What to do and see in Yorkshire, United Kingdom (UK): The Best Places and Tips

March 21, 2018 Tonie Szymanski

Yorkshire (/ˈjɔːrkʃər, -ʃɪər/; abbreviated Yorks), formally known as the County of York, is a historic county of Northern England and the largest in the United Kingdom. Due to its great size in comparison to other English counties, functions have been undertaken over time by its subdivisions, which have also been subject to periodic reform. Throughout these changes, Yorkshire has continued to be recognised as a geographical territory and cultural region. The name is familiar and well understood across the United Kingdom and is in common use in the media and the military, and also features in the titles of current areas of civil administration such as North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and East Riding of Yorkshire.

1. National Railway Museum

Leeman Road, York YO26 4XJ, England +44 844 815 3139
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4.5 based on 14 reviews

National Railway Museum

For a fantastic day out for the whole family in York, visit the award winning National Railway Museum. Get up close to over 300 years of fascinating history in York's only National Museum. Explore our giant halls full of trains and railway legends including the majestic Duchess of Hamilton, step on to the futuristic Japanese Bullet Train or marvel at the stunning opulence of the Royal Trains. Get on board awe-inspiring locomotives, watch our engineers at work in the Workshop, uncover hidden treasures in the Warehouse and make tracks to the outdoor area. The children can let off steam in our outdoor play area, and our miniature railway ride is perfect for the whole family. Every weekend and throughout the school holidays, the kids can enjoy a lively programme of events, including science shows, story telling, steam rides, craft activities and special events. Please note that calls to our listed phone number (0844...) cost 4.25p per minute plus your phone company's access charge.

Reviewed By AlexDragon

Great displays and loads of interesting things to see even if you’re not a train spotter!
Had a Japanese bullet train. Some of the massive old steam engines were amazing to see how big they are when standing next to them.
Royal carriages and loads of other things to see.
Worth a visit if in York.

2. York Minster

Minster Yard, York YO1 7HH, England +44 1904 557201
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4.5 based on 12 reviews

York Minster

Dating back to medieval times, this splendid Church of England Cathedral features magnificent 14th- and 15th-century stained glass, stonework and elaborate tombs.

Reviewed By johnwdibbs - York, United Kingdom

There will be many reviews about this wonderful Cathedral but as you wander round this magnificent structure please visit the undercroft as this is an excellent feature in its own right detailing the previous Roman and Norman constructions on the same site.
To climb the tower, with its spectacular views over the city, is on a timed basis and you need to book in and pay an extra charge, I would recommend booking in as soon as you arrive otherwise all the times may be taken later.

York YO1 7LZ, England +44 1904 500750
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4.5 based on 11 reviews

Shambles

Shambles (or The Shambles as it is often referred to) is a street in the city centre of York with a long and interesting past. Dating Back to Medieval times it was once the street of the Butcher Shops. Today the Shambles is Europe's most visited street, attracting tourist, shoppers and business clients.

Reviewed By jemLiverpool - Liverpool, United Kingdom

Full of mainly tacky Harry Potter shops,could be lovely if it had the right type of goods,still nice though to spend some time there.

4. Holly Hagg

Long Lane | off Stephen Hill/Back Lane, Crosspool, Sheffield S10 5PY, England +44 7779 067718
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Holly Hagg

Regular guided alpaca treks amidst woodland and beautiful scenery in Sheffield's Rivelin Valley. Advance booking for treks required via website. Monthly family friendly events to meet and feed the alpacas, go pond dipping and explore the 3 acre food growing garden and meadows. For these on-field events just turn up - details on Events section of the website. Volunteer sessions twice a week for fresh air, friendship and health. All welcome. Holly Hagg is a not-for-profit Community Farm.

Reviewed By Zara C

Me and my fiance went for a trek in the snow, he loves alpacas. We will deffinatly return back there to seen the animals again soon.
Staff were so lovely and very welcoming, couldn't recommend it more if you have a love for animals as we do..
Thank you for a lovely day

5. Ashworth Barracks

Cedar Road, Doncaster DN4 9EY, England +44 1302 850198
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Ashworth Barracks

The charitable aims of the Victoria Cross Trust who own the museum,fall into 2 main categories, firstly to restore the final resting places of VC recipients not in the care of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Secondly to educate the public as their lives and citation details ( why they were awarded a VC). The creation of a museum meets our second charitable aim and income from the museum will cover the first.

