Places (not) to visit in the beautiful county of Yorkshire

This weekend is a Bank Holiday weekend in England – hooray! The last Monday in August is always an official holiday, and banks are shut, and most people can take the day off. Along with Easter Monday, Christmas and Boxing Day, and New Year’s Day, we have two other Bank Holidays in England – the first and last Mondays in May.

The May holidays are my favourites. I love the idea of the holiday in August, but because it’s summer it generally means the roads are jammed. Here are some photos of the places people traditionally visit in Yorkshire on Bank Holiday weekend.They’re all beautiful places, but since my last experience of travelling anywhere on August Bank Holiday involved hours stuck in traffic, I prefer visiting when it’s quieter.

helena fairfax, salt's mill, saltaire
                  My own village of Saltaire (I don’t mind travelling here :) 


         The Bronte Parsonage, Haworth


scarborough, helena fairfax
                Lovely Scarborough (not so lovely on the A64 in summer)


malham cove, helena fairfax
Malham Cove, Yorkshire Dales


rievaulx abbey, helena fairfax
Rievaulx Abbey


harewood house, leeds
 Harewood House and gardens, Leeds


whitby, helena fairfax


A boat trip on the river Ouse, York


york minster, helena farifax
York Minster


Jervaulx Abbey

These are all wonderful places to visit, but this Bank Holiday Monday if (if…!) the sun shines I’ll be sitting in my garden with a good book and avoiding the traffic…

For Bank Holiday weekend, for all those people who are doing as I plan to do and staying in with a book, my feel good summer novel Felicity at the Cross Hotel is just 99p/99c for the next few days on Amazon UK and Amazon US. I hope wherever you are you enjoy some sunshine and have a lovely weekend, and if you do travel, have a safe and quiet journey!

helena fairfax fiction set in hotels
For Bank Holiday weekend – only 99p/99c until 31st August


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If you live in England, are you planning a trip away this weekend, and if so, where? If you don’t live in England, what do you do in your own country’s official holiday?

If you have any comments at all, I’d love to hear from you! 

5 thoughts on “Places (not) to visit in the beautiful county of Yorkshire

  1. How true! We were supposed to be on the M6 at the moment heading to the Lakes but a few things cropped up so we can’t go – having seen the traffic reports I think garden with a book sounds ideal!! All lovely place and seeing them felt like traveling home. Have a relaxing long weekend…😀


  2. Your post makes me want to revisit Yorkshire, one of my favorite places. We saw some of the spots you mentioned and would like to see the rest.

    I like to stay in New York City on big summer holidays. The streets are empty and quiet.

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  3. I imagine it”s lovely in New York when everyone has gone out to the country for the day. The City in London (banking area) is really nice to walk through on a Sunday.
    Hope you make it back to Yorkshire some time, Ken. Thanks very much for dropping in, and for your comment!

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