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Leeds is surrounded by beautiful and interesting places to visit, from the Yorkshire Dales to the very scenic Yorkshire East coast only 65 miles away

North Yorkshire Cities and Towns

Harrogate     Knaresborough    Ingleton    Ripon    Richmond    Rylestone Village   Skipton     Whitby    York

North Yorkshire Tourist attractions and North Yorkshire places to visit

Airedale Way       Almscliffe Crags   Beningbrough Hall    Bolton Abbey    Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway    Bridestones    Brimham Rocks    Byland Abbey    Castle Howard    Fountains Abbey   Goredale Scar     Harewood House     Marsden Moor    Malham Tarn   Malham Cove    Mount Grace Priory    North Yorkshire Moors     Nunnington Hall     Pennine Way    Rievaulx Abbey     Roseberry Topping    Settle Carlisle Railway      Studley Royal    Stump Cross Caverns    Three Peaks Walk    Whitby Abbey     York Minster    York Treasurer's House    Yorkshire Air Museum    Yorkshire Coast     Yorkshire Dales

North Yorkshire Castles
Barnard   Bolton Castle    Bowes   Castle Howard   Not a castle but a Stately Home   Clifford's Tower York    Helmsley castle     Knaresborough    Middleham Castle     National Railway Museum       Pickering Castle     Richmond Castle    Ripley     Scarborough Castle      Sheriff Hutton     Skipton Castle   


Airedale Way


Airedale Way: A 50 mile Walk from Leeds to Malham Tarn (North Yorkshire.)

~Douglas Cossar



Almscliffe Crags


Easy to get to being not far from local roads, situated just to the North of the Otley Harrogate road. Rock climbing, good views from top.



Bolton Abbey


Bolton AbbeyWebsite:

Telephone: (01756) 718009

Besides viewing the 12th ruins consider


There are 80 miles of footpaths through moorlands, woodlands and along the riverside. Two very popular walks are listed below.

Whilst in the area visit the

  • Cavendish Pavilion and a walk through the Strid woods and The Strid where the River Wharfe is funneled through a narrow gorge.
  • the 3 mile circular walk up the Valley of Desolation and see the 17 metre high waterfall.
    • Hardy walkers can continue up onto the moorlands to Simon's Seat
  • Priory church in Bolton Abbey village
  • Barden Tower
  • Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway

Bolton Abbey Footpath Map

Arthur Gemmell
from Amazon Price Guide: £0.50


Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway

Embsay station is 1.5 miles from Skipton. A 1.5 mile footpath between Bolton Abbey station and Bolton Abbey.

Facilities: Both stations have tearooms, picnic areas, free car parking and gift shops

Tel 01756 795189 WebSite





BridestonesThere is a 1.5 mile nature trail through the peculiar shaped rocks.

Location: North East of Pickering along Dalby Forest Drive (Toll payable)







Brimham Rocks


Brimham RocksSpectacular views over Nidderdale from the fantastic formation of millstone grit rocks.

Location: 8 miles South West of Ripon, turn left off B6265 onto the B6451.

10 miles North West of  Harrogate on the B6165 about 4 miles North of Dacre Banks.




Byland Abbey


Location Between Thirsk and Helmsley.

One of the 3 great monasteries of the North. It influenced the design of Rievaulx Abbey and York Minster. Europe's largest collection of medieval floor tiles in their original setting.



Castle Howard


Location: 15 miles from York



Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal


Location: 4 miles west of Ripon, off B6265

Distance from Leeds: 27 miles. The route bypasses Harrogate a Tourist Attraction Spa Town.

Events: Various events take place throughout the year.

Website Tel: 01765 608888.xx

Fountains Abbey is a spectacular 12th century Cistercian abbey. Within the same park there is a visitors centre near the entrance, pick up some leaflets. See also the nearby.

  • Fountains Hall Elizabethan mansion
  • Water gardens with River Skell, lake, ponds, cascade, falls
  • Deer park about 500 deer, and woods.
  • Lakeside Tearoom
  • Octagon Tower

Public Transport: Limited service Buses from Bradford, Ripon and Harrogate.


