Here are 10 wonderful destinations for a staycation that are just a short drive away from South Yorkshire

As the third national lockdown continues, many of us are daydreaming about when we might be to go on holiday – and here is our selection of 10 great staycation destinations.

Thursday, 4th February 2021, 11:24 am
There are plenty of great destinations for a holiday that are just a short drive away from South Yorkshire

While we do not know when it will be possible for us to travel abroad, what we can bank on is the many wonderful holiday destinations in the region that will be available to us once restrictions are eased in Britain.

South Yorkshire is blessed with being located just a short drive away from the beautiful North Sea cost in North Yorkshire, as well as the picturesque Yorkshire Dales National Park.

We have collated this list of delightful destinations for a staycation to give you some vacation inspiration.

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Located on North Yorkshire's picturesque North Sea coast, Scarborough has long been a firm favourite for holidaymakers from Yorkshire and beyond. The town's two sandy bays with gorgeous sandy beaches are separated by a headland bearing its 12th Century castle.

Scroll through and see if your favourite location in the region is included.


Voted the best place to live in the UK by the Sunday Times, the historical city of York is a fantastic place to visit with a vibrant food and drink scene and 30 world-class museums to explore. The city is surrounded by ancient walls, as well as a 13th century Gothic Minster with medieval stained glass, and has a festival for every month of the year. Please note: this stock picture of York was taken before the Covid-19 pandemic and the requirement for social distancing.

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Whitby is a wonderful place to visit, with its picturesque harbour that has the River Esk running through it, and the Gothic Whitby Abbey which was the inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula. It is also located a short distance from the coastal retreats of Robin Hood's Bay, Staithes and Sandsend and the peaceful and colourful countryside of the North York Moors National Park surrounds Whitby Town. Pictured is a view towards Whitby Abbey through the replica Whale's jaw bone which replaced the original archway that was erected in 1853.
The charming Derbyshire spa town of Buxton is a brilliant destination for a getaway, with its magnificent ornamental gardens and stunning Victorian and Georgian architecture and fabulous selection of independent shops, restaurants and bars. Ordinarily, Buxton boasts a rich cultural scene, with venues such as the Buxton Opera House attracting visitors from across the region.
The Yorkshire Dales boasts some of the best scenery Britain has to offer, across its thousands of square miles of moors, hills, valleys and villages. With its open fells and numerous valleys, the Dales offers expansive views that show the area’s true beauty and variety. There are plenty of villages and towns in the Dales that offer easy access to picturesque walking routes including Massam, Kettlewell, Grassington, Settle and Hawes.
The seaside town of Cleethorpes, which is located on the estuary of the Humber in Lincolnshire, is a popular holiday destination for many living in Yorkshire. It's easy to see why it's so popular, with its beautiful sandy beaches, year-round attractions and easy rail links.
A trip to Haworth is a must for fans of the Brontë sisters who lived there. Even without the connection to the famous literary family, Haworth would still be a fantastic place to visit with its cobbled streets and rolling moors that make you feel as though you've been transported into another era altogether. Pictured is Top Withens high on the Pennine Moors above Haworth, the ruins have long been associated with the Brontës as the home of the Earnshaw's in Emily Bronte's novel 'Wuthering Heights', even though the buildings bore no resemblance to the house she descibed the situation may have been in her mind when she wrote of the moorland setting of the heights
The Heights of Abraham are a country park with famous show caverns set in 60 acres of woodlands and reached by cable cars over deep limestone gorge in the Peak District. The attraction, which also includes adventure playgrounds, makes for a brilliant family day out, and is just a stone's throw away from the Peak District National Park.
Boasting Yorkshire's last remaining pier, Saltburn-by-the-sea is always popular with holidaymakers who flock to its gorgeous beaches and are taken in by its Victorian charms. The town also has an up-and-coming arts scene and plenty of restaurants to dine in.
The market town of Richmond is often described as the jewel in the crown of North Yorkshire. It is situated on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales national park and other attractions include its Norman Castle, cobbled market place and Georgian architecture. Pictured is Easby Abbey near Richmond.