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8 must-do's when studying in Yorkshire

Yorkshire is the largest county in the UK, and there's so much to do and explore in Bradford and beyond! 🙌

Here's a list of things to experience during your time studying in Yorkshire.

Go for a walk or hike 👣
Yorkshire is well-known for it's gorgeous scenery, so make sure to go on plenty of walks during your time up north. Here are some places to visit:

▪️ Hardcastle Crags - Hebden Bridge
▪️ Ogden Water - Halifax
▪️ Bronte Waterfall - Howarth
▪️ Ilkley Moor - Ilkley


If you want to push yourself, there's also The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge in The Yorkshire Dales. The aim is to complete it in under 12 hours!

Welcome to Yorkshire also has a 'Walkshire' map where you can find more great walking routes in different places across the county.

See some historical ruins 🗺️
Yorkshire is scattered with all sorts of historical ruins from abbeys to castles, and they are usually surrounded by beautiful scenery. Here are some places to check out:

▪️ Bolton Abbey - Skipton
The perfect place to bring a picnic and hang out on a sunny day with friends. As well as the old abbey, there is loads of green space and a river to dip your toes in.

▪️ Fountains Abbey - Ripon
Built in 1132, Fountains Abbey is one of the biggest abbey ruins in the whole of the UK. As well as looking at the abbey ruins, there is also a water garden and deer park that you can explore.

▪️ Whitby Abbey - Whitby
You can spot the abbey on the cliffs above the town. To get to it, you can walk up Whitby's famous 199 steps. When you get to the top there are some amazing views of the sea and town below.


Explore a market town
If you like exploring new places, shopping and drinking cups of tea, a trip to a market town might be the thing for you. There are lots of places to explore in Yorkshire; here are some of the prettiest and quirkiest market towns to visit:

▪️ Skipton
▪️ Hebden Bridge
▪️ Helmsley
▪️ Knaresborough


Watch a football match
Did you know that the first football team in the world was formed in Yorkshire? Sheffield F.C. was formed in 1857.

Yorkshire has lots of football teams playing at different levels, so why not catch a match and see some Yorkshire spirit in action - there are plenty of teams close to Bradford to support:

▪️ Bradford City
▪️ Leeds United
▪️ Huddersfield Town


If you fancy watching some of the lower league games, how about checking out:

▪️ Bradford Park Avenue
▪️ Brighouse Town FC
▪️ Emley AFC

Visit film and TV locations 🎬
Bradford is the first UNESCO City of Film, and the area has been a part of many film and television sets, including:

▪️ Peaky Blinders - Little Germany
▪️ The Crown - Little Germany and Forster Square streets
▪️ The Kings Speech - Odsal Stadium
▪️ Wild Child - Howarth

Outside of Bradford:
Castle Howard in York has been featured in Bridgerton as the Duke of Hastings' home, so if you're a fan of the show, it's worth paying a visit.

If you're a fan of Harry Potter, you should visit Goathland to see where Hogsmeade station was set, and Malham, the place where Harry and Hermione camp out when searching for horcruxes in the Deathly Hallows.


Listen to some live music 🎶
You can't live in Yorkshire and not see some live music. There are so many unique music venues to visit as well as big arenas.

▪️ The Piece Hall - Halifax
This is one of the newer live music venues and it is right in the middle of an old cloth trading hall built in 1779. It has featured acts like Tom Jones, Pete Tong, and Paloma Faith to name just a few.

▪️ Scarborough Open Air Theatre - Scarborough
Another unique music venue in Yorkshire, built in the 1930's, the open air theatre has been refurbished and since then has had a huge list of famous acts like Elton John, Britney Spears and Little Mix.

▪️ Bradford Live - Coming soon
Bradford is soon to have its own live music venue too, Bradford Live - which is being refurbished and due to open later in 2023.


Take a trip to the seaside 🌊
Nothing beats a trip to the seaside - and Yorkshire has plenty of beaches to choose from:

▪️ Whitby
▪️ Scarborough
▪️ Bridlington
▪️ Filey

If you're looking for a quieter beach or seaside town, here are some to visit:

▪️ Robin Hood's Bay
▪️ Staithes
▪️ Saltburn-by-the-Sea


Visit an art gallery 🎨
Yorkshire has been home to some of the most talented artists around such as David Hockney, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore and for a while, even Damien Hirst.

▪️ The Hepworth - Wakefield
Named after Barbara Hepworth herself, the Hepworth features both permanent and temporary exhibitions of sculpture, paintings and photography to mention just a few. They have recently had the surrounding gardens of the gallery renovated and they now feature sculptures and artwork too.

▪️ Yorkshire Sculpture Park - Wakefield
The Yorkshire Sculpture Park is the perfect place to visit on a sunny day, there's loads of different walking routes filled with unique art installations and sculptures along the way. The image below features a sculpture called Wilsis by Jaume Plensa, taken by Jonty Wilde.

▪️ Salts Mill - Saltaire
Salts Mill is a fantastic place for art lovers to visit, it's a hub for all things creative and features lots of works by David Hockney. There are also places within the mill to grab food and to buy lots of independent art works and creative pieces.


What are your must-do's in Yorkshire? :smile:
- Becky
Reply 1
Malham cove and Goredale scar are spectacular

Worthy of note that The Strid is right next to Bolton Abbey, many youtubes about it being the most dangerous bit of river in the world... And obviously obey the warning signs if you go there otherwise you will be dead :rip:

Bolton Abbey is joined to Embsay (just outside skipton) by a steam railway and steam railways are always amazing.
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