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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.

  • Family hiking through a forest

    Ingleborough Estate Nature Trail

    Ingleborough Estate Nature Trail
    LA2 8DS


    The Ingleborough Estate Nature Trails winds its way past a lake and along a steep river valley through beautiful woodland to Ingleborough Cave. The trail is the gateway to some of the Yorkshire Dales National Park’s most stunning limestone scenery including Trow Gill, Gaping Gill pothole, the limestone pavements, Norber Erratics and, finally, the summit of Ingleborough Fell.

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  • Nature Reserve

    Ingleborough National Nature Reserve

    LA6 3JE

    015242 42021

    Ingleborough Nature Reserve is a 1,014-hectare Site of Scientific Interest and is renowned for its spectacular scenery and wealth of wildlife. The site consists of wetlands, limestone, grassland, rockrose, moorland and much more. Within the rich plant life, you’ll find butterflies, bats, curlew, roe deer and more.

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  • Keighley and Worth Valley Railway

    The Railway Station
    Station Rd
    BD22 8NJ

    01535 645214

    Steam trains running regularly across 5 miles for visitors to witness magnificent views of the Yorkshire countryside.

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  • Lost Earth Adventures Pinnacle Ridge

    Lost Earth Adventures

    Head Office
    3 New Street
    YO1 8RA

    01904 500094

    An adventure tour company that provides guides and equipment for hiking, biking, abseiling, gorge walking, scrambling, canyoning, and climbing.

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  • group canoeing

    Low Mill Outdoor Centre

    Station Road
    DL8 3HZ


    If you want to enjoy a day trying new activities in the outdoors, be sure to venture to Low Mill Outdoor Centre. This non-profit Charity Trust runs outdoor experiences throughout the year, from gorge walking to orienteering.

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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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  • Ribblehead Viaduct

    Low Sleights Rd
    LA6 3AU

    An iconic and attractive viaduct, carrying the Settle–Carlisle Railway, that is an iconic Victorian landmark located close to the Cumbrian Yorkshire border.

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  • Ripon Cathedral

    Minster Rd
    HG4 1QT

    01765 603462

    An ancient, historical church dating back to the 7th century welcoming visitors to pay and reflect in an inviting and tranquil environment.

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