About Yorkshire

The historic county of Yorkshire, England has a vast array of historic sites, attractions and beautiful scenery to enjoy. It is also a county of industry and supports the economy with its many expanding businesses. As the largest county in the UK, Yorkshire has an ever-expanding population which currently sits at 5.3 million. The county is also one of the greenest in England with its large open stretches of countryside, and it is often seen as a county of cultural significance. Yorkshire was first inhabited by Celtic tribes but was under Roman rule by 71 AD. The county is also famous for the commonly titled ‘Wars of the Roses’ which was a fight for power between the House of York and the House of Lancaster. Yorkshire’s wool industry began to grow in the 16th and 17th centuries, with the industrial revolution seeing a boom in the coal, textiles and steel industries. Yorkshire has many landmarks, museums and attractions which depict the vast history of the county.

Landmarks

Yorkshire is well known for its beautiful scenery with the Yorkshire Dales and the Yorkshire Coast making for some fantastic photo opportunities. However, it also has many historic sites and landmarks that contribute to the county’s growing tourist industry. Whitby Abbey is one of the main historic sites with its vast history spanning over 2,000 years. Scarborough castle has over 2,500 years of history behind its walls and visitors can now see the magnificent coastal views from the building’s battlements. There are also a variety of museums and attractions including The National Railway Museum and the National Coal Mining Museum of England which depict some of Yorkshire’s vast history.

Economy

The economy of Yorkshire is constantly growing and it has one of the most diverse business sectors in the UK. Most of its healthy economy can be explained by the large manufacturing industry which has thrived despite the decline in the coal, wool and steel industries. As a whole, Yorkshire has an economic output of £88 billion which makes up 7% of the UK’s total output. Leeds, the largest city in Yorkshire, is the county’s financial centre and also has a thriving tourist industry. Sheffield was once known for its steel industry but now has a thriving digital and creative industry. Hull has one of the UK’s leading foreign trading ports and has also expanded in the healthcare and energy technology sectors. Overall, Yorkshire’s size and extremely large population contribute immensely to the UK’s growing economy.

Leeds, West Yorkshire

Leeds is Yorkshire’s largest city and is known for its many places of interest as well as its vast scenery. It has England’s fourth largest urban economy and has over 30 international and national banks in the city. There are also various attractions such as the newly restored water-powered mill Thwaite Mills Museum, the Grand Theatre and the City Varieties Music Hall. The city is also home to Leeds Carnival which is held over three days and is the second largest carnival in the UK. Leeds is also known for being home to one of the largest student populations in the UK and has an array of live music venues, clubs and bars.

York, North Yorkshire

York is one of the most culturally-rich places in Yorkshire to visit and is known for being the centre for major English political events. Its main sources of industry are tourism and the ever-expanding health service and the town employs many of its inhabitants at the University of York. There are also a number of attractions due to the vast array of historical architecture and landmarks. York Castle is one of the main attractions but the most well-known landmark is York Minster which is the largest Gothic Cathedral in Northern Europe. The city is also surrounded by medieval walls which often attract visitors and the Snickleways, which are pedestrian walkways, surrounded by shops and tea rooms.

As the largest county in the UK, Yorkshire is one of the most diverse and cultural places to visit. It is also home to a growing economy making it the ideal place to start a new business.