YORKSHIRE’S tourism industry is celebrating a bumper Easter weekend, with some of the county’s favourite attractions reporting record-breaking visitor numbers over the four-day bank holiday.

Simon Bean, Head of Historic Properties for Yorkshire & The North Midlands at English Heritage said: “All 15 Yorkshire sites exceeded our visitor projections over the Easter weekend thanks to the beautiful weather and a very strong Easter offer.”

Justin Scully, General Manager at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal said: “The sunny Easter weekend brought 18,000 visitors to Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal. It was a record-breaking Easter for us and we were the third busiest place in the National Trust.”

It wasn’t just Yorkshire attractions benefitting from the Easter weekend, pubs, cafes and restaurants also made the most of their outdoor areas to host locals and tourists.

Accommodation providers also reported an influx of bookings, with hotels, B&B’s and campsites catering to visitors deciding to spend more time in God’s Own County.

Welcome to Yorkshire’s Commercial Director, Peter Dodd said: “It’s fantastic that so many of our members have reported such a successful Easter weekend, welcoming visitors from far and wide. The glorious weather we’ve enjoyed has clearly contributed to people flocking to the magnificent places on offer across all four corners of Yorkshire, including our stunning coastline offering miles of golden beaches, three National Parks, and an abundance of charming towns and vibrant cities.”

Yorkshire.com, the official tourism website for Yorkshire, saw a 27% increase in traffic compared to last Easter, with 41,000 visitors and 140,000 page views over the four days, Good Friday to Easter Monday inclusive.