Yorkshire

Breathtaking countryside, spectacular coastline, historic cities and towns, there’s so much to see and do whilst staying at one of our caravan parks or holiday parks in Yorkshire. Here’s our guide to the Top Ten Things To Do whilst on one of our caravan holidays in Yorkshire.

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1. Enjoy afternoon tea at Betty’s Tea Room

Betty’s Tea Room has been serving afternoon tea in Harrogate since 1919. Little has changed since then with a genteel ambience redolent of a more relaxed age. Everything is beautifully presented. The afternoon tea is quite simply a work of art delivered on a three tier silver platter, laden with dainty sandwiches, freshly baked miniature scones and exquisite handmade cakes.

2. Discover Yorkshire’s most idiosyncratic attraction

The Forbidden Corner is a unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises created in a four-acre garden in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. The temple of the underworld, the eye of the needle, a huge pyramid made of translucent glass, paths and passages that lead nowhere, extraordinary statues – at every turn there are decisions to make and tricks to avoid. In the two decades since its inception, the place has become one of the county’s top attractions.

3. Climb the 199 steps to Whitby Abbey

Whitby has been a port for more than 1,000 years and is still a seafarers’ town today. With its quaint cobbled streets and picturesque houses clinging to the steep slopes of the River Esk, the town is dominated by its cliff-top Abbey. The narrow streets and alleys winding down to the quayside still bustle as they have done for centuries. From these centuries-old streets, 199 steps (it’s a tradition to count them) lead up to the parish church of St Mary, whose churchyard inspired Bram Stoker to write his world-famous novel, Dracula. A little further on are the ruins of Whitby Abbey. Here high on the cliff top, there are superb views down over the old town’s maze of narrow streets and busy quayside as well as across the valley to the famous Whale Jawbone commemorating the whaling history of the town.

4. Descend into Britain’s most famous cave

Gaping Gill is perhaps Britain’s most famous cave. From the moor on the flanks of Ingleborough in the Yorkshire Dales, Fell Beck plunges 105 metres into the main chamber and is Britain’s highest unbroken waterfall. Going down Gaping Gill is an opportunity normally reserved for experienced cavers.  However twice a year there is a chance for anyone to see this truly awe-inspiring underground scene – the chamber is large enough to contain York Minster – when two local potholing clubs set up a winch to lower the public down to see it for themselves.

5. Take a boat trip to Flamborough Head

Bridlington has been a popular seaside resort for generations thanks to its two long, sandy beaches, a historic harbour and family attractions. For many visitors it is traditional to take a boat trip aboard the Yorshire Belle out to Flamborough, the spectacular chalk headland that shelters the town. Along the promontory there are coves where fishermen in their traditional cobble boats still put to sea to catch the local delicacy of crab. However Flamborough is probably best known for one of the largest sites of nesting sea birds in England.

 6. Cycle along the stunning Yorkshire coastline

Take in the most spectacular stretch of the Yorkshire coastline on an 18-mile cycle track between the seaside resort of Scarborough and the historic port of Whitby. The route passes through Robin Hoods Bay, one of the most charming and popular villages on the coast featuring pretty coloured cottages with red pantile roofs huddled around a slipway at the foot of a steep ravine, and Ravenscar – the Edwardian resort-that-never-was.

7. Walk in the finest scenery the Dales has to offer

The village of Malham competes for title of most dramatic location in the Yorkshire Dales. It nestles below the towering limestone cliff, Malham Cove. Atop are impressive limestone pavements and dry valleys leading to Malham Tarn, the highest lake in England and home to a wide variety of birds. Also in the neighbourhood is Gordale Scar, a gorge formed when a limestone cave fell in, and Janet’s Foss, a lovely waterfall, both of which can be visited on a relatively easy walk from the village.

8. Visit one of the grandest stately homes in Britain

Set in an elevated position against the Howardian Hills with a magnificent facade that is visible for miles around, Castle Howard is one of the grandest stately homes in Britain. It is the largest house in Yorkshire and has been the home of the Howard family since the 17th-century and was the location for Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh’s classic novel of love and the British class system. It is situated in breathtaking parkland, dotted with temples, lakes, statues and fountains as well as formal gardens.

9. Immerse yourself in Hockney landscapes

In the last few years David Hockney has produced a series of landscape paintings of the Yorkshire Wolds, bearing testament to his love for this undiscovered part of the county. The Wolds are a series of gently rolling chalk hills and dry valleys, giving rise to scenery which is highly reminiscent of the Downs of southern England, although much emptier and less frequented by tourists. Open roads pass through countless villages with characterful inns, ponds and fine churches to charming and unspoilt market towns. Hockney has spoken of the, ‘hot, living’ quality of this ‘very beautiful Yorkshire landscape, a very preserved corner of England that has hardly changed in 50 years … The ground is extremely fertile, so one does not find anything for tourists – no teashops, just beautiful, undulating hills.’ While there are a few tea shops, as well as some excellent pubs, the beauty and authenticity of the place remains.

