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Reopening begins for some Yorkshire attractions

Plan your visits with our Places to Go section July continues to see the gradual reopening of some of Yorkshire's attractions which have been closed as part of efforts to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19).

A major change will come from July 4 as accommodation, pubs, restaurants and cafes are allowed to reopen.

Clicking on the links within the guide to the attraction operator's own website may be able to provide specific reopening information. However, Indications in the guide that, for instance, an attraction is open from April will generally relate to what normally happens each year rather than the present situation and it is best to check the reopening schedule directly with the attraction at this time.

Travelling to the more popular parts of the region at the busiest times does not make social distancing easy, so it might be worthwhile considering some of Yorkshire's more remote locations and quieter times if you feel the need to head out from home.

The Government continues to give the clear advice to the general public on its website "Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms" of Coronavirus (Covid 19).

While you are waiting for everything to reopen, why not plan ahead, take a look at Places to go or make up your own virtual tour of Yorkshire through our A to Y Gazetteer.

If you need the latest official UK government information on Coronavirus (Covid-19), including a link to NHS advice, it can be found at this  GOV.UK - Coronavirus webpage.

New rail timetables but only a few improvements

Further easing of lockdown restrictions has led to Northern, now run by the UK government, and other rail operators publishing a new set of timetables new set of weekday and Saturday timetables for its routes from Monday (July 6). But the reality is that they include only a few tweaks to the previous timetables and there are still some routes not served any better than at the earliest stages of lockdown in March.

Whitby, will see an improvement in the number of journeys a day from two to four, but the earliest journeys each way between Middlesbrough and Whitby will not call at all stations along the Eskdale line.

Two Northern peak-time through trains from Leeds via Wakefield Kirkgate and Sheffield to Nottingham are back in the timetable, avoiding the need of having to choose one of the other routes between Leeds and Sheffield and changing in the South Yorkshire city.

Trains on the direct Northern route from York via Pontefract to Sheffield have not returned, but two Cross Country trains running through York via Doncaster to Sheffield and on to Birmingham are back. Most Cross Country trains take a circuitous route via Leeds.

Northern trains stopped running between Knottingley and Goole due to flooding earlier in the year and these also have not been restored.

The previously hourly service between Huddersfield, Mirfield, Wakefield Kirkgate and Castleford remains at just three trains a day and journey times for these continue to be hidden in a split between two different timetables. It continues to mean that Mirfield to Wakefield which should be a simple 16-minute journey, has to take 1 hour 6 minutes or 1 hour 35 minutes via Leeds between the three peak-hour trains. The few Grand Central Bradford to London trains, which also include the route between Mirfield and Wakefield, will also not be running until July 26.

LNER has restored regular journeys to Harrogate, the one-a-day service to Skipton and increased journeys to Bradford Forster Square to two a day. The services to London King's Cross are all via Leeds, where the trains reverse.

Grand Central's services from Bradford Interchange to London King's Cross will not be restored until July 26.

Face coverings remain must-have attire when making essential journeys by train, bus or any other public transport.

Check where trains are running on our interactive Rail map of Yorkshire.

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Discover Yorkshire castles

Middleham Castle in North Yorkshire, home of King Richard III, will reopen from July 4 English Heritage reopened many of their sites on July 4, including some of Yorkshire's finest castles. Others will be open by August.

Yorkshire is a region of fine stone castles, though much of this grand architecture has been reduced to ruins during turbulent times in the region's past.

The castles are rich in their history as homes in times of peace and strongholds in times of civil war.

Some still dominate the landscape while in some locations there is now little evidence of their darkest days.

You can find out more for a future visit and see which castle sites already have open access through our recently updated Castles page. We are currently also showing a selection of castles on our Pictures page.

Visitors will see changes in admission policy at pay-to-enter sites as they reopen. Visitor numbers will be limited and timed tickets will need to be booked in advance. This will also apply to English Heritage members entitled to free tickets.


Roadworks until late August at motorway intersection

Junction 29 of the M62 where it meets the M1 at Lofthouse Major roadworks at a busy intersection of two motorways in West Yorkshire are due to continue for eight weeks from June 26 until late August.

Further details on our Road travel page

Space for shoppers in our local towns

As shutters were lifted at the hairdressers, coffee shops, pubs and the like at the weekend (July 4) people wanting a bit of personal space amid the continuing Covid-19 outbreak are starting to realise that they need look no further than their nearest town.

Cleckheaton Recent years have seen people packing like sardines on to the transport network for a considerable journey to crowded shopping centres which have been provided with overindulgence in the largest cities. Common sense suggests we now have more room to manoeuvre in our quieter local towns where personal service can be offered without the crowds and where there is often also a chance to take a breather by stepping out into a local park.

Pub-goers, however, may need apply some thought to their drinking hours to avoid the busiest pubs becoming too crowded at the busiest times, but there are still likely to be plenty of village and rural pubs with available space outside the usual weekend peak times.

