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Home to two national parks by way of the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors, Yorkshire is the largest of England's counties and one of the most scenic. With its strong Viking heritage, picturesque villages and perfect mix of scenery and seaside, Yorkshire offers a diverse range of coach holidays offering weekend and longer breaks.
For those after a coastal break Scarborough is an impressive option. As the premier coastal resort in the region it offers an elegant promenade, style and some of the finest gardens in the country. The picturesque fishing village of Whitby also makes a popular excursion.
Theme-based coach holidays to Yorkshire allow fans of the hit TV shows 'Emmerdale' and 'Last of the Summer Wine' to take a filming location tour of the county's landmarks used in the programmes, like the inn known as The Woolpack. The 1940s Haworth Weekend are popular, as are coach trips to the ever-growing Harrogate Spring and Flower Show; in January 2013 the Spring show was voted Britain's best gardening event by readers of Which? Gardening. Later in the year various Christmas markets dot the county, like the one at Skipton with its bustling market and food stalls. Tea lovers can head to the quintessentially Yorkshire Betty's Tea Rooms in Harrogate and round the day off with a trip to a less quintessential Turkish spa.
Weekends by coach are available to explore medieval York, great shopping can be found at Leeds and Sheffield and there is also the chance to explore the beauty of the Yorkshire Dales and Moors.
To help you have an enjoyable holiday in Yorkshire, take a look at these useful tips and advice provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO):
Health and Travel Insurance
Local Laws and Customs
Health and Travel Insurance
British Citizens are advised by some of our tour operators to have travel insurance before going on a tour or holiday, even if it happens to be in your country of residence. As a British citizen you will be entitled to free emergency health care on the NHS.
If you are visiting England from outside the United Kingdom and fall ill or are involved in an accident and are from any member of the European Economic Area or Switzerland, you can obtain free or reduced cost treatment with The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Comprehensive travel insurance is advised for all other nationals planning on visiting the England.
If you need to contact the emergency services whilst in England simply dial 999 or 112 to ask for an ambulance.
Most destinations are generally trouble-free, however as with all places that you are not familiar with, keep an eye on your belongings and if necessary lock them away somewhere safe back at your hotel if possible. Keep an eye on everyone in your party and do not go off with people you do not know. Buy your own drinks and keep sight of them at all times. Be aware of your surroundings and don’t venture off on your own.
Local Laws and Customs
Queuing is a British Institution - jump a queue at your own risk!
Drug offences will carry penalties in the UK, so avoid getting involved with anything whilst in England. Please note the narcotic plant Khat/Qat is legal in the UK, but is not in a majority of other countries so never try to export this when leaving the UK.
If you are visiting from outside of the United Kingdom, it is wise to check customs requirements before you travel. If you are planning to bring alcohol, tobacco or souvenirs into the country, you need to be familiar with the UK's custom laws. For those people coming to the UK from the EU, you are allowed to bring an unlimited amount of most goods for your own use without paying tax or duty.
However, if you are travelling to the UK from outside of the EU, you are given an allowance of how much alcohol, tobacco, perfume, souvenirs and other goods. If you go above this allowance you may have to pay tax or duty. It is worth checking the HM Revenues and Customs website before you travel.
When travelling between the UK, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man in most cases an official form of identification such as a Driver's License will be ok. However, some airlines will insist you show a passport so check before you travel.
If you are travelling to England from Australia, Canada or the USA, you must have a valid passport for at least three months beyond the length of your stay. EU nationals need to have either a valid passport or identity card.
Visas for the UK are not required by those travelling from Australia, Canada, USA or EU for stays of up to six months.
Any other nationality looking to visit the UK must contact the local embassy to check visa requirements.
For further information about visiting Yorkshire please visit the Official Tourism Website at yorkshire.com
Yorkshire covers such an expanse that it would be difficult to cover everything in one go, although we've given it our best shot. Here is our run down of the top few:
As a maritime town, Whitby is bursting with character. The ruins of Whitby and St Hilda's Abbeys dominate the Whitby skyline, high on the East Cliff and are still used today by sailors as a landmark. Whitby also boasts a blue flag beach, which is the perfect place to visit on a sunny day. Don't forget to try some the locally sourced seafood on offer in traditional sea-shanty inns!
This historic spa town has magnificent architecture, which serves as a reminder of Harrogate's regal era. Today, you can visit the 19th Century Royal Pump Room Museum which houses the original sulphur well. You can even take a Turkish bath in the Royal Baths Assembly Rooms which were built in 1897, or perhaps treat yourself to a delicious afternoon tea at Betty's Tea Rooms.
York and York Minster
With 2,000 years of history squeezed into one breath-taking city, take time to meander through the twisting streets of York and explore the countless tearooms and traditional English pubs!Whilst at the York Minster cathedral be sure to visit the Quire, Treasury, Chapter House and Crypt. If you are feeling particularly energetic you can also climb up the central tower of the Cathedral for stunning views of the streets below.
As one of the grandest private residences in Britain, Castle Howard was built between 1699-1712. It has housed the Howard family for over 300 years and has some of the Castle been opened for public viewing. Explore the dramatic interiors followed by the impressive gardens.