Interesting facts about Yorkshire

This page is still undergoing construction, but here are a few to get you started.

Yorkshire has 2,300 scheduled ancient monuments and around 32,000 listed buildings. It has over 200 museums including the National Railway Museum in York, the National Coal Mining Museum for England in Wakefield and The National Media Museum in Bradford.

If Yorkshire were an independent country, it would have finished twelfth on the league table in the 2012 Olympics, gaining 7 Golds, 2 Silvers and 3 Bronze. Athletes include the Brownlee Brothers, Alistair and Jonathan took gold and silver respectively, Jessica Ennis, who competed in the Heptathlon and Nicola Adams, the first woman to win an Olympic boxing title.

The first stage of the 2014 Tour de France started from Leeds Town Hall and passed through 120 miles (190 km) of gorgeous North Yorkshire countryside, including the splendid Pennine section of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, before reaching Harrogate, where the first Yellow Jersey of the Tour de France 2014 was awarded. On the second day, riders left the historic city of York for Sheffield on a very tricky 125 miles (200 km) stage whose final section, especially with the formidable Holme Moss to climb, resembles a short Liège Bastogne Liège.

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