Have You Been To Yorkshire?

According to an article posted on News and Events, Yorkshire is Europe's leading destination for 2013, beating out Rome, Paris, Barcelona and Florence. (http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2013/sep/03/yorkshire) If you have been to Yorkshire, what sites, towns, or villages did you visit that you enjoyed? Did you stay at any B&B's or hotels that you rate highly? Were there any restaurants or pubs you'd like to share? I'm talking about the entire county of Yorkshire, to be clear. This article has sparked my interest in Yorkshire, and I wondered what the experiences were of others here on the helpline who have been there. I have been to York, but want to get out into the countryside and all around next time. Thanks to all who answer.

Posted by Keith
United Kingdom
683 posts

I was lucky enough to be born in Yorkshire (even though, shamefully, I now live in the south). Basically, if there was a god, then this would be his county - hence why it is called God's Own County. Apart from York - Skipton, the Moors and Whitby are good places to visit. Bradford is probably also worth visiting -it has a poor reputation but is not really as bad as Mogadishu or Detroit as some suggest. Leeds is the main city in Yorkshire. The best things in Yorkshire are the Dales, Haworth, Ilkley Moor, cricket (especially Hutton and Boycott), proper fish and chips (i.e. haddock, not cod), and that it is a long way from namby pamby London and the rest of England's southerners.

Posted by Ken
Vernon, Canada
17792 posts

Rebecca, Yes, I've visited Yorkshire and it's one of my favourite areas in the U.K. The scenery is incredible! I've travelled in and around these areas..... > York > Catterick > Richmond > Scotch Corner > Middleton Tyas (near Scotch Corner) > Darlington > Northallerton > Pickering (starting point for the North York Moors Steam Railway) > Goathland (where the TV series, Heartbeat was filmed) I noticed the article naming Yorkshire as the top destination this year. Hopefully I'll be able to get back there for another visit in the near future. If you're going to sample the Fish & Chips in that area, be sure to include mushy peas! It's been a few years so I'd have to check my notes for hotels, restaurants, etc. As I recall, I sampled a few pints at The Angel Hotel & Pub in Catterick Village and also The Shoulder of Mutton in Middleton Tyas. If staying in Catterick Village, don't be surprised to see Warriors or other light armoured vehicles roaring down the main street (they make quite a racket so you'll be able to hear them). The Green Howards have a great regimental museum in Richmond (five floors of an old Church), so if you're interested in military history it provides an interesting visit. I believe it's closed for renovations at the moment, but you'll have to check their website for details. Happy travels!

Posted by Paul
Cedar, IA, USA
2383 posts

My brother was stationed in the USAF at Harrogate for a year or two, a very nice town. When we visited, we also enjoyed York and Whitby, but for some lesser known sites: Masham is a great little town, very quaint, but also home to the Theakston Brewery, a wonderful old Victorian Brewery still operating much like they did back then, one of the best brewery tours I have been on. As a plus, Black Sheep Brewery is also there, a well respected brewery. Also on the Brewery theme, you can go down to Tadcaster, Samuel Smiths is another great York brewer doing some interesting brews. Aside from that, we hit a number of Gardens, Antique Shops, Other Shops, and hit a couple Boot sales.

Posted by Rebecca
Nashville, TN, USA
645 posts

Keith, Ken, and Paul, thanks for all the great information!

Posted by Kathy
Chicagoland
113 posts

When I went in my first trip to Britain last year, I only was able to drive around Yorkshire for one day, but I am so looking forward to returning soon. I only saw two places outside of York: Castle Howard and Rievaulx Abbey. The first was a wonderful huge place with beautifully landscaped gardens and was very British. The Abbey, OTOH, was my favorite place in my entire 18 day trip. I fell in love with everything about it: the history, the architecture, the landscape, the relatively few tourists on a Sunday in mid-July. I took more pictures there than any other place, and really only saw about half of the buildings.