Ordnance Survey Explorer Map 0298: Nidderdale Fountains Abbey (Explorer Maps)

Map 1 November, 2000
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Fountains Abbey a Cistercian Monastery

~Peter Robson

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Pennine Way Books

Pennine Way North (National Trail Guides)
Price Guide: £8.79

National Trail Guide: Pennine Way South
Price Guide: £10.39


Pennine Way: South
Price Guide: £3.50




Harewood House and Gardens


Admission: Charged

Harewood House photographThe home of the Queens cousin, the Earl of Harewood.

House Gardens Adventure Playground Bird Garden Events Exhibitions

Location: Entrance in Harewood village, on the A61 Leeds Harrogate road. 7miles from Leeds

Website: Telephone: (0113) 218 1000

Transport: Bus service No. 36 Leeds Harrogate about every 20 min's. Save your bus ticket for half price entrance. A free shuttle service runs from the gatehouse to the house.   Free Car Parking



Marsden Moor Estate


6000 acres of wild moorland, valleys, reservoirs peak and crags. Send s.a.e. to The Old Goods Yard, Station Road, Marsden, Huddersfield HD7 6DH for a leaflet and guide for 6 self guided walks.



Malham Tarn Estate


The Pennine way runs through the estate

Malham Tarn Malham Tarn,situated above Malham cove the source of the river Aire, in an area of upland limestone country side.
Malham Cove The River Aire is first visible emerging from the foot of Malham cove a 100 metre high limestone cliff
Goresdale Scar See also nearby Goredale Scar

Airedale Way: A 50 mile Walk from Leeds to Malham Tarn

~Douglas Cossar


For more information on this very beautiful area around Malham see:



Mount Grace Priory


Mount Grace Priory

Remains of the most important and best preserved Carthusian ruin in Britain. 14th century priory

7 miles north east of Northallerton, on A19

Mount Grace Priory

English Heritage Publications
Paperback 1993

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Nunnington Hall


A 17th century manor house

Location: 4.5 miles South East of Hemsley North Yorkshire.

While in the area also see Rievaulx Abbey



Pennine Way


A 268 mile (429km) well signed trail running North / South along the backbone of England from the Peak District through the Yorkshire Dales and over Hadrian's Wall to the Cheviot Hills. A brilliant walking experience along old miners tracks, pack horse routes and drove roads. The walk reaches a maximum height of 893m (2947 ft) at Cross Fell.

A continuous walk takes the average walker at least a fortnight, the record is 2.5 days. Sections can be done over a series of weekends.

The Pennine way runs through the Malham Estate See above.

A certificate is available for people who have completed the Pennine Way.

Ensure you know "The Mountain Code" before attempting any part of this walk see the Top Tips on the Official Pennine Way Website

Several books are listed in the left panel



Rievaulx Abbey, terrace and Temples


Location: 2.5 miles North West of Helmsley, North Yorkshire, on B1257

While in the area also see Nunnington Hall



Roseberry Topping


Roseberry Topping

The summit, 320m above sea level offers magnificent 360o

Location: 2 miles North East of Great Ayton on A173

Public Transport: Bus: Redcar Stokesley



Stump Cross Caverns


Location: On the B6265 between Patley Bridge and Grassington at Greenhow

See the caverns and their amazing stalactites and stalagmites, some 170,000 years old.  Open mid March to end of October

Visitor Centre, gift shop, tea room, National Park Information point.

North Yorkshire Castles

Barnard  Bolton Castle   Bowes  Castle Howard  Not a castle but a Stately Home   Clifford's Tower York   Helmsley castle    Knaresborough   Middleham Castle  Pickering Castle   Richmond Castle    Ripley   Scarborough Castle   Sheriff Hutton    Skipton Castle



Bolton Castle Wensleydale


  • On a minor road to the North of the A684 between Aysgarth and Leyburn.
  • There are breathtaking views to be seen in Wensleydale especially further west.
  • Bolton Castle was where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned. 
  • Displays recreate a medieval household.
  • Limited access for less able visitors.
  • Refreshments available



Helmsley Castle


Helmsley castle has double earthworks, and an impressive stone keep. See the exhibition and tableau of the castle's varied history.



