Your Guide To Living in Yorkshire

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101 Reasons Why Yorkshire Is The Best Place To Live

We’re proud to call ourselves a Yorkshire home builder and truth be told, building new homes in such a fantastic part of the UK means we don’t have to work too hard to sell our new homes once they’re built. That’s because it’s no secret that Yorkshire really is one of the best places to live and just in case you don’t believe us, we’ve rustled up 101 reasons why that’s the case. So whether you’re thinking of moving to Yorkshire or you already live here and you’re just looking for a little inspiration for the weekend, we’ve covered everything from food and drink to arts and culture in our list of reasons why Yorkshire’s the best place to live. Get reading.

Truly Tasty Food & Drink

  • Fish and chips, it’s a classic combination and a traditional Friday night dinner for many Yorkshire locals. You can enjoy it at the coast as well as in the cities with businesses such as the Wetherby Whaler and Harry Ramsden’s keeping this firm favourite readily available.
  • Liquorice, an acquired taste for some, but a proud export of Pontefract near Wakefield, home of the infamous Pontefract cake.
  • The Rhubarb Triangle, it is famous for its rhubarb, boasting some of the largest producers in the UK. Placed between Leeds, Wakefield and Bradford they have become known world-wide as the rhubarb triangle.
  • Yorkshire Tea, frankly need we say more?
  • Kirkstall brewery, based in Leeds complete with a very stylish Tap Room where you can enjoy their range of casks, kegs and bottles.
  • On a similar theme there is also The Black Sheep Brewery based in Masham, a family firm dedicated to championing independent brewing.
  • Yorkshire’s home to the legendary Yorkshire pudding, a must have on any Sunday roast.
  • It’s also home to Yorkshire parkin, a mouth-wateringly good gingerbread cake made with black treacle.
  • Let’s not forget about Yorkshire’s proud cheese producing heritage as well, with Wensleydale Cheese being a popular cheese throughout the whole of the UK.
  • Yorkshire’s not just about food as product either. Did you know, no other county in England (outside of London) has as many Michelin-starred restaurants as Yorkshire? Trust us when we say you can eat well here.
  • Now we’ve mentioned Yorkshire tea, but we can’t leave it there because Yorkshire’s also home Betty’s Tearooms and Taylors of Harrogate, the proud producers of Yorkshire Tea itself.
  • There’s Andrew Pern’s Edible Empire, a collection of absolutely fabulous restaurants throughout the county.
  • Yorkshire is home to Betty’s Fat Rascal
  • The Haribo factory in Castleford in one of the local areas sweetest employers.


A Wealth of Arts, Entertainment & Culture

  • There are world class museums, galleries and music and performance venues in the Yorkshire region, including the impressive Jorvik Viking Centre and a few more besides, so here goes…
  • The Royal Armouries
  • The Yorkshire Wildlife Park
  • The Deep in Hull
  • Harrogate Baths
  • The Captain Cook Museum, Whitby
  • Forbidden Corner
  • The First Direct Arena
  • James Herriot Museum, Thirsk
  • West Yorkshire Playhouse
  • Lightwater Valley
  • Leeds Art Gallery
  • Henry Moore Institute
  • The Yorkshire Sculpture Park
  • The Hepworth Gallery
  • The Tetley Gallery
  • Home to Dracula
  • South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum
  • Thackrey Medical Museum
  • Scarborough Open Air Theatre
  • National Coal Mining Museum
  • Eureka!
  • Flamingo Land
  • Magna Science Museum
  • Bronte Parsonage Museum
  • The Philip Larkin Trail
  • The Alhambra Theatre in Bradford
  • North York Moors Railway
  • Last of the Summer Wine – Holmfirth
  • On top of all these cultural institutions, the county has a rich and deep history ranging from the Celts to the Romans and the Industrial Revolution.
  • Yorkshire also played an epic role in The Wars of the Roses, and that rivalry is talked about to this day.

