If you have never been to Yorkshire then you need to add it to your must see travel list. The biggest county in the UK has plenty to make it worth the trip including huge tracts of unspoilt countryside and the locals often refer to it as “God’s own country”. Here you can have a pint in Britain’s highest pub or visit some of the cool villages. Where ever your journey takes you, we’re sure you’ll have some fun. Here are some interesting facts about Yorkshire to help you blend in like a local.
The People of Yorkshire
- The population of Yorkshire is around 5.3 million all living on 2.9 million acres of land. In Sheffield there is the highest ratio of trees to people in the whole of Europe. More than 200 million tourists flock to Yorkshire every year to see what all the fuss is about, that’s about the same number of people that go to Disney parks each year. Three Prime Ministers have come from Yorkshire.
- Famous writers that come from here include Barbara Cartland, Alan Bennet, W. H. Auden and most famously the Bronte Sisters. The area around Bradford is referred to as Bronte Country for their contributions to English Literature.
- Famous explorer James Cook called Yorkshire home and so did abolitionist William Wilberforce.
- If theater is your thing then Yorkshire gave the world famed thespians, Sir Patrick Stewart, Dame Judi Dench, Sean Bean, Sir Ben Kingsley and Michael Palin, not too shabby!
- The Walls around York are the longest in all of England at 3.5 km long.
- The Humber Bridge is the longest suspension bridge in England, the second longest in Europe and the seventh longest in the world.
- Yorkshire has two UNESCO World Heritage sites. The first is Studley Royal in North Yorkshire which features the ruins of the Fountains Abbey. The second is the Saltaire Village in West Yorkshire.
- The famed cathedral York Minster took more than 250 years to build and stands as the largest gothic cathedral in Northern Europe. It has more than 128 stained glass windows and the Great East Window covers more than 2,000 square feet making it the biggest in the world.
- Britain’s oldest city, Ripon can be found here and it goes all the way back to 886 when it was granted a charter by Alfred the Great.
- The world famous dish Yorkshire pudding was first made here way back in 1737.
- Yorkshire has 6 Michelin starred restaurants, more than anywhere outside of London, safe to say the food is amazing here.
- The first batch of Wensleydale cheese was cooked up here by French Cistercian monks in 1150.
There is a lot that makes Yorkshire unique, this is just the tip of the iceberg, come visit and explore to find your own interesting facts.