Yorkshire-Visitors-Guide.com has been built to bring together into one place, a visitors guide with everything you need to research and plan your visit to Yorkshire. While you’re about it, my hope is that you will thoroughly enjoy discovering the many varied aspects and delights of England’s largest county. Along the way - to whet your appetite as it were - I’ll share with you some of its secret gems - such as:
But you really should come and discover for yourself, see and feel with your own eyes and senses the myriad jewels woven into the rich tapestry of life here.
Born and bred in the West Riding, my life to date has been spent here - except for a brief five year period devoted to a desire to see something of the world. Then, my wish was to escape the valley of my birth, teeming, as it was, and still is, with the urgency of life, fun and industry. Now, I've returned to experience anew, the warmth, hospitality and beauty. To gaze with fresh eyes once again upon the vast moorlands, rural dales and industrial valleys. To view it all as a visitor might - but tinted now with the knowledge of the native and the understanding of maturity.
“My” valley, the Aire Valley, is just a small part of God’s Wonderful County. That's what the folks around here call our county. As a welcome visitor you will surely experience the warmth of our people and the thrust of our industry. Feel yourself being carried along by our uplifting joy of life, as we throw ourselves into the many and diverse leisure attractions.
Well! ... You might visit us with an eye to our long and fascinating history, reaching back, as it does, over two thousand years and more, into the swirling mists of pre history. You may seek enjoyable holiday pursuits along our North Sea coastline. Maybe you need a dose of retail therapy in our cosmopolitan cities. How about simple rural pursuits such as walking, cycling, climbing and para-gliding? Para-gliding? - Well yes, if that's your thing!
The valleys of the industrial West Riding have mostly shrugged off the mantle of those dark satanic mills and face a brighter future of ever greater leisure and prosperity for the folks who dwell there. Improvements and progress aside, you'll hardly fail to wonder at the stark contrast between the gritty Pennine villages, their houses and shops, pubs and workshops huddled together up and along the steep valleys, compared with the wide open spaces of the grand, ancestral estates and stately homes of the North Riding. Castle Howard, for example, is an 18th century stately home complete with the “Wow” factor, surrounded by wonderful gardens and a 10,000 acre working estate, Lying in the fertile Vale of York, just fifteen miles north east of the City of York - it's well worth a visit.
Our county town, the City of York, is famous worldwide for its magnificent York Minster and near complete circuit of medieval walls. More than two thousand years of history is crammed into the area surrounded by its walls, waiting for you to explore and discover. The Vale of York is flanked to the East by the high, bleak landscapes of the North York Moors National Park and to the West by the numerous hills and valleys of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Both are areas of outstanding natural beauty - each having its own unique character and appeal. Your visit would not be complete without seeing one or the other national park - or why not both?
The Yorkshire Calendar
Brought to you each week by The Yorkshire Film Archive. A glimpse of life as it was in days gone by. Whether you're a welcome visitor or made of true Yorkshire grit, these short clips of archive film present an enticing glimpse of our county and its folk. A valuable insight into what made Yorkshire so special. Be it a fun day out for the family, brave soldiers marching off to war or the colourful pageantry of a royal visit, these glimpses into the past show Yorkshire at work, rest and play.
"We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about."
Charles Kingsley (1819 - 1875)
Go on - click the links! Have a good ol' nosey around!
Hopefully you'll enjoy using this visitors guide as much as I've enjoyed, and am still enjoying, putting it together. It's an ongoing project for me and topic will build on topic as the weeks and months pass. I know and love Yorkshire, but little did I guess how much there is to know until my researching began in earnest.
Oh! - by the way! Do you have a favourite place in Yorkshire? Why not share it with other visitors? Do you have a special story about somewhere or someone in the county? I'm always happy to publish well written articles from my readers. As long as it fits in with the Guide's theme I'll consider it for approval. Use this form on the My Yorkshire page - it's easy to do!
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