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Yorkshire has more Michelin Star restaurants than anywhere outside London

  • The Box Tree, Ilkley
  • Yorke Arms, Ramsgill near Harrogate
  • The Pipe and Glass, South Dalton
  • The Black Swan at Oldstead
  • The Star Inn at Harome
  • The Man Behind the Curtain in Leeds

Yorkshire boasts more top racecourses than any other region of the UK

  • Ripon, Catterick, Beverley, Thirsk, Pontefract, Wetherby, York, Redcar and Doncaster.

Famous people from Yorkshire include:

  • Dame Judi Dench, David Hockney, Brontë sisters, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Joe Root, Brian Blessed, Sean Bean and Jeremy Clarkson.

Some of the UK’s favourite places are in Yorkshire

  • Bradford named Britain’s Curry Capital for six years in a row.
  • The Star Inn at Harome named Best Gastropub in the UK in The Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropub 2017 Awards.
  • Hebden Bridge, in Calderdale, crowned Best Small Market Town in Britain at Great British High Street Awards 2016.
  • Pateley Bridge, in Nidderdale, also named Best Village.
  • Leeds Kirkgate Market named Britain’s Favourite Market for a second year at 2016 National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA).
  • Robin Hood’s Bay beach named one of top 25 beaches in the world by Passport Magazine 2017.
  • Harrogate, Britain’s happiest place 2013, 2014, 2015 (Rightmove)
  • Skipton, Best place to live in Britain 2014 (Sunday Times)
  • The Shambles - York, Britain’s most picturesque street (Google Street View Awards)

Yorkshire’s Top Five most visited free attractions 2015 (source: Visit England)

  1. Museums Sheffield: Millennium Gallery
  2. National Railway Museum
  3. Yorkshire Sculpture Park
  4. National Media Museum
  5. Leeds Art Gallery

Yorkshire’s Top Five most visited paid for attractions 2015 (source: Visit England)

  1. Flamingo Land Theme Park and Zoo
  2. Yorkshire Wildlife Park
  3. The Deep
  4. RHS Garden Harlow Carr
  5. Fountains Abbey

Yorkshire birthplace of many Olympic heroes including:

  • Athlete - Hannah Cockroft
  • Athlete - Jessica Ennis-Hill
  • Boxer - Nicola Adams
  • Cyclist - Lizzie Deignan (formerly Armitstead)
  • Cyclist - Ed Clancy
  • Triathletes - Alistair and Jonny Brownlee

And don’t forget cycling…

  • Yorkshire hosted the Grand Départ of the Tour de France in 2014 which generated £102 million for the county’s economy.
  • The first ever Tour de Yorkshire took place in May 2015, attracting top riders including Sir Bradley Wiggins, Ed Clancy and Ben Swift.
  • Tour de Yorkshire 2016 took place in April 2016 and attracted riders such as Sir Bradley Wiggins, Luke Rowe and Lars Petter Nordhaug. It generated almost £60 million for the economy.
  • In 2016, the Asda Women’s Tour de Yorkshire become one of the most lucrative women’s cycle race in the world, offering financial parity as the men with a total of £50,000 to individuals and teams, and the same media coverage as the men.
  • Tour de Yorkshire 2017 will go to Bridlington, Scarborough, Tadcaster, Harrogate, Bradford and Fox Valley, Sheffield and run from Friday, April 28 to Sunday, April 30. Last year’s winner, Thomas Voeckler, will return to defend his title.
  • Yorkshire set to host 2019 UCI Road World Cycling Championships.

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