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Yorkshire beaches praised in annual report

Over three quarters of Yorkshire's beaches have been praised for their top quality bathing water.

Yorkshire beaches praised
Yorkshire beaches praised

According to the Good beach guide from the Marine Conservation society, not a single Yorkshire beach failed in its 2014 report, but Bridlington, Withernsea and Hornsea didn't manage to retain their blue flag status.

Yorkshire beaches praised
Yorkshire beaches praised

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Walking with Richard III tours set for York

Image of Richard III

City of York Council’s Archaeologist will be leading a series of walks

retracing Richard III’s steps around York, this Spring.

The walking tours are open to the public, and have been devised by

John Oxley FSA in response to public interest in the identification of the

monarch’s remains and as part of the collaborative Richard III: Rumour

and Reality project.

This series of walks were fully booked out last Autumn and, as planned,

are being run again.

Councillor Sonja Crisp, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and

Tourism, said: “In addition to his professional expertise, John is a

fantastic story teller and these walks should be essential for anyone

interested in the history, archaeology and culture of 15th and early 16th

century York.

Doncaster tourism boom

129% increase in visitor numbers to Cusworth Hall
129% increase in visitor numbers to Cusworth Hall Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Tourism in Doncaster is bucking the national downward trend according to new figures released by Doncaster Council.

In Doncaster, overall visits to attractions across the borough were up 11% for the first 9 months of the 2013/14 financial year. Meanwhile the national picture looks quite different. The most recent figures from Visit England show the total visits to attractions are down 1% nationally.

Top performing attractions from April to December 2013 included the Yorkshire Wildlife Park - up 25%, Doncaster Minster - up 23% and Conisbrough Castle - up 25% until it closed for construction of the new visitor centre in August.

Doncaster Council's own Cusworth Hall also enjoyed a 129% increase in visitors after it became a free attraction for families to visit once again last April.

Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster, said: "Tourism is a key area for Doncaster in terms of jobs and growth. I am delighted to see visitor numbers continuing to increase as well as the borough's profile as a destination.

"The success of Doncaster's tourism industry is a true partnership between our fantastic attractions in the private sector - aided by investment, tourism, marketing and events support from Doncaster Council."

York "reinvigorated" but restrictions Lendal Bridge to continue

The City of York Council have unveiled plans to "reinvigorate" the city centre which they say will improve key public areas and the way people move around and between them.

The plans also reveal that vehicle restrictions on Lendal Bridge will continue beyond the initial trial finish date.

Artist Impression: Fossgate

The bridge was due to reopen to private vehicles on 26th February, but the Council say they'll wait until further evidence is submitted in the Spring before making a decision on the permanent future of the bridge.

Until then, the restrictions on private vehicles crossing the bridge will remain.

The bridge is open between 10.30am - 5pm to pedestrians, cyclists, buses, taxis, and emergency vehicles only.

Artist Impression: Duncombe Place

The plans for the city centre come a day after the council pledged to boost tourism in the city but, of more than forty thousand drivers given tickets for driving over the bridge - eighty per cent of them visitors to York.

New design plans are available for public viewing and residents will be able to give feedback online and at council offices across the city during the four week public consultation.

Artist Impression: Exhibition Square

Yorkshire B&Bs among best in world

Thirteen Yorkshire B&Bs and hotels have been listed in the TripAdviser's 2014 Travellers' Choice awards.

Tourists have rated three B&Bs so highly that they're now listed in the world's top ten. It's yet another accolade for the white rose county just months before visitors flock here for the Tour De France. So what's the secret?

As Sarah Clark found out, it could be traditional friendlyness that wins the day

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B&B rankings a brilliant achievement - Welcome to Yorkshire

With the Grand Depart leg of the Tour de France set to visit Yorkshire in less than six months, the county has been recognised for its excellent hospitality.

13 properties in the region have been listed on TripAdvisor's 2014 Travellers' Choice awards.

Three B&Bs have been named among the top ten in the world in their respective categories, with one hotel ranked second best in the UK.

David Shields, Regional Director at Welcome to Yorkshire, told Calendar it was a great achievement.

Yorkshire B&Bs delighted with recognition

Millgate B&B ranked ninth in the world

The owners of a B&B in Masham which has been ranked ninth best in the world say they are delighted to be mentioned.

Millgate Bed and Breakfast is among 13 Yorkshire properties which have been listed among the best in the world in TripAdvisors 2014 Travellers' Choice awards.

Owners Sue and Andrew Burrell say they're really happy to be included on the shortlist - even if it does mean more bed making.

Yorkshire hospitality ranked among best in world

Three B&Bs and a hotel in Yorkshire have been recognised among the best in the world in TripAdvisor's 2014 Travellers' Choice awards.

Overall, 13 properties in Yorkshire have been honoured across six of the seven award categories of Top Hotels, Bargain, B&Bs and Inns, Family, Luxury, Romance, and Small Hotels.

The best performers include:

  • All Seasons Guest House in Filey named world's second best B&B and also comes second in Europe and the UK
  • Saxon Villa in Robin Hoods Bay is fourth best B&B in the world, third in Europe and third in the UK
  • Millgate Bed & Breakfast in Masham ranked ninth in the world, sixth in Europe and sixth in the UK
  • Harrogate's Rudding Park is named second Top hotel in the UK and eighth in Europe

Tune in to Calendar at 6pm tonight when we'll be meeting staff at one of our award winning hot-spots.

World of James Herriot receives tourism award

The award winning team

The World of James Herriot museum in Thirsk has been awarded the Dalesman Yorkshire Rural Tourism Award for 2013.

Ian Ashton, managing director of The World of James Herriot, said: "The daily visitor numbers have been increasing over the last two years and this award recognises the efforts that we have made to work with our partners in the Herriot Country Tourism Group.”

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