For me, my home county of Yorkshire conjures to mind fireside pints in village pubs; bracken-covered hillsides; and moorland that rolls off into the distance, providing a verdant backdrop for smoke-blackened textile mills, hodgepodge hamlets and the spires of small-town churches.
Other people, especially non-Brits, think, “Where the hell is Yorkshire?”
In a nutshell: it's near Manchester, the powerhouse of the north whose well-known football teams have cast it as an internationally recognized reference point for Brits the world over. And the somewhat longer answer? Yorkshire is equidistant from London and Edinburgh -- about 170 miles from each city -- on par size-wise with Connecticut, and populated by about the same number of people as Scotland.
It makes sense then that formerly industrial Yorkshire was once the country’s largest county, before being sliced and diced into four smaller cardinal counties -- North, South, East, and West -- back in 1974. However, Yorkshire as a unified region remains a cultural touchstone and bonafide tourist destination. We even have our own international airport (shout out to Leeds Bradford!), although most visitors will probably want to filter over the moors into Yorkshire by way of the much larger Manchester Airport, grab the train from London, or even rent a car and tackle the three-and-a-half hour drive themselves. And yet, the birthplace of Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart), Doctor Who (Jodi Whittaker), and Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) is regularly and wrongly overlooked by international visitors in favor of London.
The reasoning is unclear. While London is a city built for endless exploration, Yorkshire is cheaper, friendlier, and subjectively more beautiful. It’s not for nothing that a region gets the nickname "God’s Own Country" and, in my opinion at least, Yorkshire lives up to the deified hype. Then again, I’m from there so I would say that, wouldn’t I? But for the visitor who wants to look beyond the London Eye, take a literary pilgrimage into the Yorkshire moors, sip on affordable pints, or just hang out in gothic towns, Yorkshire’s got you covered.
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