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Many of North Yorkshire’s highlights can be found within easy reach of Thornton-le-Moor, so it is a convenient place to base yourself. Two attractions that should be on every visitor’s itinerary is the fascinating Mount Grace Priory and the iconic Shandy Hall. Also, be sure to check out Byland Abbey and Blacksheep Brewery.
Do make the effort to see some of the nearby museums and galleries, which help make the area such a great vacation choice. In particular, you should make sure you check out the Darlington Railway Centre and Museum in Darlington.
If the weather is good head outside and make the most of the nearby parks and reserves. There are some pleasant gardens and parks, so why don’t you go out and enjoy the Studley Royal Park in Harrogate and the Hemsley Walled Garden in York.
To really get a feel for the area, visit the nearby local attractions such as Richmond Castle in Richmond, Theakston Brewery in Ripon and Easby Abbey. These are a magnet for travellers from all the corners of the globe. Should you feel the need for a little spiritual renewal, spend a little time at the area’s most sacred sites, such as the St Cuthbert Church in Darlington. Learn more about the events of the past by visiting heritage sites, such as Middleham Castle in Leyburn, Helmsley Castle in York and the Ripley Castle and Gardens in Harrogate.
To browse through stores or enjoy a snack, visit the Richmond Market Place in Richmond.
If you're a sports fan, be sure to catch local heroes, the Middlesbrough FC, doing battle at Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough. On match days follow the sea of red and white, to the stadium, then after the final whistle blows, join local soccer lovers at a nearby pub, bar or cafe and relive the games finest moments over a few cold beers.
To make sure you get the most out of this fascinating part of the world, think about booking your accommodation at one of the area’s hotel or serviced apartment options. Check out the rooms and rates at the St George Hotel, Darlington, the Tulip Inn York Burn Hall, or the Mercure Darlington Kings Hotel.
Situated in a rural location, this hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Homestead Park, York Minster, and Shambles. Merchant Adventurers' Hall and York National Railway Museum are also within 12 mi (20 km).
Located in Middleham, this inn is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Middleham Castle and within 3 mi (5 km) of The Forbidden Corner and Harmby Waterfall. Constable Burton Hall and Foxglove Covert Local Nature Reserve are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Situated in the historical district, this inn is within a 10-minute walk of Prison and Police Museum, Workhouse Museum, and Ripon Cathedral. Courthouse Museum and Ripon Racecourse are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Situated in the historical district, this inn is steps from Green Howards Museum and Richmond Castle. Richmond Market Place and Richmondshire Museum are also within 5 minutes.
Located in Eaglescliffe, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Preston Park and Butterfly World. Ropner Park is 2.5 mi (4.1 km) away.
Located in Scotch Corner, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond Castle, and Richmondshire Museum. Green Howards Museum and The Station are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Located in Helmsley, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Helmsley Castle, Duncombe Park, and Helmsley Arts Centre. Hemsley Walled Garden and Rievaulx Abbey are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated in a rural location, this inn is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Harmby Waterfall and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Middleham Castle. Constable Burton Hall and Foxglove Covert Local Nature Reserve are also within 6 mi (10 km).