Middleham Castle


The favourite home of King Richard III. Enjoy the view from the massive keeps battlements, one of the tallest keeps in Britain. Visit the battlements for some great views. The castle was started 300 years before Richard III as a Norman earthwork castle. The present castle is  12thcentury.



Pickering Castle


Pickering castle was built on William the Conqueror's orders. Used as a royal hunting lodge



Ripley Castle


Ripley Castle was and is the home of the Ingilby family for the last seven hundred years.  Henry Ingilby collected taxes for Edward III and helped the king to finance the construction of Windsor Castle. His brother Thomas saved the king’s life and was knighted for his courage.  Looks like a fortified statly home than a castle.   Besides visiting the castle see the walled gardens and the stocks in the village of Ripley.

Ripley Castle is situated in the village of Ripley on the A61 north of Harrogate


Scarborough Castle


Scarborough castle has had a very long history around 2500 years as a defensive position going back to viking raid era. The castle withstood 2 sieges in the Civil war. It has also served as a prison and later as barracks until it was shelled by a German warship in 1914.


Sheriff Hutton Castle


Sheriff Hutton Castle, built in the early 15th Century. It was a residence of King Richard III.

Currenly being shown on TV in the Restoration program

North Yorkshire Moors

Situated beyond York a vast area in the direction of Whitby on the East Coast.

www.north york

North Yorkshire Three Peaks Walk

Ingleborough (723m) Pen y ghent (694m) and Whernside (736m).   This walk is also performed as a tough race

North Yorkshire Coast


Yorkshire Dales

See also www.yorkshire

Leeds Settle Carlisle Railway

Ribleshead Viaduct

Website: www.settle

England's most scenic railway

Trains from Leeds to Carlisle can travel on this famous section of railway line.

Some of the best scenic country side can be found in this area, and is ideal walking country.



Guided Walking Programs


Because of this Guided Walking Programs are organised from railway stations on this route on some Weds, Sats and Suns. Leaflets are available at stations and tourist offices.

Some of the walks are further a field from the stations and involves the use of a bus. The walks are free but train and bus fares have to be paid. The walk leaders will meet you o the destination station platform. Some walks return from a different station.

A similar scheme of Guided Walks takes place from stations on the Leeds Settle Lancaster Morecambe line.

See the leaflet with regards to footwear, clothing including waterproof clothing. There is a grading for difficulty from Moderate to Extra Strenuous.


Now on a seperate page Harrogate


llkley Hotels


Location: On the A 65 from Leeds

Ingleton nestles at the foot of Ingleborough the well known flat topped peak. Ingleborough is one of the peaks in the famous 3 Peaks Race. The others being Pen y ghent  and Whernside

Tourist information centre, Post office, and bank.


Devils Bridge


A couple of hundred yards upstream from the main A65




Thornton force, one of the waterfalls on this walk

Waterfalls Walk 4.5 miles (8km) 2.5 to 4 hours:

Facilities: Car Park. Picnic area. Toilets. Refreshment. Pay Kiosk A charge is made

An attractive circular walk, walking boots or strong shoes required. To view the waterfalls and Gorges on the river Twiss and Doe via a well defined footpath and steps over moderately inclined ground. Not suitable for wheelchairs or push chairs. Please read safety notices.

Tel 015242 41930 Website




Ingleborough 2375 feet


IngleboroughOne of the 3 peaks used in the Three Peaks Race

A less energenic Walk .5 to .75 day.

From Ingleton to the top of Ingleborough, down the other side passing Gaping Gill and Clapham Show Cave to Clapham on the A65. Fell walking away from roads so ensure you take all the necessary precautions for this activity.


Walks in Limestone Country: The Whernside, Ingleborough and Penyghent Areas of Yorkshire


White Scar Cave


White Scar Cave

Facilities: Car Park. Cafe. Cave shop. Picnic areas. Toilets

An Eco friendly Visitor centre has been built

Location: 1.5 miles from Ingleton on the B6255 road to Hawes

The Cave the longest Show Cave in Britain and sculptured by nature over 1000s of years. A subterranean landscape under Ingleborough , beautifully lit with gushing streams and waterfalls, exotic cave formations and 1000s of stalactites. Because of the low temperature a pullover or Jacket is required, even in summer. The tour covers 1 mile and takes eighty minutes. Open all year except Christmas.

