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Wonderful Yorkshire - 360° Interactive Tour of Best Villages & Attractions

When it comes to staycations, Yorkshire is a county that truly offers a great variety of destinations. From the beautiful countryside, to the numerous seaside resorts with blue flag beaches, not to mention historic cities full of heritage to discover. We look at just some of the best attractions Yorkshire has to offer.

Whitby Abbey
What was once a 7th century Christian monastery and originally founded in 657, Whitby Abbey is now one of the most celebrated sights in North Yorkshire with over 2,000 years worth of history rooted right in the foundations. The Abbey's location dominates the East Cliff headland, hosting fantastic views overlooking the historic and popular seaside resort of Whitby making this a sought after place to visit for groups, families and explorers.

Castle Howard
Castle Howard, near York is recognised as one of Britain's finest stately homes. It is a private residence which has been associated with the Howard family for more than 300 years, the house and grounds are open to the public although dates and times may vary. Castle Howard is truly a place like no other with a 1000 acres of parkland, mixture of sweeping vistas, lakeside terraces, woodlands, temples and statues and formal gardens waiting to be explored.

Knaresborough Viaduct
Knaresborough Viaduct is based in the North Yorkshire town of Knaresborough which connects the town with Harrogate on the Harrogate line over the River Nidd. The local town also offers a delightful view point which many visitors like to visit and take photo opportunities.

Shambles
The Shambles is an old street in York, England famous for its overhanging timber-framed buildings which date back as far as the 14th century. The street used to be home to a large amount of York's medieval butchers, but today it is an inspiring remnant of the past and even the inspiration for Diagon Alley in Harry Potter (which is not hard to see why).

Ladybower Reservoir
Ladybower Reservoir is a large Y-shaped reservoir, the lowest of three in the Upper Derwent Valley, Derbyshire. The reservoir was built between 1935 - 1943 and then officially opened in 1945 - located at the heart of the Peak District National Park it's no wonder why this is a beautiful point of interest for a whole host of visitors, perfect for year-round exploring.

York Minster
The cathedral of York, commonly known as York Minster is one of the largest of its kind in Northern Europe. The minster is one of the world's most magnificent cathedrals and is the seat of the Archbishop of York - the third highest office of the church of England. A popular landmark where tourists can experience vast spaces, breathtaking medieval architecture and Roman roots.

Stanage Edge
Located north of the village of Hathersage, Stanage Edge is a prime place for walkers and rock climbers, a surrounding of rolling moorlands and Derbyshire countryside. Parts of this land-form was even featured in the classic film ‘Pride & Prejudice’ starring Keira Knightley.

The Piece Hall Halifax
The Piece Hall Halifax is a a Grade I listed building based in West Yorkshire, originally built as a cloth hall first opened in 1779. Today it is now a unique centre of history exhibits, shops, bars and restaurants.

Betty's Cafe Tea Rooms
Established in 1919 the famous Betty's Cafe Tea Rooms offers a taste of good old traditions and simple pleasures with everything from continental classics and British favourites on the menu. Indulge in the finest of afternoon teas or private dining for special occasions and be sure to pick up a few treat from the shop on the way home.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park
The Yorkshire Sculpture Park is an open-air gallery based in West Bretton near Wakefield. The park showcases work by British and international artists including Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth, the sculpture park occupies 500 acres of land outlines the border of West Yorkshire and South Yorkshire.

White Scar Caves
First explored in August 1923 by two amateur geologists, White Scar Caves is a show cave in the civil parish of Ingleton, North Yorkshire with tours running throughout the year for the public, onsite visitor facilities also include a shop and café. It is longest show cave in England and the UK, open from 10am daily February to October.

Sheffield Winter Garden
Sheffield Winter Garden in South Yorkshire is one of the largest temperate glasshouses to be built in the UK, home to 2,000 plants from all around the world. The winter garden was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003.

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