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Yorkshire makes it to Lonely Planet top 10 regions for 2014

Beating off competition from the likes of New Zealand, Texas and Zimbabwe, Yorkshire has been named as number three in a global must see list in the Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2014 Guide!

According to The Lonely Planet  ‘It’s only a matter of time before this rough-around-the-edges gentleman of the north gets the traveller attention it deserves. Yorkshire’s local athletes helped the county clock up more medals in the 2012 London Olympics than entire countries such as South Africa, Spain and even the 2016 hosts, Brazil. As if basking in Yorkshire’s glory, last year a poll revealed the North Yorkshire spa town of Harrogate was the happiest place in Britain. Bradford has become the world’s first Unesco City of Film, a new state-of-the-art gallery in Wakefield is giving London a run for its money, and Yorkshire now has more Michelin-starred restaurants than any other county outside London. In 2014, this welcoming region of rugged moorlands, heritage homes and cosy pubs will be able to hold its head even higher when the Tour de France begins its grand départ from Leeds.

So what is it about this place that’s so heaven-blessed? Well, the landscapes for one: from the dark moors and brooding hills that roll their way to the dramatic cliffs of the coast, Yorkshire has been walked on, climbed over, cycled through and written about for centuries.

Secondly, there’s the sheer breadth of history and place. In Yorkshire you can explore virtually every facet of the English experience – past and present – from the Middle Ages to today, in abbeys, castles, historic houses, medieval cities, industrial centres and urban playgrounds.

But the most compelling argument for Yorkshire’s greatness is the people themselves, the English epitome – and stereotype – of ‘them up north’. Proud, industrious, hard-living and terribly opinionated about all subjects great and small, Yorkshire folk can be tough nuts to crack but they’re a warm and welcoming bunch that don’t stand on ceremony and dispel all notions of the English as cool and distant.’

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!

Read more here about the Lonely Planet Best In Travel Guide.

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