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Historic Yorkshire cottages offer past and present in one

Historic Yorkshire is a great place for dog-friendly cottages near the Lake District. The town is known for its vibrant Roman and Viking heritage, as well as medieval abbeys, Norman castles, Tudor homes and beautiful cathedrals. You can explore the grounds of many of the historic sites with your dog, and you can enjoy the architecture while your pet plays on the vast landscape. Many of the restaurants and cafes in the area also allow dogs in the outdoor seating areas, so you don't have to leave your dog in the cottage while you dine on the town.


Follow in the footsteps of Roman legions and Viking warriors

Yorkshire has a long and fascinating history. The Romans made their mark more than 2,000 years ago and some of the ruins are still visible today. Then it was the turn of the Vikings, who sailed across the sea from Scandinavia to loot and plunder. Those who stayed brought their culture, cuisine and accents from their native lands. If you're staying in a Yorkshire holiday let in York, don't miss the Minster, which has been an important Christian site since the 7th century, while those staying in Leeds and Sheffield can delve into their industrial heritages. Alternatively, you could nab a rental in one of the spa towns, like Harrogate; charmingly, they haven't changed much since they became popular in the 19th century.

Things to do

Attractions and things to do for all ages

You're spoilt for choice when it comes to attractions and things to do near your Yorkshire holiday let, like marvelling at the eerie, clifftop ruins of the abbey in Whitby or going back in time at the excavated medieval village in Wharram Percy. Then there are the national parks, like the achingly beautiful Yorkshire Dales, where you can lace up your boots to go hiking along the well-trodden trails or get the adrenaline pumping on the downhill mountain biking tracks. Don't miss getting snaps of the Humber Bridge or boarding one of the historic trains that run along the Ribblehead Viaduct.


Sightseeing in and around Yorkshire

Are you searching for things to do while you're in town? Venture out of your holiday home and check out everything that Yorkshire has to offer. These are some of the top attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • York Dungeon (2.9 mi / 4.7 km)
  • Townclose Hills Nature Reserve (19.7 mi / 31.7 km)
  • Turkish Baths and Health Spa (21.9 mi / 35.2 km)
  • York Maze (0.5 mi / 0.9 km)
  • Fulford Golf Club (1.8 mi / 3 km)
  • Heworth Golf Club (2.7 mi / 4.4 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Yorkshire

Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to appreciate the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your holiday in Yorkshire. These are some of the area's most enchanting features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Townclose Hills Nature Reserve (19.7 mi / 31.7 km)
  • Hull Road Park (1.9 mi / 3.1 km)
  • Rowntree Park (2.8 mi / 4.5 km)
  • Dean's Park (3 mi / 4.9 km)
  • York Museum Gardens (3.2 mi / 5.2 km)
  • Goddards Garden (3.8 mi / 6.1 km)
How to get there

Transport to and around Yorkshire

Fly into Leeds (LBA-Leeds Bradford), the closest airport, located 27 mi (43.4 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could also fly into Doncaster (DSA-Robin Hood), which is 31.9 mi (51.4 km) away.

If you're travelling by train, York Station, York Poppleton Station and Ulleskelf Station are the main stations that serve the city.

How to get around

Getting around Yorkshire is always a pleasure

Wherever your Yorkshire holiday rental is located, it's never hard to reach. If you're flying in, try Leeds Bradford or one of the smaller airports, found in Doncaster or Sheffield. There's a reliable network of trains, including the East Coast Main Line and the TransPennine Express, which can whisk you from one town to the next through the beautiful countryside. Alternatively, you could drive and have the freedom to travel around Yorkshire at your own pace. Just be sure to score one of the Yorkshire holiday lets that have free parking spots.

Food & drink 

Fine produce to take back to your Yorkshire holiday rental

The Yorkshire folk are rightly proud of their cuisine, which has much more to it than just the Yorkshire pudding. If you're staying in a town or city Yorkshire holiday let, don't miss one of the regular farmers' markets, where you can pick up some of the county's finest produce or artisanal snacks. There's a growing craft beer movement and several small brewers welcome visitors who want to learn about the art of making a good ale. The locals are known for having a sweet tooth, which is no surprise when you try their curd tart or ginger cake. If all else fails, you can't go wrong with a bit of grub in one of the old pubs.

How many holiday rentals are available around Yorkshire?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 5,851 holiday lettings around Yorkshire. From 3,203 cottages to 3,203 cabins, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Yorkshire?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Yorkshire. From Vrbo UK travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Whitby: 1,566 holiday homes
  • York: 643 holiday homes
  • Penrith: 1,734 holiday homes
  • Lake District National Park: 2,317 holiday homes
  • Filey: 558 holiday homes

Vrbo UK offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Yorkshire! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Yorkshire?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Yorkshire with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Whitby: 1,566 holiday lettings
  • York: 643 holiday lettings
  • Penrith: 1,734 holiday lettings
  • Filey: 558 holiday lettings
  • Scarborough: 1,486 holiday lettings

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to Yorkshire?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of self catering accommodations near to airports. Airports with a large selection of self catering accommodations in Yorkshire are:

  • Hull (HUY-Humberside): 219 self catering accommodations
  • Harrogate (HRT-RAF Linton-on-Ouse): 849 self catering accommodations
  • Manchester (MAN): 765 self catering accommodations

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in Yorkshire?

Vrbo UK offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in Yorkshire. From Vrbo UK travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Peak District National Park Authority: 1,178 holiday rentals
  • Sherwood Forest Country Park: 278 holiday rentals
  • Forest of Bowland: 474 holiday rentals
  • Shambles: 800 holiday rentals
  • Bainland Country Park: 306 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Yorkshire listed on Vrbo UK where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday accommodations.

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