I have lived in Leeds for the past 5 years now and I will be the first to admit that I haven’t ventured outside the city as much as I should have. This year however, was very different. What with wedding plans and work taking up our time this year, we didn’t really have the time to venture further afield so we took the opportunity to explore more of the countryside and Yorkshire itself. I thought I would share with you my top 5 go-to places to visit this Autumn in Yorkshire.
If you’re visiting Leeds or if you live in the city then I can highly recommend that you go and visit Roundhay Park, which is around a 15 minute drive from the city center. I have had so many fun times here, it’s so beautiful to walk around or take a little picnic with you and just sit and admire the views. I have shot a few of my campaigns in this park at different times of the year but when it hits Autumn it’s just magical. With my husband being a massive tennis fan, he occasionally goes and plays tennis on the free courts opposite the park. Take your tennis rackets with you if that’s your thing.
I try and visit Knaresborough every year, however I couldn’t make it this year as we have just been so busy. Situated in North Yorkshire, it’s a little piece of countryside paradise. Gareth actually took me for one of our anniversaries as a surprise and we stayed at The General Tarleton hotel. I can highly recommend this hotel if you wanted to make a night of it. You must visit one of England’s oldest tourist attractions “Mother Shipton’s Cave” while you’re there. The park is home to unspoiled forest with a well where you can make a special wish – mine actually did come true! Super freaky. This place would be perfect for Halloween.
The castle is also pretty amazing and has exceptional views. To be honest it’s quite pricey to go into the castle, as it’s not that big but it’s worth it for a one-off tour. In the summer time, you can also go rent a canoe which is very romantic and something I am still yet to do. I think I will check this off my list next year, Gareth what ya saying?
York is probably one of my favourite places to visit in North Yorkshire. There’s always something to do, although whenever I visit York with Gareth, it’s always raining. Hopefully we will have a little luck on our side next time we visit. I really want to go to the Christmas Market in York this year as I love the one in Leeds but I think it will be nice to experience one in another town. My top things to do in York this Autumn would 100% be the York Dungeons. This would be epic for Halloween! Don’t get me wrong, I am probably the biggest scardy-cat around and I was so nervous going into the dungeons but it wasn’t too bad (OK, it was pretty scary but just do it if you’re around as it would be the perfect addition to your Halloween plans).
Although this is situated just outside the city center, I literally went to visit Kirkstall Abbey for the first time a few weeks ago and I loved it. I can’t believe I hadn’t visited this place before. We decided to take some lunch with us and a bottle of prosecco (nothing new here to be honest) and we went off and took in the views. Very romantic! It was quite busy with people walking their dogs which I was very envious of. I actually never look at the owners and I just stare at their pets, is this normal? haha! If you’re looking for a cheap lunch and a few drinkies after walking round Kirkstall Abbey, then walk up the road and within 10 minutes you will reach Kirkstall Bridge Inn. Gareth and I shared a pizza, he had a pint of beer and I had half a pint and it all came to £12.00. Bargain!
Doncaster is situated in South Yorkshire and is where I was born. Some people might give it a bad rep however, I love it. It has so much to offer from shopping, beautiful parks and a great nightlife. Everyone who used to visit me from my travels and wanted a cheeky night out, would be introduced to Donny nightlife by yours truly and they would say it reminded them of the Magaluf Strip haha! They were probably right but there are so many nice places to go and drink that aren’t in the town center. To be fair, I haven’t been out in Doncaster for years, so watch this space and I will give you a full low down on this very soon.
These were just a few of my favourite places in Yorkshire but trust me when I say there are so many other options in this beautiful county.