In this new blog series, we take a closer look at the special elements that go together to make The Third Best Region in the World ™!
If you’re visiting Yorkshire for the first time, you can’t fail to be impressed by the county’s endless beauty and activities. There is so much variation no one could ever be bored here, whether you’re looking for an energetic night out on the town, a brisk walk in the stunning countryside, or to stuff yourself with hearty Yorkshire food!
In Yorkshire there are six cities, all of which are unique. York is a quirky, architecturally magnificent destination with the imposing York Minster
providing the centrepiece. It is one of the largest cathedrals in Europe boasting impressive gothic architecture. York
is an ancient city with countless listed buildings lining its narrow thoroughfares, witnessed best in the Shambles which is arguably the best preserved medieval street in the world. These quaint, atmospheric surroundings provide the perfect backdrop to the city’s impressive number of bars and restaurants. Ranging from haunted Tudor pubs to funky cocktail bars, there is certainly something for everyone.
To illustrate the range of cities in Yorkshire, just contrast York with Sheffield
. The latter is an industrial city with the most exciting music scene in the county, with numerous venues specialising in every genre you could want. The city has spawned huge acts, including the Arctic Monkeys, Pulp, The Human League and Jarvis Cocker.
The countryside is also incredibly varied and distinctive. The Yorkshire Dales
spread across the county, until the rolling, green hills become wilder with the emergence of the North York Moors
and the coast. The Dales are packed with rough caverns and crags providing a thrilling walk for all hikers who dare to brave them, but there are also more relaxed routes through undulating lush fields and meadows.
In contrast, the Moors provided the inspiration for Emily Brontё’s Wuthering Height
s, with its wild landscape littered with prehistoric remains, abbeys and purple moorland. Yorkshire’s countryside has yet another string to its bow with its coastline forming the eastern edge of the North York Moors.
Once again, there is something for everyone in this stretch of land. For a fun family day out, Scarborough
is the perfect place, with its amusement arcades and beaches that encapsulate fun at the seaside. Although its neighbour, Whitby
, also offers a perfect beach day, there is more to this town as it is featured in Bram Stoker’s famous novel Dracula
. There is a distinctly eerie atmosphere here, with the commanding Whitby Abbey
watching over the town and the lonely lighthouse staring out to sea.