10 pretty villages in Yorkshire

Morning in Hawes by Karol Gajewski

Morning in Hawes by Karol Gajewski - Credit: Archant

Yorkshire can boast of some of the prettiest and most-visited villages in the whole of Great Britain, so picking just ten from the hundreds across the county is a pretty impossible task. We’ve picked some of our favourites

May Morning in Haworth by Karol Gajewski

May Morning in Haworth by Karol Gajewski - Credit: Archant


Where it is: Haworth is in West Yorkshire, situated on the edge of the Pennine moors. The nearest mainline train station is Keighley and if travelling by car use the postcode BD22 8NJ.

What it's famous for: Haworth is a historically rich village with connections to the famous Bronte sisters who wrote most of their iconic work whilst living in Haworth parsonage.

What to do: Today, Haworth Parsonage is now a museum run by the Bronte society. The village has many other attractions including Keighley and Worth Valley Railway which is an authentic steam train running through the heart on the stunning Bronte Country. You can also take a stroll up to the Penistone Hill, the high vantage point overlooking Worth Valley and then finish of the day with a pint in Haworth's oldest pub, The Black Bull.

Hawes, Yorkshire Dales by Philip Doncaster

Hawes, Yorkshire Dales by Philip Doncaster - Credit: Archant


Where it is: Hawes is a small market town in the Yorkshire Dales, situated in the Richmondshire District. It is located at the head of Wensleydale and is accessible by car using the postcode DL8 3QL.

What it's famous for: Hawes is arguably most famous for it being the birth place of the delicious Wensleydale cheese, with the Wensleydale Creamery still functioning today. It is also home to Hardraw Force which is the highest single drop waterfall in England.

What to do: Visit the famous Wensleydale Creamery and discover the history and heritage of the truly tasty Yorkshire cheese. Spend the afternoon at Dales Countryside Museum, where you can let the children discover amazing objects and archives and get involved with different activities and workshops that they hold. The White Hart Country Inn is in the heart of Hawes and is the perfect place to tuck into some traditional hearty grub and even treat yourself for a night away.

Robin Hood's Bay by Janet Danks

Robin Hood's Bay by Janet Danks - Credit: Archant

Robin Hood's Bay

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Where it is: Robin Hood's Bay is a small fishing village located in North Yorkshire Moors Nation Park, near Whitby and Scarborough. The nearest train station to Robin Hoods Bay is Whitby and can be accessed via car using the postcode YO22 4SJ.

What it's famous for: During the late 18th century smuggling was rife on the Yorkshire coast, and Robin Hood's Bay was one of the busiest smuggling communities on the coast. The origin of the name of the village is still unclear and there is no recorded evidence that Robin Hood of Sherwood Forest Folklore ever visited the bay.

What to do: Take a horse ride around Robin Hood's Bay's stunning coasts and countryside on horseback, and take in the stunning sites of beaches, old rail paths and moors. If you fancy something a little bit more culturally rich then visit The Robin Hoods Bay museum which is home to displays of local shipwrecks, fishing and geology. You can have afternoon tea with a twist at Falling Foss Tea, set in the heart of Sneaton Forest, where you can walk through the woodland or take a paddle in the stream.

Staithes by Neil Bland

Staithes by Neil Bland - Credit: Archant


Where it is: Staithes is a season village situated in the Borough of Scarborough, North Yorkshire. Lealholm and Danby railway stations are the nearest to the village and if you are travelling by car then use the postcode TS13 5EA.

What it's famous for: Staithes is famous for its thriving fishing industry in the past and years of mineral production and was once one of the largest fishing ports on the North East coast.

What to do: There is a range of things to see and do in Staithes including a trip to the cosy harbour, hiking up Yorkshire's cliff tops, or immersing yourself into a bit of fossil hunting and rock pooling on Staithes small, sandy beach. Visit the Captain Cook Memorial Museum for a more cultural afternoon and finish off your busy day by tucking into to speciality seafood at Cleveland Corner Bistro, which uses Staithes finest local ingredients.

Village shops in Grassington by John Cocks

Village shops in Grassington by John Cocks - Credit: Archant


Where it is: Grassington is a market town in the Craven District, in the North of Yorkshire. It is easy to get to by train and is easily accessible if driving using the postcode BD23 5LS.

What it's famous for: Grassington is a top tourist spot in the dales and attracts thousands of visitors a year, yet still manages to keep its traditional Yorkshire charm.

