Things to do in West Yorkshire
West Yorkshire encompasses much of the old West Riding of Yorkshire. To the west of the County are the southern Pennine Hills and lovely Calder Valley, providing opportunities for walking and cycling.
The cosmopolitan city of Leeds,is considered the second commercial centre after London. Leeds offers superb shopping, dining, entertainment and nightlife.
Within the City are many excellent attractions such as the Royal Armouries, the first National Museum to house part of the Royal Collection from the Tower of London, the Henry Moore Institute, and historic Armley Mills, home of Leeds Industrial Museum.
Just four miles from Leeds is Temple Newsam House a magnificent country house, whose grounds contain the largest rare breeds centre in the world. Seven miles from Leeds is Harewood, one of the great treasure houses of England.
Wakefield was the centre of the clothing industry before Leeds and Bradford came to prominence, the fine Georgian buildings in the city reflect the prosperity of these times. Dominating the city centre the Spire of Wakefield Cathedral is the tallest in Yorkshire at 247 feet. On the medieval bridge over the River Calder is the best of the few remaining bridge chapels, the chapel of St Mary is richly carved and dates from the 14th century.
Wakefield Museum, in Wood Street is fully interactive and a great place for families to visit. A short stroll from the city centre is Wakefield Art Gallery, showing early works by the sculptors Henry Moore, born in Castleford and Barbara Hepworth born in Wakefield.
Anyone interested in sculpture should visit Yorkshire Sculpture Park, set in historic gardens and parkland where art and nature are brought together for all to explore and enjoy.
A short drive away at Overton is an attraction in complete contrast! - The National Coal Mining Museum for England, where you can travel 140 metres underground in one of Britain's oldest working mines.
Pontefract, in the Wakefield district, was where Richard II died in the Norman Castle, which was destroyed during the English Civil War. The ruins of the castle and the underground magazine chamber, are open to visitors. The town is famous for the production of liquorice sweets known as Pontefract Cakes, although liquorice is no longer grown in the area, the sweets are still manufactured here.
The town is home to Pontefract Park Racecourse, one of the best appointed courses of its kind in the Country.
West Yorkshire Tourist Information can be found in the Kirklees district in Albion Street, Huddersfield, one of the largest towns in England. Castle Hill is a local landmark over 900 feet above sea level, and the site of an Iron Age hill fort. On top of the hill is Victoria Tower built in 1897 to commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. The railway station built in 1847-8 with long colonnades is one of the finest railway buildings in England.
The area is home to Kirklees Light Railway,
visitors can enjoy an 8 mile steam train ride through beautiful countryside. At Batley,
makes for an interesting family outing.
Nearby at Birstall is Oakwell Hall, a beautiful Elizabethan Manor, featured by Charlotte Bronte as Fieldhead in her novel Shirley.
The town Holmfirth is where the long running television series 'Last of the Summer Wine' is filmed. There is an exhibition located in Compo's house, with photographs, memorabilia and inventions created by the characters.
The small town of Marsden on the Huddersfield Canal is close to the Standedge Tunnel, the highest, longest and deepest canal tunnel in Britain. Trips are available into the tunnel and along the canal.
Calderdale, named after the River Calder, is a fairly rural district and encompasses part of the Pennines. The Calderdale Way, a circular walk approximately 50 miles/80km, follows old packhorse routes and moorland paths, circling high around the Calder Valley.
Halifax is the main town in the area, where West Yorkshire Tourist Information is available in the historic Piece Hall in the town centre. Halifax contains many fine buildings such as the town hall, designed by Sir Charles Barry who designed the Houses of Parliament.In Halifax town centre is Eureka! The Museum for Children, Britain's leading interactive museum for children.
Bankfield Museum in Akroyd Park, is home to the Duke of Wellington's Regimental Museum, and also exhibits contemporary crafts. Families can spend a great day at historic Shibden Hall, set in parkland with plenty of attractions for all ages.
