Yorkshire is wonderfullly diverse. This beautiful county is packed with heritage sites, fascinating attractions and some of the most stunning countryside the UK has to offer. Not to mention the 2017 City of Culture…
Hull is the worthy recipient of the award this time around and this lively city, on the banks of the river Humber, has plenty in the pipeline to celebrate. An exciting programme of arts and culture has been split into four seasons to showcase the unique character of Hull’s people, history and geography. Meanwhile, it’s old town, including the fabulous Ferens Art Gallery and Maritime Museum are well worth a visit as is The Deep, one of the UK’s biggest and best aquariums.
Far away from this city lies the spectacular landscape of the Yorkshire Dales, a captivating National Park which should feature on the must-see list of any visitor to the region.
With rolling hills and often windswept valleys, the Dales boasts some of the finest limestone scenery in the UK. Such local geology is also responsible for creating a labyrinth of underground caves, which speleologists flock to all year round.
The Dales are hugely popular with walkers, not leat those looking to complete the Three Peaks Challenge, conquering the hills of Pen-y-ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside.
Each dale boasts it’s own distinct character with stone-built villages, drystone walls and flower rich meadows.
For a taste of all this and more, be sure to visit Nidderdale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Boasting outdoor attractions such as the intriguing Brimham Rocks and How Steam Gorge, plus Fountains Abbey, a fascinating World Heritage Site, there is plenty here to enjoy.
Nestled between the Dales and the North York Moors, is the happening city of Leeds. From museums, smart shops and restaurants to a buzzing night scene, this is a place very much brimming with culture and fun. The city also boasts close links to the arts and is one of the only UK cities outside London to have its own ballet company and opera house. There are many arts festivals held throughout the year, including Light Night, when the whole of Leeds is turned into an art installation through light shows and events.
The historic city of York, though not too far away, exudes a different vibe altogether. With is quaint cobbled streets and ancient architecture, it is a pleasantly peaceful city which is a joy to explore on foot. Amble around the shops, stroll along the River Ouse and visit the magnificent York Minster for a perfect day out. Train enthusiasts should head to the brilliant National Railway Museum, where over 300 years of history is explored through millions of artefacts and iconic locomotives.
The North York Moors to the north east of here, is yet another expanse of nature which draws thousands of visitors year upon year.
Its wildlife and woodland, moors and coast include many indicators of the past too. Archaeological remains have been discovered across the area, including tools and camps of the first hunters and concrete steel bunkers of the Cold War period. The moors played a significant part in the industrial revolution, not least the arrival of the railways and local ironstone exploitation. This led to the development of Middlesbrough and the Teeside iron and steel industry.
The area also features the largest Iron Age hill-fort in the north of England, as well as Roman fortifications, medieval castles and abbeys, ancient moorland crosses, and the remains of important early industrial sites.
Along the stunning coastline there is much to take in, from the elegant promenades of Bridlington to the historic port of Staithes, the last of the traditional Yorkshire fishing villages.
Places of interest include Runswick Bay, an idyllic landing spot between the cliffs, Port Mulgrave, a collection of terraced former miners’ cottages by the sea and the spectacular Robin Hood’s Bay where steep rows of fishermens’ cottages lead down to the rocky shore.