Every Yorkshireman knows that there is no greater place on Earth to be, but now the White Rose county has been singled out by independent travel experts as one of the very top places in the world to visit next year.
With Leeds gearing up to host the start of the Grand Depart of the Tour de France next July, Yorkshire has been named the third best region in the world to visit in 2014, according to travel guide company Lonely Planet.
Lonely Planet says in the latest edition of its best-selling yearbook that local pride has been lifted to new heights by the success of Yorkshire athletes at London 2012, among them Leeds’s Brownlee brothers.
In its new Best in Travel 2014 publication, Lonely Planet says: “This rough-around-the- edges gentleman of the north has kicked away the walking cane. Fashion-thirsty Leeds has cut the ribbon on an ambitious retail development at a time when malls elsewhere in the UK are stalling, a new state-of-the-art gallery in Wakefield is giving London a run for its money, and Yorkshire now has more Michelin-starred restaurants than any other county outside London.
“In 2014, this welcoming region of rugged moorlands, heritage homes and cosy pubs will be able to hold its head even higher when the Tour de France begins its Grand Départ from Leeds.”
Gary Verity, Welcome to Yorkshire’s chief executive, said: “Endorsements rarely come much better than this, from a guide that has a worldwide reputation across tourism and informing visitors. This is massive for Yorkshire and our thousands of amazing tourism businesses, destinations and events.”
Hepworth Wakefield director Simon Wallis said: “It’s fantastic to see the Hepworth Wakefield helping to establish Yorkshire as a world–class visitor destination with one of the world’s leading publications.”