North Humberside and Yorkshire

York MinsterThe walled city of York has York Minster, good shops, old streets, many museums and two theatres, as well as Roman and Viking remains. Our region also has the famous Yorkshire Dales, as well as ancient monasteries such as Fountains Abbey and great houses such as Castle Howard, Beningbrough Hall, Ripley Castle, and Harewood House near Leeds. Hull, Leeds, Sheffield, Wakefield, Bradford, Huddersfield and Halifax all have Yorkshire heritage well worth seeing as well as contemporary visitor centres and museums, good train services and welcoming hosts.

Note that York is very popular with tourists and with Servas travellers. If you have difficulty in finding a host to accommodate you, try hosts who live in Harrogate, Knaresborough, Leeds and Bradford. These towns have regular train services to York and are in easy reach of the Yorkshire Dales.

Servas Britain

Regional Co-ordinator:


Tim Phillips (host 379, 2012 list)

Number of Servas host households in the region: 42
Peace activities in the region:

Various activities including: 


  • active Palestinian Solidarity Group in York 
  • Refugee Action Group
  • York One World group (YOWLA)
  • Demonstrations and Meetings for Worship at Fylingdales and Menwith Hill (US military bases for monitoring communications)

Main towns in the region:

Leeds - Clarance Dock

  • York
  • Leeds
  • Bradford
  • Hull
  • Sheffield
Transport in the region:
Larger cities and towns usually have good bus and rail links
Transport hubs:


  • York has a railway station with very good links to other parts of the UK. There is no
    bus station but bus services are good with four ‘park and ride’ parks
  • Leeds, Bradford, Hull and Sheffield all have main railway stations with links to the rest of the UK
Tourist information:
There are tourist offices in most towns – links to some of these  are given opposite: