The cobbled streets of York attract millions of visitors each year. With highlights such as the stunning York Minster, an impressive castle and even a dungeon to explore, it’s easy to see why. But what about those wanting to explore beyond the city walls? We’ve got five suggestions for day trips from York, all of which can be easily reached by train.
Harrogate offers an unspoiled option for travellers looking to get off the tourist trail.
The spa town is famous for its lavish Turkish baths, which have a reputation stretching back for centuries. It’s the perfect day out for those looking to completely unwind. Visitors can enjoy the combination of steam rooms, heated chambers and even a plunge pool. It’s an experience in ultimate relaxation, which can make leaving understandably difficult.
Once you’re suitably relaxed and have managed to pull yourself away from the baths, why not check our what the town has to offer? Sure, there’s a Betty’s tearoom in York and afternoon tea here is a must. Although arriving early to avoid the queues is essential. For a more tranquil option, head to Harlow Carr Gardens. Here you’ll find award-winning floral displays and, maybe, another branch of Bettys!
Time from York on the train:50 minutes
This Victorian seaside town ticks every box for a nostalgic trip. Amusement arcades help you skip back to the good old days of with the sounds of rattling penny slots, a funfair boasting a Helter Skelter and quaint donkey rides along the beach.
Away from Scarborough’s south bay visitors will find a charming coastal town full of history. Nowhere backs this up more than the 12th-century castle, which is a notably spectacular fortress. It may be steep, but a climb to the top is worth the breathtaking views of the Yorkshire coastline. Then settle in for a hug in a mug at the Master Gunner’s house which has found a new purpose as a tearoom for visitors.
For some Mesozoic madness head to the Rotunda Museum. Inside you’ll find an impressive collection of mysterious fossils and dinosaur bones.
Fans of live music should check the listings for Scarborough Open Air Theatre. It’s the largest in Europe and has hosted, where acts like Elton John and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds have graced the stage in recent years.
The city was crowned as the European Capital of Culture for 2017, but is it a deserved title? We think so. Hull has undergone a massive transformation in recent years. The city has welcomed in a wealth of theatre, music, art and much more. This may actually be the best time to visit the cultural populous city.
Along the waterfront stands the iconic Humber Bridge, and eye-catching aquarium The Deep. But there’s more to see inland too.
The city’s Museum Quarter is a must-see while you’re in town. Discover sea monsters at the Hull and East Riding Museum of Archaeology. Or for something a little less fishy and step back in time at the Streetlife Museum of Transport.
Those with a poetic side shouldn’t miss the Larkin Trail. The walking tour consists of pubs, shops and just about everywhere else frequented by lauded poet Philip Larkin.
Wind down your day trip from York with a stroll along the Hull Marina. It’s the perfect opportunity to cosy up in one of the lovely cafes and traditional pubs before heading back home.
There’s a whole area in the Pennines dedicated to the Brontë sisters, but Haworth is the true highlight of Brontë Country. The three sisters, responsible for literary classics such as Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights, lived and penned most of their novels in Haworth. The former family home now serves as The Brontë Parsonage Museum, and by no surprise, is the most popular attraction in town.
Aside from literary legends, the cobbled streets of Haworth have plenty more to offer. Sweet-toothed visitors shouldn’t miss Mrs Beightons – a nostalgic sweet shop offering sugary treats both old and new. With sherbet fountains, bonbons and much more golden oldies, this confectionary haven is guaranteed to send you on a trip down memory lane.
The best way to reach this classic English village is by taking a 20-minute steam train ride from Keighley. The steam train gives passengers the opportunity to step back in time with a cream tea service in the onboard restaurant carriage. How’s that for travelling in style?
Time from York on the train: 50 minutes
This pretty little mill village on the banks of the Leeds and Liverpool canal is so well preserved that it was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 2001. Small it may be, but there’s no shortage of things to do in Saltaire.
The standout feature of Saltaire is undoubtedly the Salts Mill, a textiles mill turned art gallery and shopping centre.! Inside this Italianate building, you’ll find the world’s largest collection of work by local artist David Hockney. As well as the Story of Saltaire exhibition and a variety of cafes.
A short albeit steep walk away sits Shipley Glen, a local beauty spot offering sprawling views of the Pennines. Although very walkable, it’s best to take the Shipley Glen Tramway just to say you’ve ridden the country’s oldest cable tramway! However you choose to get to the top, your endeavours will be rewarded with a cafe, a traditional pub and green fields for miles.
While there are plenty of excuses to stay in York, there are also plenty to venture out and explore further afield. Do you have any suggestions for day trips from York? Leave us a comment below and let us know!