With a population as big as Scotland’s and an area half the size of Belgium, Yorkshire is almost a country in itself. It has its own flag, its own dialect and its own celebration, Yorkshire Day (1 August). While local folk are proud to be English, they’re even prouder to be natives of ‘God’s Own County’.
What makes Yorkshire so special? First, there’s the landscape – with its brooding moors and green dales rolling down to a dramatic coastline, Yorkshire has some of Britain’s finest scenery. Second, there’s the sheer breadth of history – every facet of the British experience is represented here, from Roman times to the 21st century.
But Yorkshire’s greatest appeal lies in its people. Industrious and opinionated, they have a wry wit and shrewd friendliness.
Stay here for a while and you’ll come away believing, like the locals, that God is indeed a Yorkshirewoman.
There’s always something happening in Yorkshire and around the Yorkshire Coast. Whatever the time of year there is plenty to see and do, from tiny village shows to major internationally renowned festivals. They cover, of course, music, food, art, theatre and sport, and along the coast there are festivals of angling, sailing, rowing, surfing and maritime history.
Yorkshire (abbreviated Yorks), formally known as the County of York, is a historic county of Northern England and the largest in the United Kingdom.
Due to its great size in comparison to other English counties, functions have been undertaken over time by its subdivisions, which have also been subject to periodic reform. Throughout these changes, Yorkshire has continued to be recognised as a geographical territory and cultural region. The name is familiar and well understood across the United Kingdom and is in common use in the media and the military, and also features in the titles of current areas of civil administration such as North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and East Riding of Yorkshire.
Within the borders of the historic county of Yorkshire are areas which are widely considered to be among the greenest in England, due to the vast stretches of unspoilt countryside in the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors and to the open aspect of some of the major cities. Yorkshire has sometimes been nicknamed “God’s Own County” or “God’s Own Country”.
The emblem of Yorkshire is the White Rose of the English royal House of York, and the most commonly used flag representative of Yorkshire is the White Rose on a blue background, which after nearly fifty years of use, was recognised by the Flag Institute on 29 July 2008. Yorkshire Day, held on 1 August, is a celebration of the general culture of Yorkshire, ranging from its history to its own dialect.
Yorkshire is now divided between different official regions. Most of the county falls within Yorkshire and the Humber. The extreme northern part of the county falls within North East England. Small areas in the west of the historic county now form part of North West England, following boundary changes in 1974.
The major north–south road transport routes – the M1 and A1 motorways – run through the middle of Yorkshire, serving the key cities of Sheffield, Leeds and York. If you’re arriving by sea from northern Europe, Hull in the East Riding district is the region’s main port.
Traveline Yorkshire provides public transport information for all of Yorkshire.