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10 Reasons to Visit Yorkshire

...and stay at Nidd Hall Hotel, Harrogate, North Yorkshire

1. We hosted the Tour De France: Le Grand Depart...
The first 2 stages of the iconic race were hosted by this fabulous county. The Stage One finish was in the heart of Harrogate and was attended by Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The Tour De France Race Director Christian Prudhomme claims "It will stay as the grandest Grand Depart ever.”

2. It’s not just us who thinks we’re brilliant...
Yorkshire was voted European destination 2013 at the World travel awards, beating competition from cities including Amsterdam, Barcelona, Paris, Venice, Istanbul and Edinburgh. The Lonely Planet guide had us third in the Best in Travel guide, just after Sikkim, India and The Kimberley, Australia

3. We’re also very Happy…
In May 2014 Harrogate was once again voted the happiest place to live in the whole of the UK (for the second year running). Who doesn’t want to holiday somewhere where the people are the happiest in the country?

4. Big cities or small ones? Take your pick…
Yorkshire has five big cities: Leeds, Sheffield, Hull, Bradford and York, as well as the smaller cathedral cities of Wakefield and Ripon.

5. The Yorkshire Dales…
You'd be hard-pushed to find the same rolling hills and charming villages anywhere else in the world. As a result the area is extremely popular with walkers, cyclists and even artists. Nidd Hall is nicely placed right on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, so exploring it is a must.

6. If Yorkshire were a country…
We would have come 12th in the overall medals table at the London Olympics last year. Our born and bred talent won 10 medals overall and meaning Yorkshire would have been placed ahead of Jamaica, Spain, South Africa and the 2016 hosts, Brazil.

7. Stately homes...
There's no place like home, but after seeing the grandeur of some of Yorkshire's stately homes, you might change your mind. Some of the best to visit are Castle Howard, Harewood House and Temple Newsam, Newby Hall… and of course Nidd Hall itself!

8. Yorkshire Puddings...
Yorkshire is famous for numerous tasty treats including Yorkshire tea, Yorkshire puddings, Parkin and Wensleydale cheese, many of which can be enjoyed in one of the cosy tearooms the area has to offer. Yorkshire also has several breweries so sampling the local beer is a definite must.

9. History…
Yorkshire is the largest historical county in the United Kingdom - so vast it has had to be split into four parts (north, east, south and west) just to function properly.

10. It’s not all hills and countryside, we have beaches too!
When it comes to a day at the seaside, Scarborough is the home of many a happy childhood memory, and its north and south beaches secured recommendations for excellent water quality in the 2014 Good Beach Guide.