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Things to do in the Yorkshire Dales

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Discover the best attractions and activities the Yorkshire Dales has to offer

Being one of the top tourist destinations in the UK, the Yorkshire Dales has an array of attractions and things to do throughout the year

Visit fascinating heritage sites, experience beautiful surroundings or entertain the kids with the many attractions in the Yorkshire Dales. Climb to the top of impressive Malham Cove, and appreciate the stunning views of the valley below.

You can walk alongside the enchanting Ingleton Waterfalls, or take a trip to man-made sights like the iconic Ribblehead Viaduct. This stunning feat of Victorian engineering crosses the valley of the River Ribble.

Lovers of history will find their interest piqued by the medieval Skipton Castle and the Norman fortress of Richmond Castle. Pendragon Castle is a ruin which, according to the legend, was built by King Arthur’s father in the 5th century.

If you are looking for something to entertain the little ones, take your pick from numerous child-friendly attractions in the Yorkshire Dales. Hesketh Farm Park near Bolton Abbey and Holme Open Farm in Sedbergh are among the most popular.

During your holiday in the Yorkshire Dales, you will never be short of things to do with our Yorkshire Dales Travel Guide.

  • Bolton Abbey

    Bolton Abbey is a 30,000-acre estate located on the banks of the River Wharfe, it takes its name from the ruins of the 12th century Augustinian Monastery found within its grounds that visitors can explore along with the 80 miles of footpaths.

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  • Hesketh Farm Park

    A fantastic family day out, Hesketh Farm Park is a working farm with over 1,000 livestock such as cattle, sheep and pigs, which offers a play area, straw maze and a chance for children to feed and stroke the animals.

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  • Malham Cove

    A 260-foot tall limestone cliff crafted by an ice age river into a curving amphitheatre, Malham Cove is a fascinating geological site that offers commanding views of the valley below.

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  • Ribblehead Viaduct

    An iconic landmark and magnificent feat of Victorian engineering, the Ribblehead Viaduct crosses the valley of the River Ribble and is a popular photo-stop for walkers taking part in The Three Peaks.

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  • Skipton Castle

    The medieval fortress was built in 1090 by Norman Baron Robert de Romille, and despite a turbulent history of wars and sieges, has been preserved for over 900 years.

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  • Wensleydale Rail

    The Wensleydale Railway

    From the lowland Vale of Mowbray to the upland splendour of the famous Yorkshire Dales, this rural railway line passes through market towns, small villages, woodland and farmland, offering a great day out in some of England’s most beautiful countryside.

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