You’ll find us in the vibrant city of Leeds, but we couldn’t be closer to our neighbourly Bradford. Both cities offer a rich heritage with places like World Heritage Site, Saltaire and medieval Kirkstall Abbey painting a vivid picture of the area’s past.
York’s history delights on every cobbled corner and the spa town of Harrogate was the Victorian’s choice of luxury retreat. From the caves of the Dales to the picturesque coastline, everyone who visits Yorkshire knows they’ve unearthed a treasure.
The Yorkshire Dales fill a rambler with pride. Pride you can find in deep cave exploration or market town welcomes. Head out on the Dales and find yourself magical viewpoints at the Coldstones Cut or gazing at England’s highest waterfall in Cautley Spout.
The family-friendly countryside is an adventure of towns and history covering 841 square miles. And that adventure doesn’t come greater than the Yorkshire Three Peaks. Standing over 7000ft atop one another, Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough are a challenging trio with a 24 mile pay-off.
Floating in on the River Ouse, York greets us all with sight after sight. Wander around the historic walls and into York Minster, the largest medieval cathedral this side of the Alps. And for a lesson in York’s history; York Castle Museum will bring you 400 years of the cities past, the York Dungeon will take you on a tour of history’s darker side and the JORVIK Viking Centre will shed some light on how the Vikings really came to love York.
The cliff top landmark of Whitby Abbey has kept watch over the pretty seaside resort of Whitby since it was first founded in 657AD. Little did they know that the ruins were to host vampires once the atmosphere of the place had inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
You don’t need a yellow vest to make the most of Yorkshire’s cycle routes. The Tour de Yorkshire route is challenging and picturesque with sections great for spectators at the time and have-a-go heroes to attempt when the clock stops. But for muddy family fun you’ll never tire of action-packed Dalby Forest or the wheely-good Swale Trail.
Get out of the gallery and into the glorious grounds of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield. Exhibitions are grand and so is the 500-acre Bretton Hall estate where the museum is situated. Plus, if the weather turns there are five indoor galleries too.
The National Science + Media Museum in Bradford is place full of wonder. Light up the little one's curiosity with the scientific (and interactive) Wonderlab or take a behind-the-scenes look at the world of television.
The Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds instead takes you on a trip back in time with battle-worn weaponry and duel demonstrations dropping you right in the action.