Posted by Kathy
Chicagoland
113 posts

When I went in my first trip to Britain last year, I only was able to drive around Yorkshire for one day, but I am so looking forward to returning soon. I only saw two places outside of York: Castle Howard and Rievaulx Abbey. The first was a wonderful huge place with beautifully landscaped gardens and was very British. The Abbey, OTOH, was my favorite place in my entire 18 day trip. I fell in love with everything about it: the history, the architecture, the landscape, the relatively few tourists on a Sunday in mid-July. I took more pictures there than any other place, and really only saw about half of the buildings.

Posted by Anita
Long Beach, California, USA
575 posts

Fountains Abbey near Ripon...beautiful! Don't miss Yorkminster...touring the excavated areas under the cathedral is interesting and the cathedral is beautiful as well as the old city surrounding it.

Posted by Rebecca
Nashville, TN, USA
645 posts

Thanks Kathy and Anita! Castle Howard, Rievaulx Abbey, and Fountains Abbey are all added to my list! And another visit to York and York Minster, of course!

Posted by richard
London, Uk
8 posts

You can tell a Yorkshireman.....................but you can't tell him much See all, hear all,say nowt. Eat all, sup all, pay nowt And if you ever do owt for nowt Do it fer yersen Gods Own Country As well as the Minsters and Abbeys...Dales has to be the place
And Swaledale must count easily of one of englands most beautiful valleys Theres a nice song about it called Home on the Swale, its on youtube, go for the Dungworth version. Off , out now to go and annoy some more forsaken people from the wrong side of the hills....

Posted by Joyce
Kansas City, MO, USA
5 posts

We have used a good guide called Yorkshire Car Tours. It is an Ordnance Survey Travelmaster Guide. If you are a fan of Wallace and Gromet, Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes is a fun stop. Hardraw Force is a beautiful waterfall just outside of Hawes. The drive from Hawes to Thwaite on an local road is quite a treat but not for a timid driver. We are cathedral fans and Ripon is a lovely one. Byland Abbey, Rievaulx Abbey and Mount Grace Priory are all beautiful and can be done the same day. We have stayed at the Queen Anne's Guest House in York on a couple of visits. Great location just off Bootham a couple of blocks from Bootham Bar. Also easy for getting in and out of the city. Have a wonderful holiday. Yorkshire is a great area to wander and explore.

Posted by Laurel
Arlington, WA
829 posts

Another vote for Rievaulx and Fountains. Love them both and spent an entire day at Fountains. Don't forget the Railroad museum in York, the Castle museum or St Mary's Abbey. My other favourite places to visit are Robin Hoods Bay, Whitby (and the Abbey)and Staithes. In West Yorkshire is Saltaire Victorian Village located in Bradford. In Thirsk we stayed at Laburnum House. Really liked it..egg cozies on my soft boiled eggs. We walked to the Golden Fleece for dinner.. Bettys Tea Rooms, there are several. York and Ilkley are two I have been to. We also like Skipton very much. There was once a time when I thought I could happily end my days in Yorkshire. The Minster! Try to go there for Evensong AND if you have time in York take a nighttime ghostly walk. I'll stop talking now....

Posted by Rebecca
Nashville, TN, USA
645 posts

Thanks Richard, Joyce, and Laurel, for more great information!

Posted by Edgar
Medford, OR, USA
254 posts

The Wainwright Coast to Coast walk traverses the northern portion of the Yorkshire Dales and North York National Parks. Walking across the moors in a rainstorm is an unforgettable experience. The more populated areas of Yorkshire are a bit south of the Coast to Coast path and still a great scenery backdrop for TV and film productions. We have been watching the PBS showing of DCI Banks. For locations sites of Yorkshire productions see: http://www.screenyorkshire.co.uk/made-in-yorkshire/

Posted by john
Barnard Castle, The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
54 posts

I'm so sorry but I live on the edge of the Yorkshire dales and my wife and I read an earlier comment telling you to visit Bradford ..we burst out laughing...trust me and if you don't ask any true Englishman when you get here DO NOT VISIT Bradford! Haworth where Emilly and Charlotte Bronte (Wuthering heights) lived. It is still kept as it was in their time google it. Also for ourdoor pursuits or just chilling in the countryside is Malham...I love Malham! For a taste of isolation try Britains highest pub...Tan Hill Inn I would definitely visit or stay in York such a fantastic city...but please please please do not visit Bradford...!

