91 attractions you should visit in North Yorkshire - With photos & details

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Top 91 attractions to explore in North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire is the largest non-metropolitan county and lieutenancy area in England, covering an area of 8,654 square kilometres . Around 40% of the county is covered by national parks, including most of the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors.

Allerton CastleAllerton Ln, Allerton Mauleverer, Knaresborough HG5 0SE, UK
Iconic Buildings

Allerton Castle is one of England’s most elegant and illustrious gothic revival stately homes, surrounded by 200 acres of land. The home is rated a Grade I by English Heritage, making it one of the most important Gothic Revival homes in all of England. It is ten miles east of Harrogate and just east of the A1, at its junction with the A59 York-Knaresborough road and a late 20th-century block used for education and corporate functions.

Aysgarth FallsAysgarth Falls National Park Centre, Church Bank, Aysgarth, Leyburn DL8 3TH, UK
Waterfalls

Aysgarth Falls was actually a series of three main waterfalls, which the signs referred to them as Upper, Middle, and Lower. The falls are quite spectacular after heavy rainfall as thousands of gallons of water cascade over the series of broad limestone steps, which are divided into three stages: Upper Force, Middle Force and Lower Force. There is a visitors' centre with an exhibition, information, items for sale, a café, toilets and a pay-and-display car park.

Beck Isle MuseumBeck Isle, Pickering YO18 8DU, UK
Museums

Beck Isle Museum of Rural Life is a social history museum in Pickering, North Yorkshire, England. The museum features period business displays including the shops of a barber, blacksmith, chemist, cobbler, cooper, printer, gentleman's draper, dairy and hardware store. There is also a Victorian-era pub and parlour, and a historic costume gallery.

Bettys Café Tea Rooms1 Parliament St, Harrogate HG1 2QU, UK
Bar/ Pubs

Bettys and Taylors of Harrogate, also known as Bettys and Taylors Group Limited, is a family company based in Yorkshire, England. The company's brands are Bettys, Taylors of Harrogate and Yorkshire Tea. Bettys Café Tea Rooms are traditional tea rooms serving traditional meals with influences both from Switzerland and Yorkshire. Taylors.

Bolton CastleNr Leyburn, North Yorkshire DL8 4ET, UK
Iconic Buildings
Old Ruins

Bolton Castle is a stark and imposing medieval fortress at the entrance to Wensleydale, begun by Richard le Scrope in 1378. It was a grand family home as well as a defensive fortress and, despite being partially ‘slighted’ by Cromwell’s’ men during the Civil War siege, is still preserved in outstanding condition with many interesting rooms and features to discover.  The castle is still in the private ownership of Lord Bolton, the direct descendant of the castle’s original owner Sir Richard le Sc

Bolton PrioryBolton Abbey, Skipton BD23 6AL, UK
Churches
Old Ruins

Bolton Abbey lies in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales near Skipton.  The land was gifted to the Augustinian canons by Alice de Rumilly in 1154. The canons lived and worshipped here until 1539 when the dissolution of the monasteries stripped the Priory of its assets. Despite the loss of most of the Priory buildings during the Dissolution of the Monasteries, the western half of the original nave was preserved so that the local parish could continue its worship there.

Byland AbbeyByland Abbey, York YO61 4BD, UK
Churches

Byland Abbey is a ruined abbey and a small village in the Ryedale district of North Yorkshire, England, in the North York Moors National Park. It was founded as a Savigniac abbey in January 1135 and was absorbed by the Cistercian order in 1147. The site is now maintained by English Heritage and is scheduled as an ancient monument by Historic England with grade I listed status.

Captain Cook Memorial MuseumGrape Ln, Whitby YO22 4BA, UK
Iconic Buildings
Museums

The handsome 17th century house in Grape Lane is where the young James Cook came to serve his apprenticeship in the year 1746. It now houses a superb collection of original exhibits about Yorkshire’s most famous son. Original paintings, maps and manuscripts, ship models and Pacific artifacts tell the story of the Voyages.

Castle HowardCastle Howard, York YO60 7BY, UK
Iconic Buildings

Castle Howard is a magnificent historic house in the north of England with ornate interiors, landscaped gardens and adventure playground and so more to enjoy.  The house is familiar to television and film audiences as the fictional "Brideshead", both in Granada Television's 1981 adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited and in a two-hour 2008 adaptation for cinema. Today, it is part of the Treasure Houses of England group of heritage houses.

