Yorkshire is one of England’s most historic and most attractive counties. It’s county town of York is well known for its ancient walls and huge cathedral, but there’s a lot more to the city too including some great shopping streets and worldwide legacy in chocolate. Elsewhere in the county there are industrial cities mixed with beautiful rolling countryside. Here are our reviews of tourist attractions in Yorkshire and remember, all our attraction reviews are based on personal visits…
- Brimham Rocks, Yorkshire
Brimham Rocks is a beautiful National Trust site in the Yorkshire Dales, not far from Harrogate. The rock formations on Brimham Moor have weathered over the years into all kinds of impressive shapes, with many rocks left ‘balancing’ on top of others. There are many paths around the site, leading from the car park to the National Trust shop, however don’t feel you have to stick to them. We found the more interesting formations didn’t have a path to them.
- RHS Harlow Carr, Yorkshire
Harlow Carr is an attractive Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) garden in Harrogate, Yorkshire. It started life as a Botanical Gardens back in 1950 but was originally the grounds of a hotel and Spa. The whole site covers 58 acres
- Barley Hall, York
Barley Hall is a medieval town house nestled down a small alleyway in the centre of York, UK. It used to be the residence of the Mayor of York back in the time of Richard III, but its history became lost over the years that followed. The story of its re-discovery is the most amazing part of the exhibits you will see here.
- York Castle Museum, York
York Castle Museum is one of the best city museums we’ve ever been in for a number of reasons. The place is huge, with two large buildings forming the main museum and a water mill in the gardens.
- National Railway Museum, York
The National Railway Museum in York, England houses some of the world’s most loved steam locomotives and it’s free. The biggest draw is the Flying Scotsman which has been undergoing a multi-million pounds facelift, but you’ll also find the iconic Mallard and the Duchess of Hamilton here all polished up and on display.
- The Treasurers House, York
The Treasurers House in York is at the rear of York Minster and was originally part of the Minster’s administration buildings.
- Betty’s Tea Rooms, York
Betty’s Tea Rooms is a famous Yorkshire name in tea shops and the York branch has become the flagship for the chain. It has two floors and both are places to enjoy the best that Betty’s has to offer. The establishment serves main meals as well as pastries, cakes, breakfasts and light lunches, but most desired of all is the traditional Afternoon Tea of sandwiches, cakes and scones.
- York’s Chocolate Story, York
York’s Chocolate Story is one of the newest attractions in the city and celebrates its rich heritage for chocolate and confectionary manufacturing. Terry’s, Rowntree’s and Craven all started life creating classics like Fruit Pastills, the Kit-Kat and the Chocolate Orange.
- Clifford’s Tower, York
Clifford’s Tower has been an attraction in York for hundreds of years. It’s basically all that remains of the oldest part of York Castle. There was originally a wooden structure here which was built by William the Conqueror, but this was later replaced with the stone keep you see today.
- The Shambles, York
The Shambles in York claims to be Europe’s oldest shopping street and it’s best known for its period properties that almost touch across the street as the levels go up. The houses here have been lived in for hundreds of years, although they’ve also been places of work for just about as long. Originally they were the homes of butchers who sold their meat from the front room.