Top 10 Attractions in Yorkshire

The county is awash with great activities,from getting active outdoors, relaxing in the tea rooms, stepping back in time with the steam trains and museums, or spoiling yourself with some retail shopping.

You’ll be spoilt for choice for interesting things to do in Yorkshire so, to help you decide, here’s our Top Ten:


llkley Toy Museum

Tel: 01943 603855 / Whitton Croft Rd, West Yorkshire LS29 9HR

llkley Toy Museum  houses a private collection of toys dating from 350 BCE to modern times. Open all year round to the public, schools and groups. Great for families, and located 20 minutes from the hotel. Price: £3 adults/£2 children (aged 5-16)/Free for under 5’s/£8 family ticket (two adults and up to three children)/Free for wheelchair users. 

Manor House Museum and Art Gallery

Tel: 01943 600066 / Castle Yard, Church St, Ilkley LS29 9DT

Situated within the beautiful surroundings of the Wharfe Valley, the Manor House - one of Ilkley's oldest buildings - has been converted into a museum and art gallery. Free entry and open all year round.  Ideal for families with older children, couples and groups. Located 20 minutes from the hotel. 

Chevin Forest Park

Tel: 01943 465023 / Whitehouse Visitor Centre, Johnny Lane, Otley, Leeds, LS21 3JL.

Chevin Forest Park Local Nature Reserve is in the Wharfe Valley overlooking Otley. The reserve consists of a steep north-facing slope, which has a mixed cover of woodland, meadow and heath land over a lush area of some 180 hectares. Free / open all year round. Perfect for families, couples and groups. Just 5 minutes from the hotel. 

Walking Otley

Walking is the greatest outdoor pursuit in Yorkshire. Browse the web sites listed below for ideas and routes to walk during your stay with us. Free and suitable for all...sturdy footwear essential!


Harewood House

Tel: 0113 218 1010 / Harewood, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS17 9LG

Harewood House is a country house located in Harewood near Leeds. Designed by the architects John Carr and Robert Adam, it was built from 1759 - 1771 for wealthy trader Edwin Lascelles, 1st Baron Harewood. Entry from £14.00 / opening hours:  Monday to Sunday 10am – 6pm. Ideal for families, couples and groups. Located 15 minutes from the hotel. 

Yorkshire Dales Ice Cream

Tel: 01756 710685 / Calm Slate Farm, Holme Lane, Halton East, Skipton, BD23 6EU 

Quite simply, the finest ice cream ever made. Using fresh milk and double cream from selected farms in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, and delivered direct to the farm near Bolton Abbey, the ice-cream is traditionally churned with butter, sugar and other natural ingredients. Yummy...

Free entry / summer hours:  open every day, 9am – 6pm / winter hours:  Tuesday – Sunday, 9am – 6pm. Suitable for all ice-cream lovers. Located 30 minutes from the hotel.


The Best Pork Pies at Weegmanns

Tel: 01943 462327 / Weegmanns, 4-6 Market Place, Otley, West Yorkshire, LS21 3AQ

Vegetarians and vegans look away now...arguably the best pork pies in the country are freshly baked here every day. Unmissable! Open all year round, Monday to Saturday 8am – 5pm (closed on Sundays). Just a few minutes away from the hotel.

York Minster Cathedral

Tel:  01904 557200 / York Minster, Church House, Ogleforth, York, YO1 7JN 

The largest gothic cathedral in northern Europe, York Minster is one of the most impressive. The newest attraction - Revealing York Minster in the Undercroft - invites visitors to take a 2000 year journey through a series of fascinating interactive underground chambers.

The Turkish Baths in Harrogate

Tel: 01423 556746 / Harrogate Turkish Baths, Parliament Street, Harrogate, HG1 2WH 

Arguably the UK’s most popular spa town, Harrogate is home to the very special Turkish Baths, opened in 1897. The baths have been visited by Royal families from across the world so you’ll be in great company...

Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Tel: 01302 535057 / Brockholes Lane, Branton, Doncaster, DN3 3NH 

This award-winning wildlife park lets visitors get close to the animals – safely! The Lion Country attraction features an on-foot safari, unique in the UK, along 800 metres of outdoor walkways with up-close-and-personal views of lions rescued from a Romanian zoo.