Yorkshire is the largest county in Britain and is often referred to as Gods' Own County. Why? Well to find out you'll simply have to pay a visit, but rest assured you won't be stuck for things to do once you arrive. Here are some of the attractions that bring millions of visitors to Yorkshire from across the UK, and indeed across the world, every year.
Covering an area of about 1,762 square kilometres in the north of England, the Yorkshire Dales National Park is not only known for its stunning natural beauty but also for the incredible diversity that exists there in terms of wildlife. With hay meadows and pastures, black grouse and skylarks, nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts can't help but be bowled over by what this part of the county has to offer.
If the idea of finding out about 300 years of railway history sounds right up your street, then get yourself down to the National Railway Museum in York. The attraction is home to some of the most iconic locomotives and rolling stock in the world, including the LNER Mallard, the Flying Scotsman and the Duchess of Hamilton. If you're keen to hear the story of rail transport in Britain then this is the place for you.
Offering miles of soft, golden sands, the beaches in and around Scarborough never fail to attract the sun seekers during the warm summer months. One of the busiest is South Bay Beach, which is great for sun bathing and has plenty of rock pools to explore. North Bay Beach has been awarded Blue Flag status thanks to the quality of the water, safety and facilities available, while a little further out of town is Cayton Bay Beach, a great destination when you're looking for somewhere a little quieter.
Set in 800 acres of stunning countryside, the 12th-century ruins of Fountains Abbey are an impressive sight. The building was in use for 400 years until Henry VIII brought about the dissolution of the monasteries in a bid to separate England from papal authority. Fountains Abbey remains one of the best preserved, ruined Cistercian monasteries in England. Along with the ruins of the abbey is the only surviving Cistercian corn mill, a Georgian water garden and the highly decorative Victorian St Mary's Church.
Finding ways to get your pulse racing is no problem at all during a visit to Yorkshire, thanks to the range of outdoor activities on offer. Head for the Washburn River and experience white water rafting, or get to Cayton Bay where you'll find some great opportunities for surfing at The Point and Pump House breaks. There's windsurfing on offer at various lakes around the county, while Bridlington's windy beach is always popular with kitesurfers. And if getting wet isn't you're idea of fun, then how about releasing the big kid inside and visiting Diggerland near Wakefield, where you can get to ride real JCB diggers!
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