As England’s largest county, it is probably no surprise that the region can boast some of the most diverse visitor attractions in the whole of the UK. From vibrant metropolitans such as Leeds to the rolling countryside of the Yorkshire Dales including everything in between. This has been highlighted by Yorkshire beating off stiff competition to host the Grand Départ of the 2014 Tour de France. This event only scratches the surface of Yorkshire’s riches. Here are a few great Yorkshire destinations that the Tour will miss out on in 2014.
Kingston upon Hull
Ahead of some of the UK’s great cities, Kingston upon Hull was voted the 2017 UK City of Culture. Simply known as Hull, this East Riding city has a long standing history as one of the busiest UK ports. The city has developed a strong identity across the years from the nearby Humber Bridge to its infamous cream telephone boxes. But there are also some great visitor attractions that celebrate the city’s history from Politian, philanthropist and leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade William Wilberforce (Born and Member of Parliament for Hull) to The Deep, a new public aquarium that links to Hull’s status as a coastal city.
The West Yorkshire city of Bradford is bustling and diverse metropolitan. This is celebrated and shown by the fact that Bradford became the world’s first UNESCO City of Film. Many films from The Railway Children to Monty Python have been filmed in the city which is captured in the fantastic National Media Museum in the city centre. Bradford has also celebrated is ties with the Asian community and Bollywood by hosting the International Indian Film Festival in 2007. Bradford is also well known for its food, holding the crown “Curry Capital of Britain” for the past few years. Slightly further afield from Bradford’s city centre there is Brontë County which is to the west of Bradford and known for the Brontë sisters who wrote classics such as Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights while living in the area. Bradford also boasts another UNESCO tag with model village Saltaire designated as a World Heritage site.
The Yorkshire Coast
A real highlight in the scenery of “God’s own county” is its fantastic North Yorkshire coastline. The coastline is rich in classic British seaside resorts such as Scarborough, Bridlington and Filey which makes it a popular holiday destination. One of the more famous seaside resorts is the town of Whitby which is a classic seaside port. The town also has close links with Bram Stoker’s Dracula which has many references to the picturesque Whitby Abbey and the 199 Steps. A little further afield is the scenic and striking Flamborough Head. The white cliffs, lighthouse and local nature reserve make it a gorgeous setting for visitors.