Yorkshire is in the north east of England and the largest county in the country. It’s a very friendly place where down to earth people and Yorkshire puddings originated. There is plenty of interesting places to visit in the beautiful countryside. I was born in and lived in Yorkshire much of my life and have chosen the following 5 places as the ones that I know are of interest to tourists and my family and myself have enjoyed the most.
Bradford National Media Museum
We really enjoyed our day out here. Seven floors of interesting displays and fun activities and believe it or not the entry is free. My family and I went there not long since. The youngest child was 5 and the oldest 55, we were all well entertained and could have stayed longer than the 4 hours we had allocated to the media museum.
Next door is the ice skating rink and close by you will find the Alhambra theatre where we have enjoyed many plays and pantomimes. You are never short of somethng to do in Bradford.
Leeds/Castleford Xscape Entertainment Centre
We have happily spent many a day in Xscape and still we could go away leaving something to do that we haven’t had time for. Apart from shops, bars, cafes and many different types of restaurants the activities include a soft play gym, cinema, indoor snow slope for skiing and snowboarding, fake rock climbing slope, adventure golf, ice skating, bowling, laser games and much more. Definitely worth trying for a day out with your family.
On my 60th birthday my grandkids chose what we were doing for a treat for our day out. That was at Xscape on the wall to wall trampolines 🙂
Keighley and Worth Valley Railway Line
This heritage railway line for steam trains is 5 miles long and runs from Keighley through to Oxenhope. Stops on the way include Ingrow, where you will find the Museum of Rail Travel and also at certain times of the year Thomas the Tank Engine. Walk up Haworth Main Street you will find the Bronte Parsonage museum and lots of items that used to be owned by the famous Bronte literary family.
Haworth is very popular with tourists and especially American and Japanese tourists. They love the history and the beautiful countryside. There are so many attractions within a short distance of Haworth that it’s a good base for a Yorkshire holiday.
In the summer we love to take a walk on the moors and picnic at Bronte Waterfall. The views are stunning as you can see from the picture. We also enjoyed the 40s weekend in the summer and they also held a 60s weekend which was said to be great fun.
York City Walls
Walking around York city walls is great exercise for all of the family and it’s interesting what you can see and do within the ancient walls. York Minster is magnificent but you have to be fit to climb all of the steps to the top of the tower. The other extreme is the York dungeons though the exhibits are a bit scary for youngsters. The York Castle Museum is an interesting place to visit and right next door you will find the York model railway. You can walk through the Shambles and check out those quaint looking shops, or take a ghost cruise down the river Ouse. Go to the races or visit the Jorvik Viking centre.
Hairy Bob’s Cave Scarborough
Scarborough on the north Yorkshire coast is a picturesque seaside town offering lots of things to do for all age groups. Hairy Bob’s cave is actually a metre deep man made hole in a rock at the foot of Scarborough castle, the only real thing of interest is guessing why it was made because nobody knows.
When the weather is good there are lovely beaches to sunbathe and build sandcastles on, or you can go out on boat trips for fishing or leisure. There is a miniature railway and a sealife centre. The nighlife is great, we’ve had a lot of good times there and spent more than one day at a time in Scarborough.
There are a lot more interesting and fun to visit places in Yorkshire. For those who are taking a Yorkshire holiday, wherever you stay you will find easy to drive to days out in almost any direction. Or you might enjoy using our excellent rail and bus services.