Yorkshire Travel Guide

North York Moors, Yorkshire

Overview and Attractions

The Yorkshire Travel Guide looks at local attractions, places of interest for visitors and offers useful tourist information for travellers. The area guide features travel information on local transport and travel, entertainment, events, facts & figures, maps and accommodation.

Located in the North of England, it is the largest English county, with its subdivisions of North, South and West Yorkshire and East Riding of Yorkshire.

The large area offers a variety of landscapes with a host of attractions and activities for visitors to enjoy. There is Viking heritage in the city of York and the famous York Minster is a favourite among visitors to the city. There are two national parks the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors.

The Yorkshire Dales have long been a favourite for walkers and include a nature trail which passes Ingleborough Cave, where you will find the deepest waterfall in England.

The North York Moors has Rievaulx Abbey, a medieval abbey located in woodland, where a number of great walks go through. With the city attractions of Leeds and the ever growing entertainments there where is a lot for visitors to see and experience in the county.

The City of Leeds has been transformed by many redevelopment and regeneration projects, a city that had fallen on hard times can once again look forward to the future with confidence.

Among the more recognisable signs of redevelopment are the range of shopping facilities that include the Victorian Quarter that offers wonderful shopping opportunities and the canal waterfront.

The newer elements are in addition to the grand older buildings the city has and has a wide range of museums and galleries for visitors to see. Queen Victoria opened the historic Town Hall back in 1858 and the Civic Hall.

Armley Mill was at one time the largest woollen mill in the world and is currently an acclaimed industrial museum. The City Art Gallery houses some impressive collections covering modern art, watercolours and sculptures among others.

The Bradford area has become more popular with tourists with the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television, Cartwright Hall & Mughal Garden and Salt’s Mill.

The National Museum of Photography, Film & Television is one of the most popular museums outside of London and Salt’s Mill contains some fine art collections that will appeal to arts fans.

Historically Halifax was known as a prosperous wool town and this is demonstrated by the Italianate colonnaded 18th century Piece Hall, which contains a textile museum, art gallery and shops.

The town has the Eureka! Museum for Children, which is currently the only one in the UK dedicated to children under the age of 11. There are many exhibits and a full programme of events and activities there is plenty to see and do for children and adults here.

The North York Moors National Park provides some wonderful walks for walking enthusiasts and is a great way to see and appreciate the countryside, landscape and nature in these parts.

The Cleveland Way long-distance path, encircles much of the park, the walk shows contrasts in the landscape of the park and provides a great backdrop from which to enjoy your visit.

The area known as the Yorkshire Dales is approx 1,600 square miles and this includes the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The park is part of the Forest of Bowland AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and the Nidderdale AONB. The AONB are a recognition of the unique natural heritage and aim to conserve the areas for the future.

A visit to the area reveals an area that can be wild, tranquil, peaceful, charming, and full of character all at the same time. The flower-filled meadows, heather moors and waterfalls give the visitor an insight in to England's green and pleasant lands.

For history fans there is plenty to enjoy, the stone-built villages are part of the heritage of the area for centuries. In these rural communities agriculture still plays an important role in maintaining the economy of the region.

It is estimated around nine million visitors are attracted to the Yorkshire Dales each year, drawn by the natural beauty, the tranquillity and the variety of outdoor activities that the area has to offer visitors. The Northern Dales contains a number of scenic valleys, historic market towns and traditional villages to explore.

One of the most popular seaside resorts in the north of England is Scarborough. Located on the North Yorkshire coast, the town has some fabulous cliff scenery and wonderful sandy bays.

The Normans built a cliff top castle in Scarborough in the 12th century and at one time the town was a major mineral spa town becoming known as ‘The Queen of Watering Places.'

The seaside entertainment including the traditional seaside fare added to the proud sailing and fishing heritage make this coastal town a popular one.

York is among the most visited places in Yorkshire, it is a thriving city with a long history that stretches back over 2,000 years. Within its city walls there plenty of the legacy of Medieval, Viking and Roman history, there are building that display a mix of these influences and classic buildings from the 18th to 20th centuries too.

York Minster soars over the city and from here you can see the best views of the city.

There are three miles of city walls which surround the medieval city. The walls are in places built over Roman foundations, the four original gateways to the city are Bootham Bar, Micklegate Bar, Monk Bar and Walmgate Bar. This is a fascinating historic city with plenty of history and character.

The size of Yorkshire means it offers many different trips and experiences for visitors to enjoy. There are attractions in the towns and cities, two national parks and some great scenic landscapes and countryside to enjoy there.

Located in the north of England, the area is well served by road and rail links to other areas of the UK and visitors from abroad have Leeds Bradford International Airport.

The county has been attracting visitors for many years and is definitely worth exploring further.

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