Local Attractions, Places to eat and much more...What's around us? Where to eat and explore? Just some suggestions...
Yorkshire features over 800 attractions, from World Heritage Sites to mining museums, ruined castles and abbeys, to hands on museums. You'll find serene gardens and unique breweries, thrilling rides and industrial heritage. From attractions and museums to sports and galleries, from the history-lover to the inquisitive child, there's something for everyone. With great offers Yorkshire.com is the best place to visit for Yorkshire attractions.
Be the first to visit the Fair on the Festive First Night, when the Christmas festivities officially begin on 14th November.
Don’t miss York’s popular festive market, its back with more Christmassy fun than ever before...
Pocklington’s Yearly Christmas Festival is held through the main street in the Town. Stalls, food & drink are available from venders and local shops!
Enjoy a truly magical day out as Castle Howard is transformed for the festive season. Experience the magnificent decorations as you journey through the House’s grand state rooms. Open fires, candle light and live music evoke all that we love about this special time of year, with the iconic 25 foot traditional Christmas tree adorned with over 3000 baubles providing a breath-taking highlight in the Great Hall.
Things to do in York
The world famous JORVIK Viking Centre is a ‘must-see’ for visitors to the city of York and is one of the most popular visitor attractions in the UK.
Welcoming over 16 million visitors over the past 29 years, visitors journey through the reconstruction of Viking-Age streets, as they would have been 1000 years ago. JORVIK Viking Centre also offers four exciting exhibitions and the chance to actually come face to face with a ‘Viking’.
The National Railway Museum in York has a fantastic range of pristine locomotives for you to hop on board and have a play with; it’s great for kids but fun for adults too.
For a fantastic FREE* day out for the whole family in York, visit the award winning National Railway Museum.
One of the great attractions that York is most recognised for are the City Walls guarding the perimeter of the once much smaller city. Today the walls are accessible from dawn until dusk and provide great views across the city. There are benches at several of the towers should you need a rest or just a sit down to take in the views.
The Shambles is a bustling centre piece of historic York. The street today is one of the UK's most visited and has become a wealth of shopping, tourist attractions, restaurants and many other things to see and do, including tours, ghost walks and historic talks. If you want to know York, you need to know The Shambles.
A York City Cruise enables you to admire the scenery from the comfort of the enclosed saloon or open top deck. Take home fascinating facts on the incredible history of York and its river, from the live commentary delivered by local and knowledgeable skippers. Treat yourself to a refreshing drink from the bar and rest your feet.
Pocklington & surrounding area
Homemade Italian style Gelato - made with love at the Swirlz ice cream parlour in Pocklington, East Yorkshire. Swirlz are a family-run business likened to the world of Willy Wonka.
Pocklington is a historic market town in the heart of the East Riding of Yorkshire and is under 4 miles from your stay at Bricknell Cottages. It is a hive of local activity and makes the perfect day out for everyone, with a vast selection of cafes, eateries, independent shops, bars, the market and much more. The town is also popular with walkers, cyclists and those seeking adventure with water sports and gliding.
It is one of the most spectacular aquariums in the world, is located in Hull, East Yorkshire and is home to 5,000 animals including magnificent sharks and rays. The dramatic building, which overlooks the Humber estuary, was designed by world class architects, Sir Terry Farrell and Partners in, what was then, one of the most deprived and unfashionable cities in England. The Deep is now the most commercially successful Millenium Project.
Burnby Hall Gardens and Museum are situated in the charming town of Pocklington on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds, and are seven-times winners of the Royal Horticultural Society Yorkshire in Bloom Gold Award for Country Houses, Estates, Parks and Gardens (2010 to 2016).
If you are looking for a perfect place to picnic, relax, run or walk Pocklington Canal is an idyllic rural waterway and is one of the top canals for wildlife in the country.
Food & Dining Out
According to Hardens UK restaurant guide Yorkshire has more top quality restaurants and gastro pubs than any other English County. From small atmospheric 300 year old country pubs serving home cooked food to award winning top class restaurants. A fantastic choice whether you are in the city or the countryside.
Here are a few of our guest’s favourite places.
The Carpenters Arms, Fangfoss is our local and only a couple of minutes walk from the cottages so no need for the car. It always has a great atmosphere, good locally sourced, home cooked food, Black Sheep on tap and a childrens play area in the secure garden - what more could you want?
A relaxed friendly place in the heart of Stamford Bridge that serves coffee and cakes, light lunches or meals from their main menu or specials board. The menu includes Italian, Grill and Fish options – the bar serves a great range of Cocktails as well as Beers, Wines, Gins and Spirits.
JJs is Pocklington's only retro bar. They offer a superb setting for you to enjoy your evening. Great food, Fabulous World Beers & Live Music.
The Gold Cup Inn is an attractive, historic, family run, country pub situated in the village of Low Catton, 3 miles for Bricknell Cottages, with a large car parking area.
Located in the Old Engine House on the edge of York's Museum Gardens in a riverside setting close to the historic Lendal Bridge, The Star Inn The City has an enviable position, which they aim to match with the best produce God's Own Country has to offer and genuine Yorkshire hospitality for the 'whole package'.
Situated in a picturesque village on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors, a couple of miles outside the market town of Helmsley, this much-loved inn has origins believed to date back to the 14th Century. Once described as 'absurdly pretty', the thatched pub with its low beams and wonky walls (which mean the pictures won't hang straight!) has centuries of hospitality steeped into its very timbers.
Understandably one of York's most talked about eateries, serving award winning food in a relaxed dining atmosphere. Highly commended for fresh fish dishes, home-made desserts and a seemingly endless selection of fine wines. You can enjoy a pre-dinner tipple overlooking the River Foss, reflecting on this bygone era of impropriety.
Things to do in Yorkshire
Dalby Forest is situated on the southern slopes of the North York Moors National Park. The southern part of the forest is divided by a number of valleys creating a 'Rigg and Dale' landscape whilst to the north the forest sits on the upland plateau.
Cycle trails, Go Ape Tree Top Adventure and Go Ape Forest Segway
Welcome to Yorkshire's finest historic house and estate. Home to the Howard family for over 300 years, Castle Howard is a magnificent 18th century residence set within 1,000 acres of breathtaking landscape in the Howardian Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the heart of North Yorkshire.
If going to the races for the afternoon takes your fancy, we are lucky enough to have York and Beverley Racecourses not too far away.
York Maze is famous for the giant Maize Maze, the largest in Europe, but there are also boast many other curious maze-based attractions for you to puzzle over.
Fountains Abbey is one of the largest and best-preserved ruined Cistercian monasteries in England. It is located approximately 3 miles south-west of Ripon in North Yorkshire, near to the village of Aldfield.