About Yorkshire

Geography

Yorkshire covers a large area of northern England, and almost spans the country from east to west coast. It’s easily the UK’s largest region, but with less than half London’s population.

Lots to choose from

The region’s 12 universities, all based in vibrant towns or cities, together with a stunning variety of landscapes and coastline, provide students with a huge choice of study, leisure and sightseeing opportunities.

Incredibly, Yorkshire gives you access to:

  • 3 National Parks – the North York Moors, the Yorkshire Dales and the Peak District – which together cover nearly a fifth of the county
  • 2 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • the beautiful Pennine hills
  • and 45 miles of breath-taking coastline.

So you’ll be spoiled for choice when planning time away from your studies.

Getting out and about

If you fancy venturing further afield, Yorkshire lies right at the heart of the UK. So, in 2 hours you can be in London or Edinburgh – Scotland’s fascinating capital city. If you’re fortunate enough to have a car, then Yorkshire has plenty of motorways and major roads connecting it to other cities. 

Equally, it has a network of tiny, country roads which are great fun to explore. And if you need an airport there are 3 to choose from, with Manchester Airport just beyond Yorkshire’s boundary.

Our major cities

Yorkshire has many lively and interesting towns, as well as 4 major cosmopolitan cities:

  • Leeds in West Yorkshire is the UK’s main centre for financial and legal services outside London
  • Hull, located in the east, is the region’s main port with a rich maritime heritage
  • York, in North Yorkshire, is one of England’s most popular historic cities to visit and dates back to Roman times
  • And finally, South Yorkshire’s key city, Sheffield, has a strong industrial manufacturing history and is now developing as an important cultural centre.