There’s nowt quite like Yorkshire. Easy on the eye and stirring for the heart, it is undoubtedly one of England’s best-loved counties and a favourite for millions of visitors year-round.
Yorkshire is divided into three parts, or ridings, each of which meet at York’s ancient city walls. York itself is a thriving, cosmopolitan hub. Its long heritage has shaped the modern, cultural city we see today and it’s a wonderful place to spend some time.
If you venture beyond York – and you should – you’ll find a landscape of contrasts. This is a place where rolling dales nudge up against rugged moorland, where tiny villages front up to tempestuous seas. From haunting wilderness to bountiful pasture, wherever you find yourself, the view is bound to be absolutely spectacular.
Yorkshire’s history makes it fascinating to explore, its past having been etched out by dinosaurs, Romans, Anglo Saxons and Vikings, right up to the late 18th Century when it lay at the heart of the Industrial Revolution.
Among all of this magnificent history and nature, there’s time for fireside drinks in charming pubs, cake and chatter in cosy tea rooms and dinner & drinks in buzzing city bistros.
Built by Romans, captured by Vikings and finally claimed by the English, York is home to 1,900 years of rich and fascinating history. While its carefully preserved past seems to ooze from every beam, brick and flagstone, you'll find all the trappings of a modern, tourism-oriented city.
By ‘eck, Yorkshire is handsome. Indeed, every Yorkshire man and woman will tell you it is God’s Own Country – and they do have a point. Particularly when it comes to the 680 square miles that make up the Yorkshire Dales National Park. From bucolic, chocolate-box villages to Wuthering Heights style wilderness, the breathtaking beauty of this region is hard to beat.
Think of Yorkshire and one might initially conjure up visions of untamed moors and undulating dales, but it’s also blessed with one of England’s most spectacular and atmospheric coastlines. The Yorkshire Coast – stretching from Staithes in the north to Spurn Point in the south – is over 90 miles long and surprisingly diverse, characterised by rugged headlands, secluded, sweeping bays and quirky seaside towns.
Just 20 miles north of York, rising up from rolling green pastures, is a landscape that is wild, windswept and utterly bewitching. Welcome to the North York Moors National Park. This is a place that manages to be simultaneously forbidding and inviting. Displaying bleak splendour in winter and clad in pillows of purple heather in summer, it’s a wonder to explore whatever the season.