Let's Get Quizzical

Test your Yorkshire knowledge with 20 in 2020 to see how much you really know about the county that gave us Castle Howard, Kaiser Chiefs and cat’s eyes (they’re not any of the answers by the way)...


  1. Founded in Knightsbridge, London, back in 1831, which absolutely fabulous British department store opened its doors in Leeds in 1996?
  2. Featured in literature and film, which legendary heroic outlaw shares his name with a stunning Yorkshire coastal village and bay?
  3. Born in Leeds, married a ‘Bradford’ lad, and recently celebrated 40 years of her international bestselling novel A Woman of Substance. Who is the writer?
  4. Nestled in the Yorkshire Dales is the longest show cave in Britain, stretching 6 kilometres (3.7 miles) and home to the Devil’s Tongue. What is the name of the cave?
  5. Pre-Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie’s delicious farce Quality Street was so well known in its day that it gave its name to the UK’s popular choice of chocolate. Made in which Yorkshire town since 1936?
  6. It may have been hard times but there were great expectations when this much-loved writer, back in 1854, performed extracts from A Christmas Carol at Bradford’s stunning St George’s Hall. Who is he?
  7. Celebrating Channel 4 HQ coming to Yorkshire and on 2 November 1982 the channel launched. Which Bradford-born TV presenter was the first face on Channel 4?
  8. Which notorious highwayman passed away in York in 1739?
  9. In 1976 Elton John’s Don’t Go Breaking My Heart was a hit single performed and recorded with which Bradford singer?
  10. At which stunning Yorkshire coastal area can this black and white lighthouse (pictured) be found?
  11. What is a Fat Rascal?  A) A Yorkshire food treat B) A Yorkshire countryside game C) A character from a Yorkshire book
  12. Six minutes of pure adrenaline rush, Lightwater Valley is home to the longest roller coaster in Europe at 1.5 miles. What is the name of this thrilling ride?
  13. Considered to have the longest façade of any country home in Europe. What is the name of this impressive heritage property found in Rotherham?
  14. Born in York in 1570 and arrested in parliament in 1605. Who is this guy?
  15. Don’t You Want Me was a chart-topping hit in 1981 for which Sheffield band?
  16. Opened in 1630 is the oldest known, entrance-charging tourism attraction in England. Nestled in the picturesque town of Knaresborough, what is the name of this ‘petrifying’ place?
  17. Leeds lass Corinne Bailey-Rae had a number 2 hit in the charts back in 2006 with which song?
  18. Charity(2002-2003), Myth (2010), The Hat Makes the Man (2004-2007) and The Virgin Mother (2005-2006) are currently on display at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, but which celebrated artist created them?
  19. Which bird, beginning with ‘p’ can often be spotted at the Yorkshire coast and shares its name with a book publishing company (it’s not a penguin)?
  20. The UK has 15 national parks, the first (founded in 1951) spans many counties, including Yorkshire. Which one is it?


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This article was originally written for This Is Y magazine digital edition – June 2020. To view the full magazine, click here.