With its hugely diverse offerings of romantic moorlands, lively market towns and historic cities, the county of North Yorkshire truly has something to satisfy all tastes and interests.
In no particular order – here are five attractions to visit in North Yorkshire.
1. Bolton Castle
The town of Wensleydale is famous for more than its cheese. It is home to the spectacular Bolton Castle, which is a perfect setting for an informative and historic day out.
Take a tour of the castle and you will learn everything you could possibly want to know about its 600-year history.
2. Castle Howard
Castle Howard is one of Yorkshire’s finest historic houses and estates. This magnificent 18th-century residence is nestled in 1,000 acres of beautiful landscape in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
You can take in the stunning architecture and idyllic gardens at your leisure and if you fancy a stroll then there are a number of woodland and lakeside walks to explore. You could even decide to visit the excellent Farm Shop and Garden Centre.
There’s also an ever-changing programme of events and exhibitions, so no two days at Castle Howard are ever the same.
3. North Yorkshire Moors Railway
At the North Yorkshire Moors Railway you‘ll be transported back to an era when magnificent steam engines ruled the tracks.
From Pickering, this nostalgic service takes you 24 miles through the heart of the Moors to the seaside town of Whitby. On and off the train you’ll get to see some of the glorious scenery that North Yorkshire has to offer.
4. Fountains Abbey
Set in 800 acres of sweeping countryside is Fountains Abbey.
At this World Heritage Site on the outskirts of the tiny city of Ripon visitors can walk through the beautifully landscaped Georgian water garden of Studley Royal and take in the richly decorated Victorian St Mary’s Church and Fountains Hall.
5. York Minster
The City of York is reason enough alone to visit North Yorkshire. The city has many attractions that keep tourists and residents entertained and enlightened year round. But the jewel in the crown is York Minster.
Whatever perspective you have, you can’t fail to be impressed by the stunning architecture of York Minster.
The building has benefited from funding which has seen it become the largest restoration and conservation project in the UK.
New areas of the cathedral have been opened up to the public for the first time in hundreds of years, and you can now venture into the Undercroft and see the vital role of York Minster through the ages.
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