From seaside towns to natural landmarks, you’re spoilt for choice when it come to sun-drenched days out in Yorkshire.
When the weather’s nice, it’s the perfect excuse to get out and explore God’s Own Country. You can escape to a historic seaside village, explore 12th century abbey ruins or get back to nature at one of Yorkshire’s best wildlife centres. You can even roam around a stately home and its grounds. There’s something for everyone across the region, so take a look and get the most out of the glorious weather.
Robin Hood’s Bay
Going to Robin Hood’s Bay is like stepping back in time. The tiny fishing village is filled with weird and wonderful 17th and 18th century buildings along the steep, tight streets. You can visit all kinds of boutique shops and historic pubs, as well as the Old Coastguard Station, a tiny museum crammed full of local artefacts. Then there’s the beach where you can scramble over the rocks, explore the rock pools and sunbathe by the North Sea.
The Old Coastguard Museum, The Dock, New Road, Robin Hood’s Bay, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4SJ.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Art meets nature at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, which is best enjoyed when the sun is shining. There are plenty of exhibits in the main building, but there are over 80 sculptures and installations to find outdoors, making it a no-brainer for a glorious day out. You can check out works by world-famous artists, like Barbara Hepworth and Sophie Ryder, set against a stunning backdrop of the Yorkshire countryside.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF4 4LG.
A trip to Haworth is an absolute must on a sunny day. Work your way along the cobbled streets, nipping into quaint cafes and shops as you go, before you reach the Brontë Parsonage at the top of the hill above the village, which is now a museum dedicated to the famous sisters. To make the most of the weather, explore further by venturing onto the nearby moors to soak up breathtaking views at Top Withens and pay a visit to the Brontë Falls before returning back to the village.
Brontë Parsonage Museum, Haworth, Keighley, West Yorkshire, BD22 8DR.
Thorp Perrow is a Victorian arboretum that covers a whopping 100 acres, so it’s easy to spend a whole day roaming through one of the North’s largest collections of shrubs and trees. They even have animals onsite – you can check out a birds of prey flying display or feed wallabies, which roam freely in Wallaby Wood. Taking the kids? Check out the woodland-inspired playground nestled within the trees.
Thorp Perrow, Bedale, North Yorkshire, DL8 2PS.
Known for its picturesque scenery and thriving independent community, Hebden Bridge makes for a lovely day out. You won’t spot many high-street brands here, instead you will find a host of independent stores, with a particular array of vintage and charity shops. There are plenty of cool cafes, bars and shops, as well as it’s own brewery tap at Vocation. For a dose of nature, take a stroll along the canal or extend your day with a short drive to to Hardcastle Crags and Gibson Mill.
Hardcastle Crags, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, HX7 7AZ.
The Forbidden Corner
Tucked away in the Dales is The Forbidden Corner, one of Yorkshire’s most bizarre but best-loved attractions. It’s home to a labyrinth of underground tunnels and chambers, with plenty of dead ends to keep you on your toes. As you work your way through four acres of gardens, you’ll come across weird and wonderful statues and impressive water features, with plenty of stunning views of the surrounding countryside as you go.
The Forbidden Corner, Middleham, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 4TJ.
A trip to Fountains Abbey on a summer’s day is a must. You can explore over 800 acres, which includes Fountain’s Mill, Swanley Grange and a medieval deer park. But the main attraction is the famous abbey. It’s over 900 years old and is one of the best preserved Cistercian chapels in the country. Surrounding the ruins are huge green lawns that stretch down to the riverside, so bring a picnic and find your perfect spot.
Fountains Abbey, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3DY.
York Bird of Prey Centre
You can see over 25 different species at York Bird of Prey Centre, which specialises in hands-on experiences. We’re talking bird-handling opportunities and educational talks, all day long. Catch one of the flying demonstrations out in the sunshine, where you can marvel at owls, vultures and falcons. Heck, you could even get picked to get close to a Golden Eagle.
York Bird of Prey Centre, Baston Lane, Huby, North Yorkshire, YO61 1JB.
The model village of Saltaire is ideal for a sunny day out. You’ve got the historic Salt’s Mill, which is home to a gallery, shops and a cafe, as well as a cluster of independents tightly knitted together in the streets nearby. To make the most of the sun, head down to Robert’s Park, which is right next to the canal. They have an impressive playground for the kids and you can take five on the vast fields that catch the sun all day long.
Roberts Park, 80 Higher Coach Road, Shipley, BD17 5RH.
Burton Constable Hall
It’s easy to lose track of time at Burton Constable Hall, with a huge country house and swathes of parkland to explore. You can take a tour around the stately home, which is filled with historic artefacts and artworks that date back over 700 years, followed by a peaceful wander through the pristine gardens. Want to venture further? There are 330 acres of beautiful parkland for you to explore.
Burton Constable Hall, Skirlaugh, Hull, North Yorkshire, HU11 4LN.Cover image credit: James LePage