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WHAT TO SEE

Yorkshire is the largest county in England and my aim is to help you get the most from your visit. 
Whether you are here for a few hours or for an extended break here is just a taste of what the county has to offer.

THE YORKSHIRE DALES

One of two National Parks in the county the Yorkshire Dales is renowned for its stunning scenery. Each dale has its own unique character with picturesque towns and villages, colourful local markets with a wealth of locally sourced food and drink. There are castles and abbeys, historic houses and glorious gardens all open to visitors. Something for everyone!

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Yorkshire Dales

THE NORTH YORK MOORS

The second of two National Parks in the county, the North York Moors contain some of the most beautiful and varied landscapes in Britain. It is renowned for its vast unbroken stretches of heather moorland and captivating dales providing stunning scenery whatever the time of year. Ridge-top roads provide magnificent views across the Moors while providing access to secret valleys. The village of Goathland with its Heartbeat and Harry Potter connections is a popular attraction, it is also a stop on the famous North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway.

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HERITAGE COAST

Yorkshire is blessed with one of the most spectacular stretches of coastline in England with dramatic cliffs towering above the sea. Narrow lanes take you down to old smuggling villages such as Robin Hood’s Bay and Staithes. On a grander scale the popular resort of Scarborough has retained much of its Victorian character whilst the remains of a Norman Castle can still be visited. Perhaps the most famous destination on the coast has to be the delightful former whaling port of Whitby. Famous for its associations with Captain Cook and Dracula, its ruined Abbey and the medieval church of Saint Mary’s. In spite of its popularity the town remains largely unspoilt. Complete with a pier and sandy beach no visit to Whitby would be complete without sampling some of the best fish and chips in the country!

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BRONTE COUNTRY AND SALTAIRE

The village of Haworth is one of Yorkshires’ top attractions. Visit the famous Bronte Parsonage Museum home of the Bronte sisters, Charlotte, Emily and Anne. Locations which feature in their novels are within easy reach of the village.

Many visitors combine their time in Haworth with a visit to nearby Saltaire, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover a unique village built by the Victorian textile manufacturer Sir Titus Salt complete with a school, two churches, a hospital, baths and wash houses. Salts Mill is now home to a variety of high quality shops and the 1853 Art Gallery with a permanent exhibition of works by Bradford born artist David Hockney.

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INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE 

Discover the role played by Yorkshires’ cities in the Industrial Revolution. Take a guided walking tour of Leeds, Bradford or Sheffield to explore their rich industrial heritage. By contrast learn about the fascinating maritime history of Hull, UK City of Culture 2017.

Visit some of the best Industrial Museums in the country such as Kelham Island Museum, Sheffield or the Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills.

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STATELY HOMES, CASTLES, ABBEYS AND GARDENS

Yorkshire has more than its share of stunning historic houses including Castle Howard, Harewood House, Burton Constable and Sledmere. National Trust properties include Nostel Priory, Beningbrough Hall and Nunnington Hall.

Visit the haunting remains of great monastic houses such as Fountains and Rievaulx or historic castles such as Skipton, Bolton or Middleham with its Richard the Third connections.

For the gardening enthusiasts why not visit the RHS Gardens at Harlow Carr or the gardens at Newby Hall or the spectacular walled garden at Scampston Hall.

Enhance a visit to any of these sites with your own personal Blue Badge Guide.

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YORK AND YORK MINSTER

Many visitors regard York as the jewel in the Yorkshire crown and a must visit destination. As King George V1 once remarked “ the History of York is the history of England” and remains from every historical era can be seen in the city.

Take a guided walk with me round the medieval walls which provide outstanding views of the city.

Explore the Shambles, one of the best preserved medieval streets in Europe, or marvel at the ruins of the Benedictine St Marys’ Abbey. There are several museums of national importance such as the Jorvik Viking Centre, Castle Museum, the Yorkshire Museum and for train enthusiasts the National Railway Museum.

York has many hidden treasures tucked away down its famous Snickleways (medieval alleyways). Discover these on my Secret York tour.

No visit to the city would be complete without your own Blue Badge guided tour of York Minster, one of the greatest Gothic Cathedrals in Europe. My tour includes a visit down into the Undercroft where spectacular Roman remains can be seen.

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