With this in mind we continue to enhance our information on our Yorkshire towns and villages. We have recently added a new page for Cleckheaton, the town closest to the geographical centre of West Yorkshire, surrounded by cities and larger towns and with space for local shoppers to return.

Other towns can be found through our Gazetteer.


Another national museum for Yorkshire

The George Hotel in Huddersfield is where it all started Another national museum is coming to Yorkshire. The first-ever National Rugby League Museum will be set up in Huddersfield, in West Yorkshire, in the very hotel where the game was first launched 125 years ago.

The hotel, next to the town's railway station in St George's Square, is where, on August 29 in 1895, 21 clubs voted to break away from the Rugby Football Union and set up the Northern Rugby Football Union, which became the Rugby Football League in 1922.

The museum is being established by charity Rugby League Cares in partnership with Kirklees Council after the founding home of the game was selected from various locations across the North of England which had expressed interest.

The George Hotel has been closed since 2013 but has recently been bought by Kirklees Council to create the museum. Work to renovate the building is expected to begin in the next few weeks.

Find out more about some of Yorkshire's great museums on our Museums page. Museums will be allowed to open from July 4, but many will be reopening a little later than this as they set new standards to help keep people apart during the continuing Covid-19 outbreak.


2020 map updates under way

Our 2020 programme of updates for our unique Yorkshire.guide Map of Yorkshire is now well under way and it includes even more details than ever before.

Camping and caravan sites are among the accommodation allowed to reopen from July 4 and are now shown with other tourist information on our updated maps. We're also trying to make place names stand out more clearly on smaller screens.

Our continuing rolling update programme should see all of Yorkshire with this extra information soon.


Yorkshire has big part to play in 2021 Rugby League World Cup

Huddersfield, birthplace of Rugby League Elland Road, Leeds, will hold a semi-final KCOM Stadium, Hull will hold a quarter-final Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough Headingley Stadium, Leeds Yorkshire stadiums will play a big part in the Rugby League World Cup in 2021. There will be games in Doncaster, Huddersfield, Hull, Leeds, Middlesbrough, Sheffield and York.

On Wednesday (June 10), host towns and cities for teams from 21 nations were also announced with Yorkshire again playing a big part.

The Samoa men's team will be based in Doncaster, the Fiji men's team will be in Hull and the Cook Islands men's team in Middlesbrough or maybe one of its Tees Valley neighbouring boroughs. York gets the New Zealand men's team as well as Australia, New Zealand, France and Cook Islands women's teams. Sheffield hosts the Greece men's team and France, Wales, Scotland and USA wheelchair teams. Leeds also hosts a list of teams, including both Jamaica and Ireland men's teams and England, Papua New Guinea, Brazil and Canada women's teams. Huddersfield, the birthplace of Rugby League, although hosting a match, is not named as a team base.

More about the match venues at Rugby League World Cup 2021.

Do you know your Yorkshire?

Can you name the seven cities of Yorkshire?
Which were the first three to be recognised as cities?
For the answers see: Seven cities
How about the seven largest towns and cities of Yorkshire?
For the answer see: Largest towns and cities
Where are the nine horse racecourses of Yorkshire?
Which of them stages the world's oldest classic race?
For the answers see: Racecourses
Which were the five highest-placed Yorkshire football teams in the 2018-19 season? End of season promotions and relegations saw which four Yorkshire teams moving in or out of the Championship?
To find the answers see: Yorkshire football
If a board game was to feature Yorkshire’s four busiest railway stations, which would they be?
For the answer see: Railway stations
How many of Yorkshire’s five highest mountains can you name?
For the answer see: Highest mountains
Where were the eight start and finish locations for the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire cycle races?
For the answer see: Tour de Yorkshire 2019
Based on district local authorities, where are the seven largest populations in Yorkshire?
For the answer see: Populations

On Ilkla Moor Baht ’at

If you’re from Yorkshire you will probably recognise our background picture as the Cow and Calf Rocks on Ilkley Moor, famous as the location of the Yorkshire dialect anthem "On Ilkla Moor Baht ’at". More on Ilkley.

Recent Yorkshire news topics

Moorland fire: Fire risk reminder after big blaze at Peak District beauty spot

Nightingale Hospital: Harrogate Convention Centre conversion for Covid-19 patients

Doncaster airport link: Airport rail connection plan submitted to government

Northern Trains takeover: Northern now run by UK government

Storm Dennis: A menace, but Yorkshire escapes flooding repeat

HS2 green signal: First phase for HS2 but North now to consider 'integrated plan'.

Storm Ciara: High winds, flooding and overflowing reservoirs.

Northern lose rail franchise: Government to take over services from March.

New airport plan: Leeds Bradford Airport has plan for new terminal building in place of earlier proposals.


Pacers in 2020: Northern continues to operate bus-based trains of the 1980s beyond their expiry date.

News archive 2019: News from 2019.

News archive 2018: News from 2018.

News archive 2017: News from 2017.

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