Places to visit in Yorkshire in winter

Romantic ruins, acres of parkland or the great outdoors. There's lots to do around Yorkshire over the winter months - where will you explore next?

Beningbrough Hall in the winter

Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens 

Open winter weekends, the gardens and parkland are a wonderful time of the year to spot birds seeking food or look out for signs of foxes or deer on a walk. Against the backdrop of stark trees without leaves, wrap up warm for a walk. The restaurant and shop will also be open.

Frost on the ruins at Fountains Abbey

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal

Have a walk around the ruins of Fountains Abbey and take the time to explore Studley Royal water garden in winter. A World Heritage Site, there are routes to follow for walks. As winter progresses, look out for snowdrops starting to arrive, carpeting the riverbanks and edges of the abbey green.

The sun shines on a frosty Nostell


The parkland and gardens are open at Nostell throughout the winter for walking and exploring. Bring your bike and ride the new cycle trail and call in for refreshments at the Courtyard Cafe.

The low autumn sun shines through the trees just behind the folly ruin of Stainborough Castle

Wentworth Castle Gardens 

Explore centuries of history in this spectacular south Yorkshire landscape. With formal gardens, inspiring monuments and a folly that isn’t quite what it seems, Wentworth Castle Gardens is open throughout winter from Wednesdays - Sundays.

View onto Nidderdale

Brimham Rocks

The rock formations at Brimham stand out in the winter more than at any other time of year. Look out for the anvil, castle rock and flowerpot rock as you take a walk through the rocks and the open moorland. The views of the surrounding countryside are pretty spectacular too.

Gibson Mill seen through trees in Autumn at Hardcastle Crags, West Yorkshire

Hardcastle Crags

The wooded valley of Hardcastle Crags is stripped of greenery at this time of year, but that makes it no less beautiful to walk through. Look out for frost flowers forming on an early morning walk and call into Gibson Mill for a warming hot drink.

Upper Wharfedale in the Yorkshire Dales

Yorkshire Dales

There's plenty of walks to enjoy across the Yorkshire Dales. walk around Malham Tarn or head to Janet's Foss to see the waterfall flowing. In Upper Wharfedale walk to the top of Buckden Pike for lungfulls of fresh air.

Boulders and moorland at Gritstone Edge, Buckstones Moss, Marsden Moor, West Yorkshire

Marsden Moor

In winter Marsden Moor can be a bleak place for walking, but it also offers some of the most incredible views of the west Yorkshire countryside. Download a walk to explore and keep an eye out for mountain hares with their white winter coats.