23 cracking Yorkshire facts

Stick that in your ginnel*

Prepare your flat caps and whippets**, it’s Yorkshire Day tomorrow! It’s a day celebrating Britain’s funniest, sexiest and most intelligent people who can all be found in the four counties that make up the breathtakingly stunning region of Yorkshire.

What better way to honour the day than to read 22 fascinating facts about God’s Own Country (and then get on the East Coast Rail line to northern paradise and don’t look back).

1. Yorkshire has a bigger population than Scotland. It’s 5.3 million, according to 2011 census data published by the Office for National Statistics, meanwhile Scotland has 5.295 million people.

2. Tourism in Yorkshire is worth £7bn - more than Denmark and even Ireland.

3. There are 5 Michelin Star restaurants in Yorkshire, more than any other region in England, outside of London.

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4. Yorkshire is home to the “rhubarb triangle”, a world-famous forced-rhubarb producing area.

5. If it were a separate country, Yorkshire would have finished twelfth in the medals table in the 2012 Olympics, with seven Gold, two Silver and three Bronze medals. Gold medal winner Nicola Adams from Leeds was the world’s first female Olympic boxing champion.

6. It’s also home to Europe’s largest shopping centre, Meadowhall in Sheffield, with more than 400,000 visitors per week.

7. North Yorkshire has the UK’s only remaining 19th Century Turkish baths.

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8. The North York Moors, the Yorkshire Dales and part of the Peak District, which are all in Yorkshire, make up nearly a third of the total National Parks area in England.

9. About 17% of Yorkshire is greenbelt, compared with the national average of 13%.

10. England’s largest waterfall is the 100ft Hardraw Force in the Yorkshire Dales.

11. The world’s oldest and longest classic horse race, The St Leger, is held at Doncaster Racecourse.

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12. The Bradford Mela is one of the oldest and most established festivals of its kind outside Asia.

13. Yorkshire has over 2,600 ancient monuments of national importance, 800 conservation areas and 116 registered parks and gardens.

14. Pateley Bridge near Harrogate has England’s oldest sweet shop, which was established in 1827 and still open today.

15. The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is the longest steam operated railway in the UK, with more than 18 miles of track.

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16. The oldest football club in the world is Sheffield FC.

17. Yorkshire is home to two UNESCO World Heritage sites, Studley Royal in North Yorkshire and Saltaire Village in West Yorkshire. Meanwhile Bradford beat Los Angeles, Cannes and Venice to UNESCO City of Film status.

18. Mother Shipton’s Cave and Petrifying Well, in North Yorkshire, is the oldest registered visitor attraction in Britain, opening for the first time in 1630.

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19. The Shambles in York was voted as Britain’s most picturesque street in the 2010 Google Street Awards.

20. The Humber Bridge is the longest single-span suspension bridge in the UK, second longest in Europe and the fifth longest in the world.

21. Flamborough Head has the biggest underwater chalk reef in Europe, extending underwater for up to 6 km out to sea, while The Deep in Hull is home to Europe’s only grey reef sharks.

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22. Britain’s highest pub, the Tan Hill Inn in the Yorkshire Dales stands at 1,732ft above sea level.

23. Xscape in Castleford is the UK’s longest indoor real snow slope at 170 metres long with more than 1500 tonnes of real snow as well as Europe’s tallest indoor ice-climbing wall.

There are more amazing Yorkshire facts at Welcome to Yorkshire.

*This is a ginnel. It’s an alleyway basically.

Ginnel

**I’m allowed to use these offensive stereotypes as a proud Yorkshirewoman.

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