Get away during half-term: Yorkshire has many tourist attractions for families with some great holiday rentals to boot.

A genuine love of the Yorkshire countryside, its people and pace of life was the inspiration behind Gorgeous Cottages, a directory for luxury holiday cottages in Yorkshire. Founded by Christina Brion in 2008, Gorgeous Cottages features a handpicked selection of beautiful cottages, each one chosen for its high standards of style, comfort and location. Here are some good locations for half-term holidays and beyond...

DALBY FOREST


There’s something for everyone at Dalby Forest from Go Ape if you fancy swinging between the trees to a children’s play area and interactive Gruffalo trail. It’s also just a great place to take a picnic and go exploring!
Where to stay: Gateways or Rorty Crankle

FORBIDDEN CORNER


You never know quite what you will discover lurking around the corner at this magical world but you will have lots of fun trying to find everything on your list. With secret passageways, underground chambers and lots of surprises, this is a great day out for children and adults alike.
Where to stay: Tannery Cottage or Warwick Cottage

JORVIK VIKING CENTRE


Newly re-opened for 2017, the Jorvik Viking Centre has been completely re-imagined with more realistic Viking inhabitants, a glass floor letting you peer into the original Coppergate dig and state of the art ‘Time Capsules’ to whizz you round.
Where to stay: Pear Tree House or Acorn Barn

RYEDALE FOLK MUSEUM


Located in the pretty village of Hutton-le-Hole, the Ryedale Folk Museum gives a glimpse into rural lives from the Iron Age to the 1950s. Traditional crafts on display include Rope Making and Iron Age Wood Turning.
Where to stay: Rose Cottage or A Haven

ALPAMERE


This huge waterpark in Scarborough promises an Alpine experience and has 4 huge slides, tropical temperatures, scenic gardens and an infinity pools. Plenty to keep the whole fa
Where to stay: Foxglove Cottage

LIGHTWATER VALLEY


This theme park has thrills and spills aplenty with rollercoasters such as The Ultimate along with a selection of gentler rides for smaller kids. There’s even a farmyard with Shetland Ponies, Pygmy Goats and Donkeys.
Where to stay: Churchby or Anvil Cottage

September 2017