Things To Do in the Yorkshire Dales

There’s more to Harrogate and Yorkshire than meets the eye and we have a plethora of walks, hikes and visitor attractions located in the Yorkshire Dales. Here are some of our recommended things to do in the Yorkshire Dales.

Fountains Abbey

Visit this wonderful World Heritage Site for a real slice of history. As a National Trust property, the medieval monastery dates back to 1132 and stands in solitary grandeur. It was founded by 13 monks and became one of the wealthiest monasteries in Europe. Take a stroll around the Moon Lake and gardens close by for a wonderful day out.

Lightwater Valley

For the big kid in you, Lightwater Valley has plenty to offer for a fun-filled day out. Located in North Stainley, the park is home to Europe’s longest rollercoaster, The Ultimate.  As well as multiple rides to choose from, there are plenty of other attractions to explore too. The Lightwater Falconry Centre houses Owls and Eagles with some great flying shows.

Brimham Rocks

If you’re staying at our Caravan Park with your four-legged friend, head to Brimham Rocks for a great day out with the pooch. The rocks stand at a height of nearly 30 feet and there’s some impressive balancing rock formations to behold!

The Forbidden Corner

Based in the heart of the Dales, in Middleham, The Forbidden Corner is an enchanting opportunity to explore tunnels, chambers and surprises. Rated as ‘Excellent’ by TripAdvisor, there’s lots to see for adults and children alike. We recommend booking tickets in advance to make sure that it’s not too busy as weekends attract a lot of footfall.

Ripley Castle

Not far from Harrogate is the quaint village of Ripley; a historic attraction that is open all year round. There are gentle walks around the Ripley Castle and gardens as well as a café, gift shop and cute village shops.

Visit York

If you fancy venturing into a city, we have York and Leeds close by too. York is steeped in history and boasts the York Minster as well as many medieval sights. Visit the Jorvik Viking Centre or the National Railway Museum for a historical tour, or if you feel daring try the York Dungeon where you’ll be fully immersed in the experience as you delve into York’s history in an ‘alternative’ style! Head down the quaint cobbled streets in the city centre and do a spot of shopping at some very exclusive boutiques too.

Visit Leeds

With regular buses and trains to Leeds, you can make the most of your Harrogate stay by spending a full day in this dynamic city and exploring some great attractions along the way. If shopping is on the cards, the Victoria Quarter and Harvey Nichols department store will keep you suitably satisfied, but there’s much more than just shops which makes Leeds such a popular destination. Why not catch a play at The West Yorkshire Playhouse or Grand Theatre, a building which dates back to 1878 and is neatly positioned in the heart of the city. If you’re looking for museums, the Royal Armouries is a great attraction as well as the Thackray Medical Museum which educates on the history of medicine and healthcare in an engaging way.

With plenty to see and do in the local area, the Yorkshire Dales has something to offer everyone.


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