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    Yorkshire, with World Heritage Sites to mining museums, ruined castles and abbeys, to hands on museums Yorkshire has over 800 attractions. You'll find serene gardens and unique breweries, thrilling rides and industrial heritage. From attractions and museums to sports and galleries, from the history-lover to the inquisitive child, there's something for everyone. Many well-known films and television series have been set in this area.

    Geography

    Yorkshire sometimes nicknamed ‘God's Own County’ is the largest county in England located in the North of England and sub-divided into North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and East Riding of Yorkshire.

    The Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors have vast stretches of unspoiled countryside to explore and are considered to be among the greenest in England. The emblem of Yorkshire is the white rose of the English royal House of York. The most commonly used flag of Yorkshire recognised by the Flag Institute on 29 July 2008 is the White Rose on a dark blue background.

    History

    Yorkshire was once inhabited by the Celts, Romans, Vikings, Normans and then Anglo-Saxons. Later on it was involved in the Wars of the Roses, and the civil wars that broke out between the Houses of York and Lancaster, eventually the two sides were reconciled and the roses combined to form the Tudor Rose. Yorkshire was renowned for its wool industry in the 16th Century followed by coal mining in the 17th Century and its canals in the 18th Century. Due to the rise of the Industrial Revolution in the 19th Century, coal, steel and textiles became the 3 main products of the county.

    The people from Yorkshire have their own distinct accent and outlook on life which has engendered many a stereotype. Yorkshire people are immensely proud of their county and would not live anywhere else.

    Events and Festivals

    Yorkshire Day held on 1 August, is a celebration of the general culture of Yorkshire, ranging from its history to its own dialect.
    Annual Jorvik Viking Festival attracting crowds of all ages and abilities in excess of 40,000 visitors every year. With a vast array of events taking place over the course of the week during the Festival which many of them are free of charge. You can wonder through the Viking market, meet the Vikings of Coppergate, chat to archaeologists about the latest excavation finds in the city, take part in a Viking battle drill, join organised walks and explore Yorks Scandinavian past.
    Coastival - There are more than 100 events (mainly free) including comedy, art, theatre, music, films and much more…. Take a dip into the festival programme and find bucket loads of concerts, gigs, exhibitions, performances and stuff for kids. Not forgetting the opening outdoor spectacular with light, lanterns and music. Weird and wonderful installations, performances and digital projections are on offer along with a programme of free films.
    Swaledale Festival has top-class musicians from around the world, from solo violinists to jazz guitarists, folk groups to brass bands, there is music for every taste at the Swaledale Festival. Poetry, drama and art exhibitions can be found in chapels, churches, village halls, pubs, castles and barns, and guided walks weave through the stunning Yorkshire Dales.
    Harrogate Spring Flower Show widely regarded as the UK's largest and most prestigious independent gardening events.

    Cities

    York a city rich in Roman and Viking history, known as the capital of Yorkshire with a population of over 195,000 people. York is one of only seven British Heritage Cities and was named European Tourism City of the Year in 2007.
    Leeds is less than 20 miles from the Yorkshire Dales and known as the economic capital of Yorkshire with a population of over 770,000, it is the biggest of the UK’s financial & business centres outside London. Voted ‘The UK’s Best Shopping Destination’ by the Rough Guide to Britain. Leeds is abundant with things to do from stylish shopping and decadent dining, to contemporary arts and a vibrant nightlife. The city centre is easy to explore, and boasts breathtaking architecture like the Leeds Town Hall, and the Victoria Quarter, it has world-class museums and galleries such as the Royal Armories museum, Leeds Art Gallery and Leeds City Museum.
    Hull is a cosmopolitan city with lovely seaside resorts, a jaw-dropping coastline and miles and miles of tranquil countryside. Hull has something for everyone from sandcastles on the beach to a night on the tiles, clambering over cliffs or exploring a stately home. Hull is one of the best-connected cities in England with superb rail links and a gateway to Europe by sea. Hull & Humber has the largest ports complex in the UK, handling 14% of all UK's sea-borne trade.

    Activities

    Outdoor.  With three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (National Parks), the Pennines and a stunning coastline, Yorkshire has the natural ingredients to thrill every kind of outdoor enthusiast. There are all types of activities from rock climbing, caving and mountain biking to trekking, canoeing and surfing.
    Golf. Yorkshire has some well know golf courses as well as some lesser known courses better known as ‘hidden gems’.
    Fishing. Bridlington home to the European Open Beach Championship held which is the biggest three-day fishing festival in Europe attracting stars of shore angling from all over the UK and Europe to Yorkshire's coast.

    Welcome Worldwide Holiday Rentals

    A great way to get a feel for the real Yorkshire is to stay in private holiday rental cottage which you can rent directly from owner through the Welcome Worldwide website.

    Welcome-worldwide.com rent out holiday properties all over Yorkshire. Welcome-worldwide.com can assist holidaymakers with all holiday accommodation rentals in Yorkshire. Holiday letting on Welcome-worldwide.com is done directly through the owners. With Welcome-worldwide.com you can rent a holiday property suitable for all kinds of holidays: beach holidays in beach villas or beach apartments, city holidays in city apartments, rural holidays in rural houses or B&B’s, golf holidays in golf villas or golf apartments, luxury villas with pools.

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