Towns & cities you MUST visit in Yorkshire

Towns & cities you MUST visit in Yorkshire

In this two part blog series celebrating the best place in Yorkshire for English Tourism Week, were looking at the best town and cities you need to visit!

Leeds

Quickly becoming one of the most popular cities in England, Leeds has something for everyone. You have amazing new shopping centres such as Trinity Centre and Victoria Gate, alongside traditional places including Kirkgate Market and Corn Exchange. The city has a fantastic range of restaurants and bars, in the centre as well as in the suburbs, which have  just as much to offer. As well as the glitz and glam, you have many beautiful parks and green spaces in the suburbs such as Horsforth Hall Park, Otley Chevin Park, Rodley Nature Reserve and so much more. Leeds also offers a unique and diverse range of events throughout the year including live music festivals, food shows, independent film screenings and many more special events.

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York

Known for its rich history and culture, York is definitely one of the top picks for a day out or weekend away. It not only has a fantastic selection of independent eateries, bars and shops, but there’s so much to see such as York Minster, the City Walls, Monkgate Bar and The Shambles. There is also a whole host of museums and galleries to explore including York Castle Museum and Gardens, Jorvik Viking Centre, and the York City Art Gallery. Whether your going as a couple, a group of friends or a family, there’s plenty to do for everyone!

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Hull

Named as the UK City of Culture 2017, Hull is fast becoming one of the most popular destinations in Yorkshire. With a jam-packed events schedule for the whole year, you’ll find plenty of reasons to go and visit, from dance performances to real ale festivals, live music to cultural celebrations, and everything in between. As well as a range of events, there’s loads of famous attractions including the Humber Bridge, The Deep, the Maritime Museum and Victoria Dock. And with ferries over to the Netherlands and Belgium, its the perfect stop off point!

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Sheffield

The infamous Steel City may be small but its definitely mighty! Being close to the Peak District and named the Outdoor City, Sheffield has plenty to do for the sport and nature lovers, whilst also having so much more to offer. Known for its great live music scene, it is home to the notorious Tramlines festival and many legendary venues including Leadmill, Corporation, The Harley and West Street Live. For more peace and quiet, there’s many lovely green spaces such as the Botanical Gardens, Peace Gardens and Winter Gardens, as well as Weston Park, Ponderosa and Norfolk Heritage Park. For culture and history you have the Lyceum and Crucible theatres, Kelham Island Museum and the Millennium Gallery.

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Harrogate

Although not quite a city, the North Yorkshire town of Harrogate is filled with charm and elegance. Known for its quaint town centre with a selection of unique shops, cafes and restaurants, Harrogate is the perfect destination to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life whilst still having plenty to do and see. Must visits include the Valley Gardens, the RHS Garden Harlow Car and the Great Yorkshire Showground, host to many major events throughout the year. And continuously voted the best place to live in Britain, its definitely worth a visit to see what all the fuss is about!

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Ilkley 

A perfect base for exploring the Dales, the traditional spa town of Ilkley has the finest tea rooms and breath-taking countryside, as well as being home to the Cow and Calf Rocks. This town is a must visit if you love all things outdoors, as there’s plenty of walking and hiking to do in the Ilkley Moor and further afield in the Dales. Whilst its the perfect town for activities, it also ideal for relaxing with White Wells Spa Cottage, Ilkley Lido and many traditional hotels and pubs.

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Places you MUST visit in the Yorkshire countryside

Places you MUST visit in the Yorkshire countryside

Yorkshire is called God’s Own County for a reason, it has everything you need! From stunning countryside to vibrant cities, it really does have it all. So for English Tourism, we’re celebrating all the amazing places that Yorkshire has to offer. In the first of two blogs, we’re exploring all the incredible countryside of our county.

North York Moors

Over 1400 miles of natural beauty including heather moorland (which turn purple in late summer), pine forests, rolling hills and wildlife. Picturesque and tranquil with historic abbeys, castles, priories, and traditional pubs. Fun acitivties for the whole family include walking, cycling and horse riding. Best towns in the region: Guisborough, Helmsley, Pickering, Rosedale Abbey and Stokesley.

