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Tourist Activities and Attractions in the Yorkshire Dales

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A list of Yorkshire Dales National Park Tourist Information Centres can be found here

Arts and Crafts: Art galleries, sculpture trails and local craft exhibitions.

The Cart House Tea Room and Craft Shop, Hawes, North Dales
www.yorkshiredales-stay.co.uk/tourist/The-Cart-House-Tea-Room

The Hawes Ropemaker, Hawes, North Dales www.ropemakers.co.uk/hawes

Farfield Mill & Cafe Sedbergh, North Dales
The amazing Farfield Mill Arts and Heritage Centre www.farfieldmill.org

Wyn Abbot Ceramics Carnforth,
Wyn Abbott Ceramics is located in the village of Tewitfield near Carnforth, South Dales www.wynabbot.com

The Coldstones Cut  – Large outdooor sculptures in Nidderdaleon on the outer edge of the Dales
www.thecoldstonescut.org

Gargrave Art Exhibitions twice yearly (Summer and Autumn) Village art show in Gargrave Village


Food and Drink: Breweries, mills, farms, bakeries, farmers markets and local produce.

Yorkshire Dales Brewing Company – Askrigg – www.yorkshiredalesbrewery.com

Daleside Brewery – Harrogate –  www.dalesidebrewery.co.uk

Darley Mill – Unique 17th Century corn mill on the banks of the River Nidd in Nidderdale – www.darleymill.com

Hesketh Farm Park  – set in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, just 1 mile from the picturesque village of Bolton Abbey
www.heskethfarmpark.co.uk

Town end farm shop, Skipton  –  All our produce is fresh, local and full of flavour – www.townendfarmshop.co.uk

Grassington: Farmers Market – www.yorkshiredales.org.uk/markets


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History and Heritage: Castles, halls, museums, exhibitions, stone circles, cathedrals, churches,
historic homes and gardens.

Bolton Castle – is in the Dales town of Leyburn, and is where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned for a year in 1658, for more details and directions – www.boltoncastle.co.uk

Knaresborough Castle – located near the bustling town of Harrogate.  The first record of castle at Knaresborough dates back to 1130.  The castle was also used as a hunting lodge by King John in the 13thC – www.knaresborough.co.uk

Dales Countryside Museum – Station Yard, Hawes. Sharing the stories of the people and places of the Yorkshire Dales National Park  –  www.dalescountrysidemuseum.org.uk

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Ripon, North Yorkshire:
A National Trust property, Fountains Abbey is the most complete Cistercian abbey in Britain. Studley Royal offers an ornamental water garden and decorative Victorian Church in the heart of a medieval deer park – www.yorkshirenet.co.uk

Yockenthwaite Stones  Northwest of Kettlewell, North Yorkshire – OS Map Ref SD89957937 – www.stone-circles.org.uk


Industrial Heritage: Watermills, railways, mills and mines.

Yorkshire Dales Mining Museum – Barnoldswick – www.yorkshiredalesminingmuseum.com

Darley Mill, Nidderdale. 17th Century corn mill – www.darleymill.com

Lothersdale Mill, Lothersdale – Historical Textile Mill on the Pennine Way in the Yorkshire Dales
www.lothersdalemill.com

Statesman Railway – ‘The Fellsman’ Settle to Carlisle line – www.statesmanrail.com

Wensleydale Railway is an authentic heritage railway serving the local community, offering tourists, families and transport enthusiasts a great value day out in the Yorkshire Dales – www.wensleydalerail.com


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Visitor Centres: Interactive and Historic Exhibitions.

 Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority runs the following five National Park Visitor Centres:

Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre
Aysgarth waterfalls are a famous Dales beauty spot, for more information on opening times for the nearby visitor centre:
Aysgarth, Leyburn, North Yorkshire Tel: 01969 662910  E-mail: aysgarth@yorkshiredales.org.uk
Yorkshiredales.org.uk/Aysgarth Falls

Grassington National Park Centre
The village of Grassington is one of the Dales most visited towns. Grassington is located about 8 miles (10 km)
North-East from Bolton Abbey for more information on opening times for the Grassington Visitor Centre:
Hebden Road, Grassington, Skipton, North Yorkshire – Tel: 01756 751690  E-mail: grassington@yorkshiredales.org.uk
Yorkshiredales.org.uk/Grassington

Hawes National Park Centre
England’s highest town, established in 1307, for more information on opening times for the nearby visitor centre:
Dales Countryside Museum, Station Yard, Hawes, North Yorkshire – Tel: 01969 666210 E-mail: hawes@yorkshiredales.org.uk
Yorkshiredales.org.uk/Hawes National Park Centre

Malham National Park Centre
Malham Village is a popular spot for hikers and ramblers, as the Penine Way passes through, for more information on opening times for the nearby Visitor Centre – Tel: 01729 833200 E-mail: malham@yorkshiredales.org.uk
Yorkshiredales.org.uk/Malham National Park Centre

Reeth National Park Centre
Reeth Town is well known for its annual Swaledale Festival, and rural museum. for more information on opening times for the Reeth Visitor Centre: Hudson House, Reeth, Richmond, N.Yorks – Tel: 01748 884059 E-mail: reeth@yorkshiredales.org.uk  Yorkshiredales.org.uk/Reeth National Park Centre

 


 

Wildlife and Nature: Public parks, forests and reserves.

Forest of Bowland – (AONB) The largest woodland in the Dales www.forestofbowland.com

Here is a list of National Nature Reserves (NNR’s) Yorkshire Wildlife Trust (YWT) Reserves and (RSPB) Royal Society for Protection of Bird’s Habitats, that fall under Yorkshire County’s remit (some of these may not be in the Yorkshire Dales National Park) www.myyorkshire.co.uk/nature-reserves

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, has an excellent dedicated and detailed website called Nature in the Dales. With extensive information covering all the habitats, flora and fauna in the Park www.natureinthedales.org.uk

Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust – Manage a variety of Woodland Habitats, tree planting programs and are involved in various conservation projects in the Dales. Areas they continue to be involved with are: Smithy Wood, Grimes Gill, Hartwith Bank and Cotterdale Wood. For more information: www.ydmt.org/whatwedo

 



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