Best towns to stay in Yorkshire Dales
Richmond is definitely one of the finest towns to stay in when visiting the Yorkshire Dales. Just a stone’s throw away from the marvellous Yorkshire Dales National Park, there is plenty to do in and around Richmond. This market town is rich in history, architecture and culture and there are many excellent hotels, cottages and guesthouses to choose from.
Originally founded by the Normans in the 11th Century, Richmond’s standout tourist site has to be its hilltop Norman Castle, known as Richmond Castle. You can also enjoy strolling around the cobbled town centre whilst admiring the authentic Georgian architecture in the Old Town. There are many great British pubs and cafes dotted all around. And for walks in nature, Richmond is perfect! As well as being a short drive from the National Park, you can go on some lovely walks from the town, including in the pretty Hudswell Woods.
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Skipton is a very popular domestic tourist destination that is steeped in history. Often referred to as the southern ‘gateway’ to the Yorkshire Dales National Park, you can easily spend several days taking countryside day trips from Skipton as well as enjoying the town itself. It is a relatively short drive from the National Park, and very well-connected to domestic public transport.
Also famous for its castle (Skipton Castle), Skipton has a lively and bustling town centre that is a tourist hotspot all year round. Its iconic medieval layout and many great boutique and souvenir stores make Skipton a special destination. Here, there is also a vibrant local nightlife and annual festivals, giving the town a real warm and friendly feel. You can also visit several interesting museums, and even take canal boat tours from Skipton. There is of course a wide range of accommodation options in the town.
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Another pretty little Yorkshire town very close to the Yorkshire Dales National Park is Settle. With a picturesque surrounding mountain range and famous limestone country, staying in Settle is a convenient and pleasant experience. This fascinating historical town is made up of iconic Victorian town houses and buildings. It boasts a rich cultural heritage and there are great places to stay at. Settle is also full of authentic English Fish and Chip shops as well as great restaurants, pubs and cafés.
Naturally, Settle is most famous for its nature and brilliant walks just outside the town. As well as the surrounding mountainous Crag of Castleberg, you can enjoy classic hiking to either one of Yorkshire’s Three Peaks (Pen-y-ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside). There are also many excellent cycle paths here, taking you further into the beautiful countryside. Settle is also conveniently situated on the train route from Leeds should you be travelling by public transport.
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Hawes is located within the Yorkshire Dales National Park itself, making it a perfect location for any nature enthusiast to stay. You could call Hawes a ‘Hiker’s Dream,’ such is the stunning surrounding scenery and brilliant hiking options in and around Hawes.
Another vintage Yorkshire market town, Hawes is of course most famous for its countryside and walking. Officially situated on the popular Penine Way, Hawes is a very popular stop off base with great hotels, inns and BnB’s to choose from. There is also the Hawes National Park Centre, with its picturesque nature and excellent Dales Countryside Museum which will teach you a lot about the region. As well as the scenic countryside, walking around the town is great in itself. You can enjoy authentic Fish and Chip shops, cafés and go shopping at the many wonderful boutique stores. Hawes is also famous for being the home of Wensleydale Cheese!
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Another pretty little town within the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Reeth makes for an ideal location for a holiday stay. Whether you are a nature lover or a history enthusiast, there is something for you in Reeth. Enjoying a perfect, panoramic location above the River Swale, there are many lovely cottages, BnB’s and Hotels to choose from with spectacular country views.
Reeth is Swaledale’s main town, and there are fantastic walking and cycling routes starting from here, especially within the Yorkshire Dales National Park. But Reeth is not just all about nature; its intriguing history is there to be seen for all. The Norman influence is obvious and there are several interesting museums to visit in the centre. In terms of cuisine, Reeth is one of the Yorkshire Dales’ best spots. You can choose from nice little tearooms, cafés as well as the excellent pubs and inns in the village.
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For those who love lively towns with plenty of entertainment, Grassington makes for an ideal stay when in the Yorkshire Dales. A fairly short drive from the Yorkshire Dales National Park, there is plenty to see and do in and around Grassington.
For active travellers, there are many brilliant walks starting from Grassington that could keep you occupied for a week or more. These include the extremely popular Grassington Moor trails and the famous Dales Way walking route, amongst many others. Many walkers choose Grassington as a stop-off base whilst on the Dales Way, and as such there are many great accommodation options ranging from inns and authentic stone cottages to hotels.
Every June, the Grassington Festival attracts many domestic tourists, with a range of talented artists and musicians on show. It is peak tourist time in the village, and tourists love the excellent places to eat and drink here.
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