Yorkshire is vast – bigger than many countries including Qatar and The Gambia – and it is teeming with things to enjoy on holidays, short breaks and day trips. You could never exhaust its possibilities if you visited every year for a lifetime because it is forever evolving and making its formidable qualities even more attractive.
The Yorkshire coast has been a magnet for holidaymakers since the 1730s, since when Scarborough claims the distinction of becoming the first seaside resort. The first bathing machines arrived back then, wheeled beach carriages which enabled women to don swimwear and step into the ocean with their modesty intact. Today, east coast venues with great beaches like Scarborough, Whitby, Bridlington and Filey still offer fun for all.
People who like being out in the wilds gravitate in huge numbers to the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales National Parks, not to mention the Pennine Way which forges its rocky path up the spine of the county. In doing so it passes by the Yorkshire towns of Huddersfield, Halifax, Bradford and Harrogate. Each has its own history and personality.
Walkers, cyclists and other outdoor enthusiasts frequently gravitate into the vast open spaces of Yorkshire, from the Bronte country of Haworth to the sparsely populated countryside around Thirsk where vet James Herriot practised as a vet. The Bronte parsonage where novelists Charlotte, Emily and Anne grew up and the World of James Herriot are among the many places well worth visiting when you are in the neighbourhood.
There is endless charm to be found, too, in centres such as Beverley with its cobbled streets, courtyards and cosmopolitan eateries and Driffield, known as the ‘Heartbeat of the Wolds’.
Many people enjoy the adventure of Yorkshire’s big cities of York, Leeds, Sheffield, Wakefield, Bradford and Hull.
Hull is the 2017 UK City of Culture, a designation which kick-started multi-million pound investments to transform it into a world class visitor destination, majoring on its maritime activities. Hull has thrown itself into a dynamic programme of events celebrating the city and its people, history and geography. Visit www.hull2017.co.uk to find places and events to interest you in this pivotal year for the city.
York has been captivating visitors since Roman times with its ancient charms and modern attractions. This fabulous city seamlessly marries old and new into a delightful mix. Don’t miss the Jorvik Viking Centre, presenting life as perpetrated by the infamous 10th century invaders or the National Railway Museum with its amazing trains from yesteryear, including the world’s fastest steam locomotive, Mallard.
Leeds, hailed as the 21st century Yorkshire capital, how has the added pulling power of its new and amazing Trinity Leeds shopping centre. Longer established are the Call Lane area famous for bars and live music venues under converted railway arches, the Kirkgate Market with hundreds of stalls indoors and out and the Royal Armouries museum, housing the national collection of armaments.
It’s all Yorkshire and all good.