Towns and villages around York

5 towns and villages around York

  1. Ripon
  2. Harrogate
  3. Knaresborough
  4. Pickering
  5. Sutton on the Forest

A trip to York needn’t be confined to the city itself. There are plenty of lovely Yorkshire towns and villages to explore nearby – Knaresbrough, Harrogate, Ripon, Malton and Pickering to name a few are all served by excellent public transport links.


If I didn’t love living in York so much I would definitely move to Ripon. The town centre is arranged around the spectacular cathedral and has more than its fair share of independent shops and great restaurants.

It’s also the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales so there’s some fabulous countryside right on Ripon’s doorstep. Fountains Abbey and Newby Hall are great days out with the family and not to be missed. Take a look at some options for accommodation in Ripon. If you fancy the self catering option there are lots of lovely cottages near Ripon.


I love the grandeur and elegance of Harrogate, it makes me feel like I am stepping back in time. With great shopping, eating and accommodation Harrogate is the jewel in Yorkshire’s shiny crown. My personal recommendation would be the Turkish Baths followed by a spot of lunch and an afternoon of shopping. Read my blog posts for more suggestions of things to do in Harrogate. Alternatively, have a look at accommodation in Harrogate and cottages near Harrogate.



Knaresborough is very picturesque with houses built into the rock and scattered all the way down to the river Nidd. To get the best views of Knaresborough arrive by train across the viaduct.

With a castle and Mother Shipton’s cave and petrifying well there’s plenty to do here. There are festivals and events throughout the year including the famous bed race, festival of visual arts and the Edwardian Christmas market.

Here are a selection of options for accommodation in Knaresborough and cottages near Knaresborough.


All aboard at Pickering for the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. The old steam railway is a great way to see the North York Moors and a good excuse for a trip to Pickering.

It’s a small but quirky town with a permanent covered flea market to rummage round and a castle of its own.

Here are a selection of options for accommodation in Pickering and cottages near Pickering.

Sutton on the Forest

A pretty little village 15 minutes from York, Sutton on the Forest is the home of Sutton Park (the residence of Sir Reginald – Sam Cam’s Dad – and Lady Sheffield). With acres of beautiful gardens, a small playground and cafe and onsite falconry centre Sutton Park is a pleasant afternoon out not too far from York. I can recommend lunch at the The Blackwell Ox in the village.

There are some wonderful hotels in the area, here are some options for accommodation near Sutton on the Forest and cottages near Sutton on the Forest.