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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. A things to in the Yorkshire Dales includes a 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
    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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  • Brimham Rocks

    Brimham Rocks Rd
    HG3 4DW


    This famous set of rocks scattered across a charming yet dramatic moorland setting, stand at an impressive 30 feet under the protected ownership of the National Trust.

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  • Cotter Force, near Hawes

    Cotter Force

    Yorkshire Dales
    United Kingdom
    DL8 3LR

    If you’re staying in the Yorkshire Dales and want to visit an accessible waterfall, we recommend heading to Cotter Force. You can find this cascade along the A684.

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  • Farfield Mill

    Farfield Mill

    Garsdale Rd
    LA10 5LW

    015396 21958

    An inspiring and passionate centre for arts and crafts, nestled deep in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, providing a cultural hub for creative exhibitions and demonstrations.

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  • gordale scar

    Gordale Scar

    Near Settle
    Yorkshire Dales
    United Kingdom
    BD23 4DL

    Gordale Scar is a charming limestone cliff inside a popular gorge that attracts visitors from all over for its inspiring environment.

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  • Ingleton falls waterfall

    Hardraw Force

    DL8 3LZ

    01969 667572

    England’s largest drop waterfall, standing at 100ft, is a spectacular natural landscape with its own heritage centre located on site.

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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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  • Yorkshire Dales Gorge Walking Group How Stean

    How Stean

    HG3 5SF

    01423 755666

    Stean Gorge is a popular outdoor sports venue and team-building destination in the Yorkshire Dales.

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  • Ingleborough

    LA6 3AN

    Situated in the south-western corner of the Yorkshire Dales at the highest point of a triangle of land with corners at Ingleton, Ribblehead, and Settle. There are several popular hillwalking routes to Ingleborough’s summit, the most popular starting at the village of Ingleton to the south-west.

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  • Ingleborough Cave

    Ingleborough Cave
    LA2 8EE


    Located above the village of Clapham, this set of floodlit caves are an alluring attraction with an easy access path laid out for the ease of visitors.

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