Posted by Rosemary
Birmingham, Britain
5 posts

John, the comment from Laurel did not say visit Bradford - she was telling the poster to visit Saltaire Village, a World Heritage site which lies to the north of Bradford, near Shipley, on the River Aire. Its a renowned model village built in the 1800s by the wealthy Bradford industrialist Sir Titus Salt to house the workers at his massive textile mill on the banks of the river and is still a thriving community today and worthy of a visit. It was the forerunner of other well known model villages built by wealthy Victorian industrialists such as Port Sunlight on the Wirral Peninsular and Bournville here in Birmingham. Since you live fairly close to Yorkshire I'm surprised that you don't appear to have heard of it. http://www.saltairevillage.info/index.html

Posted by john
Barnard Castle, The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
54 posts

Rosemary, English comprehension is obviously not your forte here is a direct cut and paste quote...please note the person who posted this did not mention Slatire at all here is the direct quote.. "Bradford is probably also worth visiting -it has a poor reputation but is not really as bad as Mogadishu or Detroit as some suggest" Rosemary I await your apology For anyone else reading this please realise not everyone one this site is genuine but ask 99% of people in the UK and they would burst our laughing if anyone said go to Bradford on holiday...trust me if not ask the question on here and see what response you get from Brits... Still waiting for your apology Rosemary!

Posted by Ed
Pensacola
7978 posts

Both Laurel and Keith mentioned Bradford. Neither have a history of being dolts.

Posted by john
Barnard Castle, The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
54 posts

nevertheless...you go to anyone in the UK and say how about going on holiday to Bradford and they will burst out laughing......out of respect for the people that live there I will not go into any more detail but trust me everyone in England knows about Bradford, hey if you want to go there you crack on...

Posted by Keith
United Kingdom
683 posts

I did say Bradford had a poor reputation and the attitude given above demonstrates that well. I wouldn't suggest it was worth a visit if you only had a couple of days and it was, say, a choice of "Bradford or York?". But since the question asks about Yorkshire generally, I do think it worth a stop. The shopping centre of Bradford is still a hideous mess and some of the inner housing estates are best avoided (watch "Rita, Sue and Bob Too" - although that was 25 years ago). Nevertheless, there is plenty in Bradford city itself and the metropolitan area to fill a day. For example - - National Media Museum, - Cartwright Hall gallery, - Saltaire, as mentioned above - the mill itself is now a gallery specialising in Hockney, the village is a UNESCO site - the best curries: certainly north of Birmingham, possibly in England, - the Alhambra - Yorkshire's top theatre,
- Howarth/Bronte's Parsonage, - Bolling Hall. I think any two or three of those would be enough to make a worthwhile trip. Of course, I wouldn't fly over from the US just for Bradford, but as part of a general visit to the county, why not?

Posted by john
Barnard Castle, The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
54 posts

Keith we both know out of anywhere in Yorkshire Bradford is not a place to even consider. I really didn't want to get into a peeing contest but I think we both know if you asked most people in the UK if they would visit Bradford what the answer would be...here are some recent news items on Bradford: Here the respected daily Telegraph in an article on the 24th of Sept 2013 talks of NO GO areas for white people in Bradford here is the quote of part of the article Do 'no-go' zones for non-Muslims exist in Britain, as the Bishop of Rochester claims? Olga Craig reports from some of Yorkshire's Asian-dominated areas It has been more than 40 years since Tim Carbin walked the length of Oak Lane, the Bradford backstreet of his boyhood. SHARIA LAW IN BRADFORDKris Hopkins opposes Sharia law plan .
7:00am Tuesday 23rd April 2013 in News . The Government will today being urged to rule out any sponsoring of Sharia courts, following controversy over talks in Bradford. . If you really want to go into an area that has no go areas for white people (daily telegraph words). There are some areas of Los Angeles I would not go to would you advise people to go into them...of course not. Now I'm sure some areas are very welcoming and very nice people but you don't know which areas are which as a tourist. Plus on a separate note With the Yorkshire Dales, the stunning coast, Malham, York, Richmond, Masham, Reeth, all the stunning castles, I could go on and on and you really suggest Bradford a run down inner city area to these people who will come over from the USA spend a lot of money and see low socio economic areas...really is that what you want these people to see and do and have that image of Britain on their hard earnt holiday...really Keith?

