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Places to visit in Yorkshire Dales

Image of the Yorkshire Dales

If you enjoy the outdoors, then there are plenty of activities to keep you occupied while you stay at one of our holiday cottages with some of the best horse riding, rock climbing, mountain biking and cycling, both for beginners and also experienced outdoor veterans. Whatever your age walking in the Dales is one of life’s true pleasures.

National Park Centres

The park has five visitor centres located in major destinations in the park. These are located at:

Aysgarth Falls

Aysgarth, Leyburn, North Yorkshire DL8 3TH

Grassington

Hebden Road, Grassington, Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 5LB

Hawes

Dales Countryside Museum, Station Yard, Burtersett Road, Hawes, North Yorkshire DL8 3NT

Malham

Malham, BD23 4DA

Reeth

Hudson House, Reeth, Richmond, North Yorkshire DL11 6SZ

Culture

Yorkshire's confident and creative spirit can be witnessed across the diverse range of art galleries, craft centres and museums. From your country cottage you can drive across exquisite countryside to view sculptures at the many independent art galleries in our market towns and cool exhibition spaces in the urban centres. There is a cultural feast just waiting to be discovered and throughout the region are a number of local museums which reveal, through their fascinating and extensive collections, what life in the Dales was like in by-gone days.

The Herriot Gallery, Hawes

Located on the main cobbled street that runs through the market town of Hawes in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. The Gallery's selection of paintings and other artwork is constantly changing, and every couple of months, for around three weeks, it hosts solo-artist exhibitions.

Mill Bridge Gallery, Skipton

Located in a canal-side building dating back to 1675, this building is said to be the oldest dwelling in Skipton, and showcases the work of more than 20 talented local photographers and sculptors.

The Station, Richmond 

Once the town's busy railway terminus, this magnificently restored Victorian building is now home to a spacious art gallery over two floors. The art gallery hosts regular exhibitions of art and crafts, displaying some of the finest work in the region. Whilst you are there, why not take in the stylish café bar and restaurant; modern cinema, interactive heritage centre, and fine selection of food artisans, making and selling their produce on site.

The Old Workhouse, Pateley Bridge

Home to the award winning Nidderdale Museum, no6 studio gallery and specialist craft businesses working in a variety of materials, including hand-blown glass, clay and precious metals. Most of the craft businesses are well established and have gained a national and international reputation for originality of design and quality using both traditional and contemporary methods.

Family Attractions

Lightwater Valley

How about packing a picnic and heading off to Lightwater Valley Theme Park near Ripon, and experiencing a delightful day full of fun? You will also find the amazing Bird of Prey Centre, Lightwater shopping village & much more.

The Dales Countryside Museum

Housed in a conversion of the Hawes railway station in Wensleydale in the north of the area, this museum is the best place to learn more about the history of the Yorkshire Dales.

Skipton Castle

One of the best preserved and complete medieval castles in Britain.

Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway

Located just a short drive from the historic market town of Skipton and offers a relaxing experience travelling between Embsay and Bolton Abbey. Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends also frequent the station throughout the year.

Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Yorkshire Wildlife Park is open daily. There is a programme of ranger talks and demonstrations throughout the day, including the flying display of Birds of Prey provided by Icarus Falconry (weekends and school summer holidays only). There are lots of animals to see including wallabies, antelope, zebra, and camels.

Standedge Tunnel and Visitor Centre

Standedge Tunnel is the highest, longest and deepest canal tunnel in the UK, stretching for over 3 miles.

Forbidden Corner, Leyburn

A labyrinth of tunnels and chambers riddled with statues, loved by kids and grown-ups alike.

Outdoor Adventures

White Scar Cave

Britain’s longest show cave, set in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park at Ingleton.

How Stean Gorge

Ideal for gorge-walking, potholing and rockclimbing, this amazing limestone gorge is the perfect destination for those looking to blow out the cobwebs.

Camp Hill Estate, Bedale

Perfect for Quad racing, clay pigeon shooting, 4×4 off road driving, zip wires and much more.

Ingleton Waterfalls Trail

This breathtaking 4 mile trail provides amazing views of the waterfalls and provides the chance to spot many rare birds and plants.