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The Best Tourist Spots in Yorkshire

Hi there, my name is Dorothy and I’m in my final year at Leeds Beckett. To help kick off the start of English Tourism Week 2019, I’ve found some of the best tourist spots in Yorkshire to visit in March.

View of surrounding fields and bridge leading into Burnsall Village in the Yorkshire Dales

What is 'English Tourist Week'?

English Tourism Week 2019 starts on the 30th of March and ends on the 7th of April, and it is essentially a celebration of all the best tourist destinations and activities that the country has to offer!

I’ll be the first to admit that living in England can make you take all the wonderful qualities this country has for granted, however, English Tourism Week gives you the opportunity to re-discover local delights and show the rest of the world what’s so great about visiting England.

Why should you take part?

As mentioned above, you’ll get the opportunity to re-discover some of the hidden gems in your local area, but that’s not all you could benefit from by taking part in English Tourism Week 2019!

If that wasn’t enough to convince you, here are a few more reasons to get involved:

  • You get to support your local British businesses
  • You can take part in fun activities that you wouldn’t normally do
  • You can visit somewhere totally new
  • You can take advantage of discounts and offers throughout the week
  • You can use the opportunity to practise your hobbies e.g. photography and blogging

Things to do in Leeds and Yorkshire

If you’re planning on moving to Leeds for university or you’re already a student here, you’re lucky in the fact that you’ve got some of the country’s best tourist attractions right on your doorstep!

To help get you started on your discovery of Yorkshire, I’ve put together some of the best student-friendly tourist spots to visit in and around Leeds below:

Leeds Art Gallery

Leeds Art Gallery is situated on the Headrow and is only a 10-minute walk from Leeds train station, so there’s no excuse not to visit this attraction during your time in the city. Entry to the gallery is free and you’ll get the opportunity to sample a range of interesting exhibitions and take a look at some of the best art installations the country has to offer.

What’s on in English Tourism Week?
Make sure to visit the Leonardo Da Vinci: A Life in Drawing Exhibition to see some of the artist’s finest work up in real-life. The installation is running throughout English Tourism Week all the way until the 6th of May.

Yorkshire Dales National Park

It wouldn’t be fair to talk about tourism in Yorkshire without mentioning the renowned Yorkshire Dales National Park. This park is famed for its unparalleled beauty and stunning scenery, so it should be high up on your list for places to visit during English Tourism Week.

What’s on in English Tourism Week?
Why not challenge yourself and your friends to the Three Peaks walk! Take on the Ingleborough, Pen-y-Ghent and Whernside walks all together or separately to sample some of England’s top countrysides and capture some great photos.

York Minster

If you fancy venturing out of Leeds for a day or two, I would highly recommend hopping on a train to York and getting a feel for this historic town. You can get return tickets for around £10-20 (depending on the times) without a railcard or even less with one, or it’s only an hours drive if you have access to a car. Once you get there, take a trip to York Minster to see this picturesque building in all its glory.

What’s on in English Tourism Week?
End your English Tourism Week with a spectacular performance of Bach’s St Johns Passion by the York Music Society. Date: 6th April 2019.

Flamingo Land

For the thrill-seekers out there, visiting a theme park such as Flamingo Land is a no-brainer if you’re stuck for things to do in English Tourism Week. The resort has a zoo and conservation programme, on-site lodges and cottages and heaps of rides to choose from. So be sure to make the most of everything when you visit!

What’s on in English Tourism Week?
Free experiences and events you can take part in at the zoo include: keeper talks, “meet a creature”, zoo trails and daytime shows. You can even book an experience to become a zookeeper for a day!

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