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Our guide to luxury Yorkshire holidays

From terracotta-topped seaside villages to cities that bristle with creativity, and olde-worlde market towns set betwixt Brontë’s Moors and the dramatic Dales; you'll find it all in the Unique guide to luxury Yorkshire holidays.

Storybook fishing towns spill down to the North Sea, amaranthine heather embraces the moorland for miles, and the Yorkshire Dales are at the mercy of those much-storied elements; it’s not hard to see why Yorkshire is known as "God’s own country". Yes, there's brooding Brontë hillscapes and the slanted Snickelways, Shambles, and Gothic Minster of ye olde York; but there's also a vibrant cultural thread spun by Leeds and Sheffield, with their burgeoning artisanal food scenes and musical timbre.

In our guide to luxury Yorkshire holidays, you'll find the best places to eat, the top things to do, and all the must-see sights — from scenic circular hikes through UNESCO sites to the coveted surf spots that only the locals know. Wild winds usher families indoors for pots of tea and fireside Scrabble, whilst the grounds of sprawling country castles become lawn game hotspots come summer. And no matter the weather, there’s always time to plunge into an indoor pool as the private chef prepares a banquet for supper.

Locations in Yorkshire

Feel the draw of the great outdoors, with the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors on the doorstep; think sacred spires in Ripon, emerald folds in Holywell Green, sugar sands in Scarborough, and even a patch of the Peaks.

Collections in Yorkshire

From one-of-a-kind elopement wedding venues to quintessential country homes that call for lazy afternoons of library riffling and lawn croquet with the family dog in tow; no wish list is too fanciful, no longing off limits.

Things to do in Yorkshire

Seek fossils on the foreshore at Robin Hood´s Bay, carve trails through the Dales in pursuit of Malham Cove´s limestone amphitheatre, or descend on the Peak District with a ´picky tea´ of curd tarts and rhubarb hand pies.

Things to see in Yorkshire

Follow in the footsteps of Stoker´s Count Dracula on the 199 steps en route to Whitby Abbey, or see Yorkshire from new perspectives aboard the Settle to Carlisle train, long regarded as England´s most scenic railway journey.

Where to eat in Yorkshire

There´s more to Yorkshire ´bait´ beyond puddings and parkin — though it´s a good place to start. Find a fireside pew for sampling black tea and rhubarb crumble, or secure a coveted table at one of the region´s brightest stars.

Journals about Yorkshire

Find under-the-radar surfing nirvana in North Yorkshire, or tiptoe over dew-dusted lawns to your private pool in the Yorkshire uplands. Whether craving the coast or country, summer days or Christmas hideaways, you´ll find it here.

The Great British Spa-cation

The Great British Spa-cation

Put the wrapping paper down and the feet up. This year, the most sought-after winter stays are all about warm water therapy, palatial living, and never missing out on poolside Champagne.

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The best places to spend Christmas in the UK

The best places to spend Christmas in the UK

Mulled wine, mince pies, chocolate logs and twinkling lights; it must be the most wonderful time of the year. If you´re looking for a last-minute Christmas trip, here´s your guide.

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The season inbetwixt

The season inbetwixt

Curators of memories, now´s the time to find a place that´ll see you through from Hocus Pocus to Home Alone; a home where the devil (and the angel) is in the detail.

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The best luxury homes with private pools

The best luxury homes with private pools

On your marks, get set, and dive! This month marks the grand reopening of our pools for the season. Natural, heated, or designed like a Roman bath, these sparkling vats of water await your slinky arrival this summer.

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Yorkshire FAQ´s

Looking for advice on reaching the county in rush hour? Want to find the region´s most storied pubs? If you have a Yorkshire-specific query, you might find the answer here. For everything else, visit our general FAQs.

What are the eight cities of Yorkshire?

Spanning 2.9 million acres and home to 5.8 million people, Yorkshire is made up of four counties: North Yorkshire, East Riding of Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire. As of 2022, there are now eight cities in Yorkshire, including York, Leeds, Sheffield, Hull, Bradford, Ripon, Wakefield and Doncaster, which was granted city status by Queen Elizabeth II as part of her Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

What is the oldest pub in Yorkshire?

The Bingley Arms is a public house in Bardsey, West Yorkshire. Dating back to 953 AD, it’s believed to be the oldest surviving pub in the United Kingdom. Where better, then, to drink in a spot of history – with a pint of Black Sheep, of course.

Yorkshire is also home to the highest pub in England, The Tan Hill Inn, which is located at 1,732 feet above sea level in Swaledale.

How do I get to Yorkshire?

Yorkshire is well-connected by train, with daily direct services to York from stations across the UK. The train from London to York, Leeds or Sheffield takes just over two hours; from there, you can board regional services to popular destinations, including Whitby, Scarborough, Malton, and Harrogate.

The region’s largest airport, Leeds Bradford, offers domestic and international flights. If you’re keen to explore Yorkshire by car, then rest assured that the road network provides easy access around the region (though you might find some tractor traffic and wayward sheep on the rolling Dales back roads).

What are some traditional dishes to try in Yorkshire?

Traditional Yorkshire dishes include Yorkshire pudding (a classic accompaniment to a Sunday roast), Yorkshire parkin (a richly-spiced cake, made with ginger, oats and molasses), and Wensleydale cheese (a crumbly cow’s milk cheese crafted in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales).

Thanks to its impressive natural larder, Yorkshire boasts some of the finest fresh produce, with many of the UK’s leading restaurants sourcing seasonal asparagus, forced rhubarb, and crab from within its county bounds.

Own a property in Yorkshire?

Are you the keeper of a moorland manor? Or the custodian of a seaside bothy? From Robin Hood´s Bay to Malham to Thornton-le-Dale, we´re seeking Yorkshire´s most unique homes to join our growing portfolio.

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