Church of St MaryAbbey Plain, Whitby YO22 4JR, UK
Churches

St Mary’s Church Leake is a beautiful grade 1 listed church in the shelter of the North Yorkshire Moors. It is a place of calm next to the busy A19 as it connects York to Teesside. The church is open daily as a place of stillness and prayer. The chapel stands close to the site of the battle of Towton of 1461, which was part of the Wars of the Roses. In the 1930s it was saved from neglect by a local group of ramblers, and is known locally as the Ramblers' Church

Dalby ForestDalby Forest, Scarborough YO13, UK
Forests

Dalby Forest is home to an abundance of internationally important wildlife species and is also a designated Dark Sky Discovery Site, where you can experience the magic of seeing the Milky Way with the naked eye. There are 70km of cycle trails snaking across 8,000 acres – uphill, down dale, through the forest and across the moorland plateau – with separate routes catering for children and families as well as experienced mountain-bikers. Dalby Forest is home to many species of wildlife such as bad

Dales Countryside MuseumBurtersett Road Station Yard, Hawes DL8 3NT, UK
Museums

This museum tells the fascinating story of the Yorkshire Dales and the people who have lived and worked here for thousands of years. The museum is located beside the disused Hawes railway station in the small town of Hawes at the head of Wensleydale. The museum's outdoor display includes a real steam train and carriages on the track bed of the former Wensleydale Railway.

Duncombe ParkThe Estate Office, Helmsley, York YO62 5EB, UK
Parks

Duncombe Park is one of Yorkshire's finest historic houses and estates, and home to the Duncombe family. It has an Ionic Temple, by Vanbrugh, at its north end and a Tuscan Temple at its south end. There is a Father Time sundial by van Nost. Barry's forecourt pavilions enclose Italianate nineteenth century parterres.

Eden Camp Modern History Theme MuseumMalton, Malton YO17 6RT, UK
Museums

Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum is a large Second World War-related museum near Malton in North Yorkshire in England.It occupies a former Second World War prisoner-of-war camp of 33 huts. After the prisoners left, the camp was used for storage and then abandoned. Its grounds then became overgrown. As the museum was being set up, much clearing, as well as repair and renovation of the buildings, was required.

Fewston ReservoirFewston Reservoir, Otley LS21, UK
Dams

Fewston Reservoir is located in the Washburn valley north of Otley and west of Harrogate in Yorkshire, England. It was built in 1879. The capacity is about 3.5 million cubic meters. It was surrounded by mixed, mostly coniferous woodland, the paths are well maintained on the 3.7-mile walk, which is flat virtually all the way around. Cyclists and horse-riders can also make use of their own permitted tracks in the surrounding woodlands.

Filey BeachFiley Beach, 1 Flat Cliffs, Primrose Valley, Filey YO14 9RD, UK
Beaches

A beautiful sandy beach close by to the north, Filey Brigg has some good rock pools to explore and marks the end/start of the Cleveland Way Walk.  The glorious 5-mile stretch of golden sand stretches from the rocky peninsula of Filey Brigg to the north down to Bempton, home to an RSPB reserve.   It is one of the largest coastal developments of this kind in the UK and the first homes were completed in 2007.

Flamingo Land ResortKirby Misperton, Malton YO17 6UX, UK
Theme Parks

Flamingo Land is a theme park, zoo, and resort located in Kirby Misperton, North Yorkshire, England, set in 375 acres of picturesque North Yorkshire countryside, Flamingo Land Resort creates a truly unforgettable experience for guests of all ages. It has Yorkshire’s favourite Zoo, plus a fully featured Resort Village, this unique destination provides great days out, fantastic short-breaks and truly memorable holidays!

Fountains AbbeyFountains, Ripon HG4 3DY, UK
Iconic Buildings

Fountains Abbey was established by Benedictine monks from St Mary's Abbey in York, in 1132. The 70-acre site known collectively as Fountains Abbey was originally nothing more than some wooden church buildings resting on a verdant field.

Gaping GillClapdale Dr, Lancaster LA2 8EE, UK
Caves

Gaping Gill is one of the most famous caves in the Dales and one of the largest underground chambers in Britain. It’s often said, without exaggeration, that this dramatic chamber is big enough to fit a cathedral. It is so big that there has been an attempt to fly a hot air balloon inside the cave. Gaping Gill still retains the records for the highest unbroken waterfall in England and the largest underground chamber naturally open to the surface.

Gordale ScarMalham, Skipton BD23 4DL, UK
Outdoors- Other

Gordale Scar is a limestone ravine 1 mile northeast of Malham, North Yorkshire, England. It contains two waterfalls and has overhanging limestone cliffs over 330 feet high. The gorge could have been formed by water from melting glaciers or a cavern collapse. The stream flowing through the scar is Gordale Beck, which on leaving the gorge flows over Janet's Foss before joining Malham Beck 2 miles downstream to form the River Aire.  A right of way leads up the gorge, but requires climbing approxima

Map of attractions in North Yorkshire