Why Yorkshire?

Heritage & History

Yorkshire is home to 18 historic buildings and properties that are located in incredible landscapes. From castles, moorland, abbeys there is so much to explore. You won't be disappointed when visiting Yorkshire and you are sure to discover and learn about so much.

Top historic attractions in Yorkshire include Rievaulx Abbey, Clifford's Hall, Scarborough Castle and Whitby Abbey. Click here to visit Welcome to Yorkshire's information on Yorkshire's heritage.

Yorkshire's Coast

Yorkshire has a magnificent coastline and headline. The coast is made up of fishing villages, rugged cliffs, sandy beaches, and seaside resorts. There is something for every one and you won't be disappointed. Top places to visit on the coast include Staithes, Saltburn, Bridlington, and Withernsea and Scarborough. Along the coast you can visit attractions such as Filey Dams Nature Reserve, Hornsea Beach, Life in Miniature and Scarborough Castle.

To find out more about Yorkshire's incredible coastline please visit Welcome to Yorkshire.

North York Moors

The North Yorkshire Moors are made up of 1,400 miles of beautiful rolling hills, forests and countryside. Whilst exploring the North York Moors you can discover Yorkshire's abundance of wildlife including deer, badgers, squirrels and birds such as hawks.

The North York Moors are also home to plenty of historic attractions such as abbeys, castles and priories. And of course for those interested in walking, the area is the perfect place to explore on foot. To find out more about the North York Moors or walking through them please visit Welcome to Yorkshire and The Inn Way.

Arts & Culture

Yorkshire is a vibrant and cultural county that is home to some of the UK's top museums and galleries including the National Media Museum in Bradford, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield, the Yorkshire Air Museum in Elvington and The Graves Gallery in Sheffield.

There's plenty of opportunities to watch a play or show as there are regional theatres and venues putting on programmes that feature ballet and dance productions as well as musicals and theatre productions. Sheffield's Crucible & Lyceum theatres are a must visit.

As well as productions of dance and plays, Yorkshire celebrates art and artists throughout the year. There is a whole host of galleries with many showcasing both regional, national and international art. Many exhibitions are free. Click here to visit Welcome to Yorkshire's list of art and cultural attractions.


If you've come to Yorkshire for an action packed adventure then you won't be disappointed. There are plenty of great outdoor experiences in North Yorkshire including mountain biking in Dalby Forest or long distance cycling on the Cleveland Way trail.

Other popular activities available for visitors include horse riding, gliding, 4X4 driving, quad biking, surfing, kayaking, kite surfing, clay pigeon shooting, orienteering, quad biking, Segway(ing), bird watching, gliding, rock climbing, wind surfing, sailing, wild swimming, and more! Visit Welcome to Yorkshire for a comprehensive list of what outdoor activities are on offer in Yorkshire.


Yorkshire is a haven for walkers and has over 1,400 miles of country paths and tracks. The most challenging route Yorkshire has to offer is the Three Peaks Beckon, taking in three of the highest summits in the area; Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. The Inn Way walk across the moors covers 89 miles in 6 days via 39 pubs.

Other top long distance walking trails include The Cleveland Way National Trail, The Yorkshire Wolds Way, The Ebor Way, The Inn Way and the Tabular Hills Walk. To find out more about walking in Yorkshire click here.


Undoubtedly the biggest news about cycling in North Yorkshire is the confirmation that the Tour de France will start in Yorkshire. Yes its official The Tour de France is coming to Yorkshire...

Or if you prefer to be on two wheels Yorkshire has plenty of opportunities for cyclists. The North York Moors National Park has many trails and public rights of way for use for cyclists. Dalby Forest is a must visit if you are interested in mountain biking.

Of course the biggest cycle event in Yorkshire was be the Tour de France in 2014 and was one of the top attractions of the year! To find out more about Le Tour and cycle trails on offer in Yorkshire, visit Welcome to Yorkshire.

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