Destination guide

Discover North Yorkshire with characterful holiday rentals

York is England's largest county, and arguably the most attractive. Medieval York lures history buffs, with soaring Gothic spires and medieval walls, Harrogate is known for luxury spas, while Whitby is a genteel British seaside resort. Venture outside North Yorkshire's urban hubs to discover rolling countryside, stately mansions and magnificent abbeys – not to mention a cluster of chocolate-box towns and villages. Wherever you choose to stay, North Yorkshire holiday rentals promise a unique experience in this enchanting slice of Britain.


Tour historic estates near your North Yorkshire holiday let

England is strewn with stately homes, though it's hard to top the grandeur of Castle Howard. Nestled in the Howardian Hills, the lavish 18th-century mansion took over a century to complete. Today, you can tour the gilded Great Hall, stroll around the rose gardens and enjoy a British cream tea at one of the on-site cafes. Rievaulx Abbey is another historic gem, with visitors welcome to wander around the towering ruins of the ancient Cistercian monastery. From heritage-listed stone cottages to converted barns, North Yorkshire holiday rentals offer a unique chance to stay in a slice of British history.

Things to do

Top-tier attractions near your North Yorkshire holiday let

York is one of England's most captivating cities and, perhaps unusually, was untouched by the Industrial Revolution. Inside its 13th-century walls you'll find a maze of cobbled streets and medieval townhouses, as well as York Minster, one of the most beautiful Gothic cathedrals on the planet. Trainspotters will swoon over York's National Railway Museum, where you'll find over 100 perfectly polished locomotives. Prefer rest and relaxation? Escape to holiday cottages in picture postcard-perfect Harrogate, a Victorian spa town known for its flower-filled gardens. When Agatha Christie went missing in 1926, she was famously found staying at the Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate – which, appropriately, is now the site of the town's annual crime writing festival.


Activities and attractions in and around North Yorkshire

Do you want to discover attractions to see during your stay? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable holiday rental, you'll want to experience everything that makes North Yorkshire a one-of-a-kind holiday spot. These are some of the top attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Turkish Baths and Health Spa (14.5 mi / 23.3 km)
  • York Dungeon (21.1 mi / 34 km)
  • Townclose Hills Nature Reserve (29.5 mi / 47.5 km)
  • Falconry UK (4.5 mi / 7.2 km)
  • Ripon Racecourse (5.4 mi / 8.7 km)
  • Talon Falconry Birds of Prey Centre (6 mi / 9.6 km)

Seasonal weather in North Yorkshire

If you're planning a holiday around warm-weather activities, July, August, June and September are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 20°F.

Natural features

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in North Yorkshire

Whether you're looking for exciting outdoor activities or just want to appreciate the scenery, North Yorkshire is a great spot to appreciate mother nature. Here are some of the area’s noteworthy sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Townclose Hills Nature Reserve (29.5 mi / 47.5 km)
  • Studley Royal Park (8.6 mi / 13.8 km)
  • Thorp Perrow Arboretum (9 mi / 14.5 km)
  • Sutton Bank National Park Centre (9.2 mi / 14.8 km)
  • Redwood Park Fishing Lakes (12.1 mi / 19.4 km)
  • Mother Shipton's Cave (13.1 mi / 21.1 km)
How to get there

Transport options to and around North Yorkshire

Fly into Durham (MME-Tees Valley), the closest airport, located 22.2 mi (35.8 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you can also fly into Leeds (LBA-Leeds Bradford), which is 24.2 mi (39 km) away.

If you're travelling by train, Thirsk Station, Northallerton Station and Knaresborough Station are the main stations in the city.

How to get around

Getting around North Yorkshire from your holiday cottage

Like much of England, North Yorkshire is well-serviced by railway connections. You'll find major stations in York, Harrogate and Whitby, as well as other towns and villages across the county. Taking the car offers the freedom to explore North Yorkshire at your own pace. A set of wheels will also unlock access to secluded holiday cottages in the North Yorkshire countryside – perfect for romantic weekends away.

Food & drink 

Savour farm-fresh fare with North Yorkshire holiday lets

As you work your way through the county, you'll find gourmet gastropubs, waterfront seafood bistros and even a Michelin-starred restaurant. Many establishments champion seasonal tasting menus, featuring farm-fresh produce. Country pubs and clifftop microbreweries will keep you well-watered, while local farmers' markets are a great excuse to stock up on produce and prepare your own meals back at your North Yorkshire holiday cottage.

Essential info

Essential info for your North Yorkshire holiday rentals stay

  • Pack layers and a waterproof jacket, as North Yorkshire can get chilly, even in the height of summer
  • Tipping isn't expected, though 10% is always appreciated at establishments with table service
  • From sun-drenched garden BBQs to cosy nights by a blazing fireplace, holiday rentals offer a local experience in North Yorkshire

How many holiday rentals are available around North York?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 6,199 holiday lettings around North York. From 2,743 Cottages to 2,743 Cabins, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in North York?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in North York. From HomeAway travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Whitby: 1,977 holiday homes
  • Scarborough: 1,949 holiday homes
  • Yorkshire Dales National Park: 2,125 holiday homes
  • Filey: 816 holiday homes
  • Robin Hood's Bay: 963 holiday homes

HomeAway offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in North York! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in North York?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in North York with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Whitby: 1,977 holiday lettings
  • Scarborough: 1,949 holiday lettings
  • Filey: 816 holiday lettings
  • Robin Hood's Bay: 963 holiday lettings
  • Harrogate: 1,005 holiday lettings

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to North York?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of self catering accommodations near to airports. Airports with a large selection of self catering accommodations in North York are:

  • Harrogate (HRT-RAF Linton-on-Ouse): 1,190 self catering accommodations
  • Manchester Airport (MAN): 772 self catering accommodations
  • Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA): 923 self catering accommodations

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in North York?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in North York. From HomeAway travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Yorkshire Dales National Park: 2,125 holiday rentals
  • Flamingo Land Theme Park and Zoo: 1,514 holiday rentals
  • Lightwater Valley Theme Park: 956 holiday rentals
  • Wensleydale: 1,092 holiday rentals
  • Whitby Beach: 1,918 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around North York listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday accommodations.

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