West Yorkshire Tourist Information is located in City Hall, Bradford, once one of the major textile producers. Today many of the textile mills have closed, replaced by modern engineering, chemical manufacturing and light industries keeping Bradford a thriving city. Bradford has many fine Victorian buildings such as the Wool Exchange. The city offers good shopping and leisure facilities, there are museums, galleries, parks and gardens.
Bradford's most visited attraction is the National Museum of Photography and Television, with amazing interactive galleries.
Bradford Industrial Museum and horses at Work gives an insight into Bradford's historic past. Just one mile from the city centre is Bolling Hall, dating from the 15th century, set in a quiet garden, well worth a visit.
The area surrounding Bradford has many villages and towns, each with a unique history. Saltaire was built in the 19th century by Victorian philanthropist Sir Titus Salt, a 'model village' of houses surrounding Salts Mill, opened in 1853. Today following the restoration of the town, Saltaire is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The impressive mill has been transformed into galleries showing the works of Bradford born artist David Hockney, as well as designer shops and restaurants.
Situated in lower Wharfedale is the Victorian spa town of Ilkley, the starting point for the Dales Way footpath. The town lies below Ilkley Moor, immortalised by the song "On Ilkley Moor baht 'at". The Moor is a great place for walking, orienteering and rock climbing.
To the west of Bradford is the village of Thornton, birthplace of Charlotte, Emily, Anne and Branwell Bronte. Their parents, the Reverent Patrick Bronte, his wife Maria and two elder daughters lived in Thornton between 1815 and 1820, during these years the four younger children were born. The family then moved to Haworth Parsonage, which is now the Bronte Parsonage Museum.
Haworth is a delightful village with cobbled streets, attractive shops, tearooms and restaurants. The Black Bull Inn, much visited by Branwell, still exists and exhibits his favourite chair. A walk taken by the Bronte sisters can still be explored, the path leads two miles west beyond the cemetery along Enfield Side to the Bronte waterfall. On the moorland above Haworth, the ruin of High Withins was the inspiration for Emily's Wuthering Heights.
Days out in West Yorkshire
Abbey House Museum
Step back in time at the Abbey House Museum for an experience you will never forget. After your 1880's shopping trip you can find out more about Victorian Leeds, Chidhood in the 19th century and the history of nearby Kirkstall Abbey.
Formerly one the largest woollen mills in the world, Armley now illustrates Leeds city's impressive industrial past.
This stunning Victorian Gothic former mill owner's house is set in 36 aces of parkland and ancient woodland. The home of George Sheard from 1875-1902, the house became a museum in 1911 and was named after its first curator, Walter Bagshaw.
For half a century from 1837-1886, Bankfield House was the home of Edward Akroyd, the largest wool manufacturer in Britain.
Tucked away in a leafy garden, less than a mile from the city centre. Bolling Hall is one of Bradford's most precious jewels.
Bradford Industrial Museum & Horses At Work
Think of industry in Bradford and you think of wool. Think of mills and you think of machinery, steam engines and horses, all of which can be found at Bradford Industrial Museum!
Bramham Park is a splendid Queen Anne mansion, containing fine collections of furniture, porcelain and paintings and is set in the peaceful tranquillity of 66 acres of formal gardens and 100 acres of pleasure grounds.
Bronte Parsonage Museum
Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte, were the authors of some of the greatest books in the English language. Haworth Parsonage was their much-loved home and Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall were all written here.
East Riddlesden Hall
East Riddlesden Hall was a thoroughly Yorkshire stately home of the Murgatroyd family with a medieval barn and fish pond.
Eureka! The National Children's Museum
Eureka! is the UK's National Children's Museum, a place where children play to learn and grown-ups learn to play.
Walkers, naturalists and those interested in spotting the rare northern hairy wood ant will enjoy the 400 acres of unspoilt woodland which makes up the National Trust property of Hardcastle Crags.
For a great family day out, why not visit Harewood House? The kids will love the Adventure Playground, and everyone will enjoy the exploring the grounds, the bird gardens and inside the house itself.
Henry Moore Institute
The Henry Moore Institute in Leeds is a unique resource devoted exclusively to sculpture, with a programme comprising exhibitions, collections and research.
