North Yorkshire is the largest county in England, covering an area of over 3,000 square miles. It is mostly famous for housing two wildly popular national parks that have attracted tourists from around the world. North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales are both sought after for their fantastic sceneries of hills and sea cliffs and pristine beaches and woodlands and rolling hills and gentle valleys among others.
But there are more national parks in North Yorkshire than just the world-famous two. In fact, national parks actually occupy around 40% of the county’s total area. Other sites that are must-visit for tourists include Brimham Rocks and Nidderdale.
Apart from visiting national parks, tourists can surely enjoy a roundabout of former abbeys that populate the county. Their striking beauties, amid the fact that most were already destroyed, present a nice opportunities for walking tours to be a lot more interesting. Some of the must see include the nave of Bolton Priory, one of the few that was preserved as it was used as a parish church. This is located in an extensive area by the Wharfe.
Other North Yorkshire attractions that are worth some travel time are the Castle Howard, the Flamingo Land Theme Park and Zoo, and Malham Cove. The county is also home to football clubs Middlesbrough and York City. Racing and cricket are also popular among sports fans.
Ripley Castle – It is a handsome 14th Century structure that highlights a historic village in Ripley. It is made of stone slate roofs, ashlar, and squared gritstone.
Howardian Hills – They are a lovely sight located just between the North York Moors National Park and the Yorkshire Worlds. Apart from their unusual forms, the Howardian Hills are teeming with flora and fauna, which include veteran trees, fen meadows and a handful of rare species.
Closest Airport: Leeds Bradford International Airport – 36.1 Miles
Closest City Centre: Wetherby – 7.5 Miles
Closest Must-See location outside North Yorkshire: Micklethwaite – 9.3 Miles