Places of interest

Great places to visit in Yorkshire

A list of places we think you’d enjoy visiting as well as ideas for other things to do on your holiday; otherwise browse through the more detailed information below.


Herriot Country

The World of James Herriot

The World of James Herriot in Thirsk is a unique tribute to vet and author James Herriot. Based in his original surgery at 23 Kirkgate, Thirsk, North Yorkshire – the ‘Skeldale House’ of the Herriot books – it takes visitors on a journey back to the 1940s.

Visit the James Herriot Museum website for more details

acknowledgment: copy excerpted from the museum site

National Railway Museum


The National Railway Museum (NRM) in York is the largest railway museum in the world and attracts over 800,000 visitors per year.

The National Collection contains an unrivalled collection of over 100 locomotives, rolling stock, railway equipment, documents, records, artwork and railway related photographs.


photo: Dave Wilson

Stately Homes

There are many exciting places to visit in Yorkshire and most of them allow you a good drive in the car to get there. You can either take a picnic with you or eat when you arrive as most places have cafes and restaurants.

Here a few we recommend

Castle Howard
Fountains Abbey
Duncombe Park and Helmsley Castle
Scarborough Castle
Whitby and the Abbey
Burton Agnes Hall
Sledmere House

  • York Minster

    the largest medieval gothic cathedral in northern Europe with some of the oldest stained glass in the world.
    01904 557216

  • Clifford’s Tower

    steeped in history, the tower was built by Willima dn Conqueror on a large mound  that is covered with daffodils in spring and now looked after by English Heritage.
    1904 646940

  • National Railway Museum

    A must visit venue for all train lovers.  Features the Mallard (world’ fastest steam locomotive),  Japan’s bullet train and the Royal saloons from Queen Victoria to Queen Elizabeth II
    01904 611112

  • Treasurers House

    One of York’s most famous ghost stories is set in the Treasurer’s House.  It is now looked after by the National Trust.
    01904 624247

  • York Castle Museum

    Go back and walk the Victorian streets of York. A museum for all the famiy to enjoy
    01904 650333

  • Yorkshire Museum

    you can see the famous Jorvik/Viking helmet found in York among other archaeological finds – some of the best in Europe
    01904 687687