Destination guide

Have an adventure in North Yorkshire

Known for its regional dialect, countless sheep and steaming mugs of tea as much as it is for its upmarket spa towns, seaside villages and Viking heritage, North Yorkshire sits proudly in the heart of northern England. Home to pristine sandy beaches, sweeping rural landscapes and 2 national parks, England's largest county offers an idyllic backdrop for fun with family and friends. Whether you plan to hunt for fossils along the Dinosaur Coast or enjoy some of the area's picturesque walks, North Yorkshire vacation rentals serve up the ideal base for your adventures.

Things to do

Experiences for all in North Yorkshire

Energetic travelers may try to complete the classic "Three Peaks Challenge" by reaching the summits of Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent in the Yorkshire Dales National Park within 12 hours. Prefer something a little easier? Wandering through the park's pretty stone-built villages and bustling market towns is equally appealing. Vacationing with kids? While younger travelers can't get enough of North Yorkshire's wide-open spaces, there is serious fun to be found at Flamingo Land. On the doorstep of your North Yorkshire vacation rental, the amusement park boasts 8 themed areas and swashbuckling pirate shows.

Activities

So much to see in fascinating North Yorkshire

Local guides can help you to truly discover North Yorkshire. Walking tours offering everything from a glimpse of the smuggling life to a taste of local craft beers run for much of the year, while coach excursions to the likes of the Kilburn White Horse and Dalby Forest concerts, along with heritage rail journeys between Pickering and Whitby in the North York Moors, are an easy way to pack more sightseeing into your stay in a North Yorkshire vacation rental. Be sure to allow a little time to visit York. This historic walled city counts the gothic-style York Minster and the fascinating Jorvik Viking Centre among its many highlights.

Weather

Year-round attractions in North Yorkshire

Like much of the UK, North Yorkshire has average summer temperatures in the low 60s, although 86 is known to make an occasional appearance. Vacations from mid-August and into September offer the chance to see one of the UK's largest heather moorlands erupt into a blaze of purple. Winters can be chilly, with lows of a little over freezing. That said, as the snowfall paints a pretty picture in the traditional stone villages, and the area's rolling hills reveal only tiny patches of green amid a blanket of white, the winter months in this part of the world can be exceptionally pretty.

Natural features

Seaside fun on the North Yorkshire Coast

From all the fun of the fair at the family-friendly town of Scarborough to the raw natural landscape on display at Robin Hood's Bay, the North Yorkshire Coast is as varied as it is unforgettable. Along the way, you'll find opportunities to pause a while and enjoy your surroundings. Perhaps you'll head straight for Runswick Bay on the Jurassic Coast, a stretch of golden sand and soaring cliffs just north of Whitby, and a renowned treasure trove of fossils and shells for beachcombers, or maybe a trip to see Yorkshire's last remaining piers at the charming town of Saltburn-by-the-Sea will be on the agenda.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around North Yorkshire

Fly into Durham (MME-Tees Valley), the closest airport, located 22.2 mi (35.8 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you can also fly into Leeds (LBA-Leeds Bradford), which is 24.2 mi (39 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, Thirsk Station, Northallerton Station and Knaresborough Station are the main stations in the city.

Where to stay around North York, GB?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 6,223 vacation rentals near North York. From 2,741 cottage rentals to 2,741 cabin rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near North York for a holiday or a weekend are on Vrbo.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in North York?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in North York. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Whitby: 1,969 vacation rentals
  • Settle: 347 vacation rentals
  • Harrogate: 1,005 vacation rentals
  • Scarborough: 1,945 vacation rentals
  • Yorkshire Dales National Park: 2,122 vacation rentals

And Vrbo offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in North York! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in North York?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in North York:

  • Whitby: 1,969 rentals
  • Settle: 347 rentals
  • Harrogate: 1,005 rentals
  • Scarborough: 1,945 rentals
  • Skipton: 1,135 rentals

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

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to North York?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in North York are:

  • Harrogate (HRT-RAF Linton-on-Ouse): 1,198 vacation rentals
  • Manchester Airport (MAN): 812 vacation rentals
  • Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA): 81 vacation rentals

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

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in North York?

Vrbo offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in North York. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Yorkshire Dales National Park: 2,122 rentals
  • Redwood Park Fishing Lakes: 1,234 rentals
  • Castle Howard: 1,347 rentals
  • Whitby Harbour: 1,927 rentals
  • Markenfield Hall: 819 rentals

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

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