Top Yorkshire picnic spots

From sandy beaches to stunning cliff tops, woodland glades, garden retreats and remote country corners, there are loads of great places to down your picnic blanket around Yorkshire.

    Beningbrough Hall, Gallery & Gardens

    Beningbrough Hall has beautiful picnic spots in the gardens, on open grass lawns or under the cover of the laundry courtyard if the not always so great British weather does its worst. You can also pick up a ready made picnic at the restaurant. 


    East Riddlesden Hall

    The intimate gardens of the 17th century hall with their herb border once used to make home-grown medicines are the perfect place to relax and unwind. The recently opened Riverside Walk offers the opportunity find a spot along the River Aire.

    Marsden Moor

    There’s more than 5,000 acres of spectacular moorland to explore so there is no shortage of tranquil places to throw down your picnic blanket here. One of the most beautiful is the scheduled ancient monument of Eastergate on the edge of the moors.

    Yorkshire Coast

    There are many beautiful seaside spots to stop and eat along the coast . One of our favourites is at Ravenscar on the high Jurassic cliffs between Scarborough and Whitby.

    Nostell Priory and Parkland

    Nostell is surrounded by a large park with walks, including sensory trails in the gardens, lakes, a newly planted orchard and an adventure playground. It’s an ideal place for the whole family to relax, play or picnic.

    Nunnington Hall

    Nestled on the banks of the River Rye, this beautiful Yorkshire manor house offers something for everyone with its main lawn bordered on either side by orchards, flamboyant resident peacocks and lots of picnic benches dotted around.

    Rievaulx Terrace

    Woods, walks, stunning views, follies and medieval monkish ruins make this 18th century landscape garden an intriguing and tranquil place to visit any time of the year. In the summer the lawns are the perfect spot for picnics and there’s a shop where you can buy cold drinks and snacks.

    Roseberry Topping

    Roseberry Topping isn’t one of the UK’s highest hills, but it is undoubtedly one of the most distinctive with its jagged half cone summit caused by a combination of geology and a mining collapse just over 100 years ago. It’s the perfect spot to partake of a picnic while taking in the breath taking views across Cleveland and North Yorkshire.

    Treasurer's House

    There’s free admission to the garden at this elegant medieval town house overlooking York Minister. Picnickers can sprawl out on the lawn in the tranquil walled garden or sit on a bench in the dappled shade of the Plane tree avenue.