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.
Whether you are looking to visit fascinating heritage sites, experience the beautiful surroundings or entertain the kids, there are a multitude of attractions and activities in the Yorkshire Dales that will entertain all the family. Climb to the top of impressive limestone formation, Malham Cove, and appreciate the stunning views of the valley below, walk alongside the enchanting Ingleton Waterfalls, or take a trip to man-made sights like the iconic Ribblehead Viaduct, a stunning feat of Victorian engineering crossing the valley of the River Ribble.
Lovers of history will find their interest piqued by the Medieval Skipton Castle, the Norman fortress known as Richmond Castle and Pendragon Castle, a ruin which, according to the legend, was built by King Arthur’s father Uther Pendragon 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, such as Hesketh Farm Park near Bolton Abbey and Holme Open Farm in Sedbergh.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.