A great sporting heritage is built around world-famous stadiums like Headingley and Elland Road, and there’s plenty to get involved in yourself too, from world-class golf to some of the country’s best mountain biking.
The world’s greatest cycle race – the Tour de France – came to the world’s greatest county on 5th & 6th July 2014 bringing millions of fans to the Yorkshire roadside. The Grand Départ, which was from Leeds Town Hall and less than a mile from the University Campus, was a festival and a spectacle for fans and first timers alike. Yorkshire gave the riders, the teams and the race organisers a race to remember.
Leeds is the ideal gateway to the Yorkshire region – the Yorkshire Dales National Park is just 20 miles away, and features some of the country’s most beautiful landscapes. Yorkshire is the largest county in the UK, with incredible scenery from inspiring moorlands to stunning coastlines. The Yorkshire Sculpture Park is within 20 miles of the city centre and is the home to the works of Henry Moore. If you don’t want to stray too far to see plants and wildlife you can tour the world without leaving Leeds by visiting Tropical World in Roundhay.
The historic city of York is just half an hour away from Leeds by train or car. York offers world class museums and a variety of festivals held throughout the year catering for all ages and interests. Delve into the city’s vibrant café culture, while taking time out to sip drinks by the river’s edge.
Yorkshire also boasts stunning churches and abbeys, with notable sites of interest including York Minster, Bolton Abbey and Whitby Abbey.
With so much outside space, Yorkshire is the perfect place to explore the real outdoors.