming Yorkshire Wolds. There’s plenty to see and do here, from historic sites and magnificent houses to glorious outdoor views and coastlines; it’s a great place to escape the hustle and bustle and enjoy the beauty of the countryside.

North Yorkshire is a place for everybody. Whether you’re looking to enjoy the serenity of its beautiful countryside, or you’re a history buff or thrill-seeker looking for your next adventure, there’s sure to be something for you in the region.

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