Hotels in North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire Hotels

North Yorkshire takes in some of the UK's most wonderful scenery from the Yorkshire Moors and Dales to the beautiful eastern coastline and the towns of Whitby and Scarborough. It also includes the historic walled city of York with its magnificent cathedral, castle, medieval Shambles, as well as towns like Skipton, Knaresborough, Harrogate and the city of Ripon. It is a walker's paradise with traditional country pubs, but it also offers fine cultural facilities at Harrogate, Scarborough and York, and contains family attractions like the National Railway Museum and Castle Howard.

Things to see and do

Any itinerary in North Yorkshire will include a full day at York, a medieval walled city whose ramparts you can walk, the minster and Clifford's Tower built by William the Conqueror. Stroll down an authentically recreated Victorian street and visit Dick Turpin's cell at York Castle Museum. Take a trip back in time and experience the sights, smells and sounds of Viking York at the Jorvik Viking Centre. Find out why it became the UK's home of chocolate at York's Chocolate Story.

Head to the coast for the popular seaside resorts of Scarborough and Whitby. Whitby, a former fishing village which is dominated by the ruins of its clifftop abbey, retains much of its charm. Buy some fish and chips and wander its narrow alleys. Ride a steam train round the bay at Scarborough. Explore the remains of the Norman castle. Swim at North or South Bay, two of the UK's cleanest beaches. See coral reefs, octopuses, seahorses and turtles at the Sea Life Centre nearby.

Put on some walking boots or hire a bike and explore the outstanding natural beauty of the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales. Visit the ruins of Fountains Abbey and Rievaulx Abbey. Wander picturesque Harrogate with its upmarket shops and have a great cuppa at Bettys tea rooms.

Arts and culture

York, Scarborough and Harrogate all have theatres that stage a wide range of shows. There are cinemas at Harrogate, Richmond, Wetherby, Ripon and Darlington. For fine art, visitors are advised to head to the York Art gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park near Wakefield, or visit Leeds which has the Hepworth Wakefield Gallery, Leeds Art Gallery and Henry Moore Institute.

Eating and drinking

North Yorkshire boasts four Michelin-starred restaurants including the Star Inn, York Arms, Black Swan and Box Tree. Try the Lion Inn at Blakey Ridge or The Horseshore in Levisham for great traditional pub food and real ales.

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