Countryside manors, luxury escapes and waterside havens – you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to spa days in Yorkshire.
Yorkshire is filled with marvellous spa days where you can escape, relax and gather some much needed ‘me-time’. From inner-city sanctuaries surrounded by culture to rural retreats boasting views across rolling hills, these are the 17 best spa days to be found in God’s Own Country. All you need to do is pencil that all-important break in your diary.
Swinton Country Club and Spa
With a clean-living ethos, Swinton Park’s health spa on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales is guilt-free pampering at its finest. The estate dates back to the 18th century and yet the spa facilities only opened in 2017 – and they’re modern and spacious enough to never feel crowded. The freshness of the outside is brought indoors through clever design and floor-to-ceiling windows. Even your lunch-spot, The Terrace, is influenced by fresh produce grown in the club’s four-acre walled garden.
Speaking of gardens, the spa is set in a massive 20,000 acres of countryside. It’s a true retreat, but no one will mind if you spend all day indulging in the spa instead. It can be hard to tear yourself away, with a salt steam room promising muscle relaxation, a pool filled with pure bio-filtered water and an alfresco herbal sauna tucked away around a fire pit. Personalised beauty treatments, relaxation rooms and outdoor beds with cosy blankets make it even more difficult to leave.
Swinton Park, Masham, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 4JH. Spa days start from £155 per person including full access to the facilities, lunch and a 90-minute treatment. Mini spa days and couples retreats also available.
Rudding Park Spa
Having recently undergone a £200,000 refurbishment, the 300-acre Rudding Park is now the jewel in North Yorkshire’s spa day crown. The hotel is the ultimate in luxury and its award-winning spa boasts an indoor pool sourced from the park’s very own spring water, a juniper log sauna with natural aromas and even a series of Mind and Sense Zones with mood walls, meditation tracks and puzzles to immerse your senses. Lunch is taken in the Horto Cafe, led by classically trained chef (and Masterchef: The Professionals finalist), Murray Wilson.
The real highlight, however, is the Rooftop Spa and Garden. The balmy hydrotherapy pool begins indoors but slowly inches outside where you can lap up views of the grounds while lying on an in-pool massage bed. The herbal steam room uses infusions from Rudding Park’s very own kitchen garden, while the giant rooftop jacuzzi is even more spectacular after the sun goes down. That’s before you even visit the ‘experience’ showers, foot spas or garden sauna. This spa day doesn’t come cheap, but it’s a memorable experience for all the right reasons.
Rudding Park, Rudding Lane, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 1LL. Spa days start from £143 per person including full access to the facilities, a two-course lunch and a 50-minute treatment.
The big daddy on Yorkshire’s spa day scene, Titanic Spa is grand in name and grand in proportion. Quite frankly, this place is huge. You can make use of the herbal infusion room, Turkish steam bath, ice room, saunarium (that’s a typical Scandinavian sauna but with a steam infusion), hydrotherapy pools, relaxation rooms and outdoor hot tub – the list goes on. If it’s possible to get lost in leisure, this is the place to do it.
Being the UK’s first Eco-Spa, there’s also a full range of pampering beauty treatments on offer. The organic full body massage with luxury Neom essential oils is their signature treatment, but you might find yourself tempted by the Elemis frangipani body wrap – it uses uses velvety monoi oil to rehydrate your skin. This is your one-stop-shop for a great-value Yorkshire spa break that has everything covered.
Titanic Spa, Low Westwood Lane, Linthwaite, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD7 5UN. Spa days start from £193 including two 55-minute treatment, a light lunch and full access to the facilities.
The Devonshire Arms Hotel and Spa
If you want a Yorkshire spa day with history, you can’t do much better than the Devonshire Arms spa, which is located in the same grounds as impressive Bolton Abbey – the ancestral home of the Duke of Devonshire. After your stroll along the banks of the River Wharfe, ditch your walking gear in favour of fluffy robes and sandals. Situated in a restored barn, the spa is a cosy yet characterful escape, adorned with exposed brick walls, soft furnishings and flickering candles at every turn.
The romantic vibe makes it an ideal day spa for couples, and there’s an entire treatment menu just for men to get their pamper on. ESPA beauty treatments and massages are must-dos at this rural retreat. Still not spoiling yourself enough? Swap out the lunch and upgrade your experience to include a full Devonshire afternoon tea in the adjacent hotel. The only downside is you’ll have to get out of that snuggly robe.
The Devonshire Arms Hotel and Spa, Bolton Abbey, Bolton Bridge, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 6AJ. Spa days cost £105 per person Monday to Friday or £115 Saturday to Sunday including full use of the facilities, lunch and a choice of a 50-minute or two 25-minute treatments.
