Yorkshire Tourist Attractions

England's largest, and most unexplored county is rarely exploited to it's fullest potential. Guides tend to proffer the Yorkshire Dales, historic Hull, and sophisticated York upon holiday itineraries, rarely encompassing the wealth of ecclesiastical ruins, and prehistoric surprises littering the outlying areas.

The Yorkshire Moors are a wilderness of incommunicable beauty, where rare species of Black Grouse and Merlin populate, and clusters of wooded trees shield thundering waterfalls, gorges and ravines. The best of Yorkshire's tourist attractions are scattered widely across the width and breadth of this beautiful county, which is why we recommend you don't limit yourself to just the tourist traps!

Castle Howard - flckr - alh1Castle Howard, North East York
Just a stone's throw from the city of York, lies what many consider to be the most extravagant example of Baroque architecture in Europe. Castle Howard has been the muse for many, but the talking point for the past fifty years, has been the refurbished central dome - a marvel of 18th Century engineering.

Set amid 1,000 acres of verdant parkland, Castle Howard has become renowned for the sheer plethora of activities her grounds afford, including adventure parks, walking trails, farm tours and summer boat cruises across the Great Lake. Castle Howard's gardens are an eclectic mixture of fashioned landscapes, follies and monuments - notably the breathtaking 'Temple of The Winds'. Further art extravagances can be found within Castle Howard; the collection including works from Gainsborough and Rubens. - Yorkshire dales cottages

Jorvik Viking Centre, Coppergate

York ( from the Norse 'Jorvik') has long been an important cultural and administrative centre. Excavations at Coppergate since the 1970's, have uncovered a wealth of Viking and Roman relics. It is here that Jorvik Viking Centre was also unveiled by the same archaeologists.

Jorvik's recent refurbishment has dramatically changed it's original function, influencing a space where visitors can revisit the sites of archaeological excavation. The glass floored gallery showcases an underfoot re-creation of the Coppergate dig, while interactive animatronic Vikings are incorporated throughout the staged exhibitions. A life-size Viking hut, complete with cultivated garden demonstrates Norse domesticity, while interactive exhibits are sure to keep kids entertained for the entirety of your visit. - Holiday cottages in and around York

Xscape Complex, Leeds Castleford
When the unpredictability of British weather alters travel plans, it can be difficult to track down a family-oriented attraction where everyone is catered for. Cue Xscape Leeds Castleford; a leisure complex that should have been dubbed an adventure complex. Boasting an indoor snow slope, toboganning, roller-rinks, aerial assault courses and a plethora of leisure activites, Xscape really is the one-stop shop for a family day out. There is also an expansive retail section, for those who simply must indulge in retail therapy! - Cottages near Leeds

Halifax - flckr - Dave602Yorkshire Air Museum, Elvington
A memorial to the allied forces, and a fascinating collective of retired air vehicles; Yorkshire Air Museum at Elvington (the former World War II R.A.F Bomber Command Station) is the largest, and most comprehensive exhibition space of it's kind in the U.K. Visitors not merely content with browsing Harriers and Tornados, will find the Control Tower fully refurbished to it's former working glory, coupled with the Harrier Jet Flight Simulator, and the Air Gunners Room. Additional exhibitions range from the 'Pioneers of Aviation', to uniform displays, and the world famous Memorial Gardens  which have been awarded the 'Yorkshire in Bloom Silver Gilt', for three consecutive years!



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