Despite the UK emerging from recession recently, times are still tough for house hold budgets. Holidays, which were historically seen as necessities for the hard working Brit, have now become more of a luxury.  It is therefore important to be able to get the most from a person’s leisure time, whilst making sure this is also cost effective.

These days, being able to have a good holiday, whilst on a budget has become important to nearly everyone.  With the increase in popularity of Brits holidaying in the UK, Yorkshire could be seen as a county which could cover many of the requirements expected of a good holiday.

Yorkshire as a county covers a large part of the east side of the UK.

South Yorkshire, which encompasses Sheffield, Rotherham and Doncaster, offers historical tours and architecture.  This is as well as being close to the Peak District National Park, which offers some spectacular walks and breath-taking scenery.
In contrast, West Yorkshire is home to Leeds, a vibrant and cosmopolitan city where designer shops are in abundance and the nightlife is both exciting and energetic.  Leeds is also home to famous television soap opera, ‘Emmerdale’.  So the avid soap fan can decide to go and do a bit of star spotting in Leeds!

West Yorkshire is also close to the Pennine Moors, offering further scenery and walks in an unspoiled landscape.  A walker can discover routes and find out more about the county’s history, such as the famous War of the Roses between Lancashire and Yorkshire.

Yorkshire is also known for its sports, with football, rugby and cricket being local pastimes.  Both Leeds and Huddersfield football clubs are in the Championship, meaning that getting tickets to a match should be fairly cheap, but a good standard of football will still be played.

North Yorkshire has the historical city of York.  York is well known for the Viking invasion and has many historical museums and sites which can be visited to discover its Scandinavian past.  As a county, Yorkshire offers many diverse historical tours of its architecture.

Take a trip out of York and towards Maltby which is home to World War II museum Eden Camp, which is a former prisoner of war camp.

And let’s not forget the wonderful Yorkshire coastline, which includes resorts such as Cleethorpes and Scarborough.  On a nice day in summer, these resorts are as good as any you will find in the Mediterranean.

Article by John Knowles, a travel writer writing on behalf of Hello Yorkshire.