Places in York
York is right on the doorstep of some of the most beautiful
conservation and historically important places in Yorkshire.
If you have a sense of adventure let us guide you through
some of the region’s hidden treasures.
Tadcaster is a brewery town in the oldest sense
of the world. Just a few miles from York Tadcaster is
home to the imposing brewery that stands in the centre
shadowing the market town.
Tadcaster lies on the River Wharfe between Leeds
and York. Originally named Calcaria (place of limestone)
by the Romans, it was a small settlement, serving as a
resting place for travellers and a staging post on the
London (Londinium) to York (Eboracum) road. Its limestone
has been used since these times in many famous buildings,
including The York Minster.
Tadcaster’s famous water, as well as its beer,
is drunk throughout the world and its friendly atmosphere
is a great place to base your visit.
Bishopthorpe is one of the prettiest villages close to
York. Bishopthorpe is home to the impressive Bishopthorpe
which is occupied by The Bishop Of York. Close
to the palace is St Andrews Parish Church, which
was built in 1899.
Lying beside the River Ouse, Bishopthorpe is a favourite
destination for travellers and race-goers as it has
been for centuries. Although the village has grown much
in recent years, its character is still strong, and
the old Main Street, with its Post Office, three pubs,
Co-op and cottages, has hardly changed at all. This
is the perfect location for a Sunday pub meal or a leisurely
If you long for the smell of sea air, you’re only
a stone's throw away from the glorious Yorkshire Coast and its many picturesque beaches and seaside resorts.
Bram Stoker took inspiration from Whitby to write Dracula and whilst it might not inspire visitors
of today to plunge the depths of human nature there’s
certainly an air of gothic decadence around it. The town’s
skyline is dominated by the ruins of St. Hilda’s
Abbey, high on the East Cliff. Spreading below, a
maze of alleyways and narrow streets run down to the busy
quayside. From the old town, 199 steps lead up
to the parish church of St. Mary, one of the finest
examples of Anglo Saxon churches in the country.
Just down the coast from Whitby is the stunning Robin
Hood's Bay. A nature reserve and birdwatchers paradise, the best way to see all Robin Hood's Bay is
to walk from Whitby along the beautiful coastline.
Scarborough manages to combine Victorian style with family
entertainment creating a fun atmosphere that doesn’t
shy away from its decadent past. Scarborough has two stunning
Victorian style bays (North Bay and South Bay) overlooked
by majestic Victorian hotels such as The Grand,
a beautiful esplanade, a Sea Life centre, indoor
and outdoor swimming pools, lots of pubs, clubs, amusements and restaurants.
Filey is a quieter and more compact version of Scarborough.
Once a Victorian seaside destination and fishing port,
Filey retains its charm as well as possessing five miles
of sandy beaches. This is the perfect destination for families with young children who want a sand and
sun holiday away from noisy arcades.
Bridlington is a bustling place with a promenade marked
by its Edwardian popularity. Always looking to the future
Bridlington continues to be developed and redeveloped.
More like a mini-Blackpool nowadays, it’s the ideal
place to take older children and teenagers who can enjoy
the harbour fair or many amusement arcades while you find
a cosy fish restaurant to rest in.
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