Reviewed By Andrew w

Visited today. Firstly a tenner doesn't seem enough!
Shown round (complete tour) by Paul.
This place is brilliant, the tour could not have been more informative and educational. This is a brilliant tour for all ages young or old.... It is that interesting!
Tour guide great all staff and personnel so friendly and informed.
If you are interested in our soilders VC awards and all things you didn't know a out the battles our armed forces have fought in.... You will appreciate everything about this place and if your not you will still love it.
Will be going again.
Andy and Rob 15/03/18

6. Spirit of Harrogate Ltd

5-7 Montpellier Parade, Harrogate HG1 2TJ, England +44 1423 541279
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Spirit of Harrogate Ltd

Sit back, cocktail in hand, whilst we take you through the fascinating history of gin, right back through the original styles of gin, the misery of the London gin craze through to how gin has developed today. Our mixologists will then demonstrate how to make our signature serves and you will even get to have a go at making some of these yourself! Includes five cocktails and canapes.

Reviewed By Wharfedale1985 - Burley in Wharfedale, United Kingdom

Knowing the company well through friends we chose to hold our works Christmas party there...and we did not regret it.Alex entertained us with a great class in making Gin drinks and a good chat. Lucy downstairs is a great Ambassador for the company with her trust sidekick Mr Harrogate AKA Sam Hebditch........

7. Nidderdale Llamas

Wilsill, Pateley Bridge | Kiln Farm, Harrogate HG3 5EE, England +44 1423 711052
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Nidderdale Llamas

A unique interactive fun activity, based on a family working farm in Nidderdale. Offering Llama Trekking & Llama/alpaca experiences in beautiful countryside. Fantastic fun with amazing friendly animals, a range of options to choose from all including close contact with llamas, alpacas and some other animals.

Reviewed By Abi P

We have visited twice now, once on the shorter round the farm trek and once on the half day trek. Both times have been wonderful, with friendly staff and longer treks than advertised which meant more time with the lovely llamas! We would definitely recommend and will be looking to book a full day trek this year; can’t wait for the next llama walk!!

8. The Vulcan Experience

The National Aviation Academy Hanger 3 Fourth Avenue, Doncaster DN9 3GE, England +44 845 124 7285
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The Vulcan Experience

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE VULCAN EXPERIENCE IS FOR PRE-BOOKED VISITS ONLY. Situated on Robin Hood Airport, this is the home of the last flying Vulcan. Our pre-booked tours offer a range of opportunities from an informal public tour which is designed for anyone who may be curious not just about the Vulcan, but also about the Cold War and the role RAF Finningley played during that dark time. Specialist tours and VIP tours are designed for our visitors to get some in depth information and are tailored to your specific area of interest. We can cater for childrens' groups of all ages.

Reviewed By Midge82 - Doncaster, United Kingdom

Fantastic afternoon, started with lunch at the Ramada hotel, followed by a up close and personal look around the Vulcan Bomber. The engine run was totally amazing you just cannot believe the sound and power of the aircraft. A real must for any aviation enthusiast. All the staff are volunteers and are incredibly friendly and knowledgeable about the Vulcan.

9. SMJ Falconry

Long Ridging Farm Stairs | Hawksbridge Lane, Oxenhope BD22 9QY, England +44 1535 646800
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SMJ Falconry

SMJ Falconry is a private Bird of prey centre based outside of Oxenhope, West Yorkshire. We are only open to pre-booked experience days. We also run educational school visits, displays and corporate days.

Reviewed By ECBSheffield - Sheffield

It happened to be raining and then snowing during our afternoon falconry experience but Rhiannon still managed to adapt the day so we could see birds inside and out. There are a great variety of birds and it is very relaxed. The only thing I would recommend is perhaps a sign to the house from the main road as it wasn't clear where the place was from the main road.

10. National Coal Mining Museum for England

Caphouse Colliery New Road | Caphouse Colliery, Overton, Wakefield WF4 4RH, England +44 1924 848806
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National Coal Mining Museum for England

The National Coal Mining Museum for England is a unique place where the history of mining over several centuries is preserved both above and below ground. Meet a miner and descend 140m underground on a unique mine tour.

Reviewed By ajw46 - Forfar, United Kingdom

Exceptional revealing tour, tour guide Peter was enthusiastic, knowledgeable humorous and excellent, probably the best site tour guide I’ve ever had. Access was first class even for 97 year old FIL learn the origins of numerous commonly used sayings originating from the mining industry and the impact of mechanisation.
2 hour tour great value. 100% recommended

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