Yorkshire - a place so great they named a day after it!
The 1st August each year is Yorkshire Day – an entire day dedicated to the largest county in England, and also one that is home to over 5.5 million people.
Covering over 15,420 km2, and with diverse landscapes from historic cities, multi-cultural towns, rolling dales, wild moors and stunning coastlines, it’s hardly surprising that people love to live in Yorkshire.
Here are just a few reasons why Yorkshire is a wonderful place to call home.
A place to eat
Yorkshire is home to some of the best chefs in the UK and some of the finest restaurants and gastro pubs.
Tommy Banks also has a presence in York with his Roots restaurant, alongside the delightful Black Swan at Oldstead and the recently acquired Abbey Inn at Byland.
If you want to find out more about the county’s top culinary hotspots, check out Leading Restaurant’s top 100 restaurants in Yorkshire and The Humber.
A place to drink
Not only is the county home to some amazing foodie experiences, it’s also home to some iconic drinks producers.
A trip to Yorkshire isn’t complete without a trip to Betty’s tearooms, part of the Taylors of Harrogate group, owners of the much-revered Yorkshire Tea.
The Yorkshire Pennines is home to the UK’s highest vineyard, Holmfirth Vineyard, which has far reaching views over the valley and is a wonderful spot for wine tasting and tours, a light lunch or an overnight stay in an onsite apartments.
Then there are breweries galore, not least the famous Theakston and Black Sheep Breweries in the town of Masham, and there’s some amazing gin distillers too; Mason’s in Bedale, York Gin in the heart of the county capital and Filey Gin, nestling on the East Yorkshire coast.
A place to spa
If you’re a Yorkshire person born and bred, you will know that a spa has two different meanings – a spa town where healing waters were once enjoyed by residents and a spa; a place to go and relax and be pampered.
Whilst the overall aim of the two are much the same, Yorkshire’s present-day spas are much different to the historic ones still present in Harrogate.
Today the ultimate indulgence, a whole day of relaxing, can be enjoyed at award-winning spas such as Rudding Park near Harrogate, Swinton Park near Masham, Grand Hotel in York and the amazing Grantley Hall near Ripon.
A place to explore
If relaxing is not your thing, there are lots of activities available to burn off some energy and work up an appetite!
For the more adventurous, you could try tackling the Yorkshire Three Peaks which involves scaling Whernside, Pen-y-ghent and Ingleborough, or you could try the ROKT Adventure Centre in Brighouse.
If retail therapy is more your thing, head for Leeds, and for fun family days out there’s the quirky and iconic The Forbidden Corner in the heart of the dales or the Yorkshire Wildlife Park near Doncaster.
The Yorkshire coastline boasts stunning chalk cliffs around Flamborough Head, the idyllic Victorian seaside towns of Scarborough and Whitby, and the rugged beauty of Runswick Bay.
A place of history
With cathedrals, minsters, castles, and stately homes littered across the area, you’ll need more than a few days to scratch the surface of Yorkhire’s historical past.
Iconic abbey ruins are scattered through the county, including Fountains Abbey, Bolton Abbey and Jervaulx Abbey. Wentworth Woodhouse, the stately home, has the longest façade in the country, whilst Castle Howard is a stunning architectural beauty, which recently appeared in the first season of TV show Bridgerton.
Other film locations in the county include Shibden and its surrounding area which was where Gentleman Jack was filmed; Goathland in the North York Moors was Aidensfield in the heart-warming TV drama, Heartbeat; Holmfirth which has been used in many films and programmes including Where The Heart Is and Last of the Summer Wine, and most recently the North York Moors Railway was used in the final film in the Indiana Jones series; Dial of Destiny.
A better place
With so much on offer, it’s easy to see why so many people choose to call Yorkshire their home. With property prices typically much more favourable than other areas of the country, house buyers are reaping the financial benefits of making the move.
With a regional airport, great connectivity (Doncaster to London by train takes as little as an hour and forty minutes) and much of the county close to major roads including the A1, M1 and M62, it makes accessing larger county cities and beyond (in the event you should ever wish to leave), super straightforward.
So, if you’re asking “Is Yorkshire a good place to live?” We would wholeheartedly say Yes! Why not come and see for yourself?
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