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The Best Yorkshire Escapes You’d Never Think Of

· Joseph Sheerin · Yorkshire

Go on a Yorkshire holiday with a difference with these unique getaways.


From cycling holidays to a night on a working farm, do something extraordinary on your next Yorkshire escape.

Now that lockdown has been eased, you can escape to the countryside once more. But where to go? You’ll find loads of cool and quirky places to rest your head in Yorkshire – and we’ve picked out five of the best. They’re ready-made escapes, an experience in themselves, and they’re the perfect base for exploring, so if you’re ready for a post-lockdown getaway, this is the perfect place to start.

The House Boat Hotels

The Houseboat Hotels

Looking for a city break with a difference? The House Boat Hotels are just the ticket. Permanently moored on Victoria Quays in Sheffield, these static houseboats have been given an apartment-style makeover and are just a five-minute walk from the city’s bars and shops. They have a full-size shower, sink and toilet, with complimentary toiletries, as well as a fully-equipped kitchen, flatscreen TV and central heating.

The House Boat Hotels, Victoria Quays, Sheffield, North Yorkshire, S2 5SY. Find out more about their new coronavirus protocols.

York Holiday & Cycle Stop

York Holiday and Cycle Stop

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Love cycling? Then you’ll love this. York Holiday & Cycle Stop is just 2 kilometres from National Cycle Network Route 66, and seven fantastic routes start right from their site. Their glamping pods have two single beds or a king-sized one, with a heating system, full insulation, an electric kettle and free wifi. What makes it extra special is that each pod comes with a cycle storage container and a cycle wash area. It’s the perfect start or end point for a riding holiday and is the only place to stay in the region that caters expertly to the needs of cyclists.

York Holiday & Cycle Stop, Holtby Lane, Holtby, York, North Yorkshire, YO19 5UD. Find out more about their new coronavirus protocols.

Humble Bee Farm

Humble Bee Farm

If you’re looking for a family escape to the heart of Yorkshire, Humble Bee Farm is an instant winner. Nestled in the Yorkshire Wolds, it’s a working farm that has amazing activities including the Wildlife Ramble, lambing or calving and the Bat Watch. You can stay in cottages, wigwams, yurts and bell tents, and your trip is given a luxury feel with electric appliances in each. They also now have a wigwam with running water if you want the complete luxury experience, and there’s a BBQ you can use if you feel like it. Dogs are welcome too.

Humble Bee Farm, Flixton, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 3UJ. Find out more about their new coronavirus protocols.



Just outside of York, you’ll find Jollydays, a campsite with a difference. It’s an eco-chic boutique camping experience open from March until December, set in 200 acres of woodland. You’ll stay in a deluxe cabin lodge, complete with a four-poster bed, fridge and wood-burning stoves, which has space for up to six. There’s also a campfire area where you can BBQ or, if you fancy eating in, Van Outersteps will deliver food straight to your tent. While you’re here, you can try a host of activities, with everything from archery to polo. The Yorkshire Wolds and North York Moors National Park are just a few miles away, too.

Jollydays, Buttercrambe Road, York, North Yorkshire, YO41 1AN. Find out more about their new coronavirus protocols.

The New Inn Brewery Tap

The New Inn, Cropton Brewery

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This one is for beer lovers. The New Inn is a traditional family-run pub just outside Pickering but it has a couple of secrets to reveal. At the bottom of the garden lie The Great Yorkshire Brewery and Cropton Brewery. You can try out their beers in the pub and even go on a brewery tour with more than a few samples on your way around. You’ll need somewhere to rest your head too, and you can pitch a tent in their camping field, pick from their nine en-suite guest rooms or go all out with a stay in the 200-year-old Brewers Cottage, which has all the mod cons you’ll need for a memorable stay.

The New Inn & Cropton Brewery, Cropton, Near Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 8HH. Find out more about their new coronavirus protocols.