Tel: 01524 242244 Website


Distance from Leeds: Shortest and Quickest 18 miles

Via: Harewood. Add 1 mile if you also wish to go via Harrogate


Knaresborough Castle


Knaresborough Castle


House in the Rock


House in the Rock


Mother Shipton's Cave


Dropping well near Mother Shipton's cave

Mother Shipton, a famous prophetess lived 500 years ago in the reigns of King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I. Born in the cave besides Knaresborough's famous dropping or petrifying well, an extremely slow running waterfall that turns items to stone by depositing limestone on the item, works similar to how stalactites and stalagmites are formed but much faster.

The main entrance (to car park) is on the Harrogate to Knaresborough road just before the bridge over the River Nidd. A very pleasant riverside walk takes you from the car park to the cave.



Knaresborough Hotels


Knaresborough Hotels


Malton is the gateway to the North Yorkshire Moors


Malton Hotels


Malton Hotels


  • Cathedral
  • Town Cryer


Ripon Hotels


Ripon Hotels


  • The Market Square has one of England's largest and historic cobbled market places. Surrounded by Georgian buildings
  • 3 Museums The Richmondshire, Green Howard's Regimen and the Georgian Theatre Museum
  • Award winning gardens at Millgate House
  • Easby Abbey ruins (2 miles away)


Richmond Castle


A formidable fortress with a massive 30 metre keep set high above the river Swale. Started in 1071 by William the Conqueror to subdue the rebellious North. The present stone keep was built in the 12thcentury. The view from the keep are stunning


Richmond Hotels


Richmond Hotels



Scarborough Hotels


Scarborough Hotels


Distance from Leeds: Shortest 27 miles. Quickest 30 miles.

Via: Otley and Ilkley

Skipton is an attractive market town and known as "The Gateway to the Dales".  Situated in the River Aire gap between the Craven Limestone hills to the North and the Millstone grit  Moors to the South

  • Colourful market 4 times a week.
  • Medieval Festival on 2 Sundays in December. The High Street is closed for the 2 days. Details: (01756) 796701



Skipton Castle


Location: At the top end of the High Street, Skipton. The town grew around the 11th Century Castle

Telephone: (01756) 792442


Skipton Castle 900 years of history in this most complete and best preserved medieval castle in England, founded by Robert de Romille, one of William the Conquerors Barons around 1090. The castle was restored in the 1650's after a 3 year siege 1642 5 by Parliamentary forces. The siege ended after a negotiated surrender.



Craven Museum


Situated in Skipton Town Hall. Contains objects that show the unique Craven history.


Climate Current weather in Skipton


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Rylestone Village


A village a few miles North of Skipton made World famous by a group of middle age women. The ladies posed naked for the Women's Institute Calendar 2003 in aid of charity.


Skipton Hotels


Skipton Hotels


Yorkshire Towns and the City of York   York Historic Walled City    Images of Sport: York City Football Club

York was the European Tourism City of the Year 2007


Beningbrough Hall


Beningbrough Hall has impressive baroque interiors and over 100 portraits from the National Portrait Gallery.

Location: 8 miles North West of York, off the A19 and A59


The City Walls


York city walls are very intact and most of them are remaining. The city gates are called Bars and some of them are very impressive. Views from the walls are wonderful and inspireing, if you have the time and if it's a nice day do the full circuit.


The Shambles


A quaint extremly old narrow street with overhanging buildings. Now a major tourist attraction full of old curiousity shop, york souveniers shops , restaurants and similar. located near to the Minster



York Minster


Location: Central York

Public Transport:




National Railway Museum York


National Railway Museum YorkNational Railway Museum, Leeman Road, York YO26 4XJ.
Tel: 01904 621261 WebSite

Location: 540 metres from York Railway Station





Treasurer's House  York


Period rooms, collections of furniture and artifacts

Location: Minster Yard, behind York Minster



Clifford's Tower


Clifford's Tower York The original Clifford's Tower was a wooden keep built on top of the Motte for William the Conqueror.

