Yorkshire, in the north of England, is one county that packs a lot of touristic punch! From its vibrant and charming cities to its two national parks and stunning coastline, there’s a lot to keep tourists entertained. Visitors should consider staying a while and bed and breakfasts in Yorkshire are a great option, as there are a number of historic and charming inns in the area.
Leeds is the largest city in Yorkshire and after years of slow decline the city is once again on its way up. The city’s “24-hour initiative” is designed to encourage all-night entertainment options, like bars and cafes, and Leeds is indeed one of England’s most happening cities after dark. In the city center, the Victorian-era buildings have been recently renovated and the city has an attractive high street.
A few miles to the northeast of Leeds lies the historic city of York. The city’s chief attraction is York Minster, which is a 14th century cathedral that is one of the finest in all of England. Otherwise visitors can spend their time exploring the city center’s charming medieval alleyways, which are known in York as snickelways.
The resort town of Whitby, surrounded on all sides by the North York Moors National Park, is one of England’s most picturesque communities. Tourists can spend their time in the city lazing by the sea or eating fish and chips at one of the seaside restaurants. More active visitors can escape into the countryside for long nature walks along the bluffs.
Scarborough, just south of Whitby and at the edge of the national park, is another top resort town in the area. Situated on a beautiful and sandy beach, the town is separated into two distinct neighborhoods by the headland and its castle. The northern side is mainly for tourists and beachgoers, while the southern side is home to historic residences and seaside cliffs.
The National Parks
[Also see our travel article “Northumberland: England’s Last Wilderness“]
The North York Moors National Park occupies a huge slice of coastal Yorkshire and wows visitors with its stunning scenery and serene locales. Get out of the car to experience the park to its fullest by embarking upon a hiking adventure. The 40-mile Lyle Wake Walk, which spans the entire park from east to west, is a good choice.
On the opposite side of the county from the moors is the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Though it’s not on the coast, the park nevertheless preserves a beautiful slice of the English countryside. Think long walks past historic farmhouses, rolling green hills and steep rock masses.