These trips can appeal to all ages. Whether it’s a seaside hike to sample some of Yorkshire’s famous fish and chips with the family, or a thrilling theme park adventure for the kids, there’s plenty to see.
The North York Moors National Park is an area of outstanding natural beauty and is the location of one of the busiest former steam trains in the world. The well-known and popular North Yorkshire Moors Railway heritage train passes through scenic countryside and idyllic villages and various bridges which have been featured in films and television. This train journey from York to Grosmont only takes two hours and 20 minutes.
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Whitby is a hugely popular destination for a day out with family and friends, with its breathtaking sandy beaches along the Yorkshire coast and colorful houses lining the water. Whitby is where Captain James Cook learned to sail. You can get to Whitby from York in two hours and 40 minutes.
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The Yorkshire Wolds are said to be one of the most underrated areas of natural beauty. The chalk hills carry the beautiful green countryside to the dramatic white cliffs of Flamborough and Benton. The historic Yorkshire Wolds Coast Line railway passes through this beautiful and unspoilt area. You can walk along the Yorkshire Wolds Way in Hessle and Filey, which connects the two towns through a series of quiet country lanes and charming villages. The Yorkshire Wolds can be reached by train from York; it only takes 51 minutes to travel from York to Hessle and 54 minutes from York to Filey.
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Known for its metalwork, music scene and green spaces, Sheffield has a unique charm, with three to one more trees than people. A third of the city’s area is national parkland and it’s dotted with public parks everywhere you go. The city center is within walking distance from the train station. For a historical day trip, you can visit Graves Gallery. If you want to observe nature, flowers and animals, you can visit the Sheffield Botanic Gardens or if you simply opt for a shopping cure, you can visit Meadowhall, one of the largest shopping centers in the United Kingdom. The train journey from York to Sheffield takes around 45 minutes and is direct.
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