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Reasons to visit Yorkshire

As any Yorkshireman will tell you, Yorkshire is God's Own County. Others may disagree, but it is indisputably England's largest county, so it is hardly surprising that it has so much variety and so many things to see and do.

The scenery is legendary, from the North Sea Coast, across the Yorkshire Moors and into the Yorkshire Dales. Not just a paradise for walkers, Yorkshire has taken cycling to it's heart, perhaps inspired by the recent Tour de France stages that featured here. Off-road or On, there are hundreds of spectacular miles to be covered.

Yorkshire's castles and abbey ruins hide a wealth of history along with a little mystery. Wander through magnificent World Heritage Sites or into quiet crumbling monasteries to get a sense of how lives were led hundreds of years ago. With so many Yorkshire towns having been at the forefront of the Industrial Revolution, there are industrial achaeology sites, museums and heritage centres too.

York is famous for York Minster, one of the world's most magnificent cathedrals and a masterpiece of stained glass and stone. The whole city is very appealing, especially the Shambles, a mediaeval street of timber-framed shops and houses. Nor should any visitor miss the Jorvik Viking Centre which celebrates the archaeological discoveries made right beneath the streets or York.