What to do: Grassington makes for the ideal location for a short family weekend away as picturesque, cobbled village is bursting with unique local shops, eateries and friendly locals. Visit the Grassington Folklore museum or take the family cave exploring at Stump Cross Caverns. If you fancy an evening of luxury then book a stay at the award winning Grassington House and indulge yourself in chef, John Rudden's, luxurious dining experience.

Bishop Burton Pond by Pete Gillespie

Bishop Burton Pond by Pete Gillespie - Credit: Archant

Bishop Burton

Where it is: Bishop Burton is situated in the Yorkshire Wolds and is near the west market towns of Beverley and York. There is bus services between York and Hull and if you are travelling by car, use the postcode HU17 8QQ,

What it's famous for: The farming village is home to one of Europe's leading Equestrian Centres and even had involvement in the London 2012 Olympics as it acted as a training camp.

What to do: Bishop Burton is a small, friendly village, however still has plenty to see and do. See what events are happening at the Equine Centre, as they host a range of things including British show jumping and dressage. You can also visit the village's All Saints church, their uniquely named pub the Altisidora and their quaint village shop.

Sir Titus Salt, Roberts Park, Saltaire by Karol Gajewski

Sir Titus Salt, Roberts Park, Saltaire by Karol Gajewski - Credit: Archant


Where it is: Saltaire is a village located next to Shipley and is part of the city of Bradford. If you are travelling by train to Saltaire it has its own train station situated on Victoria Road or alternatively you can use the postcode BD18 3LF if travelling via car.

What it's famous for: Saltaire is a purpose-built 'model' Victorian industrial village built in 1851 by Sir Titus Salt, a leading industrialist in the Yorkshire woollen industry who built the village for his workers at his alpaca wool mill. It is one of two UNESCO World Heritage sites in Yorkshire, the other being Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal.

What to do: In the 1980's, the famous Salt Mills were converted into licensed shops and eateries. The mills are also home to the 1853 Gallery which is hosts a number of unique art collections including the world's largest collection of work from famous artist, David Hockney. Alternatively you could immerse yourself into The Saltaire Trip boat where you can take in the sites of the Leeds and Liverpool canal.

Skidby Mill by Terry Fletcher

Skidby Mill by Terry Fletcher - Credit: Archant


Where it is: Skidby is a small village based in the Yorkshire Wolds of the East Riding of Yorkshire, close to Hull and Beverley, making it a welcome countryside excursion from the city. There is public transport link into Skidby from Hull and if driving can be easy to find using the postcode HU16 5UH.

What it's famous for: Skidby is best known for its fully functioning wind will and the walks that surround it.

What to do: Skidby Mill is one of the village's main attractions and is the last working windmill left in East Yorkshire and is unique as it has the original outbuildings around the courtyard. You can also enjoy a relaxing coffee in Sails Café, which is based in the grounds of the historic Skidby Mill. Just outside of Skidby is the Beverley Minister, a strikingly stunning gothic cathedral brimming with history.

Cawthorne by Joan Russell

Cawthorne by Joan Russell - Credit: Archant


Where it is: Cawthorne is in the Borough of Barnsley and is situated in South Yorkshire. just off the A635 between Barnsley and Huddersfield.

What it's famous for: Cawthorne has a strong historical link to the Spencer-Stanhope family, who owned nearby Cannon Hall, the village is a popular starting point for walking.

What to do: Cannon Hall Museum has a fine collection of paintings, furniture, glassware and ceramics, the former working farm for the estate is now a popular family attraction .with over half a million visitors a year. For something to eat, The Spencer Arms was listed in the Domesday book and is now a gastro-pub and enjoys a fine reputation for the quality of its food.

Hills of Holmfirth by Joan Russell

Hills of Holmfirth by Joan Russell - Credit: Archant


Where it is: Holmfirth is in West Yorkshire, south of Huddersfield and is in the Borough of Kirklees. If you are travelling in the car to Holmfirth use the postcode HD9 3HZ, the nearest train station to Holmfirth is in Huddersfield.

What it's famous for: Holmfirth is most famous for being the home of BBC series Last of the Summer Wine, is has now become a top destination for tourists visiting the Pennines.

What to do: The landscapes in Holmfirth are truly breathtaking and make for the perfect scenery for amateur and professional photographers to snap. The rugged and beautiful Pennine hills and moors that surround this charming West Yorkshire market town provide some outstanding walking and cycling, as well as the Blackmoor Foot and Digley reservoirs. If you are a gig lover then visit one of the most unique venues around; The Picturedrome in Holmfirth as they host live events and concerts in a renovated old cinema.

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