View from Gribdale in the North York Moors National Park towards Roseberry Topping.

Yorkshire Dales

Exoplore the stunning scenery in the Yorkshire Dales National Park and Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The southern Dales are less remote, whilst the northern Dales have rugged scenery ideal for walking, and the West offers pretty villages and towns. Best towns in the region: Skipton, Pateley Bridge, Richmond, Settle, Malham, Ingleton, Wensleydale, Masham and Leyburn.

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Yorkshire Coast

 

  • Robin Hood’s Bay: the most raw of the coastlines, with towering cliffs, fishing cottages, and unusual architecture, the perfect ‘lost in time’ getaway
  • Filey: Traditional seaside resort with sandy beach, lovely promenade, and the best fish and chips in Yorkshire
  • Flamborough: Rugged white cliffs create the perfect environment for bird-watching, hiking and sea canoeing. Visit the scenic nature reserve and two ancient lighthouses in this beautiful conservation area
  • Whitby: A seaside town with a difference- cobbled lanes, ancient vampire legends and working harbour, as well as cosy taverns and lively bars
  • Bridlington: Walk along elegant promenades, sandy beaches and the historic harbour, where you’ll also find quirky seaside entertainment

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Peak District

Britain’s first National Park, home to moorlands, rolling hills and dales, scented meadows and leafy forests. Visit Chatsworth House, Renishaw Hall Gardens and Bolsover Castle. Great for an active holiday with climbing, mountain biking, hiking and horse riding. Best towns in the region: Ashbourne, Matlock Bath, Chesterfield, and Buxton.

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Yorkshire Wolds

Charming and peaceful countryside with glorious chalk hills, postcard-perfect villages and landscaped gardens. Stretches west from Flamborough to Malton then south to Humber Bridge. Walk around Sledmere House and Sewerby Hall, or walk along the Wolds Way National Trail (maybe not all 79 miles though!). Wold Edge lodge accommodation is the perfect place to stay, with local owners who share their knowledge for a hassle free stay. Best towns in the region: Howden, Hedon, Pocklington, Driffield and Beverley.

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Next week we’ll be talking about the amazing towns and cities in Yorkshire!

 

 

New build apartments in Newton Kyme!

New build apartments in Newton Kyme!

Get the best of both city and rural life at our new build apartments on the prestigious Papyrus Works development. Located in the peaceful village of Newton Kyme in Tadcaster, you’ll be just 30 minutes from both Leeds and York city centres.

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The properties

We are offering a selection of 1 and 2 bedroom apartments on this stunning new development, which offer modern living in a beautiful village location.

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In all of the apartments, there is a bright and spacious open plan living area, with plenty of room for dining table and chairs. Each stylish kitchen comes complete with oven/hob and extractor fan. The house bathrooms are fitted with a white three-piece suite including shower over bath, and all apartments feature additional storage space in the hallway.

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In the one bedroom apartments, there are spacious double bedrooms fitted with carpet, whilst the two bedroom apartments comprise of one double and one single bedroom, with the master bedrooms benefitting from an ensuite shower room with WC. As well as all of this, each household will be given an on site parking space.

The location

These stunning new build apartments are located on the prestigious Papyrus Works development by Redrow, in the village of Newton Kyme near Tadcaster. Whilst enjoying the peace and quiet of rural living, the development is located just half an hour from both Leeds and York city centres, as well as the stunning towns of Harrogate and Selby.

The development is located next to Newton Kyme Hall and St Andrew’s Church, and close to the River Wharfe with stunning countryside views. The village has a great community spirit and is an ideal place for families. Newton Kyme has great transport links, being easily accessible via the A1 and A64, and with regular bus services to nearby towns and cities. There is also a train station just 10 minutes away in Ulleskelf.

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Closer by is the town of Tadcaster, which offers a range of local amenities just 5 minutes away. Here you’ll find a number of shops, pubs, eateries and a leisure centre. About 10 minutes to the west of Newton Kyme is the town of Boston Spa, which also offers a range of amenities including several schools, a library and excellent restaurants such as Stew & Oyster.

