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Inspirational Ideas for Yorkshire Breaks

With the windswept North York Moors, rugged Yorkshire Dales, classic seaside resorts and towns steeped in industrial heritage to explore, you certainly won’t be short of options in the UK’s biggest county.

Like many writers and artists who’ve gone before you, you’ll be swept up by the beauty of the region – and soon see why it’s referred to as God’s Own Country by locals…

Take in the magnificent Halifax Piece Hall

Play petanque in Leeds city centre

Piece Hall Halifax

Following a multi-million pound restoration, this Grade I-listed former cloth trading hall reopened in 2017. The vast open-air piazza provides a stunning setting for concerts, street theatre, markets and fairs.

Nearest hotel: Best Western Bradford Guide Post Hotel, Bradford

Play petanque in Leeds city centre

Boules is a popular pastime in France, but in Yorkshire? Not so much. However, near City Square is a small area called Bond Court where you’ll find a petanque court. It’s free to play, and the rules are on a noticeboard if you don’t already know them.

Nearest hotel: Best Western Plus Milford Hotel, Leeds

trecking with llamas

A hike through the glorious Yorkshire countryside can be made even more special if you’re accompanied by a four-legged friend. With Nidderdale Llamas, you can trek round with a llama or alpaca in tow.

Nearest hotel: White Hart Hotel, BW Premier Collection, Harrogate

Elsecar heritage centre

Set within the conservation village of Elsecar, this restored ironworks is a fascinating living museum. Take in quaint cottages, a canal and working steam railway, and browse the workshops, now home to cafes, delis and antique shops.

Nearest hotel: Best Western Sheffield City Centre Cutlers Hotel, Sheffield

Walk to the awe-inspiring Gordale Scar, Yorkshire Dales

Hunker down at York Cold War Bunker

Gordale scar

One of the many jewels of the Dales, this hidden gorge is thought to be the inspiration for Helm’s Deep in Lord of the Rings. Successive Ice Ages have carved it deeper and deeper over thousands of years, and downstream is the beautiful Janet’s Foss waterfall.

Nearest hotel: Best Western Plus Craiglands Hotel, Ilkey

york cold war bunker

Not many people know it exists, but this hidden bunker is a sobering reminder of the Cold War, and was designed to keep the North going should a nuclear attack occur. During your visit, you’ll step through the blast-proof doors and into a bunker that remained active until 1990.

Nearest hotel: Dean Court Hotel, BW Premier Collection, York

Glimpse Victorian life at Brodsworth Hall, South Yorkshire

Tuck into a pattie butty in Hull

Brodsworth hall

Experience a quintessentially English country house on a tour of this perfectly preserved stately home. It’s virtually unchanged from the 1860s. Afterwards, enjoy coffee and cake in the charming tearooms.

Nearest hotel: Best Western Premier Mount Pleasant Hotel, Doncaster

the deep

Hull has its own delicacy that you might like to try – the pattie butty. It’s a deep-fried concoction of mashed potato and sage served in a breadcake (that’s a bread bun if you’re not a local). You can get this delicious snack from any fish and chip shop in the city. Just add sauce or vinegar.

Nearest hotel: Best Western Willerby Manor Hotel, Hull

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