Posted by Ed
Pensacola
7978 posts

Uh oh! Does that mean I have to quit staying in Barking and start snooping around for hotels in Kensington? Do I have to undo the trip to Ghana a couple of months ago? That place is loaded with black muslims - - a double whammy, huh? I guess Israel, Turkey, China, Korea, South Africa......they're all no-gos as well? What about Australia - - it's mostly white, but there's a few funny-looking dudes around? I get the newspapers confused. Is the Daily Telegraph the one that's super-conservative or the one that always has the nekkid lady on page eight?

Posted by Brian
Los Angeles, California
1986 posts

In addition to recommendations above, my favorite villages near York are Hutton-le-Hole and thronton Dale. Great to walk through. Others I endorse- York, any and all of the ruined abbeys.

Posted by Keith
United Kingdom
683 posts

To - John at " Barnard Castle, The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland" So it seems your dislike of Bradford was not as a tourist/non-tourist place, but because the people there are not the same religion or colour as you? EDL probably have their own message boards. Perhaps you should join them. P.S. I buy the DT every day. I don't think Mayor Boris' Monday column ever reflects your views.

Posted by Robin Z
Troy, Oh, USA
1634 posts

Another vote for Rievaulx and Fountains....also Jervaulx Abbey should not be missed.

Posted by Rosemary
Birmingham, Britain
5 posts

Well I seem to have returned late to this thread since I don't have my computer on 24/7, but ok John I apologise – I mistakenly thought you were referring to Laurel's post, a couple above yours, when in fact you were referring to Keith's. There is nothing wrong with my powers of comprehension thank you – it was a simple case of me overlooking the reference to Bradford in Keith's initial post; even though I had re-read the thread when I saw your comments and before I wrote my reply, somehow I missed it – maybe I didn't go far enough back, I'm sorry. Since Laurel's post referred to Saltaire as being located in Bradford (strictly speaking it's a couple of miles outside the city, but near enough when taking Yorkshire as a whole) I was concerned that people might be put off visiting the village, because of your subsequent adverse comments about Bradford, which would be a great pity. On the question of whether or not Bradford is worth visiting from a tourist point of view, I cannot comment as I have never been to the city itself (but I am sorely tempted to do so now since Keith says they have curries to rival those in Birmingham!). I would say though that my own city also suffers with a poor reputation in the eyes of the media and the general population as a whole, who never miss an opportunity to heap derision and scorn upon it, even though most have probably never even been here. Those of us who live here know differently of course and when people do visit they are constantly amazed to have their preconceptions shattered, so comments along the lines of "99% of people in the UK would burst out laughing if anyone said go to xxxxx on holiday" are all too familiar to me and I usually treat them with a pinch of salt!

Posted by john
Barnard Castle, The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
54 posts

Keith at least we share a common disgust for the EDL. Shall we leave our discussion there on a common point. You have your point of view over Bradford and I mine. My point was only two fold: 1. Why go somewhere potentially dangerous (not my words but the Daily Telegraph)
2. With so many fantastic places why go to Bradford. So I'm not wanting to argue we have common ground on our disgust of the EDL. Lets leave it there and sing the praises of Yorkshire as a whole...together Rosemarry thank you.

Posted by Rebecca
Nashville, TN, USA
645 posts

Thank you, everyone, for your recommendations of things to see. Keith, Thank you for mentioning, "Saltaire, as mentioned above - the mill itself is now a gallery specializing in Hockney, the village is a UNESCO site". I am a big fan of Hockney, and will make it a point to go there. Ethnic diversity is NOT a reason for me to avoid an area. As a matter of fact, it makes it far more interesting to visit. I will be looking for a good curry house wherever I go in Yorkshire! If anyone has the name of a good one, please tell me.