The largest historic county in England, Yorkshire has a significant number of medieval castles, which were built to protect it from Scottish invaders. The area has also been an inspiration for a number of prominent literary figures such as Emily Brontë and Alan Bennett, and has earned a national reputation for its delicious Yorkshire puddings.
Picnic in Valley Gardens, relax at the Turkish Baths, hunt for antiques in Montpellier and indulge at Betty’s Tea Room.
Explore the Victorian model village of Saltaire, browse art in the Salts Mill and take a scenic ride on the Tramway.
Discover Helmsley Castle, explore the ancient abbeys of Byland and Rievaulx, and wander the North York Moors.
Catch a live band at The Leadmill, browse the Millennium Gallery and head out to Kelham Island Museum.
Catch a show at the intimate Theatre Royal Wakefield, and see impressive art at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
Witness sword-fighting and jousting at The Royal Armouries and sculptures at The Henry Moore Institute.
Explore Skipton Woods and the medieval castle and take your pick from stunning walking trails.
Go exploring with a North Yorkshire Moors Railway ride and get a breath of fresh air in the National Park.
Take a peaceful stroll along the promenade, enjoy the fun of the fair, drink in the Old Town’s traditional pubs and explore Bridlington’s beautiful beaches.
Pack a picnic for a Cleveland Way walk, explore Filey’s sweeping sandy beach, eat fish and chips by the sea, and get out on the boating lake at Glen Gardens.
Wander this charming town’s cobbled streets, pick up some local cheese and crafts at the Saturday Market, and catch a live band at Beverley Folk Festival.
Browse independent boutiques, watch a film in cosy Wetherby Film Theatre and visit the farmers’ market, in the award-winning floral town of Wetherby.
Get on board at the Streetlife Transport Museum, explore Wilberforce House, and sink a pint at waterfront pub Minerva.
Get active at Doncaster Dome, find your way through the Maize Maze at Boston Park and enjoy a canal cruise.
Go on a voyage of discovery at the Magna Science Centre and spend an afternoon at the Rotherham Sculpture Park.
One of Europe's great Gothic cathedrals, York Minster has been a place of worship since the early Middle Ages. However, the current building dates back to the 13th century and is renowned for its impressive Perpendicular and Early English Gothic architectural features.
The magnificent Castle Howard is one of the most exquisite private residences in Britain, although the building is technically a country house as opposed to a real castle. The Grade I listed 18th-century home surrounds more than 13,000 acres of attractive grounds and has been featured in many well-known films such as Brideshead Revisited (2008) and Twelfth Night (1978).
The Yorkshire Dales National Park is home to many breathtaking panoramic views of limestone cliffs and extensive caves, and is popular with hikers and wildlife enthusiasts. The North York Moors National Park, meanwhile, overlooks many towering coastal cliffs and coves, and is renowned for its wonderful heather moorlands and picturesque Yorkshire Hotels.
Visit the former jet jewellery centre of Whitby and see its impressive abbey ruins on East Cliff before wandering through its photogenic Georgian streets. To the south, lies the bustling resort of Scarborough, which is known for its golden sandy beaches of South Bay and North Bay, and is home to the last surviving seaside orchestra in the country.
Further south you can also find Yorkshire's other main seaside resort, Bridlington, which has been inhabited since at least the Bronze Age. It is home to the splendid Grade I listed Bridlington Priory, the thriving Bridlington Spa entertainment complex, and numerous stylish Yorkshire Hotels, with beautiful sea views.