Wood Hall Hotel & Spa
A spa day just half an hour north of Leeds, Wood Hall was originally built as a country escape for the Scott family in 1790, but now it sits proudly atop a hill, welcoming members of the public looking for a slice of countryside calm. Based inside a listed building, the spa area is small but perfectly formed, with an indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, steam room and relaxation room ready to help you unwind.
Variety is the spice of life with their spa day packages, which range from afternoon tea retreats to champagne getaways for couples. When it comes to your treatment you’d better get your thinking cap on with an array of massages, beauty treatments, scrubs, wraps and facials to choose from – they’ve got over 70 options in total. After you’ve enjoyed a relaxing day, pop into The Georgian restaurant next door. It has two AA Rosettes to its name and is a great spot for a post-pamper bite to eat.
Wood Hall Hotel & Spa, Trip Lane, Wetherby, West Yorkshire, LS22 4JA. Spa days start from £98 per person Monday to Thursday or £111 Friday to Sunday including full use of the facilities, a two-course lunch and a treatment.
Harrogate Turkish Baths and Health Spa
If a full day spent in the endless countryside makes you feel a little antsy, opt for this unique urban sanctuary instead. Right in the middle of the beautiful town of Harrogate, this spa gives you the chance to step back in time in their fully-restored, Victorian Turkish Baths. It’s a rare opportunity, especially as it is one of only seven remaining baths in the UK that date back to the 19th century.
The Moorish design of Harrogate Turkish Baths has been brought back to its former glory. Vibrant glazed brickwork, painted ceilings, ornate arches and original tiled floors can be admired in every room. It’s best enjoyed during a spa day when you can fully immerse yourself in the heating and cooling rituals that make Turkish Baths so distinctive. Work your way through the Tepidarium, Calidarium and truly sweat-inducing Laconium. The Frigidiarium and invigorating plunge pool will cool you off between visits and relaxation beds are on hand in case you need a full-body reset. Add lunch and luxury beauty treatments using Neom Organics and you’ve got a special spa day steeped in history.
Harrogate Turkish Baths & Health Spa, Parliament Street, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 2WH. Spa days cost from £95 per person including full use of the facilities, lunch and a treatment.
The Bridge Hotel & Spa
Up the road from Leeds, The Bridge invites guests to embrace the Scandinavian spa day tradition of taking your body on a thermal journey. Use the warm surroundings of their Nordic sauna, eucalyptus steam room and hot tub, before plunging your body into the ice fountain, cold tub or the knee-knocking Arctic drench shower. This hot-cold-hot cycle is designed to re-energise tired muscles and improve circulation, plus it’s jolly good fun watching your friend’s face as they dive into a pool of cold water.
Another highlight of this small spa is the dry flotation room, where you can relax into the unique sensation of total weightlessness. Zero effort is required as you lie back on a mattress filled with warm water, music gently pulsating through the bed up to your body. Relaxation rooms perfect for dozing off in and a lavender courtyard with hanging chairs complete the line up.
The Bridge Hotel & Spa, Walshford, Wetherby, North Yorkshire, LS22 5HS. Spa days start from £24 per person Monday to Thursday or £28 Friday to Sunday including access to the facilities for three hours. The dry flotation room costs £40 per half hour session.
Aldwark Manor Golf and Spa Hotel
Nestled between Harrogate and York, Aldwark Manor sits in 120 acres of parkland and offers serenity-seekers a chance to unwind in the surrounds of a mid-19th century estate. Spa guests have plenty to get stuck into including an indoor pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and, for fitness bunnies, a gym next door. Children’s swim sessions do take place daily, so take note of these times if you prefer your Yorkshire spa day to be child-free.
Arrive in a pair and you’ll be well catered for with two couples’ spa treatment rooms available in which to enjoy ESPA treatments like the signature back, face and scalp massage. They have a whole range of facials for you to choose from, including one especially for men, or you can enjoy pampering treatments like Jessica Gel Manicure or a waxing package.
Aldwark Manor Golf and Spa Hotel, Aldwark, Alne, York, North Yorkshire, YO61 1UF. Spa days start from £39 per person for access to the facilities alone, or from £75 for full access plus a 60-minute treatment.
Chevin Country Park Hotel and Spa
Escape to the woods for an Alpine-style retreat at Chevin Country Park. Kick back in the outdoor hot tub with views overlooking the lake, refresh yourself with a dip underneath the exposed beams of the indoor pool or give your sweat glands a serious workout in the sauna and steam room. This intimate health spa is surrounded by 44 acres of protected natural woodland, so if you’re looking for somewhere hidden away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, you’ve found it.
