The Hepworth Wakefield is one of the things that makes Yorkshire the third best region in the world to visit according to those behind the travel guide, Lonley Planet.
Lonely Planet said local pride has been lifted to new heights by the London 2012 success of Yorkshire athletes such as Jessica Ennis, the Brownlee brothers and Lizzie Armistead.
In its new 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: that 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.”
Yorkshire was placed only below Sikkim in India and the beautiful barren landscape of The Kimberley on the Western Australian coast, in a list of the top ten regions around the globe,
Regions are selected based on the impressions of Lonely Planet contributors and their travels over the last year.
Tom Hall, a Lonely Planet contributor who studied History at the University of Leeds and has family in Ilkley, said the region’s thriving craft beer scene, The Hepworth art gallery in Wakefield and its friendly people contributed towards Yorkshire being a fantastic all-rounder.
The Hepworth Wakefield opened in May 2011, and is close to welcoming its one millionth visitor.