Can you believe it’s mid-April already? This year is just going way too fast. If you need a break (and I know I do), it turns out that Yorkshire is the perfect place to go.
Did you know that Yorkshire is brimming with heritage sites? I didn’t either. From beautiful Victorian municipal buildings and mills, to crumbling castles, old abbeys, and grand country estates, Yorkshire is a history buff’s dream. You’ll also find plenty of natural beauty here, including waterfalls and ancient forests which are waiting to be explored. And for people who love to wander through a museum or two, you’ll need more than one trip to visit all the different museums and galleries here.
Yorkshire has an incredible reputation for food and drink, and there are more Michelin-starred restaurants in Yorkshire than anywhere else in the country (except London). You’ll find a pub on every corner for those who like a pint, and wine lovers will also be able to find a vineyard or two.
The arts scene is impressive here, and you’ll find Hepworth Wakefield and Yorkshire Sculpture Park to be must-visits. You should also check out the annual film festivals in Leeds and Sheffield. This is Bronte country, and poets Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes also lived around the Calder Valley.
Generations of painters have been inspired by the sheer beauty of Yorkshire, from David Hockney, to John Atkinsons, and a wealth of Victorian artists.
Yorkshire also has three national parks to choose from, and the gorgeous Victorian architecture and rugged coastline make it appealing to travellers from around the world.
The Farndale Daffodil Walk is a must, and you may hear the daffodils referred to by their old name, which is Lenten lilies. You’ll see thousands of flowers which cover the banks along the River Dove, so bring your camera (just go on a weekday to avoid the crowds).
If you’re looking for a chance to experience some serious relaxation (aren’t we all), stay in a spa hotel while you’re there. This will allow you to explore the best of what Yorkshire has to offer during the day, before returning back to your hotel in time for some serious pampering. Most of the best spa break packages will include at least one spa treatment, and you may even want to take a whole day out and enjoy being scrubbed and rubbed.
I don’t know about you, but Yorkshire sounds like the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing holiday. Whether you just have a weekend or you’ve got a week off to relax, Yorkshire has something for everyone.
Have you been to Yorkshire? What did you do while you were visiting? Leave a comment below.