I’m very proud to be a Yorkshire lass and love to share all the great things there are to see in my home county of North Yorkshire. As 2021 is set to be a popular year holidaying at home, I have teamed up with Inntravel and rounded up 5 of the best North Yorkshire Staycations. From spa breaks in Harrogate to walking holidays in the Yorkshire Dales, I hope this post provides some inspiration for anyone planning their own North Yorkshire staycation!
Disclaimer: This post is to provide inspiration for 2021 travels and does not encourage travels during the UK lockdown restrictions.
5 of The Best North Yorkshire Staycations
This blog post has been sponsored by Yorkshire staycation specialists Inntravel
1. Walking in The Yorkshire Dales
The Yorkshire Dales is an area of outstanding natural beauty, with the most stunning valleys, boasting miles of fish filled rivers, historic castles, quaint villages, and authentic market towns.
The Yorkshire Dales are particularly popular for walkers, with hills upon hills to explore, and adventurous walking routes to discover, the Yorkshire dales bring millions of tourists in each year. This just proves how spectacular the dales are.
Not only is the scenery stunning in the Yorkshire Dales, but the accommodation that is provided is exceptional too. Yorkshire is known for friendly people, when you are walking down the street someone will always say hello and give a polite nod. A great base in the Yorkshire dales is the little town of Settle.
Read my blog post A Winter Get Away in Settle, Yorkshire Dales.
2. A Gastronomic Yorkshire Break
North Yorkshire is a place you can always find fresh and seasonal local produce. There is a huge choice of fantastic gastro pubs and fine dining opportunities, if you know where to look.
If you’re looking for a specific package, this gastronomic walking holiday package in North Yorkshire brings together the most beautiful scenery and wholesome regional cuisine. Perfect for foodies who want to try authentic meals by the best Yorkshire chefs. Each hotel within the package have brilliant restaurants, so you don’t even have to leave the hotel for food. The North Yorkshire hotels within this Inntravel package include The Pheasant Hotel, The Worlsey Arms Hotel and The Talbot.
This particular package holiday with Inntravel will give you access and insights to the grounds of the hotel, and to the walking routes around. With this exclusivity and the promise of indulgent award-winning food, visiting these North Yorkshire hotels will be an experience to behold.
3. Witches and Goths in Wondrous Whitby
Whitby is an amazing place for a Yorkshire staycation and it’s much more than your average coastal town. It is known as ‘Dracula’s birthplace’, as the author of the novel stayed in Whitby when writing and drew inspiration from the historic surroundings of the town. This has drawn people in from all over the world to discover the landmarks mentioned in the famous book.
One of the famous landmarks mentioned in Bram Stroker’s novel is the 199 steps leading up to St Mary’s church and the gothic Whitby Abbey. There is a lovely connection to the steps for funeral requests, as many residents of the town request for their coffin to be carried up these steps instead of being taken on the road that runs parallel to the landmark.
Amongst the many famous landscapes and sea front, Whitby is famous for its seaside cuisine, from fish and chips to lobster, you will struggle to find a town that serves seafood specials like Whitby does. For the very best fish and chips in Whitby, I recommend The Magpie, closely followed by Trenchers Restaurant.
Close by to Whitby is the small seaside town of Staithes. Staithes is very much like Whitby, but slightly smaller. Its filled with winding cobbled streets and colourful cottages, when walking around Staithes you will find character at every corner, making it another fantastic option for a North Yorkshire coastal break.
4.The spas of Harrogate
Harrogate is a picturesque spa-town in North Yorkshire, well-known for its luxurious spas, tea rooms and boutique shops. Harrogate is a great destination for couples looking for a less rural North Yorkshire staycation. With the historical Turkish Baths and the famous Betty’s Cafe, a weekend away here would be the perfect indulgent break.
After exploring the centre of Harrogate, you could venture out and visit Brimham rocks, a national trust site, famous for the large boulders that stand bold in different alluring formations. The rocks were formed over 320 million years ago, so visiting this national trust site will be placing you where dinosaurs once climbed and wondered.
My top hotel recommendation for Harrogate is Rudding Park Hotel. I have stayed here overnight and visited their spa which I would confidently say is the best in the whole of Yorkshire. You can visit the Rudding Park Spa as a resident of the hotel or on a spa day.
5.The cathedral city of Ripon
Ripon is a small cathedral city in North Yorkshire, popular for its historical buildings and gothic cathedral that dates back to the 7th century. Being one of the oldest cities in the UK, this is one of the best staycation spots in Yorkshire if you want to discover plenty of historical and authentic landmarks.
Ripon cathedral is one of the most popular landmarks in the town, with thousands of people flocking to see its stunning stature every year. Three miles outside of the city centre you will find Fountains Abbey, a great place to go and explore the ruins of the largest Cistercian monasteries in England. Both buildings filled with dramatic history, you will be sure to learn a lot on your staycation in Ripon.
Some of the best places to stay in Ripon include The Old Deanery, The Royal Oak and The Unicorn Hotel.
With so many North Yorkshire staycation styles, which one will you go for? From the coast in Whitby to the rolling hills of the Yorkshire Dales, there is nothing that a Yorkshire Staycation can’t cover. For more information and inspiration, leave a comment in the box below or get in touch with the team at Inntravel.