28 March 2022

God’s Own Country has its name for a reason. With stunning landscapes and friendly communities across England’s biggest county, there is a whole host of reasons why it is the perfect place to live. Whether you’re a young professional, have a family or retired, there’s something for everyone!

God’s Own Country has its name for a reason. With stunning landscapes and friendly communities across England’s biggest county, there is a whole host of reasons why it is the perfect place to live. Whether you’re a young professional, have a family or retired, there’s something for everyone!

Culture & History

Yorkshire is awash with culture and history. Its two World Heritage sites, the quaint village of Saltaire and the stunning Studley Royal – which holds the ruin of Fountains Abbey – merely scratch the surface.

The county town of York, where people first settled around 7,000 – 8,000BC according to archaeological reports, was founded by the Romans in AD71. The beautiful city is a prime example of holding onto the past while developing and innovating in the 21st Century. With beautiful rivers flowing through the city centre and a plethora of districts for shopping, adventure and educational attractions like the Jorvik Viking Centre, there really is something for the whole family.

While York itself has a castle, there are various others dotted around for you to explore, in Knaresborough, Pontefract, Richmond, Scarborough, Skipton, and many more. You can also visit the statue of William Wilberforce in his hometown of Hull – which was named the UK City of Culture in 2017 – and enjoy the views overlooked by the monument dedicated to Captain Cook in Whitby. The diverse county has also established itself as a cultural hotspot for music, hosting some of the world’s biggest names at Leeds’ O2 Academy and First Direct Arena, the Fly DSA Arena in Sheffield, and Hull’s Bonus Arena. There’s much more to Yorkshire than tea, amazing accents and flat caps.

Get lost in miles of incredible landscapes

The Yorkshire Dales is one of the most amazing natural beauties that England has to offer, and they’re reachable from anywhere in the county. Spanning over 1,800sq km, the Dales are home to the infamous ‘Thee Peaks’ challenge, where contestants attempt to hike to summits across 26 miles of landscape in under 12 hours.

If you’re a fan of getting down and dirty, you can also pick from a vast array of hidden gems for activities or a relaxing weekend, with gentle rowing below the scenic hills in Knaresborough a standout.

Nidderdale, the Forest of Bowland and the Howardian Hills are other incredible day trips that take the breath away while introducing you to wonderful communities which make you feel like you’ve never left home.

Oh I do like to live beside the seaside

The South of England is renowned for its incredible views, but Yorkshire more than holds its own. Stretching for 45 miles, its coastline is something to behold. North Yorkshire is home some of the best beaches in not only England, but the world. In 2019, Filey Beach was voted 6th best worldwide, and is just one of Yorkshire many seaside stunners; Scarborough, Cayton Bay, Hornsea and Whitby are all within driveable distance from most Yorkshire living hotspots.

The Bridlington-Whitby coastline is famous for its breathtakingly beautiful cliff faces and local towns, including the famous Robin Hood’s Bay campsite. You must stop for some fish and chips while you’re out there exploring – you’ll thanks us for that tip later!

City Living

We’ve lauded Yorkshire’s natural beauty, but it is also home to some of the biggest and best cities in the country. Leeds, dubbed ‘Little London’, is the UK’s third-largest city and is a prime example of the county’s continual economic growth and expansion, with more and more jobs being created every month. It is also the blueprint for the rest of Yorkshire in attracting homeowners and students alike.

With festivals, shopping centres aplenty, museums and galleries, great places to eat and drink, and all the entertainment you could want, Yorkshire cities aren’t falling behind, they are setting the standard. So, if city life is what you’re after, there’s no place like Yorkshire.

A hotbed for sport

Second only to London, Yorkshire is home to the one of the biggest arrays of elite sporting clubs and venues in England. Like your football? Sheffield has two massive clubs, Wednesday and United, Leeds has its own United, and you’ve also got Huddersfield Town, Doncaster Rovers, Bradford City, Barnsley FC, and the most successful of the lot this decade, Hull City, all playing in Yorkshire.

Yorkshire is also the birthplace of Rugby League and boasts some of the sport’s biggest clubs: Leeds Rhinos, Huddersfield Giants, Hull KR, Hull FC, Bradford Bulls, and many more.

If you want to get as close as possible to the action, the Tour de Yorkshire is now in its fifth year and sees some of the world finest cyclists’ race around the county’s roads. Founded to continue the legacy of the Tour de France Grande Depart, which was staged from Leeds to Harrogate and from York to Sheffield in 2014, the event spans over four days and brings local communities together to decorate the villages that riders pass through.

With all of this to offer, Yorkshire truly is home to some of the best national attractions, diverse communities and activities hotspots in England. Do you want to live in Yorkshire? Browse all of our currently available properties to buy and rent and let us help you start the next chapter of your life today!

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