Why Yorkshire Should be on Your British Bucket List
From the bustling cities of York and Leeds, picturesque towns of Harrogate and Whitby, stunning countryside and delicious food, the county of Yorkshire is a place that should be on everyone’s British bucket list! Our luxury Harrogate accommodation offers you the perfect place to relax and unwind after a day out exploring this beautiful county, and be sure to check what offers we have available before you book!
Iconic landmarks, beautiful countryside, fantastic food and much more – if you have never considered having a mini break in ‘God’s Own County’ here are nine reasons why you should:
The Gorgeous Countryside
For people who love the outdoors, Yorkshire will feel like home. As the biggest county in England and home to the national parks of the Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors and part of the Peak District, there is a lot of countryside to enjoy too. The beautiful moorlands are ideal walking spots, combined with peaks and hills, and some intriguing limestone natural pavements such as those at Malham. A favourite place to walk within easy reach of Harrogate is Nidderdale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The Literary Heritage
Yorkshire has inspired many writers over the years, and you can visit the places that helped create some of Britain’s best literature. The wild moors are brought to life in Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, and Whitby Abbey has a strong connection to Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Other favourite literary connections are the village of Haworth, once the home of the Brontë sisters, the North Yorkshire landscape captured in The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, and West Yorkshire, the home of British author Ted Hughes.
Amazing Art Scene
You might not think of Yorkshire as being a thriving centre of art and culture for Britain, but it boasts a fantastic selection of art galleries, sculpture collections and museums. You can find Yorkshire Sculpture Park, The Hepworth Wakefield, Henry Moore Institute and Leeds Art Gallery all within 30-minutes of each other. In Harrogate, there is the Mercer Art Gallery, and in York, you can find the York Art Gallery and Centre of Ceramic Art.
In every village, town and city in Yorkshire, you will find at least one cosy traditional pub serving local ale and great food (even fictional villages have their local pub, such as Emmerdale’s Woolpack!). These delightful places are friendly and often have a long history of interesting patrons – you are sure to hear some stories when you tuck into a traditional pub lunch!
History enthusiasts should not miss a visit to York. It has been at the centre of several political events in England, and its history can be traced back beyond Romans settling in the area. The city has seen many kings and rulers, from the Romans to the Vikings and William the Conqueror. Main points of interest in the city are the Dungeons, York Minster, the cobbled Shambles, the city walls and the Jorvik Viking Centre.
Much of Yorkshire’s history can be found beyond its towns and cities in several ancient ruins. There are castles and abbeys around the county with a long history, including Kirkstall Abbey, Fountains Abbey, Harewood Castle and Sandal Castle. The castles have seen plenty of battles and bloodshed, and the abbeys were targeted in the Dissolution of the Monasteries or simply fell into disrepair. Despite their ruinous appearance, the castles and abbeys in Yorkshire have a lot of character and a peaceful atmosphere when you visit.
When you mention Yorkshire and food, Yorkshire puddings spring to mind, but there are plenty more dishes that originate from the region. Wensleydale cheese gets its name from the town it comes from, and there are plenty of varieties of the crumbly cheese to choose from. Ginger beer also originates from Yorkshire, first being made in the 1700s! Another ginger-based food is parkin, a cake consisting of butter, honey, flour, oats, treacle and ginger.
Yorkshire’s coastline is rugged, charming and breath-taking. There are picture-perfect coastal villages that offer up delicious fish and chips, family-friendly resorts with miles of golden sand and rocky cliffs that are ideal for hikes. The diversity of the coastline makes Yorkshire stand out and enables it to be enjoyed at any of time of year.
Year after year, Yorkshire is putting itself on the map as a hub of culture in the UK and number of events taking place annually keeps growing. The Tour de Yorkshire and Yorkshire Races are some top events for sports fans. Several music festivals are held around Yorkshire with a highlight being the Leeds end of Reading and Leeds Festival. Tantalise your taste buds at the variety of food festivals and enjoy the great outdoors as flower shows and the Great Yorkshire Show too!
Have you been convinced to book your next holiday to Yorkshire and the elegant Victorian town of Harrogate? Contact us today to find out more information about our accommodation and take a look at our blog for other attractions and activities to do in the area!
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