Discovering Yorkshire

If Yorkshire isn’t on your travel list, you are missing out. This county in the North of England is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, those interested in history and heritage, and families with children of all ages. Sure, it can get a little damp at times but that only adds to the lush environment you find when visiting on a home exchange. Let’s dive in and “unlock” Yorkshire.

Where is Yorkshire?

Also known as ‘God’s own country’ Yorkshire is positioned in the North-Central part of England. Yorkshire is England’s largest historical county and is considered to be amongst the greenest of counties in England thanks to its vast areas of unspoilt countryside. The English weather is a little hit and miss, sometimes it is wet and windy, and other days it can be beautiful and sunny but Spring and Summer allow the full glory of Yorkshire to bloom!

What is Yorkshire known for:

From The Brontes in Haworth, Guy Fawkes, poet Ted Hughes, artist David Hockney to singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, Yorkshire has its fair share of famous names from the county. Yorkshire sat at the heart of the industrial revolution in England. From Coal mining to the discovery of Stainless Steel in Sheffield, from Textiles to the world’s largest wool factory in Leeds, all offer insights into Yorkshire’s industrial past and present.

What to do in Yorkshire:

If you’re looking for some active outdoor fun you can find plenty of abseiling, mountain biking, pony trekking, and fishing throughout Yorkshire. Wander the history steeped streets of ancient York or visit one of the many National Trust parks where you can hike one of the many paths along the Pennine Way or in the stunning Yorkshire Dales and be overwhelmed by the beauty of the hills.

What to see:

Yorkshire Dales National Park – A place of outstanding scenery if you are looking for peace, tranquility, and beauty.

Visit one of Yorkshire’s National museums – Try Eureka, the interactive children’s museum in Halifax or Magna, the Science museum in Sheffield to guarantee some family fun whilst learning too.

Turkish baths in Harrogate – Take a tour around the famous Roman baths in Harrogate and treat yourself to a health spa experience.

Visit York – the ancient walled city where you can explore the Roman, Viking and Medieval history.

Big Events:

Yorkshire Food and Drink Show – Join foodies for a display of live cookery displays, street food, local produce, real ales, and cocktails. Free entry!

Bolton Abbey – Visit the abbey and enjoy the Open Air Cinema event they are holding this summer with the backdrop of the stunning Priory ruins.

Deershed Festival – For music lovers, this family-friendly July festival is one of the places to see your favorite artists and enjoy camping/glamping or sleeping under the stars!

Explore Yorkshire for yourself!

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