An ancient county in North England, Yorkshire, is famous around the world for its emerald green pastures and fascinating Roman and Viking history. Featuring both stunning coastlines and never-ending rolling hills, it is a treasure to explore and uncover the natural beauty seemingly untouched by human interaction. In between the beautiful scenery is the countless heritage sites Yorkshire has to offer from Norman castles, medieval abbeys, Georgian stately homes and Victorian streets. The city of York is a perfect location for history lovers with more medieval structures than you are likely to see in any other British city. Water lovers will revel in the beauty of coastal towns Robin Hood’s Bay and Bridlington while further west, the stunning town of Skipton features miles of bright green fields, spectacular historic buildings and views over the River Aire.
Nestled on Yorkshire’s north coast is the unspoilt village of Robin Hood’s Bay. Located within the North York Moors National Park, the beauty of the areas bay is rivalled only by its stunning countryside. Many of the quaint historic countryside cottages in Yorkshire are untouched by time, and those around Robin Hood’s Bay are, legend tells, located where smugglers in the 1700’s used to hide their loot. The bay and beach is also a goldmine for people looking to hunt for fossils and evidence of the regions ancient history. Another coastal location filled with more history is the town of Bridlington. With stunning sandy beaches, an old-world harbour and a leisurely promenade, it is a perfect location for a relaxing holiday retreat. The quaint and quirky Old Bridlington is a forgotten gem with spectacular medieval features from the 12th Century Priory Church and the Georgian Sledmere Houses.
With the beauty of the Yorkshire coastline it can be easy to overlook the inland regions; however, with the breathtaking Yorkshire Dales and the beautiful River Aire, towns like Skipton, are a must-see. The centrepiece of Skipton’s beauty is the 11th Century castle which overlooks the small thriving community. On the edge of the town is the beginnings of the stunning, world renowned, Dales, making Skipton an easy location to stop and relax in a cottage in the country in Yorkshire before exploring the surrounding landscape.
Further north is the cobbled city of York which encompasses countless historical sites alongside modern luxuries and facilities. Dominating the city is the grand gothic cathedral, York Minister, which stands with the complex buildings and chambers of the York Castle. All of York’s varied heritage is on display in the Yorkshire Museum and the famous Jorvik Viking Centre.