Here are the top 10 things to experience in this historic county:
Go for Baroque: Explore the grounds and gardens of Castle Howard, 15 miles northeast of York. The opulent 18th-century home served as the setting for the 1981 TV series and 2008 film adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s 1945 novel, Brideshead Revisited.
Get Lit: Pay homage to the authors of Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre at the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth. Follow the footpath winding through the moors outside for a sense of the environment that inspired the imaginative sisters.
Under the Influence: In Haworth, order a pint at the Black Bull, Branwell Brontë’s regular pub—just across the street from the apothecary where the only Brontë son bought his opium.
Star Power: Yorkshire boasts more Michelin stars than any other part of England, outside of London. At Harome’s Star Inn, chef/owner Andrew Pern serves modern takes on regional cooking.
Local Spirits: Get spooked at the Golden Fleece, the most haunted pub in England’s most haunted city, York.
Local Flavor: Join the line out the door at the Magpie Café in Whitby. The warren of rooms overlooks the lively harbor, but the real draw is the classic fish-and-chips (haddock or cod). “Our secret,” says chef Paul Gildroy, “is the light, crisp batter recipe passed down for 75 years, through three generations of the same family.”
English Pastoral: Retreat to the Devonshire Arms hotel in the heart of the Dales, with a spa, hiking trails, and fly-fishing. From $262.
Sweet Dreams: Live out gothic fantasies while sleeping in the Ruin, a restored Georgian folly in North Yorkshire.
Shopping: While browsing the 700-year-old Barnsley Market, try the fat rascal, a local type of fruit scone.