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South Yorkshire is less than 90 minutes from London by train (to Sheffield; to York it's about 2 hours). The M1 up from London via the Midlands goes into the heart of the county. Local transport includes buses and the region is great to explore by bike, but to really make the most of Yorkshire with kids, you'll need the use of a car.

There are airports at Leeds-Bradford, Doncaster-Sheffield (Robin Hood Airport) and Humberside (in Lincolnshire), while Manchester Airport is also within easy reach.