Yorkshire is England’s most interesting region. A bold statement, no doubt, but they’d expect nothing less in God’s Own Country, as Yorkshire folk half-jokingly refer to where they’re from, a place so bloody huge that it’s divided into four separate counties: South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire and the East Riding of Yorkshire. The last of these is the only geographical hangover from the far-off days of the Danelaw, the 9th-century Viking-governed region that roughly covered the same territory when the notion of ‘England’ as we know it didn’t even exist.
So what is it about this place that’s so heaven-blessed? Well, the landscapes for one: from the dark moors and brooding hills that roll their way to the dramatic cliffs of the coast, Yorkshire has been walked on, climbed over, cycled through and written about for centuries.
Secondly, there’s the sheer breadth of history and place. In Yorkshire you can explore virtually every facet of the English experience – past and present – from the Middle Ages to today, in abbeys, castles, historic houses, medieval cities, industrial centres and urban playgrounds.
But the most compelling argument for Yorkshire’s greatness is the people themselves, the English epitome – and stereotype – of ‘them up north’. Proud, industrious, hard-living and terribly opinionated about all subjects great and small, Yorkshire folk can be tough nuts to crack but they’re a warm and welcoming bunch that don’t stand on ceremony and dispel all notions of the English as cool and distant.
Best places to stay in Yorkshire
Great Britain - Yorkshire (Chapter)
What makes local folk so proud of Yorkshire, 'God's Own County'? Aside from having some of England's finest scenery, every facet of English history is represented here, from Roman times to the 20th century.
Six offbeat experiences in Yorkshire, England
Yorkshire is much-hyped of late, but for good reason – the four counties that make up this slice of northern England have so much to offer in terms of scenery, foodie experiences and historical action. Plus, it’s not all about the Tour de France. Here are six offbeat ways to get to know the region...
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Great Britain - Manchester, Liverpool & the Northwest (Chapter)
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England - Yorkshire (Chapter)
What makes local folk so proud of Yorkshire, 'God’s Own Country'? Aside from having some of England's finest scenery, every facet of English history is represented here, from Roman times to the 20th century.
The York Pass
Enjoy free entry to 30 top York attractions with the York Pass, a flexible sightseeing pass that allows you to visit the sites that interest you most. Entrance to some of York’s finest showstoppers such as York Minster and the Jorvik Viking Centre are included, as well as lesser-known treasures like York Castle Museum.
York City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
There is no better way to see York than on a double-decker, hop-on hop-off bus! See top York attractions on this comprehensive sightseeing tour, such as Clifford’s Tower, Exhibition Square, York Minster, Jorvik Viking Centre and much more. The buses are open top, allowing 360-degree panoramic views along the route.