Situated in the north of the country, Yorkshire is the biggest county in England. It includes the large industrial cities of Sheffield, Leeds and Hull, the unspoilt
countryside of the Dales and Moors, and the seaside towns of Scarborough and Whitby.
The city of York was founded by the Romans in
71 A.D. and has remained an important city. Today it is a popular tourist destination due to its many
historical attractions, including the gothic cathedral,
York Minster, and the medieval walls which surround the town. You can learn about the city's
Viking heritage at the Jorvik Viking Centre.
If you prefer a more active holiday, you can get out and enjoy the fresh air in the
Yorkshire Dales and Yorkshire Moors. You can take a
day-trip from Leeds or Sheffield to see some of the many dramatic
sights such as the huge, curved limestone cliffs at Malham Cove, or the
weird rock formations at Brimham.
For the very energetic, the long-distance Dales Way footpath runs 84 miles (or 135km) from Ilkley to Windermere in the
If you like shopping, don't miss Leeds city centre. As well as luxury designer shops like Harvey Nicholls, you'll find plenty of
bargains in the huge indoor market, and locally produced specialities like
Wensleydale cheese and rhubarb wine at bi-monthly
Salts Mill is a must for lovers of art and architecture, which was built in the Victorian era by philanthropist
Isiah Salt as a model village to improve the
living conditions of the workers at his cotton mill. Today it is an art gallery with a permanent collection by popular Yorkshire artist David Hockney.