The bustling spa town of Harrogate and the picture-postcard coastal resort of Whitby have been recommended as top North Yorkshire destinations in a survey of Which? members.
With its rich mix of romantic ruins, rolling valleys, rugged coast and mysterious moorland, North Yorkshire offers a fabulous UK break. And in July 2014 the region hosts the Grand Départ – the opening stages of the Tour de France.
We asked Which? members to recommend their favourite towns, attractions and routes in North Yorkshire, and those which were suggested most frequently appear below.
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The best North Yorkshire routes
Almost half of members who recommended a scenic route suggested travelling on a steam train on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway from Pickering to Whitby.
And the North York Moors were also the most frequently recommended walking destination – especially along the Cleveland Way.
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The best North Yorkshire attractions
The World Heritage site of Fountains Abbey – Britain’s most complete Cistercian abbey remains – was the most recommended historic or cultural site and the award-winning gardens at Harlow Carr were also frequently recommended.
The unusual or quirky attraction recommended by most Which? members was The Forbidden Corner on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. It’s a fantasy labyrinth of tunnels, follies and underground chambers.