This large independent museum is based around a former World War II Bomber Command Station at nearby Elvington, which was shared by the RAF and French squadrons. There’s so much to see here, with a restored tower, an Air Gunners display, Squadron Memorial Rooms and much more. Among the exhibits are replicas of the pioneering Cayley Glider and Wright Flyer, along with a fully restored Halifax bomber and modern jets like the Harrier GR3, Tornado GR1 and GR4 – some 50 aircraft in all. ‘Against the Odds’ tells the story of the RAF Bomber Command; while the history of aviation and its notable Yorkshire connections can be explored in the ‘Pioneers of Aviation’ display.
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North Yorkshire, with its two National Parks and two designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is England’s largest county and one of the most rural. This is prime walking country, from the heather-clad heights of the North York Moors to the limestone country that is so typical of the Yorkshire Dales – a place of contrasts and discoveries, of history and legend.
The coastline offers its own treasures, from the fishing villages of Staithes and Robin Hood Bay to Scarborough, one time Regency spa and Victorian bathing resort. In the 1890s, the quaint but bustling town of Whitby provided inspiration for Bram Stoker, who set much of his novel, Dracula, in the town. Wizarding enthusiasts head to the village of Goathland, which is the setting for the Hogwarts Express stop at Hogsmeade station in the Harry Potter films.
York is a city of immense historical significance. It was capital of the British province under the Romans in AD 71, a Viking settlement in the 10th century, and in the Middle Ages its prosperity depended on the wool trade. Its city walls date from the 14th century and are among the finest in Europe. However, the gothic Minster, built between 1220 and 1470, is York’s crowning glory.
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