Fly into Leeds Bradford Airport and the Yorkshire Dales is on your doorstep. In recent years, big cities Leeds and Bradford have both earned their place under the shining northern spotlight. Think quirky cafés, hipster hangouts and artisan cocktail bars, all tangled among glitzy shopping centres, Victorian arcades, and international restaurants.
The spa town of Harrogate in North Yorkshire is a chic place consisting of the upmarket Montpellier Quarter, Royal Pump Room Museum, Bettys tearoom, the Turkish Baths & Health Spa, and Valley Gardens. You can shop on James Street and Cambridge Street, too. The 2014 Tour de France even passed through Harrogate!
As a tribute to the literary greatness of the Brontë sisters, this museum is held in Keighley, West Yorkshire, where the whole family used to live. Nowadays, you can delve into the arts programme, learn about their works, and enjoy a few events. There’s also a gift shop for souvenirs.
The Yorkshire Dales are made up of large strips of beige heaths and deep green valleys, making the most of the region's natural beauty. A peaceful walk around places like Aysgarth Falls and Bolton Abbey will reveal much of the striking scenery. Skipton Castle is surrounded by hexagonal towers and climbing vines.