10. Head to England’s oldest visitor attraction

Knaresborough occupies a dramatic location – where the River Nidd cuts through a gorge with a large railway bridge across it. A collection of colourful characters associated with Knaresborough lend individuality to the town including Mother Shipton, a renowned 15th-century soothsayer. The Cave, her legendary birthplace, is near to the famous, unique, geological phenomenon – The Petrifying Well, which has such a high natural mineral content in its water that objects hanging underneath it will gradually turn to stone. It is reputed to be England’s oldest visitor attraction, first opening its gates in 1630!

If this inspires you, why not browse our selection of holiday parks and caravan parks in Yorkshire, and see what catches your eye?

Holiday Parks in Yorkshire

Home Farm

Peacefully located overlooking river meadows or nestling in tranquil parkland, these Scandinavian lodges enjoy a delightful setting on a family run working...

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£269 - £729 per week

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Griffon Forest

Tucked away in the heart of 100 acres of woodland offering a haven of peace and tranquility to visitors and wildlife alike,...

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£469 - £1335 per week

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Paradise Lakeside Lodges

An idyllic rural retreat with carefully managed grassland and woodland – home to a variety of flora and fauna. Superbly positioned on...

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£289 - £1639 per week

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Wighill Manor Lodges

Beautifully positioned amid 10 acres of idyllic rolling countryside housing a working farm in the heart of Yorkshire, these luxurious lodges boast...

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£419 - £915 per week

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Captain Cook’s Haven

Captain Cook’s Haven is beautifully set, on two levels, nestling beside the banks of the River Esk as it winds its way...

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£161 - £795 per week

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Kingfisher

At Kingfisher you enjoy a peaceful setting, just 2 miles from Knaresborough and 4 miles from Harrogate. Stately homes and gardens are...

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£244 - £630 per week

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Bridlington Holiday Cottages (formerly Carnaby)

Tucked away on a quiet country lane next to the pretty wooded copse of Carnaby Covert, this peaceful and relaxing park sits...

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£240 - £805 per week

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Raywell Hall Country Lodges

Raywell Hall Country Lodges is part of our Autograph Lodge Holidays Collection, set in the beautifully landscaped grounds of an elegant 19th...

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£329 - £859 per week

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Westholme Lodges

Westholme Lodges is part of our Evermore Lodge Holidays Collection, the ultimate in stylish relaxation tucked away on the banks of fabulous...

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£289 - £1065 per week

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Marton Manor Cottages

Set in the heart of a working farm with farm shop and tea room, converted from an 18th century barn, the cottages...

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£299 - £629 per week

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The Bay

The Bay is part of our Go Active Breaks Collection. Boasting private frontage onto a safe, sandy beach from its wonderful setting,...

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£204 - £1645 per week

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Brimham Rocks Cottages

Brimham Rocks Cottages is part of our Daisy Door Cottage Style Collection, perfectly positioned deep in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales...

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£328 - £1105 per week

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Orchard Farm

Enjoying a rural setting just a few miles from the resort of Filey, these quaint cottages are ideally located for exploring the...

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£265 - £925 per week

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Skirlington

This family run cliff-top park holds a David Bellamy Silver Award for Conservation and sits just 200m from the beach. The superb...

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£205 - £635 per week

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Hawkswick Cote

Surrounded by the breathtaking, unspoilt countryside of the Dales National Park, Hawkswick Cote offers a tranquil idyll for rural family holidays and...

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£269 - £595 per week

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Lindale Park

Peacefully set in a tranquil wooded site, this 5 acre family run park, awarded the David Bellamy Gold Award for Conservation is...

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£379 - £829 per week

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Spring Wood Lodges

Spring Wood Lodges is a small select group of Scandinavian lodges exclusively for couples, offering every comfort and creating a unique retreat...

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£515 - £859 per week

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Vale of York Lodges (formerly Yellowtop)

Conveniently situated between the historic City of York and the beautiful market town of Beverley, Vale of York Lodges offer a tranquil...

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£345 - £770 per week

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Faweather Grange Lodges

Faweather Grange Lodges is part of our Autograph Lodge Holidays Collection and located amidst the stunning scenery and tranquil surroundings of Ilkley...

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£399 - £1975 per week

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East Yorkshire Lakeland Lodges(formerly Westfield)

Enjoying a peaceful location in an unspoilt corner of the East Yorkshire coastline, these luxurious log lodges sit in beautifully landscaped grounds...

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£360 - £899 per week

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Barmston Farm

This small collection of caravans and cottages lie in a tranquil park setting on the edge of the sleepy village of Woodmansey,...

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£229 - £615 per week

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Allerton Country Park

Allerton Park is a quiet and relaxing holiday base ideally located for exploring the numerous attractions of the beautiful Yorkshire countryside, Harrogate,...

