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10 Fun Day Trips from York: Top Sights and Activities

explore the beautiful Yorkshire Dales

York in northern England is a wonderful city with so many great things to see and do such as the cathedral, the River Ouse (pronounced like loose), and the picturesque lanes of the Shambles. The great thing about the city is its location not far from the coast and its three large national parks, meaning there are lots of great day trips from York.

I have family in York and have been visiting the city since childhood. One of my favorite things to do after spending time in the gorgeous and historic city is to get out on a York day trip to explore the stunning countryside of the Yorkshire Dales and North Yorkshire Moors.

There are also lots of charming towns and villages within easy reach of the city such as Scarborough and Whitby on the coast, and Selby inland. The vibrant university city of Leeds is also only 27 miles away with great transport links.

10 Fun Day Trips From York, England

Below, you’ll find a selection of fun day trips from York. Explore the nearby towns and villages, hike in the stunning national parks, take a trip on a steam railway, and visit historic sites and gardens.

There are plenty of wonderful York day tours to cater to all tastes and budgets.

1. See the Stunning Yorkshire Dales (One of the Best Day Trips from York)

The Yorkshire Dales National Park covers an area of 841 square miles (2,179 km²) and encompasses hills, valleys, quaint villages, and forests. Visiting the national park is one of my favorite day trips from York and I’ve been fortunate enough to have hiked here at all times of the year.

There are coach trips from York that take in the Yorkshire Dales or you can easily set off on your own if you want a little more freedom. Exploring the hills, farms, and villages of the dales is the perfect way to escape the city and get out into some stunning nature.

Getting There: The Yorkshire Dales are easily reachable from York by car, bus, and train. National Express and Megabus coaches depart York Bus Station for the towns and villages of the dales and there are local buses inside the park to get around. However, to get the best out of your experience I highly recommend booking a guided tour.

2. Visit Castle Howard Gardens

Castle Howard is a large stately home and 18th Century gardens that’s been in the Howard family for over 300 years. Although it’s not possible to visit the family residence, the large gardens and woodland are open to the public to explore. The castle grounds…

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