Yorkshire is England’s largest county and is divided into areas called ridings which was a Viking word meaning a third, and so we have the North, East and West ridings.
The county is very diverse and has some of the most beautiful and rugged landscapes in the British Isles, from the upland North Yorkshire moors to the iconic and stunning Yorkshire dales, these areas have been awarded national park status. There are also AONB’s such as Nidderdale and the Howardian hills.
Yorkshire eastern boundary is the North Sea here you will find interesting destinations such as Whitby as well as the resorts like Bridlington, Scarborough and Filey. It is bordered on the west by the Pennine hills.
The southernmost areas such as the conurbations of Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield and Sheffield are interspersed with a great many areas and attractions to visit. Places like Haworth the home to the Bronte’s and nearby Keighley with its famous steam railway. Saltaire is a UNESCO world Heritage site and makes for a great day out other nearby attractions include Harewood House and gardens, bohemian Hebden Bridge or Beverley and Hull in the east riding.
Bradford home to the National media museum that chronicles the history of photography film TV and Radio is a great day out for all the family, with lots of interactive and hands on activities.
The county town is York which is full of history, it has been said that the history of York is the history of England this is the ancient walled Roman city of Eboracum, Constantine was proclaimed emperor here, the Vikings established their Jorvik kingdom at York and in medieval times it was fought over in the wars of the roses.
Farming agriculture, wool, textiles and fishing along with heavy industry and steel production made the county prosperous. Today tourism is high on the list as the beautiful scenery a rich history and wide open spaces make the county popular with tourists.
Towns in Yorkshire
Activities in Yorkshire
Kirkstall Abbey - Cistercian Abbey
Bolton Abbey - magical Landscape
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