The Best Things to Do in North Yorkshire

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Popular things to do in North Yorkshire

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History Museum
National Railway Museum York
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Ruin
York City Walls York
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Specialty Museum
York Castle Museum York
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Architectural Building
York Minster York
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
North Yorkshire is one of England’s most rural areas, yet its biggest attraction is a city. York, the county’s largest town, is an ancient urban settlement dating back to before the Roman era. The city is known for containing some of the best-preserved historical buildings and structures in Europe, and it's one of the most visited cities in England, second only to London. Virtually untouched by the effects of the Industrial Revolution, which left other regions scarred by crumbling factories and run-down mills, this county is dotted by historic stately houses and the remains of formerly wealthy abbeys. Several breezy seaside resorts line the coastline, where you can trade in the sightseeing overload of London for a more relaxing holiday. For a truly English experience, make sure your itinerary includes a few tours of the county’s villages, renowned for their well-manicured gardens and thriving production of world-class cheeses. Use our United Kingdom journey planner to arrange the hows, wheres, and whens of your trip to North Yorkshire.

Museums in North Yorkshire

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Specialty Museum
Jorvik Viking Centre York
3.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
York's Chocolate Story York
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
The York Dungeon York
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
Specialty Museum
Fairfax House York
4.5
Duration: 2 hours

Historic Sites in North Yorkshire

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Castle
Castle Howard York
4.0
Duration: 2 hours
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World heritage site
Fountains Abbey Ripon
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Ruin
Whitby Abbey Whitby
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
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Historic Site
Treasurer's House York
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in North Yorkshire

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Wildlife Area
York Bird of Prey Centre Huby
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Wildlife Area
National Centre for Birds of Prey Helmsley
4.9
Duration: 3 hours
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Specialty Museum
Yorkshire Air Museum York
4.6
Duration: 3h 30 min
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Scenic Walking Area
Malham Cove Malham
4.9
Duration: 2 hours

Kid-friendly things to do in North Yorkshire

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Theme Park
York Maze York
4.6
Duration: 8 hours
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Beach
Scarborough Beach Scarborough
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
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Theme Park
The Forbidden Corner Middleham
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Beach
Filey Beach Filey
4.7
Duration: 2 hours

Nature in North Yorkshire

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Water Body
Peasholm Park Scarborough
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Waterfall
Aysgarth Falls Aysgarth
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Geologic Formation
National Trust Brimham Rocks Harrogate
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Cave
White Scar Cave Ingleton
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Garden
Helmsley Walled Garden Helmsley
4.0
Duration: 3 hours
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Private Tour
The Original Viking Walk York
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Neighborhood
York Shambles York
4.4
Duration: 30 minutes
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Garden
Museum Gardens York
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Places to visit in North Yorkshire

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