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Explore Yorkshire and the UK

Our recommendations for visiting places outside York.

Students sitting on fountain at castle howard

York is a very well located and well connected city. You can visit many different interesting, historical and beautiful places on public transport.

Discovering Yorkshire

The Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors are National Parks with incredible scenery. They are accessible by public transport and are a great day out!

Yorkshire Dales North York Moors

The historic market towns of Harrogate and Knaresborough are just a short train ride from York, and just 30 minutes away is Leeds, a much bigger city with plenty of shops, restaurants and museums. There is always something going on!

The seaside resorts of Scarborough and Whitby also make the perfect destination for a day out. There are beaches, beautiful views, ice-cream and fish and chips! Scarborough is easily accessible by train from York. Whitby is a little harder to get to, but well worth it. The bus journey takes you over the open moors and past steam railways.

Scarborough Whitby

Find out more on places to explore and information on things to do at Beyond York.

We runs trips around the North of England every semester through our Global campus programme.

Exploring further in the UK

York’s public transport is well connected to many major UK cities.  Trains run regularly to other Northern cities which you can visit in a day or overnight. Manchester, Newcastle and Liverpool are around one and a half hours away and are full of culture, food and stories.

You can get from York to London in just two hours or to Edinburgh in two and a half hours. Both of these capital cities deserve a weekend visit.

Visiting mainland Europe

The UK is close to mainland Europe so you might want to spend some time visiting other famous cities.  

If you would like to cross over to mainland Europe, a quick ferry from Hull or Newcastle or the Eurostar trains run from London St Pancras to Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam.

Eurostar trains 

There are also many cheap airlines that fly from nearby airports, including Manchester and Leeds Bradford, to many destinations across Europe.

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