Yorkshire encompasses a vast area in the north of England, and offers visitors a huge number of towns, cities and villages to explore, each with their own unique character. With seaside, urban and rural locations within this enormous county, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
One of the biggest cities in West Yorkshire, Leeds is a well known for its excellent university and outstanding shopping opportunities. There is plenty to see and do here for all the family including the Henry Moore Institute and the Leeds Art Gallery for those with a passion for art. The Royal Armouries Museum and Tropical World are perfect days out for families, and historic houses like Lotherton Hall and Harewood House are ideal for history enthusiasts. In the evening, Leeds really comes alive with a thriving nightlife, world-class restaurants and excellent theatrical presentations at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.
Although a small village, Haworth is incredibly popular with tourists because of its connection with some of the most famous British authors of all time, the Brontes. Visit their old home, the Parsonage, and explore the rural setting of the moors that inspired such iconic tales as Wuthering Heights. While in the area, step back in time and take a ride on the Keighley And Worth Valley Railway.
Located on the E`ast Yorkshire coastline, Scarborough enjoys a spectacular setting and glorious beaches. Known as one of the world’s first seaside resorts, this town has seen tourists arriving to enjoy its shores since the 1600s and the heritage of sea bathing for good health is deeply entrenched here. The Scarborough Sealife Sanctuary is a family friendly and educational day out, while the Playdale Farm Park gives children the opportunity to get up close to a range of animals and explore the adventure trail. Alternatively, if the weather is good, why not laze on the beach and soak up the Yorkshire sunshine?
Perhaps most famous as the home of amazing curries, Bradford offers visitors a host of fascinating attractions. There are many amazing museums here to keep the family occupied for hours including the wonderful Industrial Museum that reveals the city’s rich industrial past. The Police Museum gives an insight into the country’s judicial system past and present, and the National Media Museum outlines the history of film and television as well as providing access to the only IMAX cinema in the county.
No visit to Yorkshire would be complete without a visit to the city that gives the county its name. This stunning compact city is home to the famous York Minster and has a strong Viking heritage. Find out more about York’s history at the Castle Museum and at the Jorvik visitor attraction, or experience the gory side of the city at the York Dungeon.