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About Yorkshire - Activities and Visitor Information

Yorkshire countryside

Sitting quietly on the North East coast of England, lies a fascinating and beautiful region that has been a firm-favourite with holidaymakers for generations. Yorkshire has had books written about it, television shows made about it and now it’s time for you come and make your very own memories of this truly special place. Whether you’re after seaside fun with past-time favourites, or nestling amongst the rolling hills and spectacular greenery, Yorkshire has it all!

Your taste may be a classic cottage in a quiet moorland village, perhaps Grosmont with its steam trains or an authentic fisherman's abode in bustling Robin Hood's Bay. You may select an original fisherman’s cottage in one of the historic yards of Whitby with its busy harbour, the famous 199 steps leading up to the Abbey, quaint and interesting shops or the beautiful cove villages of Runswick Bay and Sandsend. While some may prefer a modern all mod-cons luxury harbour-side apartment on Whitehall Landing. The Spa town of Scarborough offers a holiday for all; the beach for the youngsters as well as a tremendous promenade walk for the less young! This is a great choice whatever the time of year due to the abundance of events taking place all the time.

In terms of area, Yorkshire has nearly one third of England’s National Parkland housing the North York Moors, the Yorkshire Dales and also some of the Peak District and includes two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). There are three sections of coastline in East Yorkshire that have been designated as ‘heritage coast’; North Yorks Coastline, Spurn Point and Flamborough Head.

Yorkshire is the largest county in England and is divided into four areas (traditionally known as Ridings) which are North, South, East and West Yorkshire. This extensive county covers about 12,000 square kilometres and has a population of over five million. There’s so much here that one holiday just won’t cover it!

The Yorkshire coast is lined with beautiful little fishing villages and quaint market towns that are a great way to while away a sunny afternoon. The breathtaking coastline provides a picturesque backdrop for many of our holiday properties and offers guests easy access to many walking and cycling routes. It really doesn’t matter how you want to explore this region. Whatever you choose will open up an exciting and new way of seeing everything. The North York Moors National Park is as famous for its quaint villages as it is its wide open expanses of moorland. Known as ‘Heartbeat’ country, (we know you’re humming the theme tune), this really is a place known for its slow pace, panoramic views and friendly welcomes wherever you go.

For a really magical day out, the North Yorkshire Moors Railway operates steam trains along an 18 mile line that travels through the heart of the National Park. Your senses will be overwhelmed by the variety of scenery, from wooded valley to heather-clad moorland.

A popular short break destination all-year-round, Whitby is one of the most picturesque ports in England. Set in a ravine and dominated by the cliff top Abbey ruins, this seaside town is filled with exciting things to do and see. Wander down the many narrow alleys to find an abundance of independent shops and restaurants selling the very best of local produce. You can even go and see where some of the famous smoked kippers are prepared!

Whether it’s the famous Whitby Regatta or the more infamous Whitby Goth Festival, you will be spoiled for choice on what to do when you holiday here. Spend your days with a bucket and spade on the beach and when you’ve worked up an appetite, grab some of the fantastic fish and chips that this is region is famous for.

Last but not least, the Yorkshire Dales is home to striking scenery, a rich cultural heritage and wonderfully peaceful atmosphere. With spectacular limestone valleys and picture-postcard villages, it’s not hard to understand why so many people fall in love with Yorkshire and keep on returning year after year!