August has arrived and the first of the month marks a very special day for a very special region in England: it’s Yorkshire Day! To celebrate, we’re taking a tour of the best attractions in the region and ending it with a taste of traditional black pudding. To York, to York!
You’ll find these famous and picturesque hills in North Yorkshire. This summer is turning out to be spectacular so don’t miss the chance to hike this region with clear skies and sun. The dales offers some great walking and the small villages, like Hawes and Grassington, are a treat to visit. Aysgarth Falls are incredible and Pen-y-Ghent is not to be missed.
York Minster is without a doubt one of the world’s greatest cathedrals. It’s a masterpiece in stonework and stained glass and sits on foundations laid at the beginning of our nation’s history. It’s the largest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe and is a must for anyone visiting the city of York.
Sir John Vanbrugh built this house for the 3rd Earl of Carlisle and it’s a masterpiece. The great house is set in the most stunning surroundings of rolling hills and beautiful gardens. Brideshead Revisited was filmed here not once, but twice! The grounds are dotted with ornamental gardens, temples, statues and fountains. The best time to visit is between March and October when the flowers are in bloom.
JORVIK Viking Centre
Want to discover living history? The Viking culture comes alive at the JORVIK Viking Centre where you can discover homes, workshops and gardens as they would have looked 1,000 years ago. Archaeologists removed 8 tonnes of rubble and found 40,000 artefacts in this place where a Viking village once stood. It’s easy to reach with a York car hire.
Whitby Abbey is one of the most romantic ruin sights in England, set high on a cliff that overlooks the seaside Yorkshire town of Whitby. It was founded in 657 and has since been a busy settlement, a burial place for kings, where Roman and Celtic clerics once met and was even an inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
And while you’re there, don’t forget to taste the local specialty: black pudding. Best to eat it as part of your Full English breakfast with beans, toast and fried eggs. Mmm…
Have you discovered Yorkshire yet? What’s your favourite part of the region?