The 9 Most Beautiful, Quaint Towns To Visit In Yorkshire

If you’re looking for an escape in God’s Own Country this summer, we’ve got some idyllic spots for you to head over to. From sleep towns to bustling markets, we’ve got the prettiest, most beautiful towns that Yorkshire has to offer. Each town has its own personality and local shops that you won’t find anywhere else. As well as some great restaurants, pubs and food for you to get stuck into on your holidays.

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1. Grassington

As well as a bustling cobbled market square, that is fringed by shops offering local foods, speciality gifts and arts and crafts, Grassington has some beautiful natural beauty to admire, such as the Linton Falls. It is just a stone’s throw from some of the Yorkshire Dales most famous things to see, making it a great place to stay and the decent pubs with local beers help as well. It is also famous for being home to the fictional village of Danby from the hit TV series ‘All Creature Great and Small’.

2. Skipton

Otherwise known as the ‘Gateway to the Yorkshire Dales’, Skipton is a beautiful Market Town that has tonnes to offer its visitors. Whether it is visiting Skipton Castle for a history lesson, taking in its local markets on market days, or taking a lovely boat trip along the idyllic canal, you’ll never be short of things to do. It also has some beautiful bars and local produce to get stuck into, making it one of The Yorkshireman’s most favourite places to visit.

3. Beverley

Set in the East Riding of Yorkshire, Beverley is a beautiful historic city, that set in the countryside. You can enjoy a walk and an ice cream on the Westwood, before heading into town to enjoy some alfresco dining, and a few drinks from either one of their nice restaurants, bars or traditional pubs. Visiting for a special occasion? Why not get booked into the Michelin-Starred restaurant Pipe & Glass for an unfrogettable experience.

4. Harrogate

The historical spa town in North Yorkshire, just east of the Yorkshire Dales is popular with tourists, and with good reason. As well as its heritage as a fashionable spa town and its old-fashioned vibes, similar to that of its city counterpart York. It is one the most beautiful towns in Yorkshire to wander around and take in – especially the beautiful Stray, which is a public parkland in the centre of Harrogate. It also has some fantastic bars and restaurants to try, when you’ve finished a tour. For the perfect weekend break, why not check out a list of some of the best hotels Harrogate has to offer?

5. Knaresborough

If you missed out on a trip to Italy like us this summer, then Knaresborough is the next best option. With its labyrinth of medieval cobbled streets and lustrous history, it is the perfect place to visit. Dating back to the 5th century, it is one of Yorkshire’s prettiest market towns. Due to its unique perched above the River Nidd, it has everything to offer. Enjoy a calming row out in your own boat before enjoying an ice cream or a glass of vino next to the river – before heading back up to the town centre and its boutique shops.

6. Malton

Malton is seen as Yorkshire’s Food Capital, and a beautiful town in Yorkshire. They’re passionate about artisan producers, independent shops & high-quality places to eat. So, if you’re a foodie then the beautiful town of Malton is the place for you. As well as that, the historic market town is seen as the gateway to the stunning Yorkshire coastline and a great base for visiting some great attractions around the area.

7. Settle

The gateway to the three peaks – Settle is a beautiful town to visit in the Craven district of the Yorkshire Dales. It is surrounded by glorious limestone countryside that could take away from the town’s beauty, but the quaint little town has its own character that is worth exploring. Explore the history of the Settle-Carlisle railway, before enjoying some great food from one of its independent eateries, and a pint in a nice traditional pub.

8. Ilkley

On Ilkla Moor Baht’at! Ilkley is overlooked by the stunning Ilkley Moors and is a beautiful place to visit, whether you use it as a base to explore the surrounding countryside or venture into the town to learn its spa town history. It’s a brilliant place to relax. It has a range of independent shops to amble around before heading to the famous Betty’s Cafe and Tea Rooms for a taste of Yorkshire.

9. Pickering

Pickering is the gateway to the North York Moors, and much like its fellow towns frequenting this list, it is full of independent shops and markets, as well as surrounded by natural wonders. Its market is vibrant and packed full of great products and makes it one of the most beautiful towns in Yorkshire. Make sure you visit Pickering Castle, which has stood over the town since the 13th century. There is also the amazing North York Moors Railway to visit – the glorious heritage railway is not to be missed.

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