Indeed this prestigious Premier Collection venue has plenty to be proud of. As well as its Trip Advisor-certified “wonderful Yorkshire tapas” and “best steaks in Harrogate” – this truly one-of-a-kind hotel is also on the doorstep of some of the most unique places and experiences in Great Britain.
So why exactly should Yorkshire earn a place at the top of your staycation list? Here are just five things you might not expect…
1. Live the high life… at How Stean Gorge
How Stean Gorge, Lofthouse, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 5SF
A one-off opportunity awaits you right on our doorstep here in Harrogate. Via Ferrata isn’t just any ordinary high wire course – if indeed such a thing exists. Literally translated from its Italian origin as ‘iron path’ it involves an intricate system of metal cables, which support daredevil participants as they navigate a series of daunting cliff faces and gorges. All you’ll need to bring is balance, teamwork and of course, nerves of steel. Not for everyone, but if you’ve ticked off the usual adventure activities, make this your next choice.
2. Get spooked… on a ghostly tour of York
The Original Ghost Walk of York starts at The King’s Arms Pub on Ouse Bridge
By day, York is ‘The’ quintessential historic city – picturesque, calm and enchanting. Book yourself onto one of several unique ghost walks by night however, and you’ll start to uncover a sinister underbelly, not for the faint hearted. Genuinely gripping and a more unusual way to have some fun, you’ll find these after-dark explorations of the cobbled streets and former dungeons a fascinating and blood-curdling world of folklore and legends. We like The Original Ghost Walk of York, now scaring visitors for almost half a century.
3. Go trekking with a llama… at Nidderdale
Nidderdale Llamas, Kiln Farm, Wilsill, Pateley Bridge, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 5EE
Another one right on our doorstep here in Harrogate. You’d think walking though the breathtaking Yorkshire countryside with a clear sky and a pub in sight would be enough for anyone. But what if you could do it with a llama by your side? Yes, this most un-Yorkshire of creatures has found a home here at Kiln Farm, so why not let the team at Nidderdale Llamas introduce you to a new type of furry friend? There’s a variety of different treks you can take, with scenic walks and full-day interactive experiences all available – just try not to get spat on.
4. Snack with sharks… at The Deep in Hull
The Two Rivers, The Deep, Tower St, Hull, East Yorkshire, HU1 4DP
You may have gazed in awe at a shark before, but have you ever had the pleasure of one’s company for dinner? Not only is gem in Hull’s crown The Deep one of the country’s best aquariums with over 3,500 marine creatures, its Two Rivers Restaurant has become one of the most talked-about eateries around – and not solely for its genuinely great food. If you like a bite with a fright, you can enjoy it surrounded by clear glass revealing the ever-moving residents of their main tank – that’s sawfish, sharks, rays and the rest, going about their business as you tuck into a delicious menu. Oh and there’s also penguins. Just in case you weren’t sold yet.
5. Get arty… following the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle
Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF4 4LG
The Hepworth, Gallery Walk, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 5AW
Henry Moore Institute & Leeds Art Gallery, The Headrow, Leeds LS1 3AA/H
A mock-motorway sign at The Yorkshire Hotel reception points to “The NORTH: Down-to Earth, No Fluff, Hard-Working, Reyt Bobby Dazzlers”… but don’t for a minute think Yorkshire doesn’t have a sensitive side too. The unique destinations that make up its so-called Sculpture Triangle can all be reached within a half-hour drive of each other and make for a truly unique, The Yorkshire-approved day out – particularly if the weather’s playing ball. With a focus on the contemporary, Wakefield’s sculpture park is a beautiful setting where you’ll enjoy the great outdoors as you take in the arts, while the Hepworth and Henry Moore Institute are fitting homages to the region’s finest creatives.