and Great Cities
Yorkshire - from market squares to city streets
ancient capital of Yorkshire is York, one of the great cities
of the medieval world. Still encircled by its ancient walls,
the city is dominated by the soaring pinnacles of York Minster,
the finest Gothic church in northern Europe. From narrow streets,
lively with chic cafes and specialist shops, to trips on its
tree-lined river, York is a treasure house with a superb choice
of museums and galleries.
may be the most famous but it is only one among Yorkshire's
wealth of historic towns. Enjoy the Georgian charm of Beverley
and Howden. Stroll the elegant spa towns of Harrogate
and Ilkley. Visit Selby, with its massive abbey, Ripon, with
its fine cathedral and busy market square and Otley, birthplace of Thomas Chippendale.
the region's historic towns are still guarded by ancient castles,
including Richmond in beautiful Swaledale, Knaresborough, high
above its spectacular gorge, Pontefract, where Richard II was
done to death and Skipton, market town of the Dales. Bolton Castle, Bolton Abbey and Castle Howard are famous visitor attractions.
is celebrated for its textiles and the wealth of the Victorian
era can still be seen in the superb architecture of towns such
as Halifax and Huddersfield, fine bases for exploring the beautiful
Pennine Hill country.
Yorkshire's traditional country towns bustle
with local life. They include Wetherby, Thirsk in 'Herriot
Country', Driffield on the rolling Yorkshire Wolds,
Northallerton, in its broad green vale and Malton, the gateway
to Ryedale. Find northern tradition alive and kicking in little
Pennine towns such as Hebden Bridge and Marsden.
In dynamic contrast, there is the big city buzz
of vibrant modern centres such as Leeds, Hull, Bradford, Sheffield
and Doncaster, with Leeds now firmly established as the UK's
second financial centre after London.