From the green rolling pastures of the Yorkshire Dales, to the heather covered expanse of the North York Moors, it’s really not hard to see why Yorkshire is renowned as ‘God’s Own County’.
The largest of England’s counties, its endless spots of natural beauty coupled with its charming cities and towns, really sets it apart from the rest of the country.
Once the English capital, it is understandably filled with sites imperative to English history, such as York Minister and the majestic UNESCO World Heritage Site, Fountains Abbey, found in the Dales. In this county, you will be sure to gain near unparalleled insight into Roman, Medieval, Tudor and Viking England.
For those looking for further insight into the past, there are an abundance of glamourous stately homes dotted around the landscape, from the 300-year-old Castle Howard, north of York, to the seventeenth century mansion, Harewood House.
After your adventures in its bountiful landscapes, there’s no better place than the quaint and cobbled ancient-roman streets of York, or the affluent spa resort of Harrogate, which offer plenty of local cafes in which to enjoy a high tea experience, or a simple brew of the treasured Yorkshire tea.
Cultural sites are also plenty, with the home of classic English novelists, the Bronte sisters, in the village of Haworth over in west Yorkshire, as well as the seaside town of Whitby in the north east, known as the setting of Mary Shelley’s Gothic classic, Dracula.
Venturing out of Whitby, marine and wildlife enthusiasts will be delighted to step into the natural surrounds of the North York Moors National Park. Here along the coast is the perfect location to appreciate the various species of fish, sea birds, whales, dolphins and sharks as well as the adorable common and grey seals and pups, which can be seen on the shores near the small fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay.
What to do
- Spot sea life from the coast in the North York Moors National Park
- Visit the home of the Brontë sisters in Haworth
- Get Gothic at Whitby Abbey
- Walk among the heather in the North York Moors
- Hike through the rolling hills of the Dales
- Visit the historic cobbled street of the Shambles in York
- Have high tea in Harrogate