Celebrating Yorkshire’s Wealth Of Tourist Hotspots
Harrogate is right at the centre of Yorkshire, and as such is the perfect location from which to take a succession of the many tangents in all directions into the county’s many wondrous attractions.
Poised on the edge of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Dales, and yet within striking distance of the big city of Leeds and the eastern coast seaside towns, Harrogate is the starting point for many day trips into Yorkshire’s wealth of green pastures, historic landmarks and cultural legacies.
Many people take such trips in a touring caravan, and Harrogate has some of the best touring caravan parks in Yorkshire, and these sites have such great facilities that most of the caravan sites in Harrogate have a healthy number of static caravans for those people who can’t stay away from Harrogate but love to explore. And Yorkshire has so much to see.
The industrial heritage of God’s Own County is recognised in the National Railway Museum in York, Magna at Rotherham, the National Coal Mining Museum near Wakefield and the Saltaire development in Shipley, near Bradford.
If it is Yorkshire’s sense of history that takes your fancy, you are close to some of the most stunning ancient monuments in the country, such as Fountains Abbey and Bolton Abbey, the York Minster and the regal splendour and gardens of adventure surrounding Castle Howard and Harewood House.
Many people see the authentic ‘Yorkshire’ as the cobbled streets of The Shambles in York or the winding lanes around Whitby. Visitors also flock to the traditional market towns of Ripon or Wetherby, particularly when the race meetings are on. But perhaps what Yorkshire is most famous for is its endless scenic greenery. This can be seen all over the county but most famously in the unique landmarks of Brimham Rocks, Malham Cove and the fields of James Herriot country, or in the beautiful, manicured lawns of the Harrogate’s Valley Gardens, the rolling hills of Roundhay Park in Leeds or the Yorkshire Sculpture Park near Wakefield.
For all that the county’s epic natural landscape is the magnet for many caravan holidays in Yorkshire, there is also a wide cultural footprint, which supports a tradition of authors, artists, playwrights and filmmakers who have built their name on the back of Yorkshire’s traditional values. The grand theatres of Leeds, Sheffield, York and Bradford are built on generations of pioneering talent, while the National Media Museum, the Hepworth Gallery and the Henry Moore Institute recognise the work of people in Yorkshire with extraordinary talents.
If we are talking about caravan holidays in Yorkshire, we can’t ignore the feast of seaside towns on the east coast, and the unspoilt traditions that have been cheering holidaymakers for what seems like an eternity. Whitby, Filey, Robin Hood’s Bay, Scarborough and Bridlington run along the jagged edges of Yorkshire’s coastline like a timeline through England’s most valued and cherished customs.
Never changing and never apologising, the seaside towns are a short drive from the county’s thriving epicentre of Harrogate into the homely charm that can only be Yorkshire. A journey best undertaken in a caravan, or if not, ending up back in a caravan. Simple pleasures bereft of pressures, caravan breaks in Yorkshire are truly the holiday that gives you everything, including the memories that ensure it never ends.