Reasons to visit

Reasons to visit the Yorkshire Dales!

Reasons to visit the Yorkshire Dales!

There are dozens of reasons to love it here – check out a few of our favourites.

Aysgarth Falls

Aysgarth Falls

Aysgarth Falls is a dramatic landmark at any time of year. It comprises a gorge through which the River Ure descends by a series of stepped waterfalls consisting of horizontal layers of hard limestone separated by thin bands of soft shale.

Bolton Castle

Bolton Castle

Bolton Castle is one of the country’s best preserved medieval castles; it has a range of exciting things to do in Wensleydale. From family days out to historic tours; the raft of sights, sounds and smells brings the castle to life!

Dentdale Music & Beer Festival

Dentdale Music & Beer Festival

Dentdale Music & Beer Festival aims to provide entertainment for all the family. More than 25 artists will perform on the main stage marquee, as well as on the open mic stage located in the undercover seating area.

Fountains Abbey

Fountains Abbey

Fountains Abbey is a Cistercian abbey with an elegant Georgian water garden and medieval deer park. For centuries people have been drawn to this inspiring place. Green lawns stretch down to the riverside, a perfect spot for a picnic.

Grassington Festival

Grassington Festival

Held in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, Grassington Festival has been providing a lively and enriching cultural experience to residents and visitors for 35 years with its combination of performances, visual arts and live music.

Hardraw Scaur Brass Band Festival

Hardraw Scaur Brass Band Festival

The world famous Hardraw Scaur Brass Band Festival is Britain’s second oldest outdoor contest and takes place annually the second Sunday of September. Starting time is 10am although it is advisable to arrive early to get seats.

King’s Arms

King's Arms

Nestling in the heart of some of the most spectacular scenery, the King’s Arms offers a unique combination of the old and the new, a relaxed blend of excellent food, good beers and wines in the most stunning rural location.

Malham Cove

Malham Cove

Malham Cove is a natural limestone formation 1km north of the village of Malham. A well-known beauty spot, it is a large, curved limestone cliff at the head of a valley, with a fine area of limestone pavement at the top.

Mother Shipton’s Cave

Mother Shipton’s Cave

Mother Shipton’s Cave and the petrifying well is a unique, unspoilt remnant of the Royal Forest of Knaresborough. The Petrifying Well, nestled within beautiful park land, is a unique geological phenomenon that turns items into stone.

Raydale Preserves

Raydale Preserves

Raydale Preserves is a family run business established in 1978. Set in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales on the family farm in the valley of Raydale. The company is quite old fashioned and all the goods are made by hand on site.

Snaizeholme Red Squirrel Trail

Snaizeholme Red Squirrel Trail

The Snaizeholme Red Squirrel Trail lies in the heart of the Widdale Red Squirrel Reserve. The viewpoint and woodland offer an excellent chance of getting superb views of red squirrels as they visit a feeder in a woodland clearing.

Swaledale Festival

Swaledale Festival

The Swaledale Festival has a huge events programme which includes a core of classical music concerts as well as folk, brass band, jazz and world music, in addition there is poetry, film, dance, drama and so much more.

The Cheeseboard of Harrogate

The Cheeseboard of Harrogate

The Cheeseboard of Harrogate was established in 1988 and has since gone on to gain a reputation as one of the finest cheese stores in the UK, the shop pride themselves on stocking only the highest quality, seasonal cheeses.

Wensleydale Creamery

Wensleydale Creamery

Visit the Wensleydale Creamery Visitor Centre to learn more about their story and have the chance to see how the cheese is made, visitors also have plenty of opportunities to taste all the different varieties of Wensleydale cheese.

Yorkshire Dales National Park

Yorkshire Dales National Park

The Yorkshire Dales National Park has many moods; it can be wild and windswept or quietly tranquil. It includes some of the finest limestone scenery in the UK. Together, nature and people have created a landscape of immense beauty.

Yorkshire Festival

Yorkshire Festival

Yorkshire Festival is a collection of a spectacular range of events located across the country, across all art forms. Welcoming artists and performers from all over the world as well as celebrating Yorkshire’s own artistic community.