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Relax at Church Farm Cottages, lovely holiday lets in the heart of the Yorkshire Nature Triangle and a great base to explore East Yorkshire’s 30 nature hot spots and designated havens for wildlife. A short drive away is a coast of discovery for all animal lovers, from wonderful whales to delightful dolphins and super cute seals. Watch puffins on the cliffs and spot swirling gannets riding the air above the waves at RSPB Bempton Cliffs. Flamborough’s Living Seas Centre is packed with information about the North Sea’s amazing marine wildlife. Head down the slipway to South Landing, where low tide reveals a spectacular array of rock pools. Check out the Discovery Centre at Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s Spurn National Nature Reserve, one of the country’s top bird migration destinations, located in the Humber Estuary it attracts thousands of wading birds and birds of prey. The newly renovated black and white-striped Spurn Lighthouse is open to the public and offers several floors of exciting interactive displays with spectacular views from the 128ft high rooftop. Roam the spectacular beaches and dunes on foot or bicycle, or take a Spurn Safari aboard a giant 4x4.
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As seen on TV and film screens Halifax is packed with historic architectural gems, nestled in the picturesque Calder Valley. The Piece Hall (Brassed Off location), could be mistaken for an idyllic Italian piazza, but is a Grade I listed, architectural and cultural phenomenon. Imagine an historic Tuscan square has been dismantled, shipped across from Italy and painstakingly rebuilt brick by brick in Halifax. Established in 1779 it is the sole survivor of the great eighteenth century northern cloth halls and is now a world-class venue for entertainment, restaurants, bars and a superb selection of independent stores. Explore Shibden Hall the home of Anne Lister and location for the hit drama Gentleman Jack, the story of the inspirational and groundbreaking businesswoman. The hall dates back to 1420 and is surrounded by beautiful
gardens and parkland. Stay and dine at the stunning Holdsworth House an historic Jacobean manor, as seen in Last Tango in Halifax, its famous visitors have included Rudolph Nureyev, Jayne Mansfield and The Beatles. A former corn and spinning mill, the 17th century Shibden Mill Inn is nestled in the picturesque Shibden Valley and was converted to a country pub in 1890, with a delicious menu on offer and luxury rooms to stay over. Alibi Bar & Restaurant is located in the Grade II listed Georgian Somerset House, grab a cocktail or enjoy afternoon tea.
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