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Beautiful rural Yorkshire

Why are so many TV series and films set in Yorkshire & Humber? Because it’s so beautiful, of course!

If you ever fell in love with the Yorkshire of Last of the Summer Wine or Where the Heart Is, you may be pleased to hear that rural Yorkshire really is like that. So why not come and discover it for yourself? The villages are all here. There are loads more ‘familiar’ places to discover, including Thirsk (where James Herriot’s vet books were set, and where his surgery still cares for local animals) and Castle Howard (the scene for both Brideshead Revisited movies).

Our region has no fewer than three national parks, offering over 1,000 square miles of exciting terrain to explore. From the towering cliffs of Whitby to the golden beaches of East Yorkshire, from the wind-whipped Pennines to the lush Yorkshire Wolds, and from the heritage coast studded with dinosaur fossils to the sculpted beauty of limestone country, Yorkshire & Humber is a world apart.

Officially the ‘Garden of England'

North Yorkshire was recently voted The Garden of England, winning almost a third of the votes in a national TV poll to prove that it really is England’s most beautiful county. A UNESCO World Heritage sites can also be found there, at Fountains Abbey.

Estates, castles and abbeys

Yorkshire boasts some of Britain’s grandest stately homes—besides Castle Howard there’s Harewood House, Newby Hall, Normanby Hall Country Park, Beningborough Hall and more. Meanwhile, there are castles (like Skipton and Middleham) and abbeys (Nostell Priory, and Whitby, Kirkstall, Jervaulx, Rievaulx and Fountains abbeys, to name a few).

The Yorkshire Dales

The iconic Dales, with their fluffy sheep, dry-stone walls and vivid green patchwork fields, are great places to escape to. Come for breathtaking views (after a breath-taking walk!), or relax over a cup of good Yorkshire tea and a Yorkshire Rascal. Come to the sheep-fairs and the cricket matches, the scarecrow festivals and the cosy fireside pubs—you’ll be welcome everywhere. Visit the Yorkshire Dales National Park website.

The North York Moors

From the heather-clad heights to pretty beaches, towering cliffs and cobblestoned seaside towns, the Moors have so many different experiences to offer. There are 90 square miles of open moorland to roam; woodlands; ruined abbeys; castles; our very own ‘White Horse’ at Kilburn; truly stately homes; and so much more. Visit the North York Moors website to find out more.

The Yorkshire coast

From Whitby to Cleethorpes, there’s a Yorkshire seaside for everyone. There’s the quiet Victorian splendour of Filey, with its 6 miles of wide golden sands—and then there’s the vibrancy of Scarborough, still a seaside favourite after 360 years, with its parks, galleries, theatres, theme parks, and its very own cable-car. There are quiet secluded beaches, bustling communities, and even gothic Whitby, the inspirational setting for Bram Stoker’s Dracula. You could never get bored. Visit the Discover Yorkshire Coast website for more.

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