Impressive buildings

Yorkshire is home to some seriously impressive buildings, many of which are part of the National Trust…
  • York Minster
  • Castle Howard
  • Bolton Abbey
  • Fountains Abbey
  • Riddleston Hall
  • Kirkstall Abbey
  • Nostell Priory
  • Temple Newsam
  • Lotherton Hall
  • Whitby Abbey
  • The Piece Hall
  • The Humber Bridge, not necessarily a visitors destination but definitely an impressive Yokrshire landmark.
  • The Ribbleshead Viaduct
  • The Standedge Tunnels
  • Wentworth Woodhouse
  • At over 900 years old, Skipton Castle is one of the most complete and best-preserved medieval castles in England and is fully roofed.
  • Ripley Castle
  • Knaresborough Castle
  • Richmond Castle

The Yorkshire Dialect & Heritage

  • The unofficial anthem of Yorkshire is the popular folk song On Ilkla Moor Baht ‘at (“On Ilkley Moor without a hat”). If you can understand and pronounce the words, you truly are from Yorkshire.
  • It’s known as God’s own country and not only that, it’s also the largest county in UK.
  • Lonely Planet voted Yorkshire third in the top 10 world regions, behind destinations in India and Australia. The guide mentions Yorkshire's "rugged moorland, heritage homes and cosy pubs" as just some of the reasons why Yorkshire made the top 3.
  • Yorkshire Terriers, this dog breed was developed during the 19th century in Yorkshire and is still a popular canine choice for many dog lovers across the UK.
  • Charles Dickens visited Harrogate in 1858 and described it as “the queerest place with the strangest people in it leading the oddest lives…”

Fun & Festivals

  • We have our own day! Every year Yorkshire Day is celebrated on the 1st August.
  • Harrogate Country Living Fair, hosted by the popular magazine, this fair brings together the best of the counties independent makers and retailers for a showcase of fabulous food, drink, gifts and decorations.
  • Living North Spring & Christmas Fairs
  • The Great Yorkshire Show
  • Whitby Goth Weekend
  • Leeds Festival
  • Bingley Music Live
  • Malton Food Lover’s Festival

The Great Outdoors

  • It’s home to some of the most beautiful landscapes including national parks and city skylines.
  • Speaking of National Parks, it’s home to the Yorkshire Dales, an area of almost 1,800 square kilometres of stunning scenery.
  • Yorkshire is home to Leeds, one of the biggest and most cosmopolitan cities in the whole of the UK.
  • There’s breath-taking coastline in all shapes and sizes from wild, isolated beaches to traditional countryside towns.
  • The Yorkshire Moors
  • Aysgarth Falls, a filming location used in Robin Hood and the Prince of Thieves
  • RHS Harlow Carr
  • The Canals
  • Nidderdale – AONB
  • Hebden Bridge – Best Small Market Town in the Great British High Street Awards
  • Brimham Rocks
  • Malham Cove
  • Roundhay Park
  • Stockeld Park
  • Surfing at Cayton Bay

Big business & great education

  • There are a number of esteemed educational institutions in the county including Russel Group universities like York University.
  • Home to Channel 4
  • Emmerdale Studios

Serious retail therapy

  • Salts Mill and Saltaire, this fabulous model village and Victorian Mill is home to some beautiful independent stores and retailers making it well worth a visit.
  • Meadowhall in Sheffield boasts over 290 high street and designer shops
  • If food is your thing, then the farm shop at Cannon Hall Farm is one of the best for local produce, but Blacker Hall Farm is a close second too.
  • Leeds market is always worth a visit and did you know it’s where Marks and Spencer’s first started?
  • Trinity Leeds and Victoria Gate, two fabulous and relatively new shopping centres in the heard of Leeds City Centre

Sporting prowess & get fit facilities

  • Ilkley Lido
  • Yorkshire has 2 football clubs in the Premiership (at the time of writing)
  • Ski-ing at XSCAPE Castleford
  • Headingly stadium for rugby and cricket
  • Rugby League – 6 out of 11 teams in the Super League are Yorkshire based
  • York, Ripon and Doncaster races
  • Pontefract Races – Whippets/Horses & Ferrets
  • Barnsley Metronome – swimming - wave pool and flumes
  • Ganton Golf Course (North Yorkshire) – in UK’s top ten golf courses
  • The Tour de Yorkshire is a road cycling race in the historic county of Yorkshire, England which first took place in May 2015. It is promoted by the Amaury Sport Organisation and is rated as a 2. HC event as part of the UCI Europe Tour
  • If Yorkshire were an independent country is would have finished an incredible twelfth on the league table in the 2012 Olympics, gaining 7 Golds, 2 Silvers and 3 Bronze. Athletes include Jessica Ennis, who competed in the Heptathlon, boxer Nicola Adams and cyclist Ed Clancy.