Attractions

Looking for inspiration to plan your day out in Nidderdale AONB? There is a wide selection of great attractions to visit in this beautiful area of Yorkshire that cater to a whole range of interests. Here are just a few ideas but check out our interactive map or activity generator for even more.

  • Brimham Rocks - an amazing collection of weird and wonderful rock formations scattered over 50 acres of moorland owned by the National Trust.
  • Coldstones Cut – Yorkshire’s biggest and highest public artwork on a monumental scale with viewpoints and a platform overlooking the working quarry.
  • Druid's Temple - an atmospheric folly set in pine woodland on the Swinton Estate, near Masham. Perfect for families to explore.
  • Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal - a stunning World Heritage Site with a ruined Cistercian Abbey, Water Garden, Deer Park and more.
  • Hackfall - a beautiful Grade 1 listed woodland garden with follies, waterfalls and surprise views.
  • How Stean Gorge - a 20 metre deep limestone gorge that can be explored via a network of paths and bridges. You can also enjoy outdoor activities such as gorge walking, caving and the Via Ferrata - one of only two in England - or delicious homemade food in the café.
  • Ilkley - a Victorian spa town on the southern edge of the AONB.
  • Jervaulx Abbey - a stunning ruined abbey set in tranquil parkland and noted for the vast number of flowers that grow amongst its walls.
  • Masham - a traditional market town on the north eastern edge of the AONB boasting Yorkshire's largest market square.
  • Nidderdale Llamas - explore the AONB with a llama as your trekking companion.
  • Nidderdale Museum - an amazing collection of artefacts telling the story of life in Nidderdale.
  • Otley - a historic market town on the southern edge of the AONB.
  • Pateley Bridge - a small town in the heart of Nidderdale AONB.
  • St. Mary's Church & Churchyard - a ruined church set high on the hillside above Pateley Bridge.
  • Studfold Explore, Discover and Learn Trail - an award winning nature trail which will keep children occupied for hours.
  • Stump Cross Caverns - one of Britain's premier show caves with a shop and café.
  • Toft Gate Lime Kiln - the remains of a Lime Kiln on the edge of Greenhow village.
  • Washburn Heritage Centre - exhibitions, displays and a cafe on the edge of Fewston Reservoir in the Washburn Valley.
  • Washburn Valley Reservoirs - Lindley Wood, Swinsty, Fewston and Thruscross reservoirs provide a beautiful area to visit and a haven for wildlife. The reservoirs are owned by Yorkshire Water. Walk routes and podcasts can be downloaded from the Yorkshire Water website.
  • Yorke's Folly - a folly, known locally as 'Two Stoops', on the hillside with amazing views over Pateley Bridge and Lower Nidderdale.
  • Pillars Past - a wonderful stone carved sculpture on the banks of the River Nidd at Pateley Bridge. Part of the Way of the Roses 'Passing Places' public art trail it represents the history of the area.
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Main image: A family enjoying Studfold Trail by Paul Harris