Here are among top majestic moments across our area...
5. Henry VIII’s Yorkshire Progress
In 1541 Henry made a Great Progress to Yorkshire to demonstrate his own kingly glory, graciously accepting the homage (and gifts!) of towns, their councillors kneeling before him, humbled by poverty.
There were later rebellions but none that came so close to success.
He was accompanied by fifth wife Catherine Howard, who Henry later had beheaded for treason.
Places visited included Pontefract, Hull, York, Holme-on-Spalding-Moor and Fulford.
The journey is immortalised in Sovereign, third in CJ Sansom’s supreme Shardlake series.
6. Pickering Castle
Set in the North York Moors-edge market town, the castle began life as a simple wooden motte-and-bailey fortress founded by William the Conqueror.
It was converted to stone under Henry II, later additions including an outer entrance and curtain wall, built on the orders of Edward II.
The classic 13th century castle was used by a succession of medieval kings as hunting lodge and holiday home..
Edward II used the castle for raising horses, establishing a stud of more than 50 horses here.
7. Scarborough Castle
The castle stands on a massive promontory of rock that rises above the North Sea.
Its 12th century great tower is the centrepiece of a royal castle begun by Henry II, becoming among the greatest royal fortresses in England.
King John visited Scarborough several times and developed it, as with Knaresborough, as a major royal castle to control Yorkshire.
He spent a princely sum of £2,291 on Scarborough, more than on any other castle in the kingdom.
8. Scarborough Castle
Edward I continued to use it as a royal lodging, holding court and council at Scarborough in 1275. Prisoners from his Scottish wars were also held there.
And, in 1312, it was the scene of a siege when Edward II’s favourite Piers Gaveston took refuge in the castle.