5 Reasons To Live In Yorkshire
God’s Own Country is called that for good reason. With incredible landscapes and friendly, bustling communities across England’s biggest county, the reasons why Yorkshire is the perfect place to live are endless. Whether you’re single, a couple, have a family or happily retired, there’s something for everyone!
Culture & History
Yorkshire is full of culture and history. Its World Heritage sites, the quaint village of Saltaire and the stunning Studley Royal, which holds the ruin of Fountains Abbey, barely even scratch the surface.
According to archaeological reports, people first settled in the county town of York, which was founded by the Romans in AD71, around 7,000 – 8,000BC. The gorgeous city is a prime example of remembering past and using to develop and innovate in the 21st Century. With beautiful rivers flowing through the heart of the city centre and districts for shopping, education and adventure, like the Jorvik Viking Centre, the whole family will quickly fall in love with the city.
There are castles dotted around the county for you to explore, including Knaresborough, Scarborough, Skipton, York itself, and many more. You can also take a trip to visit the statue of William Wilberforce in his hometown of Hull – the UK’s 2017 City of Culture – and revel in the views overlooked by the famous monument dedicated to legendary figure Captain Cook in Whitby.
The diverse county also has a reputation for being a cultural hotspot for music, welcoming some of the globe’s biggest stars at venues such as Leeds’ First Direct Arena and O2 Academy, Hull’s Bonus Arena and the Fly DSA Arena in Sheffield. There is so much more to Yorkshire than just tea, flat caps and amazing accents.
Get lost in mile after mile of stunning landscapes
The Yorkshire Dales are the most amazing example of natural beauty in England, and you can get there from anywhere in the county. Stretching over 1,800sq km of countryside, the Dales are home to the ‘Thee Peaks’ challenge, where participants bid to hike from summit to summit across 26 miles of landscape in under 12 hours in the name of charity.
If you love getting down and dirty, you can pick from an array of hidden gems, but there is also a multitude of options for a relaxing weekend, with gentle rowing beneath a stunning viaduct between the scenic hills in Knaresborough a popular standout year on year.
There are other incredible day trips like Nidderdale, the Forest of Bowland and the Howardian Hills that take the breath away and introduce you to friendly communities that make it feel like you’ve not stepped a foot out your door.
Oh I do like to live beside the seaside
Devon is revered for its incredible views, but Yorkshire stakes a claim to be even better. Spanning 45 miles, its coastline is truly something to behold and is home to not only one of England’s best beaches, but one of the best in the entire world. Filey Beach was given the title of being the world’s 6th best beach in 2019, and is just one seaside stunner in Yorkshire. Cayton Bay, Robin Hood’s Bay, Hornsea, Scarborough and Whitby are all showstoppers within driveable distance from most of Yorkshire’s living hotspots. You simply have to stop for some fish and chips while you’re out exploring – you’ll thanks us later!
As well as holding staggering natural beauty, Yorkshire is also the home of some of the best – and biggest – cities in England. Dubbed ‘Little London’, Leeds is the third-largest city in the UK and is leading the way for the county’s continuous growth and expansion economically, with hundreds of jobs created every month. It is also the blueprint for attracting homeowners in a competitive market and is very popular with investors.
With a famous festival scenes, museums and galleries, shopping centres galore and all the entertainment you could want, Yorkshire cities are not just keeping pace with the rest of the UK, they are setting the standard.
A hotbed for sport
Yorkshire boasts one of the biggest collections of elite sports clubs in England – second only to London. Are you a football fan? Leeds are back in the Premier League, Sheffield has two massive clubs, and the cities of Hull, Huddersfield, Middlesbrough, and Barnsley FC all have teams in the second tier.
Yorkshire is also where Rugby League was worn – in Huddersfield to be precise – and boasts some of the sport’s biggest clubs: Leeds Rhinos, Hull KR, Huddersfield Giants, Hull FC, Bradford Bulls, and many more.
The Tour de Yorkshire has also risen in popularity nationwide since its inception as a tribute to the Tour de France holding its Grand Depart in 2014. The race, which sees some of the world finest cyclists’ race around the county’s roads, is now in its fifth year and is a cause for communities to come together celebrate and revel in the occasion as riders whizz by.
With all of this and much more to offer, Yorkshire the place to live in England. Want to live in Yorkshire? Browse all of our properties for sale and let us help start the next chapter of your life!