Hidden gems of Yorkshire

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A panorama of locomotives arranged around the turntable in the Great Hall of the National Railway Museum

Yorkshire offers something to inspire you, whatever your passion. Here is our selection of the area’s best kept secrets

National Railway Museum Yorkshire
Above: The impressive locomotives arranged around the turntable in the Great Hall of the National Railway Museum

Aysgarth Falls, Wensleydale Famous for its triple flight of waterfalls, carved out by the River Ure. The upper fall featured in Robin Hood: Prince of ThievesTel: (01969) 662910; www.yorkshiredales.org.uk

Burnby Hall Gardens, Pocklington Lovely gardens, inspired by Major Percy stewart, and home to a fine collection of hardy water lilies. the Stewart Museum offers a fascinating insight into the Major’s life. Tel: (01759) 307125; www.burnbyhallgardens.com

Devonshire Arms, near Skipton Delightfully situated hotel with Michelin star restaurant, the Burlington, a stroll from the romantic priory ruins on the Duke of Devonshire’s Bolton abbey estate. Tel: (01756) 710441; www.thedevonshirearms.co.uk

Falling Foss Tea Garden, Sneaton, near Whitby Reopened after nearly 50 years, this charismatic cottage nestles in the woodland at the top of the falling foss waterfall on the Cleveland Way. Tel: (07723) 477929; www.fallingfossteagarden.co.uk

Feversham Arms & Verbena Spa (Four-star), Helmsley This luxury boutique hotel is set on the edge of the North York Moors in the delightful market town of Helmsley. Tel: (01439) 770766; www.fevershamarmshotel.com

National Railway Museum, York Museum Housing more than 300 years of railway history including the recordbreaking Mallard. Tel: 0844 815 3139; www.nrm.org.uk

Richmond Castle, Richmond One of the oldest Norman fortresses sited on a rocky promontory above the river swale and overlooking Richmond itself. Has lovely 18th-century architecture and a tiny georgian theatre. Tel: (01748) 822493; www.english-heritage.org.uk

Scarborough Literature Festival, Scarborough Talks by well-known authors taking place in england’s oldest seaside resort. takes place in april. Tel: 0845 034 9516; www.scarboroughliteraturefestival.co.uk

The Black Swan, Helmsley Charming inn dating back to the 15th century. Its tearoom has just won the tea guild’s award for top tea Place 2010. Tel: (01439) 770466; www. blackswan-helmsley.co.uk

The Boar’s Head, next to Ripley Castle An historic inn where lord and lady Ingilby’s friends sometimes choose to stay rather than the castle! features 25 luxury bedrooms. Tel: (01423) 771888; www.ripleycastle.co.uk

Want to know more about what to visit and when? Read our insiders guide to Yorkshire!

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