For a fun family day out or weekend away, the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a 50 minute drive, Hull just over an hour, the Yorkshire Dales National Park 90 minutes, and the seaside town of Bridlington just 1 hour 20 minutes!

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Where to live in York: City & suburbs

Where to live in York: City & suburbs

The incredible city of York is undeniably one of the best cities in Yorkshire, offering a mix of history, culture, style and entertainment. Whatever your interests, you’ll never be bored in this vibrant city. And when it comes to finding somewhere to live, whether you want city centre or the suburbs, we have something for everyone.

City centre 

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Located just outside the city walls, 5 minutes from the train station, this stylish 1 bedroom apartment just off Moss Street, provides the perfect city centre pad. The property has a spacious lounge with patio doors that lead out onto the private patio area, and modern kitchen complete with oven/hob, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer and dishwasher. The spacious double bedroom is fitted with carpet and the beautifully-finished bathroom is fitted with a white three-piece suite including shower over bath.

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Nearby: Train station, city walls, Rowntree Park, Jorvik Spice, Lo Spuntino, The Bay Horse, Reel Cinema, Pig & Pastry, Melton’s, Stables Yoga Centre.

Jacob Court

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If you want to be literally right in the heart of York city centre, this 1 bedroom apartment in Jacob Court just off Micklegate is perfect for you. The apartment boasts: a modern kitchen with white goods, spacious living area with a large private balcony and under-floor heating. The double bedroom also has access to the balcony, and the bathroom includes shower over bath.

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Nearby: Jacob’s Well, The Rock of York, The Falcon Tap, Skosh, Nags Head, The Rattle Owl, Gulp and Graze, Micklegate Bar Museum, Fibbers.

Suburbs

Maplehurst Avenue

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If you’re looking to live away from the hustle and bustle of the city, but still want to be within easy reach, this 2 bedroom apartment is just 10 minutes from the centre. The property provides a separate living area and separate kitchen which features integrated appliances including oven/hob, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer. There are two bedrooms, a house bathroom and on site parking available.

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Nearby: Joseph Rowntree Theatre, The Jam Factory Studios, Bowls Park, River Foss, Jaipur Spice, Goodfillers cafe, Greenfields Community Garden.

Runswick House

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Situated between Heworth and Huntington is a modern 2 bedroom apartment in the Runswick House development. The property makes the most of open-plan living with a spacious lounge/kitchen complete with white goods. The two bedrooms offer plenty of storage space, and the bathroom features a white three-piece suite. You can also take advantage of the on site parking.

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Nearby: Heworth Golf Club, York MotorSports Village, Monks Cross Shopping Park, The Nags Head, The Walnut Tree.

Creating the perfect bedroom

Creating the perfect bedroom

When it comes to your bedroom, creating a space that is cosy and calming helps to promote relaxation and a better nights sleep. With March being National Bed Month, its the perfect time to re-think your bedroom and create your own personal sanctuary!

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Getting the right mattress is one of the most important things in your bedroom. Make sure you get one that’s comfortable, supportive and right for you. Mattresses should be changed every 8-10 years. Adding a mattress cover will make your bed even more soft and comfy.

Choosing thicker curtains will help to keep your room darker at night for a better sleep, and dimmer switches, lamps or fairy lights will help to you create the right brightness. Getting the balance between warm and cool temperature of your bedroom is also really important.

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Having a place to sit other than on your bed makes sure you have separate spaces for sleeping and for relaxing. Placing a night stand by your bed means you’ll have all your essentials to hand. But a cluttered night stand results in a cluttered mind; just have essentials such as a drink and a book etc to keep your bed a relaxing space.

The main things to avoid in your bedroom are technology, clutter and pets. Keeping pets and technology out of the bedroom will help you sleep better, and ensuring there’s no mess or clutter helps you feel more relaxed.

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– Comfort –

Comfort is key, especially in your bedroom. Cushions and throws are a simple yet effective way to make your bed really cosy and inviting. Be careful not to overload though, you don’t want 10 minutes of tidying every time you get into bed! Carpets are great for bedrooms to create a cosy feel, but if you have wooden flooring try putting down a soft rug to take the hard edge off.