In 1190 the site of a mass suicide by many of the Jews who had taken refuge in the tower from a local mob. The remaining Jews were slaughtered by the mob. The wooden keep was set on fire.

Rebuilt in stone in the latter part of the 13th century in an unusual arrangement of 4 circular towers. The square gatehouse was added later.

Roger de Clifford, was hanged there in 1322. .The tower was named Clifford's Tower after  this event.




City Walls, Yorvic , Castle Museum.


3 very popular tourist attractions


Yorkshire Air Museum


Elvington, just off the York Hull road A1079, just beyond the York Ring Road.

The largest World War 2 Bomber Command Station open to the public.


Jorvik Exhibition Centre


See the sights, hear the sounds, sniff the smells of Medieval York, or should I say Jorvik as it used to be called, in this amazing tourist attraction.


York Dungeons

York Hotels

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The 142 room Holiday Inn York Hotel has a fabulous location in the Dringhhouses Suburban area or york, by the York race course and 1.5 miles from York City centre

The Holiday Inn York Hotel has a Lounge and a Family Friendly Restaurant, 24 hour room service and FREE Parking

84 double bedded rooms, 2 accessable rooms and Executive Suites.

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Express by Holiday Inn York Clifton, Shipton Road, Clifton, York YO30 5PA

The 49 room Express by Holiday Inn York Clifton is located in a semi rural area or york 2.5 miles from York City centre

Next door is the Dormouse Vintage Inn with a traditional English pub atmosphere.

and restaurant and

94 single rooms, 28 double bedded rooms and 6 accessible rooms.

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Express by Holiday Inn York East Hotel, Malton road, York, YO32 9TE

The 49 room Express by Holiday Inn York East Hotel is located in the Clifton Suburban area or york 1.5 miles from York City centre

The Express by Holiday Inn York East Hotel serves an enjoyable continental breakfast that includes croissants, fresh juices, cereals, yogurts, grapefruit segments, toast and muffins.

Next door is The Hopgrove Toby Carvery restaurant which serves good food all day every day


2 single rooms, 47 double bedded rooms including 2 accessible rooms.

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A Yorkshire coastal resort one of the main harbours having a whaling fleet of ships.

  • Whale bone arch on the North Cliffs
  • Harbour and the North and South piers, popular with anglers
  • 199 steps leading to the Abbey
  • Whitby Abbey
  • The country side around Whitby and the smaller coastal towns and villages are all well worth visiting.
    • To the North Sandsend, Kettleness, Runswick Bay and Staithes , and
    • To the South . Robins Hood Bay and Ravenscar
    • Inland The North Yorkshire Moors with some dramatic views


Whitby Abbey


A spectacular ruin providing a spectacular skyline located on top of the high South cliff.  Pedestrians can reach the Abbey by the famous 199 steps.  For the less energetic you can drive to the Abbey.


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Tourist attractions and places to visit

Airedale Way    Almscliffe Crags  Beningbrough Hall    Bolton Abbey   Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway   Bridestones   Brimham Rocks   Byland Abbey   Castle Howard   Fountains Abbey  Goredale Scar    Marsden Moor   Malham Tarn  Malham Cove   Mount Grace Priory   North Yorkshire Moors    Nunnington Hall    Pennine Way   Rievaulx Abbey    Roseberry Topping   Settle Carlisle Railway     Studley Royal   Stump Cross Caverns  Three Peaks Race   Whitby Abbey    York Minster   York Treasurer's House   Yorkshire Air Museum   Yorkshire Coast    Yorkshire Dales

North Yorkshire Castles
Barnard  Bolton Castle   Bowes  Castle Howard  Not a castle but a Stately Home   Clifford's Tower York   Helmsley castle    Knaresborough   Middleham Castle    National Railway Museum     Pickering Castle   Richmond Castle     Ripley    Scarborough Castle     Sheriff Hutton   Skipton Castle   

Cities and Towns

Harrogate   Knaresborough   Ingleton   Ripon   Richmond   Rylestone Village   Skipton    Whitby   York


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