Spanning 2.9 million acres, Yorkshire is the UK’s biggest county. As well as being the biggest, it’s one of the best counties too – ask anyone from Yorkshire and they’ll tell you just how amazing it is ‘Up North’.
While you could easily spend weeks exploring this charming county, if you’re short on time it’s still worth a visit. From the historic city of York to tucking into the region’s legendary Yorkshire pudding, here’s how to make the most of 48 hours in ‘God’s Own County’.
Base yourself in York for the day and take some time to wander along the ancient city walls, gazing down at the cobbled streets and beautiful buildings as you go. If you like your history, then don’t miss the chance to spend the rest of the morning visiting York Minster, York Castle Museum and the Yorkshire Museum.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, it’s time to tuck into a Yorkshire lunch with an unusual twist. Yep, you guessed it, a Yorkshire pudding wrap! You can find this beautiful creation at the York Roast Co, a popular spot with tourists and locals alike.
When you’ve eaten your fill, head to The Shambles – an old and charmingly-crooked street, famous for its overhanging timber-framed buildings. Here you can spend a relaxing afternoon wandering the shops and stopping off at plenty of good old-fashioned Yorkshire pubs.
Come evening, your tastebuds are in for another treat. For dinner, we’d recommend journeying to The Black Swan in Oldstead, just over a 30-minute drive away. This award-winning spot was named the best restaurant in the world in 2017 by TripAdvisor and is well worth making a special effort to get to.
Begin the second half of your trip with a refreshing walk in Nidderdale – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which borders with the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Nothing clears yesterday’s cobwebs quite like a brisk walk in the fresh country air.
Once you’ve soaked in enough of the spectacular scenery, head over to the pretty spa town of Harrogate for an afternoon of indulgence. On arrival, make a beeline for Betty’s Tea Rooms and continue your culinary adventure by tackling one of their famous cream teas.
If you’re craving a pampering session after your afternoon tea, then book some ‘me time’ in at Harrogate Turkish Baths. This beautiful spot has been in operation since the 19th century and is an absolute temple of relaxation.
Come evening, there’s an array of dining options awaiting the hungry traveller. If you haven’t had your fill of pub grub yet, then head to The Fat Badger for some locally-sourced, freshly-made and utterly-delicious food.
If you’d prefer a fancier setting, then head to William & Victoria – or ‘Will & Vic’s’ as the locals affectionately call it. The menu is full of British classics, albeit with some modern twists, and the portions are (in their own words) big enough to ‘satisfy Yorkshire appetites’.
Although your trip may be short and sweet, there’s one thing for certain: you’ll return home a kilogram or two heavier and brimming with a newfound love for ‘the North’.