Yorkshire Facts

Key facts

  • Yorkshire is England’s largest county with a population bigger than Scotland.
  • Yorkshire is home to three national parks (North York Moors National Park, Yorkshire Dales National Park and Peak District National Park).

Yorkshire’s Michelin Star restaurants

Yorkshire boasts more top racecourses than any other region of the UK

Famous people from Yorkshire include:

  • Dame Judi Dench
  • David Hockney
  • Brontë sisters
  • Henry Moore
  • Barbara Hepworth
  • Joe Root
  • Brian Blessed
  • Sean Bean
  • Jeremy Clarkson
  • Dr Who, Jodie Whittaker.

Yorkshire birthplace of many Olympic heroes including:

  • Athlete – Hannah Cockroft
  • Athlete – Jessica Ennis-Hill
  • Boxer – Nicola Adams
  • Cyclist – Lizzie Deignan (formerly Armitstead)
  • Cyclist – Ed Clancy
  • Triathletes – Alistair and Jonny Brownlee

And don’t forget cycling…

  • Yorkshire hosted the Grand Départ of the Tour de France in 2014 which generated £102 million for the county’s economy.
  • The first ever Tour de Yorkshiretook place in May 2015, attracting top riders including Sir Bradley Wiggins, Ed Clancy and Ben Swift.
  • Tour de Yorkshire 2016 took place in April 2016 and attracted riders such as Sir Bradley Wiggins, Luke Rowe and Lars Petter Nordhaug. It generated almost £60 million for the economy.
  • In 2016, the Asda Women’s Tour de Yorkshire become one of the most lucrative women’s cycle race in the world, offering financial parity as the men with a total of £50,000 to individuals and teams, and the same media coverage as the men.
  • Tour de Yorkshire 2017 went to Bridlington, Scarborough, Tadcaster, Harrogate, Bradford and Fox Valley, Sheffield ran from Friday, April 28 to Sunday, April 30. 
  • Tour de Yorkshire 2018 went to Beverley, Doncaster, Barnsley, Ilkley, Richmond and Scarborough and saw the race grow to four stages for the men and two stages for the women.
  • Tour de Yorkshire 2019 visited Barnsley, Bedale, Bridlington, Doncaster, Halifax, Leeds, Scarborough and Selby; taking place 2-5 May 2019.
  • Yorkshire hosted the 2019 UCI Road World Cycling Championships in September.

Yorkshire Domestic Overnight Tourism Q2-Q4 2021 (April-December)

  • Trips 9.6 million
  • £2,229 million
  • 31.6 million nights

Source: Visit Britain

Yorkshire Day Trips

  • 140.8 million trips
  • Days visits represent 10% of all trips
  • £6,429 million spent
  • 11% of all tourism spend

All data is from the Great Britain Day Visits Survey (GBDVS)

Yorks / Humber Visitor Admission Trends 2021: Breakdown by admission charge

87 attractions providing data

  • 2020/21 change %
  • Free +41 <50
  • Paid +47
  • Coastal (<10)
  • Rural +39 <50
  • Urban +49 <50

<50 Base size below 50 (please treat with caution) <10 Base size less than 10 (figure therefore omitted)

2020/21 Stated change in volume of overseas visitors

  • 40% of sites stating ‘Up’
  • 45% of sites stating ‘Consistent’
  • 15% of sites stating ‘Down’

2020/21 Stated change in volume of Local / Day Trip

  • 45% of sites stating ‘Up’
  • 23% of sites stating ‘Consistent’
  • 32% of sites stating ‘Down’

2020/21 Stated change in volume of Family Visitors

  • 56% of sites stating ‘Up’
  • 30% of sites stating ‘Consistent’
  • 14% of sites stating ‘Down’

Returning to Pre-pandemic Staffing Levels: By Region, Area Type and Admission Charge

  • 75% of attractions are back to pre-pandemic staffing levels