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£215 - £789 per week

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Oakwood Lodges

Oakwood Lodges is part of our Autograph Lodge Holidays Collection and is conveniently located amidst the beautiful scenery of the picturesque Yorkshire...

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£429 - £949 per week

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Withernsea Sands

Situated just a short walk from the Blue Flag beach at Withernsea, this park unites a superb location with exceptional facilities –...

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£155 - £884 per week

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Barmston Beach

Superbly located near popular Bridlington, with wonderful coastal views of the Yorkshire Wolds, Barmston Beach sits close to sandy beaches and boasts...

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£170 - £1156 per week

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Cayton Bay

Set in glorious countryside close to the seaside town of Scarborough, Cayton Bay boasts the best North Yorkshire has to offer. The...

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£212 - £1352 per week

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Skipsea Sands

Skipsea Sands makes a superb centre for your family holiday in a countryside setting close to miles of sandy beaches stretching from...

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£187 - £978 per week

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Weir Country Park

Set on a unique inland island within a few minutes’ walk of the historic village of Stamford Bridge - with shops and...

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£199 - £789 per week

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Blue Dolphin Holiday Park

If you are looking for superb facilities, a fabulous choice of entertainment and something to suit everyone in the family, Blue Dolphin...

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£197 - £1198 per week

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Sand le Mere Holiday Village

Set on the coast at Tunstall midway between the popular holiday resorts of Withernsea and Hornsea, offering access to a beautiful sandy...

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£125 - £1050 per week

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Pickering Lodges

Beautifully situated around two large natural fishing lakes, these bespoke lodges enjoy a delightful setting just outside the tranquil market town of...

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£289 - £895 per week

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Hollybrook Lodges

Nestling in a secluded, peaceful setting, these stunning lodges are surrounded by the beautiful open countryside of the Vale of York. Perfect...

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£349 - £1065 per week

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Hornsea Lakeside Lodges

Hornsea Lakeside Lodges is part of our Autograph Lodge Holidays Collection. Boasting a spectacular lakeside setting encompassed by 60 acres of unspoilt...

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£429 - £1345 per week

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Flamingo Land Resort

Set in over 375 acres of North Yorkshire countryside, Flamingo Land Resort provides the ideal location to spend time with family and...

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£515 - £1519 per week

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Dacre Lakeside Park

Peacefully set around a picturesque 6-acre lake, these beautifully designed Scandinavian log lodges offer a luxurious and tranquil base for a truly...

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£395 - £965 per week

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Cropton Lodges

Relax deep in the heart of Cropton Forest in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park. Set entirely within the Forestry Commision estate...

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£352 - £1960 per week

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Tollerton Holiday Park

On the edge of Tollerton Village within walking distance of its great village shop and two country pubs lies this select 14...

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£161 - £529 per week

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Woodland Lakes Lodges

Woodland Lakes Lodges is part of our Evermore Lodge Holidays Collection, a luxurious retreat set around tranquil fishing lakes in a relaxed...

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£299 - £945 per week

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York House Country Park

York House enjoys a peaceful village location on the edge of the North Yorkshire National Park. An excellent base for exploring historic...

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£255 - £835 per week

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Keldy Forest

In an idyllic location on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors and set entirely within the Forestry Commission estate.Keldy Forest offers...

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£390 - £2185 per week

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York Lakeside Lodges

This splendid family run park is set in wooded grounds with a beautiful lake as its centrepiece. It offers you a real...

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£279 - £919 per week

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Ribblesdale Lodges

Ribblesdale Lodges is part of our Autograph Lodge Holidays Collection. If you’re looking for something extra special then this stunning cluster of...

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£511 - £2275 per week

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Robin Hood Caravan Park

Set in the village of Slingsby on the edge of the Castle Howard estate, you are ideally located for exploring the many...

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£179 - £549 per week

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KP Lodges

KP Lodges is part of our Evermore Lodge Holidays Collection, the ultimate in über-cool luxury set in a 200-acre country estate. A...

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£405 - £1745 per week

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Riverside Lodges

Set along the banks of the River Ure and the Yoredale Way, this small lodge development offers a friendly, personal service and...

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£349 - £1618 per week

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West Tanfield Lodges

West Tanfield Lodges is part of our Autograph Lodge Holidays Collection, a small cluster of luxury lodges nestling in a beautiful lakeside...

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£455 - £999 per week

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White Rose Country Cottages

Set between York and Thirsk in Herriot country, White Rose is ideal for exploring the delights of North Yorkshire, Scarborough and Whitby....

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£255 - £789 per week

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Sun Hill Lodges

Sun Hill Lodges is part of our Autograph Lodge Holidays Collection, an exclusive cluster of luxury lodges perfectly positioned to command stunning...

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£355 - £1095 per week

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