Kirklees Light Railway
Ride on 'Yorkshire's Great Little Steam Train' through the lovely South Pennines on this old country branch line. A quarter mile long tunnel adds to the thrill of this nostalgic 50-minute return journey.
In 1889 a Leeds man, Colonel John North, purchased the abbey and surrounding land and generously presented them to the City of Leeds
Leeds Art Gallery
Leeds Art Gallery offers a great visit opportunity at the heart of the city, home to 'probably the best collection of British Art outside London' ( The Times) it showcases both historic and contemporary collections of paintings
Lotherton Hall is a beautiful Edwardian country house with a bird garden, red deer park and formal gardens.
Straddling the well-known Pennine Way Marsden Moor offers pre Roman archaeology.
The Middleton Railway was established by Act of Parliament in 1758 to carry coal from Middleton to Leeds and has operated continuously since that time.
National Coalmining Museum for England
A visit to Caphouse Colliery is great day out with a unique opportunity to travel 140 metres underground down one of Britain's oldest working mines.
National Media Museum
Consistently the most visited museum outside London with an average of 750,000 people coming each year, the National Museum of Photography, Film & Television has amazing interactive galleries to explore.
The original Nostell Priory was founded more than 800 years ago and was dedicated to St Oswald, who first brought Christianity to Britain.
This beautiful, Elizabethan manor house has delighted visitors for centuries. Built in 1583, the hall is now set out as it would have been in the 1690s, when it was the home of the Batt family.
Pontefract Park Race Company Limited
Extensive improvements over the past few years have made Pontefract one of the best appointed courses of its kind in the Country. There are modern bars and refreshment areas in all enclosures.
Built in 1420, Shibden Hall with its oak panelled interiors and atmospheric room settings is Halifax's Historic Home. The Folk Museum and Barn also offer you a world without electricity, where craftsmen worked in wood and iron.
Temple Newsam House and Estate
Temple Newsam is one of Yorkshire's greatest country houses. This stunning Tudor-Jacobean mansion has a history full of mystry and intrigue.
Thackray Medical Museum
The Thackray Museum has been England's Small Visitor Attraction of the Year and is a fantastic day out, transporting you into a living experience of health and medicine, past, present and future.
Thwaite Mills Water Mill
At Thwaite Mills you will find a fully-restored working watermill in an attractive riverside setting.
Wakefield Art Gallery
Significant early works by the highly acclaimed locally born sculptors Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth, and important work by other major British modern artists, form the core of this collection.
The ancient Parish Church of All Saints, Wakefield became the Cathedral Church of All Saints in 1888, when the Diocese of Wakefield was carved out of Ripon Diocese.
Wakefield Museum closed to the public on Saturday 26 November 2011 in preparation for the move to its new home within the new civic building - Wakefield One - at Merchant Gate, opening in early October 2012.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Yorkshire Sculpture Park is an international centre for modern and contemporary sculpture.
Places to Visit in West Yorkshire
Batley is a small town between Bradford and Leeds in West Yorkshire.
Bingley is a West Yorkshire town located five miles northwest of Bradford. It is located in Airedale on the south of Ilkley Moor.
Standing on the banks of the rushing River Wharfe, the West Yorkshire village of Boston Spa is within the civil parish of Leeds.
The city of Bradford in situated in the Pennines, eight miles west of Leeds in West Yorkshire.
The picturesque village of Clayton, which is mentioned in the doomsday book, lies 3 miles west of Bradford, West Yorkshire.
ClaytonWest Clayton West nestles in the Beautiful Dearne Valley overlooked by Emley Moor. It once boasted a thriving pit and textile industry. Clayton West affectionately known locally as Clayton is now residential.One of the domina
The small West Yorkshire village of Denby Dale is a delightful place to visit, set on the banks of the River Dearne.
Dewsbury is a medium-sized town in West Yorkshire, known for its splendid Victorian architecture. It is 9 miles north east of Huddersfield and close to the M62.
