Yorkshire Dales National Park

Yorkshire Dales National Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

Skipton: 2-Hour Afternoon Tea Cruise

1. Skipton: 2-Hour Afternoon Tea Cruise

Climb aboard a luxury canal boat and enjoy a relaxing afternoon cruise. Start your cruise at the wharf, then sit back and enjoy the beautiful scenery outside your window. There is a fully-licensed bar onboard, serving alcoholic and soft drinks, including local beers. During the 2-hour cruise on the Leeds and Liverpool canal, afternoon tea will be served at your table. Savor delicious selection of sandwiches, fruit scones with strawberry jam and cream, and decadent desserts. Enjoy unlimited tea and coffee along with your food.

From Leeds: Yorkshire Dales Emmerdale Locations Bus Tour

2. From Leeds: Yorkshire Dales Emmerdale Locations Bus Tour

Although the current Emmerdale TV soap is now filmed on a closed set this tour will take you to the original locations dotted around West Yorkshire. You will visit the market town of Otley and the beautiful village of Esholt in West Yorkshire, used as Hotton and Emmerdale Village in the long-running TV show. Here, you can have a drink at the inn that was once used as the fabled Woolpack, site of many of the popular TV series most memorable scenes. You’ll also drive past the farm near Leathley where Emmerdale farm was originally shot. During the tour take the opportunity to get off the bus at several occasions. Stretch your legs, take pictures of the recognizable buildings and landmarks, and see the locations from one of Britain's longest-running TV soaps.

From York: Full-Day Yorkshire Dales Tour

3. From York: Full-Day Yorkshire Dales Tour

Leave York at 9:00 AM to explore the stunning landscape of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Stop at the 14th-century Bolton Castle, former home of Mary Queen of Scots, to enjoy the magnificent views over Wensleydale. Next, enjoy some free time in Hawes. Sample the cheeses at the world famous Wensleydale Creamery, visit the Dales Countryside Museum, or explore the quaint shops and cafes. Move on to the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Pass through the picturesque villages on the way to Kettlewell, the main filming location for the Calendar Girls movie. Explore the village, learn more about the true story behind the movie, or relax with the locals in one of the pubs and cafes. Finally, stop in the charming town of Pateley Bridge, winner in the Great British High Street Competition in 2016. Visit the oldest sweet shop in the world before heading back to York, arriving at around 5:15 PM.

From Manchester: Yorkshire Sightseeing Day Trip

4. From Manchester: Yorkshire Sightseeing Day Trip

Get a taste of Yorkshire on a full-day minibus tour from Manchester. Explore the county's history and cuisine, admire feats of Victorian engineering, and see the picturesque Hardraw Force waterfall. Make your way to the National Express Coach Station near Manchester Airport Railway Station to meet your driver for the day. Then, board your minibus and travel along roads inaccessible to normal buses throughout the day. After a partially-narrated 2-hour journey, arrive in Haworth to discover the stories of the Bronte Sisters — Anne, Charlotte, and Emily. From there, head to the stunning limestone feature of Malham Cove, formed by melt-water from glaciers over 12,000 years ago. See the impressive Ribblehead Viaduct, a masterpiece of 19th-century engineering, and take a stroll to get a closer look at its 1.5 million bricks. A stop at the must-visit Wensleydale Creamery follows. Sample some of its famous cheeses, made originally by Cistercian Monks. Next, visit the pretty village of Hawes, a honeypot boasting shops, cafes, pubs, and locals sipping John Smith's while munching a Yorkshire Pudding. Once you have explored Hawes, head to Hardraw Force, the UK's highest single-drop waterfall (30 meters/100 feet). Enjoy the splash pool and the breathtaking natural “amphitheater” before beginning your journey back to Manchester. Please note that the Hardraw Force entrance fee is not included in the tour price, but is available as an optional add-on for £2.50.

