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YORKSHIRE REGION GUIDE
The English county of Yorkshire offers a combination of all the things that make England great: breathtaking landscapes, historic buildings and phenomenal food. While Yorkshire is often best known for being the heart of England's coal, iron and steel industry, in modern times the county has developed into a cultural hub, surrounded by wild scenery. Now boasting more Michelin-starred restaurants than anywhere else in the country outside of London, a visit to Yorkshire offers the perfect place to experience the north of England. Start your own British adventure simply by boarding a P&O ferry to England.
Once known as the second city of England, York is the county town from which the region derives its name. This historic walled city is a must-visit destination in Yorkshire, housing medieval fortifications, Gothic architecture and a rich and fascinating history. Those seeking a more cosmopolitan escape can head to Leeds, a thriving university town and shopping capital, while the county's largest city, Sheffield, offers a rich steel industry heritage to discover.
The ruggedly beautiful Yorkshire coastline spans over 45 miles, making it perfect for a beach break. Take your pick from the port town of Whitby, with its abbey ruins and old world charm, to the stunning beach cove known as Robin Hood's Bay.
For a truly historical visit, check out Scarborough. This seaside town has been a haven for holidaymakers since the 1600s and has a strong claim as Britain's first ever seaside resort.
The sprawling array of crumbling castles, windswept moors and stately homes makes Yorkshire the ideal place for a self-drive get-away. First stop for hikers and families should be the almost endless grounds of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, which is awash with limestone valleys and quaint villages. Further greenery can be found in the heather-covered vistas of the North York Moors, Yorkshire's premier national park.
The region is home to a dizzying array of historical buildings. Start with the famed York Minster; the largest Gothic cathedral in Europe. For budding photographers seeking views of the Yorkshire coastline, there are few as dramatically beautiful as the panorama from Scarborough Castle.
You'll never be short of fun things to do in Yorkshire. For family fun, head to York's favourite northern attraction, the Jorvik Viking centre for interactive historical entertainment. There are also a large number of grand English homes in the province – perfect for a day trip. Just 15 miles north-east of York, Castle Howard is hailed as Yorkshire's finest stately home. Regularly used as a set for TV and film, including BBC adaptation Death Comes to Pemberley and feature film Brideshead Revisited, the country home features a stunning garden, opulent interior and 1,000 acres of rolling greenery in its grounds.
For the young (and young at heart) a ride on the North Yorkshire Moors steam train is the perfect way to absorb the gorgeous landscape in comfort. For those simply seeking rest and relaxation, almost every street has a cosy British pub where you can enjoy a proper pint of locally brewed beer.
Discover the magic of Yorkshire by booking a P&O ferry to England now.