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  • 1. Brontë Parsonage Museum


    The best of Haworth's Brontë sights is this somber Georgian (1778) house where the sisters grew up. It displays original furniture (some bought...Read More

  • 2. Castle Howard


    Standing in the Howardian Hills to the west of Malton, Castle Howard is an outstanding example of English baroque architecture, with a distinctive...Read More

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  • 3. Georgian Theatre Royal

    Arts/Performance Venue

    A jewel box built in 1788 and still an active community playhouse, this theater and museum, Britain's most complete Georgian playhouse in its...Read More

  • 4. Hepworth Wakefield


    The largest purpose-built gallery in the United Kingdom (outside London) focuses on 20th-century British art, notably sculptors Henry Moore...Read More

  • 5. Rievaulx

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The perfect marriage of architecture and countryside, Rievaulx (pronounced ree- voh ) Abbey sits in a dramatic setting 2 miles northwest of...Read More

  • 6. Studley Royal Water Garden & Fountains Abbey


    You can easily spend a day at this UNESCO World Heritage Site, an 822-acre complex made up of an 18th-century water garden and deer park, a...Read More

  • 7. Temple Newsam


    One of Britain's great country houses, this huge Elizabethan and Jacobean building contains impressive collections of furniture, paintings,...Read More

  • 8. York Minster

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The focal point of the city, this vast cathedral is the largest Gothic building north of the Alps and attracts almost as many visitors as London...Read More

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  • 9. Yorkshire Sculpture Park


    This outdoor gallery near Wakefield is in a former 18th-century estate encompassing more than 500 acres of fields, lakes, exotic trees, and...Read More

  • 10. Bark Endeavour

    Nautical Site/Lighthouse

    This scaled-down replica of Captain Cook's ship was built by local craftspeople using original drawings and specifications, and it includes...Read More

  • 11. Bempton Cliffs

    Bempton | Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    A coastal path over the cliff tops ends at this seabird reserve, where some 250,000 birds, including a colony of approximately 1,000 rare puffins...Read More

  • 12. Bolton Abbey

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Some of the loveliest Wharfedale scenery comes into view near Bolton Priory, the ruins of a 12th-century Augustinian priory that sit on a grassy...Read More

  • 13. Brontë Waterfall

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    If you have the time, pack a lunch and walk for 2¾ miles or so from Haworth along a field path, lane, and moorland track to the lovely, isolated...Read More

  • 14. Captain Cook Memorial Museum


    This museum documenting the life of the famous explorer and those who sailed with him is in the 17th-century house where Cook lodged as an apprentice...Read More

  • 15. Castle Museum


    In an 18th-century building, whose elegance belies its former role as a debtors' prison, this quirky museum includes a replica York street that...Read More

  • 16. Church of St. Mary

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    On top of the East Cliff—reached by climbing 199 stone steps—Whitby's landmark church overlooks the town, while the striking ruins of Whitby...Read More

  • 17. City of York Walls

    Historic District/Site

    Almost 3 miles of original medieval town walls remain around York, more than any other city in England. In the 9th century, invading Vikings...Read More

  • 18. City Sightseeing


    This tour company runs frequent hop-on, hop-off bus tours of York that stop at the Castle Museum,the Merchants Adventurers' Hall, Clifford’s...Read More

  • 19. Clifford's Tower

    Building/Architectural Site

    This rather battered-looking keep at the top of a steep mound is all that remains of the old York castle, one of the greatest fortresses of...Read More

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  • 20. Dales Countryside Museum


    This museum, in the same former train station as the Hawes National Park Information Centre, traces life in the dales past and present. A traditional...Read More

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