The Yorkshire Dales for Art Lovers

1 February 2018

The Yorkshire Dales has rightly gained a reputation for fantastic scenery but did you know that there's also plenty here for art lovers too? Make the most of your time in our luxury holiday cottages in Yorkshire Dales with our guide to some of the best art in the local area. We promise you a fabulously cultured escape.


Saltaire was originally a mill town but when the weavers moved out, the artists moved in. The town's original mill now boasts artists' studios and a gallery displaying an ever-rotating collection of works from local and international artists. Pieces by the renowned David Hockney have been displayed here and, for those unable to pick up a multi-million dollar piece of art during their trip, there's the chance to buy some works by up and coming local artists.

The gallery also boasts a café and a fantastic exhibition on the groundbreaking social history of Saltaire. Combined with the fabulous walks and views available in the local area, the town makes for a fabulous day out for all the family.


The town of Wakefield, lying slightly beyond the Dales, may not be your first thought when it comes to an art-inspired day out, but the Hepworth Gallery has been working hard to change that impression since it first opened its doors back in 2011. The gallery regularly hosts touring exhibitions that have sold out in London, Paris and other major cities. Be sure to check out the website before visiting as some of these exhibitions are ticketed and these tickets will often sell out at busy times such as weekends and school holiday periods.

Like Saltaire, there is a significant local aspect to the collection, and much of the art reflects the history and industry of the surrounding towns and villages. Thanks to fast train services, a trip to the gallery can be easily combined with time spent touring the galleries and museums of nearby Leeds.

We hope that our quick guide to the art of the Yorkshire Dales has shown that there is more to the area than simply the scenery, fantastic though it is!

We have a number of options when you are looking for accommodation in the area, if you want to bring your pet along we have dog friendly holiday cottages in the Yorkshire Dales, and we have cottages with hot tubs for the ultimate relaxation after a day enjoying the art available to you.

Contact us to start booking your next trip.

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