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Breath-taking 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. Read More...

Here’s our guide to the Top Ten Things To Do whilst on one of our caravan holidays in Yorkshire.

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 Yorkshire 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 breath-taking 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?

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    Scarborough, Yorkshire Moors & Coast, Yorkshire, North of England

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    Skipsea, East Yorkshire, Yorkshire Moors & Coast, Yorkshire, North of England

    Popular for its fantastic on-park facilities and amazing views over the North Sea, there’s something for everyone at Skipsea Sands. Located in the beautiful village of Skipsea, in...

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    Great Ayton, Yorkshire Moors and Coast, Yorkshire Moors & Coast, Yorkshire, North of England

    Angrove Country Park is part of our Autograph Lodge Holidays Collection. Set in beautiful surroundings, nestled at the foot of the Cleveland Hills and looking up at impressive local...

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    Aldbrough, Yorkshire Moors & Coast, Yorkshire, North of England

    Great Hatfield Lodges are set in a secluded location just outside the peaceful village of Great Hatfield in Holderness, and just a short drive from the picturesque Yorkshire...

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    Nr Bridlington, East Yorkshire, Yorkshire Moors & Coast, Yorkshire, North of England

    A relaxing break is the order of the day at Barmston Beach. Set on the Yorkshire coast boasting incredible clifftop views, this park is perfectly placed for peace and quiet. With direct...

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    Cayton Bay, Scarborough, Yorkshire Moors & Coast, Yorkshire, North of England

    You’re so close to the amazing Yorkshire coast at Cayton Bay that you’re sure to wake up to the fresh sea air. It’s the perfect start to a day full of adventure, but if...

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    Little Weighton, Nr Beverley, Yorkshire Moors & Coast, Yorkshire, North of England

    Set within one of England’s most beautiful counties, 4 miles from the stunning market town of Beverley and just 3 miles from the market village of Cottingham, this beautiful lodge...

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    Tunstall, Nr Hull, Yorkshire Moors & Coast, Yorkshire, North of England

    Enjoying unspoilt views over the rolling East Yorkshire countryside, this quiet and relaxing small family run park nestles on the edge of Tunstall, just 5 minutes’ drive from the...

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    Carnaby, Bridlington, Yorkshire Moors & Coast, Yorkshire, North of England

    Peacefully set in 11 acres of lush parkland teeming with wildlife, these exceptional lodges boast views over a beautiful lake and the rolling Yorkshire countryside. With Bridlington and...

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    Slingsby, Vale Of York, Yorkshire, North of England

    Located in the picturesque village of Slingsby in the heart of the Howardian Hills of Ryedale, you are ideally located for exploring the many delights of North Yorkshire.

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    Withernsea, Yorkshire Moors & Coast, Yorkshire, North of England

    Fairview Lodges is part of our Evermore Lodge Holidays Collection. Boasting a spectacular setting overlooking unspoilt tranquil countryside, this exclusive selection of luxury lodges...

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    Carlton–in–Cleveland, Yorkshire Moors & Coast, Yorkshire, North of England

    Blackwell Lodges is part of our Autograph Lodge Holidays Collection. Set in the beautiful surroundings of the North Yorkshire Moors and overlooking the Cleveland Hills this idyllic...

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    Welburn, Yorkshire Dales, Yorkshire, North of England

    Jamie’s Cragg Holiday Park located on the A64, the main York to Scarborough road, is nestled amidst pleasant meadows and woodlands offering a perfect mix between enchanting...

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    Old Langho, Ribble Valley, Lancashire, North of England

    Ribble Valley View is set in idyllic surroundings overlooking the rolling fields of the owners working dairy farm and offers an excellent base to explore Lancashire, North Yorkshire and...

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  15. Amotherby, Nr Malton, Yorkshire Dales, Yorkshire, North of England

    This beautiful lodge park offers an exclusive luxury lodge holiday. Nestled within 15 acres of unspoilt, picturesque countryside in the heart of Ryedale, bordering the North Yorkshire...

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    Tunstall, Richmond, Yorkshire Dales, Yorkshire, North of England

    A haven of peace and tranquillity between the Yorkshire Dales and North Yorkshire Moors, this superbly situated park teems with wildlife and boasts 26 acres of stunning grounds including...

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    Constable Burton, Yorkshire Dales, Yorkshire, North of England

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

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    Easingwold, York, Vale Of York, Yorkshire, North of England

    Thornton Lodge Country Retreats is part of our Autograph Lodge Holidays Collection, providing everything you would need for an idyllic country getaway close to the pretty market town of...

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    Low Skirlington, Skipsea, Yorkshire Moors & Coast, Yorkshire, North of England

    This family run cliff-top park, with direct beach access within 200 metres, holds a David Bellamy Gold Award for Conservation.

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    Tollerton, York, Vale Of York, Yorkshire, North of England

    On the edge of Tollerton Village within walking distance of its great village shop and two country pubs lies this select 14 acre holiday park. From here you are well placed to visit...

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    Allerton, Knaresborough, Vale Of York, Yorkshire, North of England

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

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    Stamford Bridge, York, Vale Of York, Yorkshire, North of England

    Set on a unique inland island within a few minutes’ walk of the historic village of Stamford Bridge - with shops and a choice of pubs. An ideal base to visit all the attractions of...

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    Tosside, Nr Skipton, Yorkshire Dales, Yorkshire, North of England

    Nestling in 130 acres of beautiful countryside, this lovely park sits on the doorstep of the spectacular Forest of Bowland and Gisburn Forest with its mountain bike trails. Perfect for...

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    Nr Filey , Yorkshire Moors & Coast, Yorkshire, North of England

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

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