The stylish lodge containing the spa is one of many in the park – in fact the main hotel is the biggest log cabin in the whole of the UK. All are built using genuine Swedish logs and blend seamlessly with the natural gardens visible out of every window. ELEMIS massages and beauty treatments will have you feeling on cloud nine, while the added indulgence of afternoon tea is just the cherry on the cake.
Chevin Country Park Hotel and Spa, Yorkgate, Otley, West Yorkshire, LS21 3NU. Spa days start from £42 including full access to the facilities, a light lunch and a 25-minute treatment.
Middlethorpe Hall and Spa
Boutique spa, you say? Set in a 17th century country house? Surrounded by 20 acres of countryside and secluded in its own private garden? If your interest has been piqued, Middlethorpe Hall might just be the Yorkshire spa day you’re looking for. The facilities are small but beautifully presented, set inside a pair of lovingly restored Edwardian cottages. The indoor pool offers the chance to gaze out on the gardens through full-length windows, while the sauna, steam room and spa bath are just as good.
All spa days can be fully customised with treatments lasting between 90 minutes and a whopping 180 minutes long. Decléor aromatherapy massage followed by a manicure? Neom Organic de-stress treatment followed by a scalp massage? As long as time permits, you can mix and match massages and beauty treatments to your heart’s content. Spa days also include a two-course lunch and access to the historic gardens of Middlethorpe Hall, so you can meander past the pears, peaches and plums hanging from the trees in the walled garden, and smell the flowers in the rose garden.
Middlethorpe Hall & Spa, Bisopthorpe Road, York, North Yorkshire, YO23 2GB. Spa days start from £119 per person including full access to the facilities, a two-course lunch and a 90-minute treatment.
Coniston Hotel Country Estate and Spa
Don’t let the name fool you, Coniston Hotel is indeed based in Yorkshire (not the Lake District’s Coniston) and makes for an ideal spa day. It boasts some of the most impressive views from any spa in the region. The panorama from the outdoor infinity spa pool takes in rolling countryside all the way down to the shimmering lake. With guest numbers capped, the spa comes with a real sense of exclusivity, and you needn’t battle hordes of spa-goers for a prime spot to admire the outlook.
As you might expect from a multi-million-pound spa, this venue has real wow factor. Inside there’s ample opportunity to enjoy the spacious indoor facilities like the aromatherapy steam room, heated pool, Finnish sauna and Himalayan salt sauna too. But the outdoor pool is really where it’s at, thanks to those all-encompassing views across the estate. A signature massage or beauty treatment might be the only thing to tear you away. Oh, and lunch of course, which is taken in Nourish Brasserie and features fresh ingredients with a nutritional focus.
Coniston Hotel Country and Estate and Spa, Coniston Cold, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 4EA. Spa days start from £99 per person including full access to the facilities, a two course lunch and a 60-minute treatment.
Thorpe Park Hotel and Spa
Fancy an indulgent spa day without having to stray too far from Leeds? The sparkling spa facilities at Thorpe Park will transport you far away, although it’s a mere five miles from the city centre. Luxury ESPA treatments and a two-course lunch are the only appointments you need to keep while you’re here, so you’re free to enjoy the large indoor pool, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room at your leisure. There are even a few loungers outside for when the weather is being kind.
The decor is modern and spotless, making it all too easy to spend the day nattering away on a poolside lounger. But don’t forget to decamp to the new and improved relaxation room, where a selection of smoothies and fruit teas can be devoured while stretching out on one of the comfy spa beds. There’s a gym too, if all that tranquility gives you itchy feet. A two-course light lunch or afternoon tea is taken overlooking the pool, and it’s all you need to refuel for an afternoon of… more lounging.
Thorpe Park Hotel and Spa, 1150 Century Way, Thorpe Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 8ZB. Spa days start from £90 per person Monday to Thursday or £100 Friday to Sunday including full access to the facilities, lunch and two taster treatments.
Waterton Park Hotel
Spas and water go together like birds of a feather and nowhere is this more apparent than at Waterton Park. Set in the middle of a scenic Yorkshire valley, this spa day setting is achingly picturesque with its very own 26-acre lake. The Palladian-style Walton Hall looks like something out of a Disney fairytale, sitting proud on a small island in the centre of the water. Inside is a heated pool overlooking the lake, a hot tub, a sauna, a steam room and, for the energetic among you, a gym.
