Closer to Home

Travel plans may have changed drastically in recent months, but this has given travellers the opportunity to explore closer to home, discovering or indeed rediscovering hidden gems a shorter distance away.

Staycations are this year’s number one travel trend, with the great British seaside and rolling countryside on the top of people's list's. Leaving your passport and plug adaptor at home does not mean holidaymakers are sacrificing wanderlust. Yorkshire in particular is overflowing with a huge variety of cultural and natural attractions. So, let’s stop wishing for faraway lands when there is so much to enjoy closer to home.

The Yorkshire Dales is home to outstanding scenery, great castles, abbeys and a breathtakingly peaceful atmosphere. At its heart are two very special protected areas - Yorkshire Dales National Park and Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) - while it also has the Forest of Bowland AONB and North Pennines AONB as its close neighbours. These protected areas are truly not to be missed.

Picturesque, tranquil, wonderful, the North York Moors are a breath of fresh air. Comprising over 1,400 miles of natural beauty, this enchanting region is home to heather moorland, pine forests, rolling hills and shimmering coastline, not to mention badgers, roe deer and hawks. Look closer and you'll discover historic abbeys, castles and priories, traditional pubs and 'hidden' villages and hamlets.

South Yorkshire is full of pleasant surprises. Once an industrial heartland, the region has been transformed into a 21st century playground with a passion for music, sport and culture. So, alongside some of the UK's best shopping, family attractions and nightlife, you'll find some of the UK's finest Gothic architecture, museums and Victorian monuments. This engaging mix of old and new makes South Yorkshire a must for every generation.

From family-friendly seaside resorts to glorious stretches of golden sands and tiny fishing villages clinging to the stunning rugged cliffs, the Yorkshire Coast has something for everyone. Whether you want to enjoy award winning fish and chips beside the seaside or trying something more challenging such as cycling in the countryside, it’s the ideal location for your next UK Staycation. Create memories that will last a lifetime on the Yorkshire Coast; a destination not to be missed.

From Hull, the cosmopolitan 2017 UK City of Culture, to the undulating hills and valleys of the Yorkshire Wolds, East Yorkshire is wonderfully eclectic. At its heart lies a serene landscape of swirling grasslands, medieval towns, manor houses and Bronze Age ruins that remains refreshingly unchanged. From the unhurried Elizabethan elegance of Burton Agnes and Burton Constable, this relaxing region makes it easy to unwind. Potter in the pretty Gothic streets of Beverley, listen to authentic chamber music or discover the 13th century Minster at your leisure.

West Yorkshire is a rich tapestry of culture and heritage with museums and galleries in ample supply. A tantalising timetable of events, exhibitions and festivals reflect the history and creativity the area is synonymous with. All against a breathtaking backdrop of blue skies and rolling hills. Discover a wide variety of culture, heritage, international sport and live music in Leeds. Bradford is the world’s first UNESCO City of Film, a centre of Victorian heritage and the Curry Capital of Britain. This culturally diverse city has a vitality that grabs you by the collar and pulls you in. And it just keeps getting better.