10 Reasons to Love Yorkshire

10 Reasons to Love Yorkshire

We think Yorkshire's got it all...yummy restaurants with Michelin Stars, looming viaducts with billowing steam trains and even the chance to discover the gothic town of Whitby made famous by Dracula. And then there are the walks, what better county to pull on your old walking boots and discover some of the UK's finest landscapes than the home of the famous Dales? You might even see where Harry and Hermione once camped while you're on your travels.

1. It has six yummy Michelin Stars

With a mouth-watering six Michelin Star restaurants to its name it’s no wonder Yorkshire’s the new foodie capital, and that means we get to enjoy scrummy local produce all dressed up with Michelin style flair – hurrah.

2. Because we can walk the footsteps of The Railway Children

Didn’t Oxenhope and Haworth look gorgeous in the classic film? Well, walk the walks that take you through the filming locations and little has changed since the film was made all the way back in the 1970s.

3. Because we still love Dracula

Whitby Abbey inspired Bram Stoker’s brainchild ‘Dracula’, and The Dracula Experience in Whitby enables bravehearted fans of the novel to scare themselves witless in search of the vampire himself. Children are welcome too but be warned – it’s scary in there!

4. They have trees with eyes

Nope, you didn’t read that wrong, The Forbidden Corner adventure park is about as close as you can get to being in The Labyrinth, and it’s home to talking trees, tunnels and chambers. Will you have what it takes to make it to the end?

5. The viaducts

You know you’re in Yorkshire when you see a steam train gently chug its way across a viaduct, and the Settle to Carlisle Railway is one of the country’s most beautiful lines. Sit back, relax and watch the countryside roll by.

6. We can’t get enough of the Farmers Markets

Yep, we’re back on food, and Yorkshire has some of the best farmers markets in the country. Grassington farmers market’s held on the third Sunday of each month, and it’s the perfect excuse to sample Yorkshire’s famous local produce.

7. Because Harry Potter camped there

Eagle eyed fans of the Harry Potter films may just recognise Malham Cove near Settle. This iconic limestone setting was featured in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows when Harry and Hermione pitch their tent and rest during their hunt for the horcruxes.

8. Its Bronte country

It’s no secret that Yorkshire’s landscape inspired the Bronte sisters, and the little town of Haworth is now home to The Passionate Brontes Walk. The guides will show you everything that was anything to the sisters during their lives, so it’s a must for fans.

9. Because of the Magpie Cafe

Always thinking of our bellies, Yorkshire is dotted with foodie gems, and The Magpie Café in Whitby features in The Good Food Guide. It says it all that there’s always a queue outside the door for their fish and chips, even when it’s raining.

10. They have proper pubs

You know the kind of pubs we mean…proper pints, dogs allowed and flickering fires – and Yorkshire has them in scores. The Dog and Gun is a classic example, with views, oak beams and a warm welcome it’s just the spot to whet your whistle.
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