It's more of a state of mind than a county these days, because Yorkshire officially ceased to exist in 1974, when the government in their wisdom divided God's Own County into various unitary authorities that to this day govern the north, south, east and west of the original county. It's perhaps testament to the identity of this unique part of Britain, though, that the idea of Yorkshire persists, not only in people's minds – most Yorkshire folk would still say they live in Yorkshire, first and foremost – but also in reality: Yorkshire still has its own cricket team, its own daily newspaper (The Yorkshire Post) and it's one of the most culturally distinct geographical regions in the UK. The county of North Yorkshire attracts the most visitors, home to not one but two national parks – the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors – as well as some of the highlights of the Yorkshire coast in Whitby, Scarborough and Robin Hood's Bay, and the magnificent medieval city of York. East Yorkshire – technically know as the East Riding of Yorkshire – is an undiscovered gem in our opinion, with some unspoilt countryside in the Yorkshire Wolds and an underrated county town in Beverley. West Yorkshire's highlight is probably the boho town of Hebden Bridge, though there are all sort of pockets of interest here, scattered among the urban centres of Leeds and Bradford, and, to the south, Sheffield.
As for Yorkshire hotels, there's a huge selection of places to stay ranging from chic city hotels and apartments in Leeds to boutique hotels and B&Bs in the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors national parks. Add a wide selection of cosy country inns and and some of the most beautifully situated country cottages you'll ever see, and you have no reason not to start planning your next Yorkshire getaway or weekend break.
Best Places to Stay in Hotels, Cottages, B&Bs & Glamping in Yorkshire - Cool Places to Stay in the UK
Best Places to Stay in Yorkshire
Dale Farm HolidaysScarborough, North Yorkshire, North East England
Bartindale Road, Hunmanby, nr Filey, North Yorkshire YO14 0JD
Gorgeous treehouse and glamping cabins near the North Yorkshire coast in the grounds of a 200-year-old farmhouse
Glamping in Scarborough
Glamping in North Yorkshire
Glamping in North East England
The Hideaway at Baxby ManorYork, North Yorkshire, North East England
Baxby Manor, Low St, Husthwaite, York YO61 4PW
Church spires, campfires and local food suppliers – proper camping
Campsites in York
Campsites in North Yorkshire
Campsites in North East England
The Den at Husthwaite GateNorth Yorkshire, North East England
Old Station House, Husthwaite Gate, North Yorkshire YO61 4QF
A sheltered cottage retreat with spillover camping, set amidst gorgeous North Yorkshire countryside
Holidays in North Yorkshire
Holidays in North East England
Lancaster Terrace Hawes DL8 3LQ
52 beds (private and en-suite rooms available), cot available, cafe bar, restaurant/dining room, self-catering kitchen, meals available, shop, lounge, drying room, BBQ area, garden/grounds, cycle store and facilities for walking, mountain biking and cycling.
Malham North Yorkshire BD23 4DB
82 beds (private and en-suite rooms available), cot available, restaurant/dining room, self-catering kitchen and dining room, meals available, shop, lounge, tv room, library/quiet room, laundry, drying room, garden/grounds, luggage store, parking, cycle store and facilities for climbing, walking and mountain biking.
Swinton BivouacMasham, North Yorkshire, North East England
Bivouac, High Knowle Farm, Knowle Lane, Masham, Ripon, HG4 4JZ
Eco-friendly, off-grid Yorkshire Dales glamping on a sprawling country estate
Glamping in Masham
Glamping in North Yorkshire
Glamping in North East England
Eat and Drink
There's never been a better time to come to Yorkshire, and certainly never a better time to come and eat. The region's natural strengths lie in hearty good food and real ales, and both are undergoing a bit of a Renaissance right now, with local brewers multiplying and prospering and some of Yorkshire's best pubs turning their attention to creating great menus with local produce that's a match for anywhere in the country. Paces like the Angel at Hetton fly the flag for the region, but any number of great gastropubs and restaurants make Yorkshire the perfect place to come to experience some of the best food and drink in the UK.
Places to Shop
Yorkshire has always been a little bit apart from the rest of the UK, and as such it's a great place to shop for things you might not be able to find so easily elsewhere. On top of that cities like Leeds have come of age as consumer destinations, and boast a range of designer outlets to rival any big city in the country.
Things to Do
It's hard to know where to start when describing what there is to do in Yorkshire. Until it was broken up into its constituent parts, it was the largest county in the UK, and as such it has a geographical diversity and a cultural distinctness of a small country, with a huge breadth of attractions, historical and otherwise. You could do a bucket-and-spade holiday at Scarborough or Robin Hood's Bay on the North Yorkshire Coast; walk, cycle and generally interact with nature in the Yorkshire Dales or North York Moors National Park; or enjoy a weekend break or city escape in urbane Leeds or medieval York. The choice is yours, and you could spend a lifetime exploring the region. Just as well there are enough great places to stay here to make it worth coming back again and again.
Yorkshire RegionsTo many Yorkshire is God's Own Country. Though long since split into different administrative units, England's largest county retains a unique culture that resonates across the whole of Britain and indeed most of all in Yorkshire itself – where many inhabitants identify first with their Yorkshire roots and a poor second as English or British. Its reputation is for friendly, straight-talking people, hearty food and good beer and a spectacular array of attractions, ranging from vibrant cities like Leeds to one of England's cathedral cities like York. Its countryside is both diverse and striking, and the county is home to no less than two national parks – Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors – along with one of the country's most spectacular coastlines. The good news is we've got it all covered – not only with the best places to stay in Yorkshire but with its best pubs, restaurants, walks and attractions too...
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