14/3/2013 This is Yorkshire - God's Own Country
Real ale and rhubarb, culture and vibrant cities, stunning walks and waterfalls, golden sands and sea. This is Yorkshire.
A day in Yorkshire, a weekend in Yorkshire, even a fortnight in Yorkshire will not be enough to discover it all.
Yorkshire has it all: five vibrant cities, three National Parks - the Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors and the Peak District, two UNESCO World Heritage sites and the world’s only UNESCO City of Film, miles of golden beaches, exciting contemporary and historical attractions, famous locations featured in cinemas world-wide, a full calendar of international events, and more Michelin starred restaurants than any other area outside of London.
Put your walking boots on and discover the hidden delights scattered across Yorkshire's rolling countryside and national parks.
Head towards the sheep strewn North York Moors and race your mountain bike around Dalby Forest. For something more romantic, take a hypnotic steam train across the heather clad moors on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.
Experience some of the more unusual ideas, and escape into a land of ancient spas, and dare to venture down caves. Be guided down the spectacular Ingleborough Cave and view underground landscapes at White Scar Caves, both in the Yorkshire Dales. Discover Yorkshire produce with a tour of the Black Sheep Brewery or the Wensleydale Creamery.
Yorkshire has a colourful sense of heritage and evidence of past lives are around every corner. Famous for miles of heritage coastline, castles, stately homes and churches, as well as being home to around 2663 ancient monuments. Visit Castle Howard and Gardens, or take a tour of the ancient Skipton Castle. Harewood House, Burton Agnes Hall and Fountains Abbey will all amaze you with their magical settings and sense of grandeur.
With such vibrant and cosmopolitan cities like Sheffield, Hull, York, Leeds and Bradford, the shopping opportunities are endless!
For retail therapy in a magical setting explore York's famous shambles and Stonegate shopping for a wide choice of individual gifts. Designer stores are full of intrepid shoppers seeking out cutting edge style; look out for designer boutiques including Vivienne Westwood. For city explorers, York is a city of exciting discoveries. At its heart sits York Minster, the largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe. International visitors are drawn to the city’s many festivals, meandering cobbled streets, fascinating heritage and world class attractions intermingled with a vibrant cafe culture.
Stunning Victorian arcades filled with internationally recognised designer labels such as Karen Millen and French Connection, and the first Harvey Nichols store outside London attract visitors from far afield to Leeds. The Victorian Corn Exchange has had a multi million pound makeover that has seen it transformed into an elegant shopping and dining venue. The city’s Clarence Dock, adjacent to the popular Royal Armouries Museum, has also undergone a major transformation with an array of contemporary bars and independent stores. A rich cultural offering of galleries and museums plus fashionable cafe bars and restaurants make Leeds an exciting and vibrant destination.
The dramatic city of Bradford has an abundance of attractions and is the destination for food lovers who enjoy authentic Asian cuisine. Recently awarded with the world’s only UNESCO City of Film status, visitors can now join a city tour to discover where well known films were filmed before stopping off at the National Media Museum. A shopper’s haven, Bradford is a fantastic shopping experience where you will find great expanses of local textiles and crafts within traditional mill settings and Bombay Stores with its stunning saris, rich textiles and silks.
Sheffield is a thriving, attractive city with lots of places to visit, things to do, and a programme of events throughout the year. The city centre boasts the Winter Garden and the Peace Gardens, both beautiful, relaxing public spaces. There are a range of high street and specialist shops, and a multitude of bars and restaurants.
Sheffield city centre is a perfect destination for shopping, relaxing with friends, a weekend break, or a fun night out. The number of shops, bars and restaurants is constantly growing and the city is becoming a top UK destination.
Visitors to the city of Hull are often overwhelmed by what a friendly place it is. This is a city that knows how to combine a rich heritage with a vibrant social ambience. With an eclectic mix of traditional and modern architecture, and established music and arts scene this is a city full of pleasant surprises. Hull is an up and coming waterfront city which has contemporary stores and cafe bars, eight free museums, the world’s only submarium – The Deep, and is home to internationally acclaimed Hull Truck Theatre. All the ingredients for a perfect city break or day out.
The Yorkshire Coast
With 45 miles of stunning coastline, the East Coast has sweeping sandy beaches, intimate bays and historic fishing villages. The traditional seaside towns of Scarborough, Robin Hood’s Bay, Whitby, Filey, Bridlington and Hornsea, each with their own unique character, are popular holiday choices with families who return time and again. Whether you spend your time building sandcastles on the beach or riding the crest of a wave on a surfboard, you'll leave feeling refreshed and invigorated.
From the soaring cliffs of the Heritage Coast discover a fascinating coastline recognised for its geographical, natural and archaeological importance, with a strong sense of history and a powerful beauty that seems strangely fragile next to the pounding waves of the North Sea. RSPB Bempton Cliffs, one of England's top wildlife attractions, is home to over 200,000 nesting seabirds, including gannets and puffins, from April – September. The nature trail and spectacular cliff top walks are popular with visitors throughout the year.