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Places to Go 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 [map]
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 [map]
Bishopthorpe is one of the prettiest villages close to York. Bishopthorpe is home to the impressive Bishopthorpe Palace [map], 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 walk.

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.

Whitby [map]
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.

Robin Hood's Bay [map]
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 [map]
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 [map]
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 [map]
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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