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.
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 and North York Moors
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.
The county's three major seaside resorts
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.