Windermere: The Brontes, Wuthering Heights & Jane Eyre Tour

5. Windermere: The Brontes, Wuthering Heights & Jane Eyre Tour

This tour takes you through three counties to the village of Haworth, where the Bronte’s lived, set in the bleak moorland landscape of North Yorkshire. You will drive through the beautiful Yorkshire Dales scenery for a stop in the ageless village of Clapham. See the infamous school attended by the Bronte sisters which became the inspiration for Lowood school in Jane Eyre. Following in the Charlotte Bronte’s footsteps, you can visit the pretty village of Wycoller with its ruinous hall, the model for Ferndean Manor in Jane Eyre. Discover the places the Bronte’s knew and the landscape which inspired them. Following this, explore the Bronte Parsonage, where Charlotte, Emily, Anne and Branwell lived with their father, Reverand Patrick Bronte. See where they sat and wrote Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre and The Tennant of Wildfell Hall, and discover how they lived and what their lives were like in industrial Yorkshire where death was constantly on the doorstep and freedom was on the moors. Wander down the high street of Haworth, having hardly changed since the Bronte’s walked here 150 years ago. See the Black Bull Inn where Branwell drank, and the old apothecary where he bought laudanum. Set your imagination free, breathe the chilly moorland air and gaze over the wild, dramatic landscape of Wuthering Heights. Discover the freedoms and restrictions, the successes and failures, the loves and losses endured in the world of Victorian England. This was a place which fashioned the passionate, emotional and tragic lives of the world’s most famous literary family.

From Liverpool: Full-Day Yorkshire Sightseeing Adventure

6. From Liverpool: Full-Day Yorkshire Sightseeing Adventure

Get a taste of Yorkshire on a full-day minibus tour from Liverpool. Explore the county's history and cuisine, admire feats of Victorian engineering, and see the picturesque Hardraw Force waterfall. After a partially-narrated 2-hour journey, arrive in Haworth to discover the stories of the Bronte Sisters – Anne, Charlotte, and Emily. From there, head to the stunning limestone feature of Malham Cove, formed by melt-water from glaciers over 12,000 years ago. See the impressive Ribblehead Viaduct, a masterpiece of 19th-century engineering, and take a stroll to get a closer look at its 1.5 million bricks. A stop at the must-visit Wensleydale Creamery follows. Sample some of its famous cheeses, made originally by Cistercian Monks. Next, visit the pretty village of Hawes, a honeypot of a town boasting shops, cafes, pubs, and locals sipping John Smith's while munching a Yorkshire Pudding. Once you have explored Hawes, head to Hardraw Force, the UK's highest single-drop waterfall, which is over 100 feet tall. Enjoy the splash pool and the breathtaking natural “amphitheater” before beginning your journey back to Liverpool.

3-day Yorkshire Dales and Peak District Tour from Manchester

7. 3-day Yorkshire Dales and Peak District Tour from Manchester

Day 1: Travel to the Peak District. In the late morning, you will arrive in Castleton. This quaint old town attracts travelers from all over the world for its quintessential English charm. Nearby, there are caves, a beautiful view up a valley, and an insightful information center. Venture to the beautiful valley at Monsal Head. There’s an old rail line viaduct that emerges from the green hills. It’s a gorgeous structure with an impressive history. If you’re hungry, then you’re in luck, because you’re stopping for lunch in Bakewell. Not only is this town delicious to look at, but it’s also the home of one of England’s most famous desserts, the Bakewell Pudding. After savoring every last crumb, head over to Chatsworth House. This luxurious stately home is incredible; you can admire the architecture, get lost in a massive maze, or praise precious art. Finally, head off in the early evening to your overnight stop in York. Day 2: Full-day Tour of York Spend your morning in York. Visit a chocolate museum, find out about the Vikings, or just stroll around the ancient walls. Around midday, leave York and head to Goathland. This town was used in the Harry Potter movies and is situated in one of the largest expanses of heather moorland in the UK. Your next stop is Whitby. This is the type of town everyone dreams of retiring in. There’s a beautifully-located, ruined abbey; old stone steps curving around viewpoints; and a lovely little beach to play about on. After exploring all the nooks and crannies of Whitby, travel to Robin Hood’s Bay. They doubt if the real Robin Hood ever came here, but there are still plenty of smugglers tales dotted around this remarkable harbor village. Finally, arrive back in York in the early evening. Day 3: Touring, Lunch, and Returning to Manchester Take the road to Fountains Abbey. This is one of the largest ruined abbeys in England and part of an important UNESCO Heritage site. Then find yourself surrounded by some of England’s most lovely waterfalls at AysgarthEnjoy a delicious lunch of Wensleydale's famous cheese and crackers. After lunch, travel past the epic Ribblehead railway viaduct before having a short snoop around the old castle-topped town of Clitheroe. In the evening, arrive in Manchester.

