Yorkshire possesses some of the finest scenery in the UK. Leeds is our gateway. We have two National Parks, along with numerous nature reserves and sites of outstanding national beauty.
The Yorkshire Dales are only a short distance away; the East Coast beaches are within 120 km of easy motoring.
Anglo-Saxon ‘Leodis’ was an insignificant riverside settlement until the 11th century, when the Abbey at Kirkstall was established. Until the dissolution of the monasteries in 1536, the religious communities had enormous influence upon development of the region. The monks not only introduced sheep farming and established the woollen trade which was the foundation of the mass production ready-made tailoring industry; they discovered substantial deposits of iron and coal, and plentiful woodland for charcoal manufacture. The first forge, adjacent to the Abbey, began production it the early years of the 12th century. Yorkshire saw its share of upheavals during the Wars of the Roses (15th C) and the English Civil War (17th C). Our numerous stately homes, ruined castles and abbeys bear witness to our rather turbulent history.
We look forward to welcoming you all. Why not make an extended holiday of your visit – go to visit.yorkshire.com to begin your voyage of discovery.