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When it comes to bedding, have sheets that are nice and soft. Opt for lighter coloured bedding and more subtle prints for a more relaxing feel. There’s also nothing better then clean sheets; make sure to wash them every couple of weeks. And don’t forget that duvets and pillows need washing regularly too!

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 – Decor –

Choosing a theme will create a consistent look throughout your bedroom, which helps to create a calming space. So whatever your style and preferences, have a focus when decorating.

Lighter colours are ideal for the bedroom, with pale blue being noted as the best bedroom colour due to its calming effects. But any light, soft colours will help to make your bedroom feel more spacious and relaxing.

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 Adding personal touches to your room such as special ornaments and mementos will make it feel like your own space. However, its best to steer clear from family photos in your bedroom, and choose art work instead that creates a calming effect for you.

Nature is a proven way to make us feel calmer and is actually great for our health and wellbeing; add in some natural textures and house plants. As well as the visual and touch aspects, create a calming scent with reed diffusers in natural fragrances such as lavender and sandalwood.

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Rural living in Cononley

Rural living in Cononley

Would you love to live in a picturesque village on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales? This stunning two bedroom home is ideally situated on the village of Cononley between Keighley and Skipton, giving you the best of peaceful rural life.

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The property

On entering the house, you are greeted by a large hallway, leading up to the stairs and featuring a small WC, ideal when entertaining guests. To the left, a door leads into the modern kitchen which offers plenty of cupboard space, and is complete with integrated oven/hob. The spacious lounge to the rear of the home is the perfect place for the whole family to relax, fitted with carpet and offering views out into the garden. An under the stairs cupboard provides extra storage space, and the back door opens out into the private rear garden which offers amazing countryside views.

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The property comprises of two spacious bedrooms, one double and one single, making this home ideal for couples and small families, or even a single person. Both bedrooms are fitted with carpet and boast lovely countryside views. The modern part-tiled bathroom is complete with a white three-piece suite including shower over bath. The property is fitted with carpets and vinyl flooring throughout, and the quiet street provides safe parking.

The location 

Airedale Ings is located in the beautiful village of Cononley in North West Yorkshire, situated 12 minutes from Keighley and 10 minutes from Skipton, with the Yorkshire Dales just beyond that. Enjoy the peaceful village life with local pubs, a primary school, village shop and post office all a few minutes away, whilst still being well connected by regular bus services and the Cononley train station just around the corner. If you want to venture into the city, Bradford is just a 35 minute journey away, and Leeds only 45 minutes by train.

 

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Highlights:

  • Cononley Community Primary School
  • Railway Inn and The New Inn
  • Cononley Train Station
  • River Aire and Leeds & Liverpool Canal
  • Cononley Village Shop & Post Office
  • Riverside Campsite
  • Something Arty art gallery
  • Cononley Village Insitute

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The Yorkshire Dales

Just a 20 minute drive from the property is the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park, one of the highlights of Yorkshire. The Dales provides endless days out with 840 square miles of breath-taking scenery, protected wildlife and rich heritage. Whether you prefer a relaxed stroll, a serious hike or an adventurous bike ride, there’s something for everyone to do.

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As well as the stunning nature, you can discover the many castles in Skipton, Ripley and Bolton, and explore Fountains Abbey and Bolton Abbey to get a feel of it’s medieval past. Alongside the national park is the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a breath-taking dramatic landscape.

There are also many picturesque towns and villages nestled in between the Dales’ rolling hills, including Leyburn, Masham, Settle, Malham and Ingleton, which all offer great days out and their own unique village feel.

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Top 10 things to do

  1. Malham Cove
  2. Aysgarth Falls
  3. The Ingleton Waterfalls Trail
  4. White Scar Cave, Ingleton
  5. Janet’s Foss, Malham
  6. Ribblehead Viaduct
  7. Settle Carlisle Railway
  8. Ingleborough Caves
  9. Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway

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