From Lake District: Full-Day Yorkshire Dales Tour

8. From Lake District: Full-Day Yorkshire Dales Tour

Choose from a pickup point in Windermere, Bowness, or Ambleside and begin your drive to the quaint village of Sedbergh. head up to see the famous Settle to Carlisle Railway and the spectacular viaducts. Later, venture down into Wensleydale and Hardraw before descending into Swaledale through the valley to the small market town of Reeth for lunch. After lunch visits Bolton Castle, where Mary, Queen of Scots was held as a prisoner. Take a journey up the valley to the spectacular Aysgarth Waterfalls. From the waterfalls head to Hawes, where you’ll stop before continuing on to the lovely village of Dent, famous for the Dent knitters and brewery. The return trip to Windermere takes a different route, traveling via Kirkby Lonsdale.

From Chester: Full-Day Yorkshire Sightseeing Day Trip

9. From Chester: Full-Day Yorkshire Sightseeing Day Trip

Get a taste of Yorkshire on a full-day minibus tour from Chester. Explore the county's history and cuisine, admire feats of Victorian engineering, and see the picturesque Hardraw Force waterfall. After a partially-narrated 2-hour journey, arrive in Haworth to discover the stories of the Bronte Sisters — Anne, Charlotte, and Emily. From there, head to the stunning limestone feature of Malham Cove, formed by melt-water from glaciers over 12,000 years ago. See the impressive Ribblehead Viaduct, a masterpiece of 19th-century engineering, and take a stroll to get a closer look at its 1.5 million bricks. A stop at the must-visit Wensleydale Creamery follows. Sample some of its famous cheeses, made originally by Cistercian Monks. Next, visit the pretty village of Hawes, a honeypot boasting shops, cafes, pubs, and locals sipping John Smith's while munching a Yorkshire Pudding. Once you have explored Hawes, head to Hardraw Force, the UK's highest single-drop waterfall, which is over 100 feet tall. Enjoy the splash pool and the breathtaking natural “amphitheater” before beginning your journey back to Chester.

From York: One-Way Tour To Edinburgh with Hadrian's Wall

10. From York: One-Way Tour To Edinburgh with Hadrian's Wall

Enjoy a relaxing journey through the scenic landscape of northern England and the Scottish Borders as you travel between York and Edinburgh on this tour by luxury vehicle. Benefit from a stress-free, door-to-door journey that takes in sights such as Bamburgh Castle along the way. Start your journey with convenient pickup from your accommodation in York. Avoid expensive taxis or the hassle of public transportation. Instead, let your driver help you with your luggage and settle down into the back of your Mercedes Benz V Class for your trip. Travel from England to Scotland in a hassle-free way and witness the landscape slowly change through your window. Stretch your legs at the tour's first stop in the Yorkshire Dales National Park or historic County Durham. Continue your journey through the wild terrain of northern England. Make a further stop at Hadrian's Wall, the famous border between England and Scotland. Alternatively, explore the tiny coastal villages and mighty castles of the Northumbria coastline. Cross the Scottish border, and admire the pretty landscapes of the border country and/or Scottish coast. Complete your journey by rolling into Edinburgh, the iconic and historic Scottish capital.

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What people are saying about Yorkshire Dales National Park

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 694 reviews

T’was a lovely day of sightseeing! Tim and Gillian did a great job of getting us there safe and had great commentary along the way. Would recommend to anyone with a literary background, or who wants to learn more about the Brontë’s and see a traditional Yorkshire village and moor.

We booked this trip last minute not sure what to expect, but it was a lovely few hours well spent . Very Relaxing watching the world go by enjoying the afternoon tea that was provided served by a lovely young lad . Would do it a again.

Fantastic day out with Mark. We loved all the history he shared and we can't stop thinking about all of the amazing places we saw that day. His food recommendations for lunch were spot on. Overall, we had a glorious time!

We had Lee as our tour guide/driver he was absolutely fantastic. Very knowledable and a great driver. We learnt alot and thoroughly enjoyed our day out.

Gorgeous scenery. Mark was very knowledgeable. Thoroughly recommend it - even with the rain.