Yorkshire named world’s third-best visitor destination

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It’s often called God’s own county – now Yorkshire has been singled out by independent travel experts as being among the top places in the world to visit next year.

Yorkshire is the third best region on the planet to visit in 2014, according to travel guide company Lonely Planet.

But the guide makes no reference to South Yorkshire specifically.

In the Best In Travel 2014 publication, Lonely Planet says: “If the good people of Yorkshire were proud of their heritage before, the 2012 London Olympics only served to cement what they have always thought: their county is better than – and really the best of – all the English counties.

“Recently this rough-around-the-edges gentleman of the north has kicked away the walking cane.

“Bradford has become the world’s first Unesco City of Film, fashion-thirsty Leeds has cut the ribbon on an ambitious retail development at a time when malls elsewhere in the UK are stalling, a new state-of-the-art gallery in Wakefield is giving London a run for its money, and Yorkshire now has more Michelin-starred restaurants than any other county outside London.

“In 2014, this welcoming region of rugged moorlands, heritage homes and cosy pubs will be able to hold its head even higher when the Tour de France begins its grand départ from Leeds.”

A Welcome to Sheffield spokesperson agreed: “There are many great places right here in Sheffield - the Winter Garden, Millennium Gallery, Botanical Gardens and Kelham Island to name but a few.”