things to do in yorkshire

7 unusual things to do in Yorkshire

With a population as big as Scotland’s and an area half the size of Belgium, Yorkshire is almost a country in itself with its own flag too.

It’s full of amazing things to do, but here are seven that stand out as being a little bit different – for those who want to have a go at something new.

1. Try tea-infused beer

It’s well known that people from Yorkshire love tea and love beer. But both together? Give it a go at the York Tap, stunning Victorian railway station tearooms converted into a pub. It’s got a glorious selection of beers, including the Ilkley Brewery’s “Mash Tonne” – blackberry ale infused with Darjeeling tea. More serious beer drinkers should take a tour of one of Yorkshire’s hundreds of breweries, such as Black Sheep in Masham or Cropton Brewery in the North York Moors.

2. Take a ghostly tour of York

Many people view York as a beautiful, historic town – but it has a dark side which you can learn about in one of their ghost tours. The Original Ghost Walk of York was created way back in 1973. You won’t bump into set up frights or characters. But you’ll be shown a world of folklore and legends as you explore the city after dark.

3. Make your great escape

The escape game has spread across Yorkshire with The Great Escape Game in Sheffield, Tick Tock Unlock in Leeds and GR8escape in York. They’ll see you locked in a room with your friends where you can only escape by figuring out the hidden clues.

4. Take on a unique high wire

This activity is a little bit different to your typical Go Ape day out. With Via Ferrata, you’ll be crossing gorges and scaling rock faces. It requires nerves of steel, but the experience is remarkable. So for those who seek thrilling outdoor adventures, make this your next to do.

5. Eat surrounded by sharks

You might have heard of The Deep in Hull, one of the country’s best aquariums with 3,500 marine creatures. But have you considered eating in their restaurant? It’s surrounded by clear glass that reveals the underwater residents of their main tank – sharks, rays, sawfish and more. It’s pretty incredible to watch them as your tuck into their menu of Mediterranean delights.

6. Get a guided tour on a motorbike

Bring out your inner biker by suiting up in a jacket, gloves and a helmet with a built in microphone set. Then sit with a friend in the back of a specially designed three-seater motorbike whilst being driven around some pretty areas of Yorkshire. Hot spots include Bolton Abbey and Pen-y-ghent, one of Yorkshire’s Three Peaks. It provides a wind-in-your-hair experience with an informative tour. Yorkshire Trike Tours does short and day-long trips around the Dales.

7. Delve into Yorkshire’s caves

Caving gives you the opportunity to explore the underground world beneath the Yorkshire Dales. Head into the depths where you can expect a mix of crawling, climbing and even abseiling, as you go off in search of fascinating rock formations and underground waterfalls.


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