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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

A plethora of Yorkshire Dales attractions include fascinating heritage sites, beautiful scenery and family-friendly activities. Climb to the top of impressive Malham Cove, and appreciate the stunning views of the valley below.

Yorkshire Dales walks include along the enchanting Ingleton Waterfalls, or to man-made sights like the iconic Ribblehead Viaduct. This stunning feat of Victorian engineering crosses the valley of the River Ribble. Browse our Yorkshire Dales walking guide for further inspiration on how to experience the great outdoors. A catalogue of Yorkshire Dales pubs are on-hand for a refreshing drink along your travels.

Lovers of history will never get bored with the variety of heritage attractions in the Yorkshire Dales. The medieval Skipton Castle and the Norman fortress of Richmond Castle are among the most popular historic sites. Pendragon Castle is a ruin which, according to the legend, was built by King Arthur’s father in the 5th century.

A wealth of child-friendly Yorkshire Dales things to do are ideal for entertaining the little ones. Hesketh Farm Park and Holme Open Farm are among the most popular places to visit in the Yorkshire Dales.

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

    Bolton Abbey
    Skipton
    BD23 6AL

    01756 718000

    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 yorkshire

    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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  • National Centre for Birds of Prey

    National Centre for Birds of Prey

    The National Centre for Birds of Prey is the largest collection of these wonderful birds in the north of England. They are open 7 days a week and have daily flying demos.

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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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  • Canal in Skipton, Yorkshire Dales

    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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