Undeniably, the king of all our Cathedral cities is York. We are only an hour’s drive away and we suggest you use their Park and Ride service. You could also take the train from Northallerton Station where parking is plentiful and cheap for the whole day, and the train enables you to arrive in the centre of York and enjoy the walk across the river or along the city walls, directly into the town. The Minster is the central attraction but York has so much to offer, from history to shopping that you may, like some of our guests, go back for a second day.
Ripon is a smaller cathedral city with a thriving Thursday market and a popular racecourse. Close by are the world heritage site of Fountains Abbey, Newby Hall and gardens, and Ripley Castle. Ripon has good eateries too. You could combine a visit Harrogate and Ripon – they are 15 minutes apart.
Durham – we have included Durham Cathedral city in our suggestions because this cathedral – and town, are a memorable experience, despite not being in the county of Yorkshire (shush, we are promoting County Durham here, but we are friendly to our neighbours). A powerful river runs beneath the magnificent cathedral that is a place of calm, beauty and prayer inside. History is shown to you on every street, from the university college buildings, to the twisted shopping streets perched on hills. We think you’ll love Durham, only a 45 mile direct drive from us using the A1 north.