Sixty incredible places to visit if you're staycationing in Yorkshire this summer

If you're holidaying in Yorkshire this summer, these are 60 of the best places to visit and activities to try.

Hull Old Town
Hull Old Town

From award-winning beaches to wild moors, quaint market towns, underground caverns, pretty canals, stately homes and heritage railways, there's nowhere else in the UK where you can have such a breadth of experiences.

Burnby Hall Gardens, near Pocklington, are home to a nationally significant water lily collection. There are also aviaries, an Edwardian summerhouse, rockeries, a giant tree stump and numerous bird species.

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A small red squirrel population is now thriving in Snaizeholme, near Hawes, where a trail, feeding station and viewing area have been set up for visitors
Shibden Hall, near Halifax, is the ancestral home of Anne Lister, whose incredible life was the subject of the BBC period drama Gentleman Jack in 2019. Calderdale is home to many filming locations from the series
The riverside pebble beaches near Ilkley with views of the Dales draw huge crowds. The nearby spa town is well worth a visit too
Beverley, in the East Riding, has been largely protected from modern development and its heritage is intact. There's a Minster, a Georgian Quarter and lovely old pubs
The former mill town of Hebden Bridge is a buzzing hive of alternative culture, with a thriving LGBT community, music and arts scene set in a spectacular Pennine valley
Runswick Bay, near Whitby, is sheltered, safe and sandy. It's also a global pilgrimage site for fossil hunters - and The Times have just named it the best beach in Britain
Scarborough Cliff Tramway is a surviving example of a cliff lift from the town's heyday as a Victorian seaside resort
Visit York and you can take your pick of any era, from Roman ruins to a Cold War nuclear bunker. Pictured is the Treasurer's House in the Minster Quarter
Standedge Tunnel near Huddersfield is a feat of Victorian engineering. The nearby visitor centre runs boat trips into its dark depths
Hull Old Town is full of smugglers' pubs, merchants' houses and seafaring history. The port city also has a fine Museums Quarter
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Gardens are the place for romantic ruins, riverside walks and deer-spotting
The festivals take place in April and October, but Whitby is year-round gothic destination, with shops and even a B&B themed around the dark side and other sub-cultures such as steampunk
In this affluent spa town, even the Wetherspoons is inside what was once the winter gardens attached to the baths
Saltaire is Yorkshire's other UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was built by a Bradford mill baron for his workers, and you can still see the original housing, mill and shops
Malton has reinvented itself from quiet farmers' backwater to gastronomic destination. The market town is full of cookery schools, delicatessens and food festivals
Legend has it this intriguing feature of the North York Moors landscape was formed when an angry giant threw a fistful of earth
Its stock may have fallen, but buildings like public art gallery Cartwright Hall date from the boom years when Bradford's streets were paved with gold
Haworth is dedicated to the memory of Charlotte, Emily and Anne, and the parsonage where they grew up is now a museum. You can even reach the village by steam train
This quaint town nestled in the gorge of the Nidd is ideal for boating on the calm river. There's also a castle and Mother Shipton's Cave
Thorp Perrow Arboretum, near Bedale, is a nationally significant tree collection. The colour is particularly resplendent in autumn, and there's also a bird of prey centre and cafe
The Settle to Carlisle line runs over one of the bleakest and most remote parts of the Dales. It's a mainline, but the route is also popular with steam charter excursions
Guardian food critic Jay Rayner loved his visit to seafood and prosecco bar Clam & Cork, inside Doncaster Market's covered indoor hall, and gave it a glowing review
The village of Goathland in the North York Moors is still a shrine to the popular 1960s-set police drama which was filmed here for years
Crackpot Hall on the slopes of Swaledale is haunting - a farm abandoned by the last family who lived there. It also has links to the lead mining industry
Pateley Bridge took the title several years ago thanks to its thriving independent businesses
The Forestry England-managed site in Ryedale is ideal for outdoor activities, and is renowned for its mountain biking trails to suit all abilities
Pendragon Castle, on the border with Cumbria near Mallerstang, is a ruin with myths and legends in abundance. The land is private but you can view the site
The second-largest underground cavern in Britain is a vast cathedral beneath the Dales. A caving club operates a winch for visitors on certain summer weekends
Gormire in the North York Moors is one of just four natural lakes in Yorkshire. Nobody knows for sure where the water comes from - it's thought to be fed by an underground spring
Spurn Head is a 70-metre-wide spit jutting into the Humber Estuary with a nature reserve and the Spurn Point lighthouse. Watch container ships heading for Hull's docks pass
Bolton Abbey is the Duke of Devonshire's Yorkshire estate, and the River Wharfe passes through the grounds
Kirkstall Abbey, in Leeds, is one of many Cistercian monasteries in Yorkshire abandoned in the Dissolution of the Monasteries
This enchanting tearoom beside a waterfall is a converted gamekeeper's cottage in the middle of a wood near Whitby
This restored woodland near Ripon is listed by English Heritage and is full of mysterious follies
The RSPB nature reserve at Bempton Cliffs is Europe's largest seabird colony, and a boat trip can get you up close - you might even see dolphins
Malham Cove in the Dales is a fascinating geological feature formed in the Ice Age and beloved by generations of geography teachers
Minskip Farm Shop, near Boroughbridge, is one of several family-owned businesses supplying fresh, organic produce
Flamborough's JFlamborough's Jurassic-era cliffs are one of the best places in the world to find fossils from millions of years ago
Yorkshire Lavender, in the Howardian Hills, is not opening this summer, but you can still see and smell the glorious lavender fields as you pass the farm
The centuries-old Bingley Arms in Bardsey, near Leeds, has a secret passageway and a priest hole in the fireplace. It's also Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford's local
Howsham Mill on the River Derwent is an 18th-century watermill that's now been converted into a hydroelectric power plant
You need to pay a toll to actually cross, but there are viewing areas that allow you to admire this feat of engineering brilliance
Hutton-le-Hole is one of the most picturesque villages in the North York Moors National Park
Markenfield Hall, near Ripon, has been in the same family for centuries and has barely changed. It's open on selected days during summer
The York to Beverley railway line closed in the Beeching cuts of the 1960s, but part of the route is now the Hudson Way cycle path, and some of the old stations have been preserved
Our Yorkshire Farm star Amanda Owen and her nine children serve cream teas to walkers at Ravenseat Farm in Swaledale, and there's also a shepherd's hut you can stay in
Brave the highest pub in Britain
Staithes is a traditional fishing port that's also known as an artists' colony - and it's easy to be inspired
Wharram Percy, near Malton, was abandoned in the 16th century when its residents were evicted to make way for sheep farming, and it's been left much as it was
The village of Danby is a hub for activities such as walking, cycling and birdwatching
The Himalayan Garden, near Ripon, has unusual tree and plant species and a sculpture park. The BBC filmed Countryfile here and actress Joanna Lumley is a supporter
Holmfirth Vineyard is where Yorkshire wine is grown and made. There's a bar and shop where you can taste the produce
Coverdale is one of the most isolated of the Yorkshire Dales, with just one road in and out. The village of Carlton is home to around 200 people, but has a thriving community-owned pub
Thomason Foss, near Beck Hole in the North York Moors, is a tranquil spot for a picnic and a dip
Walk the Leeds and Liverpool Canal towpath
The Piece Hall in Halifax is an 18th-century colossus that's been lovingly restored and is now home to bars, shops and restaurants
The market town has a castle, a walled garden (sadly closed this summer), beautiful historic streets and the Duncombe Park estate
This reservoir near Huddersfield hides the remains of a submerged village that was sacrificed to make way for it - the church, vicarage and school are still standing