The county of Yorkshire, the largest county in England, is well known for its National Parks and sweeping green landscape. Although it’s a popular destination for walkers and outdoor enthusiasts, Yorkshire is also a great place for a city break with some of the most beautiful and interesting cities in the country. With cosmopolitan excitement and fascinating history the cities of Yorkshire are sure to enchant.
The town of Hebden Bridge has been a bohemian haunt for decades, and the influence of the local artists and writers can be felt throughout this charming village. Sidewalk cafes and art galleries abound, making this a great location for a romantic weekend break. You can spend your days exploring the local shops and restaurants, or wandering the picturesque heather moorlands just outside of town, and spend your evenings taking in a movie at the famous Hebden Bridge Picture House. This is a cinema experience like no other – homemade cakes are offered as snacks and your tea will be served in a china mug! Wander back to your charming Yorkshire cottage after the movie feeling as though you’ve stepped back in time. Hebden Bridge is a perfect antidote to the stresses of the 21st century.
The best known of Yorkshire’s larger settlements, famous for its gothic cathedral and tangle of ancient cobbled streets, York is a city not to be missed. 2012 marks a momentous anniversary for the city, 800 years since it was given the freedom to govern itself! The historic event will be marked with a great selection of events throughout the year, including a Chocolate Festival and Illuminating York. The city isn’t only for history hounds though – fashion has always been an important part of the city and today is home to many great boutiques, such as Mulberry and Vivienne Westwood. York also boasts a thriving cafe culture, so you’ll never be too far away from a great cup of coffee! Along with the Michelin starred restaurant The Black Swan at Oldstead and some of the best pubs in the country you’ll soon understand why York is considered one of the best food and wine destinations in the UK! 2012 is the year to visit York so take a look at the great late availability cottages offered by Sykes Holiday Cottages.
If you’re looking for a bit more excitement while in Yorkshire then Sheffield is the place to visit. A musical hotspot which has given rise to local bands such as Arctic Monkeys, Pulp, and The Human League, there is no shortage of great music venues and nightclubs to dance the night away in. Sheffield is also considered to be the greenest city in Europe, with over 2 million trees and 5,500 plant species to be found within the city limits, and the beautiful Peak District National Park right on its doorstep. With music, sport, shopping and outdoor pursuits aplenty this really is the city with something for everyone!