Massages are taken in an adjacent building, where five treatment rooms and a beauty area will give you the ESPA pampering you need. Crossing the beautiful bridge between the two buildings is the perfect opportunity to admire those views over the lake. Finish off the day in the relaxation room, snuggled up under a fur blanket while you watch the stars twinkling on the ceiling.
Waterton Park Hotel, Walton, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF2 6PW. Spa days start from £95 per person including full access to the facilities, a light lunch or afternoon tea and a 90-minute treatment.
Feversham Arms Hotel and Verbena Spa
At the heart of the North York Moors National Park (it’s about a minute’s walk from the National Park Authority building), this quaint health spa is a prime location for anybody who wants a luxury break in the Yorkshire countryside. The town of Helmsley is the perfect launch pad for a weekend in the park with its bustling market square, traditional tea rooms, castle ruins and, of course, the Verbena Spa.
Spend your time reclining in or around the outdoor heated swimming pool, taking an occasional dip in the brand new hot tub tucked away behind private fencing. Step indoors and warm up with a range of heat experiences including the aromatherapy room, salt steam chamber (great for improving respiratory function), saunarium and foot spas. Beauty treatment products come courtesy of luxury brand Temple Spa and the relaxation lounge is the ideal spot for a post-lunch nap. All this pampering is hard work, after all.
Feversham Arms Hotel and Spa, Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 5AG. Spa days start from £125 per person including full access to the facilities, lunch and a 75-minute treatment. Mum-to-be, gentleman’s and couples spa days also available.
Raithwaite Hall and Spa
Up for a trip to the seaside? The treatments at this coastal retreat near Whitby are second to none, and if you spend over £70 on treatments (which is roughly the price of a full body, hour-long massage), you automatically get full access to the spa for a day. Pretty neat, eh? You can also wrap it all up together into a proper spa day package with lunch or afternoon tea if you wish.
Full body massages and luxury facials using Temple Spa products will give your skin a much-needed health boost, while the double treatment room makes a tandem beauty treatment possible to share with a partner or friend. Laze the rest of the day away by the indoor pool, jacuzzi, sauna or steam room. Raithwaite Estate is Whitby’s only luxury spa, so whether you want a romantic couple’s spa day by the seaside or just a healthy dose of ocean air, this 100-acre retreat will see you right.
Raithwaite Hall and Spa, Raithwaite Estate, Sandsend Road, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3ST. Spa days start from £70 per person including full access to the facilities, lunch or afternoon tea and a 30-minute treatment.
Stick close to Leeds and replace travelling time with added relaxation time. An 18th-century manor with all the benefits of a state-of-the-art spa, Oulton Hall is a health club and spa surrounded by sweeping gardens, water fountains and a 27-hole golf course. Hop between the modern spa with its indoor pool, hot tub, gym, steam room and sauna, and the treatment rooms where you can indulge in all sorts of ESPA beauty treatments, massages and scrubs.
There are plenty of spa day options here, from couples packages to an afternoon tea special complete with luxury butler service. But if you’re looking for a more personal Yorkshire spa day, just give them a call and they’ll put together a bespoke break specially tailored to your needs. One of the best parts? There’s a strict ‘no mobiles’ rule at Oulton Hall spa, so you can well and truly switch off. Phone down, robe on, relaxation up to the max.
Oulton Hall, Rothwell Lane, Oulton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS26 8HN. Spa days start from £90 per person including full access to the facilities, lunch and a 50-minute treatment.
Eastthorpe Hall Spa
Located between Leeds and Huddersfield, you’ll find a standalone day spa whose sole aim is to create a tranquil, health-focussed experience with absolutely no diversions. That means no hotel, no restaurants, no golf courses, just pure indulgence in a rural retreat. Imagine being able to spend all day lounging around a traditional country manor, getting massages and kicking back in a robe – well that’s exactly what’s on offer at Eastthorpe Hall.
Unlike most hotel spas, there are no other guests here and every area within Eastthorpe Hall is available purely for spa day guests to enjoy. From cosy lounges with roaring fireplaces to the outdoor infinity jacuzzi, this spa and its gardens are your oyster. The buffet lunch is especially generous – fresh and plentiful with oodles of healthy dishes to choose from. The customer service is fantastic too, with staff putting you at ease during your massage and making sure you want for nothing throughout the rest of the day. It is higher end price-wise, but you sure get your money’s worth.
Eastthorpe Hall, 23 Huddersfield Rd, Mirfield, West Yorkshire, WF14 8AE. Spa days start from £200 per person including full access to the facilities, an award-winning lunch and a whole bunch of treatments like full body exfoliations, wraps, massages and facials.