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Why Visit Yorkshire in Winter

In recent years, the UK has seen increased popularity with the idea of a ‘staycation’. Perhaps due to the cost of holidays abroad and the increased awareness of the glorious holiday destinations the UK has to offer, more and more people are opting to stay and explore within their home country. Although the promise of winter sun on a faraway island is an appealing one, Yorkshire has plenty of sunny winter days, you’ll just need to add a few extras layers!

Our aparthotels provide the perfect accommodation for a mini break in winter too, as we can book dinner reservations for you, and give recommendations for the activities which will keep you out of the cold too. In this article, we’ll be exploring some of the reasons you should be staying in Yorkshire for your holiday breaks and why winter is a great time to visit.

Beautiful Natural Landscape

Perhaps one of the best-known areas of the magnificent natural landscape in the UK, the Yorkshire Dales National Park offers visitors more than 2,000 square kilometres of pure exploration and discovery. There are many towns and villages set within the Dales that offer something different giving you the perfect reason to return year after year, no matter what time of year.

If you’ll be visiting the Yorkshire Dales, some of the highlights you won’t want to miss include Aysgarth Falls, which is especially exciting in winter due to higher water levels, the iconic Ribblehead Viaduct and Malham Cove.

Ribblehead Viaduct in Yorkshire

Museums and Galleries

The county of Yorkshire is home to some amazing and varied museums that are excellent places to visit during your stay, that will keep you away from any bad weather. No matter what your interests are, there will be a museum that appeals to you and we guarantee you’ll leave feeling entertained and more knowledgeable than before. As most museums are undercover or indoors, these are ideal for a rainy day.

If you’re more of a historian than a scientist, then you may want to head to the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds. The museum is the home to Britain’s national collection of arms and armour, housing a mind-blowing 75,000 plus objects. The collection features weapons and armour of warriors throughout the ages, starting with medieval knights to modern soldiers. The museum holds not only objects from the UK, but from across the world, with items from the Ottoman Empire, the Wild West and Asia.

York has several museums, from the Chocolate Story, the Castle Museum to the Dungeons but a favourite of many, especially younger children, is the National Railway Museum. Visitors can immerse themselves in the history and design of locomotives, and explore the engineering brilliance of the machinery. If trains and railway aren’t your cup of tea, you can just grab one at the café, and tuck into a sweet snack and relax while you wait.

Steam engine as seen in the National Railway Museum


With Yorkshire being home to a number of diverse towns and cities, it’s no surprise that it is perfect for heading out to the shops. York particularly has all the high street shops you could need, but also boasts a fantastic selection of independent shops, housed in characterful buildings that make you fall in love with the charm of the city. Many of the independent shops focus on locally made gifts or produce, so wherever you choose to shop, you can be sure you’ll be taking home something uniquely Yorkshire! Winter is a great opportunity to shop, from the Christmas markets to the January sales!

Unique Attractions

Visiting Yorkshire in winter comes with the risk of rainy and windy weather, forcing you indoors, however this shouldn’t mean you can’t seek out the plethora of attractions around the county. Two we highly recommend checking out include York’s Chocolate Story and the York Ice Trail.

Located the heart of the city, York’s Chocolate story allows visitors to travel back in time and follow the timeline of chocolate in York. Offering a selection of events such as guided tours through the building and chocolate trails around the city, this is perfect for any chocolate lover. You’ll have the opportunity to see how chocolate is made, get an insight into the people who have mastered their chocolatey craft and even try some for yourself!

The Ice Trail is returning for 2019 after previous success and is a highlight of the winter season. On Saturday 2nd February, join with other visitors and locals in seeking out some spectacular ice sculptures dotted around the city.

Wintery street in York

Hopefully, we have shed some light on the wonders Yorkshire has to offer when you visit in the winter months. Our stylish aparthotels in York offer guests the perfect accommodation after a day exploring, shopping and sightseeing in the local area. With flatscreen TVs, king sized beds and fully-fitted kitchens, it will feel like a home away from home. Get in touch with us today to find out more and book your stay for 2019!


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