A Girly Weekend Getaway in Yorkshire
Sometimes all you and your friends want is a little escape from day-to-day life. Good food, fun times, and a beautiful place to stay. We’ve got you covered in our run down of the best places for a Girls Weekend Away in Yorkshire. Don’t worry ladies – you don’t need to hop on a plane just yet! Some of the best girls’ weekends away can be found right here in Yorkshire. We’ve gathered together a simple guide to plan the perfect girls’ getaway in Leeds, Harrogate, Sheffield, and York. Save money, save the environment, and support local businesses by sticking around in this beautiful county.
The vibrant city of Leeds has a famous nightlife ready for you to enjoy. It’s well connected via train and bus routes and is an exciting cultural centre with lots of great food. This hotspot features lots of renowned attractions such as the Royal Armouries Museum, the Leeds Art Gallery, and the elegant Victorian shopping arcades in Briggate.
Leeds Accommodation Options
Perfect for any creative types, this hostel is very affordable, and each room is designed by a different artist – transforming your stay into an inspirational visual feast.
Located in the very heart of Leeds, near the famous Victorian shopping arcades of Briggate, Briggate Hotel promises a modern, chic stay with a variety of stylish rooms.
Weekend Activities to do in Leeds
This guided food tour hosted by Leeds Food Tours is the perfect way to explore Leeds cuisine, whether you’re a seasoned foodie or just interested in a delicious introduction to local food. You and your friends will be guided through 6 independent eateries, from restaurants to market stalls. Each location is handpicked for its high-quality food made from locally sourced ingredients. As the day progresses your guide will fill you in on the details behind each establishment along with the deeper history of Leeds itself. Great for a group of friends who want a new perspective on this city.
Fancy a tipple? With this award-winning experience you’ll have the unique opportunity to make your very own flavoured gin! Hosts at Hotham’s Gin School will be treat you and a lucky friend to gin tasters as you tour the distillery, learn about the rich history of gin, and witness the distillation process. Then you’ll have the chance to explore over 70 fragrant botanicals from all over the world, before you select the flavours to go in your own gin. As it is distilled, guests will enjoy gin-based cocktails before they label and wax-seal their very own unique gin creation. What a treat! This is a real treat for any gin-lover, capping off a day of learning with a delicious souvenir.
The Victorian spa town of Harrogate is characterised by its beautiful architecture, featuring stunning buildings and lush green parks. Take a stroll through Valley Gardens, pamper yourself at the steamy Turkish Baths, and finish the day off with a fancy cream tea at Betty’s.
Staying in Harrogate
The Pine Marten
The Pine Marten is located close to Harrogate, in the picturesque town of Beckwithshaw. It offers high quality dining and comfortable rooms in a classical pub setting. The rooms are decorated in a comfortable, contemporary style and feature every amenity you could ask for.
Gorgeous Cottages is a luxury holiday cottage brand with properties all across Yorkshire. They have a fabulous range of cottages in central Harrogate, perfect for hosting a weekend break for a group of friends.
Experiences to do in Harrogate
This stained glass taster experience will offer you and your friends a chance to creatively capture the sun in beautiful colours. In the capable hands of the artist Caryl Hallett you’ll learn about the entire process of stained glass making – from safely cutting glass to adding decorative foiling and soldering the piece together. A lunch is included, along with tea, coffee, and cakes from the famous Betty’s café. This is a perfectly well-rounded day out – and it all culminates with a beautiful unique artwork of your very own making that you can proudly display at home. What a lovely day out for a group of creative friends.
Yorkshire Heart Vineyard is located between York and Harrogate, and features 10 acres of beautiful green scenery. This tour will offer you and your friends a unique behind-the-scenes look at the creation of their award winning wine and beer, made from locally-grown ingredients. The passionate vineyard team will show you around and answer any of your burning questions before treating you to a selection of red, white, and rose wines and delicious nibbles. A memorable experience for any friends with an appreciation for wine.
Sheffield is a unique city that combines contemporary culture with a plethora of green spaces. It borders the stunning Peak District National Park and is an ideal place to stay while you hike, cycle, climb or kayak and take in the scenery. Why not pop by the botanical gardens with 19 acres of rare plants? The streets are filled with colourful art, and the Kelham Island district is a hotspot filled with eateries and independent shops.
Where to Stay in Sheffield
Brocco on the Park
Brocco on the Park is an award-winning boutique hotel with several comfortable rooms with a calm, stylish vibe. Their restaurant is listed in the Michelin Guide for its high quality food.
The Garrison Hotel
The Garrison Hotel is situated in a beautiful historical building. The rooms are affordable, and include en-suites and free wifi. Aside from lovely surroundings, the hotel is also very well placed, close to Sheffield’s tram system and bus station.
Girls’ Weekend Activities in Sheffield
Once an industrial centre, Kelham Island has undergone a transformation into a haven for shopping, food, and culture. This tour will take you through the very best food that Kelham Island can offer, representing the unique cultural combination that has given the area its deserved fame. Bring a hungry group of foodie friends – and expect anything from Korean bao buns to homemade cakes. By the end of the tour you will have visited 5 different venues and experienced a real distillation of Sheffield’s culinary offerings.
This experience is a little indulgent – but we all deserve a treat! Combining delicious gin with luxurious bath products sounds like a magnificent idea to me. Hosts from Cosmeti-Craft will welcome you and your friends to the vintage surroundings of The Gin Bar in Sheffield, and help you create your very own bath bombs. First you’ll create a gin-inspired bath bomb to match your complimentary ‘Bath Tub Gin’. Then you’ll make a little magic with a colour-changing bath bomb to match colour-changing gin. This fun experience will leave you with wonderful memories and two very special bath bombs to relax with later.
The historical town of York is filled with fantastic pubs and bars, and has recently been voted the best night out in the UK. The city boasts rich historical surroundings, beautiful architecture, and great food. The Jorvik Viking Museum can be found in the town centre – taking you back a thousand years to a Viking street. The minster towers over the city and if you don’t fear heights you can climb all the way up to the top for an incredible view. There are also several wonderful art galleries to explore as you enjoy the medieval cobbled streets.
Group Accommodation in York
Galtres Lodge is situated in the very centre of York in a beautiful Georgian townhouse. With oak-beamed rooms filled with character and a great restaurant downstairs, you can’t get closer to the action than this.
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Things to do in York on a Girls’ Weekend
York was once known as ‘the Chocolate City’ due to the many chocolate factories that dotted the area. York Cocoa Works takes inspiration from this heritage, and offers a scrumptious chocolate-making experience. This masterclass in cocoa creations will introduce you and your friends to the basics of chocolate making, from processing raw ingredients to creating delightful truffles. Why not get a little competitive and challenge your friends to make the best chocolate creation? This is a great way to learn new skills that might inspire you as a future chocolatier – and who can argue with the 300g of chocolate treats you’ll take home at the end?
For a calmer, fluffy experience which is great for any animal lovers, this alpaca walk might fit the bill. Set in the Hambleton Hills close to York, your friends will have the chance to bond with super-soft, curious, friendly alpacas as you take a relaxing stroll. It’s not often that you have the chance to get so up-close and personal with these lovely creatures. Just look at them!