Esholt is a small village of around 1500 residents in West Yorkshire. It is situated just off the A65 between Guiseley and Shipley.
The village of Golcar is about 3 miles from Huddersfield. It's a village which boasts some wonderful countryside and spectacular views.
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Guiseley is a small town eight miles north of Bradford in West Yorkshire.
The West Yorkshire town of Halifax is a sizeable Minster town, best known for its woollen industry, confectionery and the Halifax Bank. It is situated ten miles south west of Bradford, close to the M62.
The West Yorkshire village of Haworth is set in the Pennines, ten miles west of Bradford. The name Haworth is first recorded in 1209 and meant
Holmfirth is a small town high in the Holm Valley of West Yorkshire. Situated where the Ribble and Holme rivers meet, the town is nestled in the Pennines about six miles south of Huddersfield.
There are many good reasons to visit Horbury where the environment is welcoming and friendly and car parking is free.Our high-class clothes, food, bookshops and cafés are situated in a town that has retained its individuality.
Huddersfield West Yorkshire, geographically speaking the town is situated in a basin surrounded by hills; this can be readily seen from many of the vantage points around the area.
Ilkley is a small tourist town in West Yorkshire, 11 miles north of Bradford.
The West Yorkshire town of Keighley is situated where the River Worth joins the River Aire. It is located on the main A629 between Skipton and Bradford.
Leeds, the commercial and cultural capital of the north, is a large and prosperous city, centrally situated in the north of England.
Marsden is a perfect example of the villages sited within the Colne Valley and lies about 8 miles away from huddersfield.The Village is small and compact with houses built around the central shopping area which is Peel Street.
Menston is situated in Yorkshire within the picturesque valley of the River Wharfe northeast of Bradford city centre and to the northwest of Leeds.
Morley is a town in West Yorkshire, five miles south west of Leeds. The town compares itself with Rome, as both are built on seven hills.
Situated in the beautiful Calder Valley, equidistant from the towns of Halifax to the east and Todmorden, to the west, Mytholmroyd (Norse:- a level place where two rivers meet Mitholm - Roid) is now a dormitory town for Leeds some 3' miles
Overlooked by the Chevin, Otley is a market town situated in the Wharf Valley and is the Birth place of Thomas Chippendale.
The market town of Pontefract in West Yorkshire is well known for its unusual black liquorice sweets known as Pontefract cakes. Close to the M62 and the A1 the town is nine miles east of Wakefield.
Roberttown a quiet residential Village. It has been established for almost 200 years on top of a hill overlooking the Pennines to the west.
Rothwell is a small, friendly town in Leeds. At around 6 miles from Leeds City Centre, the town is an ideal base for commuters and tourists alike. Rothwell has no shortage of facilities. With a population of around 22,000.
Ryhill is a village surrounded by beautiful countryside & has a public footpath link to the Pennine Trail. The village overlooks 2 reservoirs & just out of sight is a manmade lake with a country trail around it. It is a short drive from Wak
Saltaire is a stunning Victorian village, originally founded in 1853 by Sir Titus Salt, it is now a UNESCO World Heritage site located at the base of the Aire Valley.
Shipley is four miles north of Bradford in West Yorkshire. It is situated near the River Aire, on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.
Slaithwaite (pronounced 'slawit' or 'slathwaite' by locals) is a true "Yorkshire grit" mill town straddled by the viaduct and bisected by the canal.
South Elmsall lies just off the A1, a few miles south of where it crosses the M62 on the very southernmost tip of West Yorkshire. It is part of Wakefield Metropolitan district.
Sowerby Bridge is a town that is fast developing to compare with the most attractive places to visit in the area and has many beautiful local walks in its favour. Nestled between the river Calder and the canal with the deepest canal lock i
At the heart of Wakefield city is the beautiful cathedral,it stands on the site of a Saxon church and was mainly built in the 14th and 15th centuries.
Wetherby stands on the Wharfe River, 12 miles northeast of Leeds in West Yorkshire. For centuries it was an important crossing place on the Great North Road for travellers journeying from London to Edinburgh.