Information and Tourism
North Yorkshire doesn't fit in with the usual picture that most people have of mines and mills. It seems to have escaped the Industrial Revolution of the 19th century remarkably unscathed. What remains for visitors to see is a backdrop of stunning countryside that ranges from open moorland to high hills. There is even a stretch of dramatic coastline thrown in for good measure. Dotted around this great expanse are isolated farmhouses and tiny villages, knuckled down against the sometimes wild and windy Yorkshire weather, as well as elegant towns and old fashioned seaside resorts that just demand your attention on a sunny summer's day.
North Yorkshire boasts two national parks, both of which tend to become incredibly busy during the summer months. Over eight million people visit the green valleys and upland pastures of the Yorkshire Dales each year. This area is particularly popular with caving enthusiasts, who come here to explore the underground twists and turns of Gaping Gill and the White Scar Caves, amongst many others. The North Yorkshire Moors attracts legions of walkers, keen to see its vast expanse of purple heather-covered moorland. On occasion, walkers can take the opportunity to stare out to sea.
Amidst all the wildness and rugged beauty of North Yorkshire are some stunning examples of architecture, including several grand stately homes and monastic ruins, most notably Rievaulx Abbey and Fountains Abbey.
Harrogate is often regarded as the jewel in North Yorkshire's crown. For many years, it is been the preferred retirement abode for the well heeled and genteel set in Yorkshire. Agatha Christie famously fled here in the 1920s to escape her troubled life. In more recent years, the town has restyled itself as a more go-getting conference destination - in the best possible taste, of course.
North Yorkshire Information and Fast Facts
- Country: England
- Region: Yorkshire and the Humber / North-East England
- Population: approximately 1.1 million
- County administrative town or city: Northallerton
- Biggest city: York
- Biggest town: Harrogate
- Language: English
- Area: 3,340 square miles / 8,650 square kilometres
- Area of North Yorkshire Moors: 554 square miles / 1,435 square kilometres
WORLD GUIDES TO NORTH YORKSHIRE
World Guide to Scarborough, England
History remembers Scarborough as being the spot where the traditional British seaside summer holiday was born. Lying on the north-eastern coast of Yorkshire, Scarborough is very much a family resort with classic seaside-themed attractions.
World Guide to York, England
The Viking city of York is one of north-England's most compelling cities and is home to a wealth of culture and history. York's medieval streets are surrounded by the 13th-century York Walls. In York city centre lies the magnificent York Minster.
Map of North Yorkshire