With the Tour de France in Yorkshire this week, we’ve been inspired to pay a visit to stunning Dales; land of tea, Emmerdale and Yorkshire Puddings. With its dramatic landscapes, beautiful scenery and historic cities North Yorkshire is a great destination to get away for the week and with local pride at an all-time high there’s no better time to go! Whether you want a rural break in the countryside or a lively city break (or both), then ee by gum does Yorkshire have plenty to offer.

Stay at…

The Rudding Park hotel and spa in Harrogate is one of the top rated hotels in North Yorkshire, and with its grand country manor house set amongst beautifully landscaped gardens and woodlands it’s easy to see why. This popular wedding destination has a selection of luxury rooms, including a spa rooms and decadent suites for those wishing to indulge – speaking of which, the award winning restaurant is not to be missed. For those looking for a more rustic stay, have a look at Bivouak in Masham, which offers a charming combination of luxury and down to earth – literally – these sustainable and thoughtful Timber Shacks and Yurts are all natural (many don’t have electricity so bring a torch), and are the perfect way to get back in touch with nature, especially with their unrivalled access to the dales, rivers and woodlands.

Eat at…

Boasting the largest amount of Michelin star chefs in the UK, Yorkshire has a number of great restaurants to choose from. The Black Swan at Oldstead is the only pub in the North of England to have a Michelin Star and 3 AA Rosettes, so it definitely worth a mention. The comfortable, cosy dining room with its antique furniture is beautifully contrasted with the innovative and exquisitely presented contemporary dishes, fusing seasonal classic dishes with artistic flair. Alternatively, the Yorke Arms near Harrogate offers both exquisite dishes from one of the country’s top female Chefs Frances Atkins, and breath-taking scenery across the Nidderdale Valley.


  • Medieval Yorkshire at Bolton Castle, set right in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. This stunning site bears over 600 years of incredible history, and makes for a fascinating and educational day out. With archery competitions, falconry displays and wild boar feeding, there’s also lots of fun activities to take part in – perfect if you’re travelling with kids.
  • The Dinosaur Coast of Scarborough takes you back in time to when Dinosaurs roamed the earth with displays and interactive activities from the Scarborough Museum Trust. Handle real fossils and walk the path of thousands of years of history.
  • The Ethereal Magic of Dalby the Great Yorkshire Forest makes for a perfect day out on the moors, with walking trails and activities for people of every age and ability, including a Go Ape and bike trails.
  • One of the world’s Top 10 Greatest Mansions and Grand Houses, Castle Howard is Yorkshire’s finest historic house and estate. This 18th Century residence has over 1000 acres of incredible scenery surrounding it, and houses many traditional enterprises to maintain its incredible grounds. With world renowned collections, stunning architecture and a rich history, Castle Howard is well worth a visit.
  • The incredible landscapes and rich history of Fountains Abbey is one of North Yorkshires most beautiful locations, and with a Cistercian Abbey, Georgian Water Garden and Medieval Deer Park this stunning place takes you on an elegant journey across the ages of English Heritage.


With so much to see and do in North Yorkshire, you may find yourself wanting longer than a week in its awe-inspiring landscapes. We hope you’re feeling inspired to pay a visit to the beautiful north – if you decide to go make sure you let us know what you get up to at @MapMarketingUK and send us some pictures!