Sheffield and Hull are fast catching up with other Yorkshire city destinations as hotspots for cultural city breaks. Art gallery and museum choice in both cities is spectacular. Sheffield boasts a cluster of fine art galleries in the city centre, whilst Hull is home to the acclaimed Ferens Art Gallery where you'll find work by David Hockney, Henry Moore and old masters on display.
Hull now has eight superb free to enter museums, four of which are clustered around the central museum quarter - a most attractive city centre space noted for its Georgian architecture and narrow cobbled streets. Hull's celebrated anti-slavery campaigner and onetime MP William Wilberforce is given due attention at Wilberforce House, his birthplace home turned museum. For industrial history and heritage, the famous Doncaster Races, fascinating castles, shopping at Meadowhall and the spectacle and amazing piece of engineering which is the Humber Bridge, and of course Hull's now famous aquarium in the shape of a ship - 'The Deep'. Hull's maritime and fishing heritage is explored in-depth in the city's Maritime Museum. There's more to South and East Yorkshire than you might think!
Sheffield has evolved into one of Yorkshire's best cultural city breaks, and much like Glasgow pulls on both its industrial heritage with a new and vibrant leaning towards the arts.
Sheffield's choice of art galleries is impressive, with the longstanding Graves Art Gallery in the heart of the city centre alongside the new Millennium Galleries with their contemporary edge plus the treasured Ruskin Collection on display in the Rustkin Gallery within the Millennium Galleries.
Sheffield's theatre choice is likewise impressive, with the historic Lyceum proscenium arch theatre and the famous Sheffield Crucible which plays host to the Snooker World Championships annually and the smaller intimate Studio Theatre. The city's green spaces further boost Sheffield's appeal, particularly the spectacular Winter Gardens, a giant glass arched greenhouse, the largest of its kind in a European city! Winter Gardens and Sheffield's art galleries with adjacent Lyceum Theatre are all clustered together around cultural hotspot Millennium Square.
Sheffield's secret is out - this city is a contemporary haven for art lovers. Sheffield's shopping mecca Meadowhall is the UK's most popular mammoth shopping centre, conveniently located just off the M1.
Plenty of history on the industrial revolution, with nods to engineers like Joseph Locke (1805-1860) who worked with Stephenson but made his own name building railways in the UK - Locke Park in Barnsley was donated to the people by his wife.
Elsecar Heritage centre provides a great family day out, exploring the industrial history of the area and Cannon Hall Museum and Park and Wentworth Castle are both popular attractions in the area.
Doncaster Racecourse is widely considered to be one of Europe's finest racecourses. The course has a long history stretching back centuries and plays host to big meets such as the St Leger and Lincoln Handicap.
Other fascinating attractions around Doncaster include the South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum and Conisbrough Castle. In the heart of the town Doncaster Minster dating from 1858, the work of architect Sir George Gilbert Scott, is Victorian Gothic architecture at its most striking. Move inside the minster to view the mighty Doncaster Schulze organ, a technical marvel of its Victorian day.
Hull is increasingly gaining a reputation as top spot for a cultural city break. Central cultural hub is Hull's museum quarter where four of the city's eight free to enter museums are clustered. Here in the museum quarter you'll find the Hull & East Riding Museum, renowned for its natural history and archaeological displays including dinosaur bones.
Hull's museum choice is impressive indeed. Situated on the banks of the Humber River, Hull's maritime and fishing industry history is duly explored in the Maritime Museum located in the former Docks Office.
Hull's Ferens Art Gallery ranks with the best of provincial art galleries in Britain. Blending old masters with the contemporary, art lovers are in for a treat here with work by David Hockney, Antonio Canaletto, Henry Moore and Helen Chadwick on display. Hull's most famous son is William Wilberforce who was born here and became MP for Hull and one of the country's most fervent abolitionists calling for an end to slavery. William Wilberforce's birthplace home - Wilberforce House - is now a museum detailing his life and abolitionist work alongside exhibits on slavery and living history recreations.
The Deep on Hull's waterfront is the ultimate sea-life experience in the UK. This beautifully designed mammoth aquarium is the shape of a ship! There's a lot more to Hull than you might think. Don't miss a drive over the spectacularly designed Humber Bridge or browse Hull's fine choice of chic independent fashion shops around George Street and Savile Street. Hull's city centre shopping choice is superb.
There's also horse racing at Beverley as well as it's stunning Beverley Minster. York is not the only Minster town in Yorkshire - Beverley Minster towers over the town with its spectacular medieval architecture.
Easily accessed via the M1, Rotherham and the Rother Valley area offers an outstanding choice of attractions. Take your pick from Rotherham's historic Minster and choice of Medieval and Victorian heritage town trails to a host of stunning country parks in this South Yorkshire area.
Around Rotherham discover some of South Yorkshire's most attractive villages - nearby Wentworth being the most popular. Castles and abbey ruins are in the area, alongside cutting edge new family attractions such as the Magna Science Adventure Centre. Rotherham town centre's striking medieval perpendicular minster makes for a stunning centrepiece, and the town's appeal is further boasted by the River Don which skirts round the town centre.