The North of England boasts the biggest county in England, Yorkshire. The county of Yorkshire offers a variety of charms all year round. From the scenic coastlines on the east coast to the rugged hills of the Pennines on the west. With rolling hills in the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors to the city of Sheffield close to the Peak District in the south. If it’s the outdoors that you’re after then the county of Yorkshire can satisfy everybody, all year round.
Fancy some local attractions while on your Yorkshire holidays? For history, there is the medieval city of York. Visitors can experience the city walls, York Minster or the Jorvick Viking Centre, all in one day. For any rail enthusiasts the National Railway Museum is also located in York. Or, for the younger ones, why not venture to the outskirts and try your luck at escaping from the York Maze.
North of York, in Ripon, there is a touch more history at Fountains Abbey. The Abbey dates back to the 12th century and offers 323 hectares of beautiful countryside to explore. For thrill seekers, Ripon also hosts the Lightwater Valley theme park, with Flamingo Land nearby in Pickering. Lightwater Valley and Flamingo Land offer white knuckle rides and Flamingo Land also has a zoo showcasing a range of animals, as well as offering a range of Scandinavian style log cabins which are located just a short walk from the park itself.
Yorkshire holidays by the coast
If you want to feel the fresh sea air your Yorkshire holidays, then head over to the north east coast where you can enjoy the pretty coastal towns of Scarborough, Whitby, Filey and the quaint Robin Hoods Bay. Savour some of the best fish and chips at Whitby or jump into the waves at Scarborough for a bit of surfing.
The North Yorkshire Moors start at the tip of Whitby and surround Dalby Forest. At Dalby there is one of the best mountain bike venues in the country, offering a range of trails for serious mountain bikers, plus, more gentle blue trails for beginners and younger family members.
If you are looking for a bit more hustle and bustle then the main cities of Yorkshire are Leeds and “The Steel City”, Sheffield. Both have vast numbers of shoppers visiting every weekend. They enjoy the Meadowhall shopping centre in Sheffield and the Trinity shopping centre in Leeds, which opened in March 2013. With Harvey Nichols and the posh shops of the Victoria Quarter, Leeds has shops to suit all tastes and budgets.
Without a doubt, with its size and variety, the county of Yorkshire can take some exploring but is one that many people come back to year after year. One visit will definitely not be enough.
If you are looking for Yorkshire holidays why not check out some of the lodges that are available throughout the region.