The Best of Yorkshire: 15 Champion Breaks

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Ah Yorkshire; land of fantastic tea, rolling hills, friendly folk, the humble Yorkshire pudding and enough attractions to shake a stick at. We’ve rounded up the very best champion breaks for all you lads and lasses who are raring to go on a Yorkshire adventure…

Railway Viaduct – Knaresborough

Pretty scenic, eh? Enjoy the best of what Knaresborough has to offer on a day trip to the gorgeous market town – it’s very easy to get to from many other top Yorkshire destinations including York and Harrogate. Be sure to bring your camera for taking incredible pictures of the imposing railway viaduct – the best way to get up close is to hire a rowing boat with a friend!

Whitby Abbey – Whitby

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The atmospheric remains of Whitby Abbey were reportedly the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s literary masterpiece, Dracula. Enjoy the haunting Gothic architecture of the area before snapping up a tasty seaside tea of fish & chips, with all the trimmings of course. 

Bettys – Harrogate

The year’s 1919. Bettys of Harrogate was born and they’ve never looked back since! After a morning of shopping in Harrogate’s town centre or an afternoon of blissful relaxation at the Turkish Baths, head to the original Bettys café for an elegant lunch or sumptuous cream tea. Want to make a weekend of it? Check out our brand new MasterChef Travel Harrogate breaks (which includes a Bettys afternoon tea – win win). 

Yorkshire Wildlife Park – Doncaster

Believe it or not, there’s a zoo in Doncaster, and it’s fantastic. From meerkats and lemurs to polar bears and giraffes, there’s so many magnificent animals to admire. The park also hosts regular demonstrations and talks throughout the day, so you have every opportunity to learn more about the various creatures. 

York Minster – York

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York Minster… There’s nowhere quite like it. The grand, Gothic architecture is something to behold; both on the outside and the inside of the building. Whether you’re looking for a moment of quiet reflection or fancy yourself as a bit of a photographer and wish to get a snap of the gorgeous stained glass windows, there’s plenty to see at every turn. For views for miles, be sure to climb the 275 steps (yes, really) to the top of the tower. It’s worth it, we promise. If you want to see the best of York‘s tourism, we definitely recommend a York Pass. 

The Deep – Hull

Everyone loves an aquarium, and The Deep is no exception. With over 3000 unique and unusual creatures to gaze upon, this popular Hull attraction is perfect for a fun day out with the whole family. A highlight is certainly the glass lift that stands in the centre of the building, meaning you can watch the sea life to your heart’s content.

The Hepworth – Wakefield

Although the gallery only opened in 2011, The Hepworth Wakefield is going from strength to strength. Brilliantly showcasing the varied works of Barbara Hepworth, the exhibition space is airy, modern and super-welcoming. Browse the pieces at your own leisure before sitting back in the on-site cafe or treating yourself to a gift in the accompanying shop.

Trinity Kitchen – Leeds

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Leeds is brilliant for a day of shopping, fun activities (bowling or an escape room, anyone?) and, of course, FOOD. Although there’s plenty of tempting restaurants dotted across the city,  nothing beats Trinity Kitchen for diverse flavours and mouth-watering dishes. Whether you’re in the mood for a fragrant curry or an indulgent plate of dirty fries, it’s the place to be for top-notch fodder.

Brimham Rocks – Summerbridge

Health and safety sticklers, look away now! Brimham Rocks is home to a range of balancing rock formations on Brimham Moor, and visitors to the area love nothing more than to walk, leap and jump all over them to their heart’s content. If you’re exhausted by all that activity (or just prefer your feet firmly on solid ground), head to the on-site cafe for a well-deserved hot drink and snack to enjoy while taking in the magnificent views.

Castle Howard – Malton

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Stroll around this fine stately home and take in the exquisite interiors and design, before walking around the carefully manicured gardens. Castle Howard is renowned for its extensive calendar of events throughout the year, so it’s always a great time to visit. Be sure to sample some tasty food from their cafe too, or you could even indulge in an afternoon tea…

Peasholm Park – Scarborough

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An oriental-themed park in the middle of seaside town Scarborough? Yes, you heard us right. After enjoying a day of traditional coastal attractions and delicious seafood lunches, be sure to take a wander through Peasholm Park. You can even row a boat around the lake if the weather’s pleasant, which is sure to be a memorable experience.

Rievaulx Abbey – North York Moors

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The incredible structure can be found on the North York Moors National Park, meaning it’s the perfect addition to a long walk in the countryside. Rievaulx is a former Cistercian abbey and holds the title of one of the most complete abbey ruins in Britain.

Crucible Theatre – Sheffield

Yes, yes… it may be home to the World Championship (for those of you who don’t know, that’s a prestigious snooker event), but the Crucible is also home to a range of amazing theatre productions! Take a break from Sheffield’s wealth of retail therapy opportunities (we’re looking at you, Meadowhall) and catch a great show at this iconic complex.

National Centre for Birds of Prey – Helmsley

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From cute burrowing owls to magnificent Harris hawks, there’s plenty to admire at the sprawling National Centre for Birds of Prey in Helmsley. Browse the area at your own pace or sit back and watch an in-depth flying demo with one of the talented creatures – the choice is yours.

Yorkshire Dales National Park

There’s so much to see and do in Yorkshire, but sometimes all you need is a brisk walk in the countryside with loved ones to truly appreciate the county in all its glory. Pack up a picnic, pop your comfy walking boots on and head out into the great unknown. Fresh air, incredible vistas and miles of walking opportunity = bliss.

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