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Things to do in Menston, West Yorkshire

Menston is situated in Yorkshire within the picturesque valley of the River Wharfe northeast of Bradford city centre and to the northwest of Leeds.

Dick's Garth conservation area © Dale Cordingley
Dick's Garth conservation area

The main A65 links Menston to Leeds and Ilkley by road and runs along the eastern boundary of the village.

A train service offers direct routes to Leeds, Bradford, Ilkley and smaller local stations. Leeds Bradford International Airport is nearby.

Village centre © Dale Cordingley
Village centre

Historically, Menston was one of a number of farming communities that settled and developed along the length of the Wharfe valley.

Roman Route

The village dates back to Roman times when the village was on the ancient route that linked Roman York with the garrison at Ribchester near Preston.

Main Street © Dale Cordingley
Main Street


Many of the older buildings on Main Street date back to the seventeenth and eighteenth century.

The population of Menston is now around 5,500 and grew mainly during the 20th century.

View from Bleach Mill Lane © Dale Cordingley
View from Bleach Mill Lane

Transport Links


The surge in population was mostly due to people who came to live in the village because of its close proximity to the attractive countryside of Lower Wharfedale and the transport links to Leeds and Bradford.

Main Street from the park © Dale Cordingley
Main Street from the park

Today, Menston is a thriving village community with excellent local facilities and exceptional transport links into the important business and cultural centre that is modern-day Leeds.

Fairfax Hall © Dale Cordingley
Fairfax Hall

It is now a dormitory village for commuters and increasingly, a desirable and attractive place for retirement.

St John the Devine Parish Church © Dale Cordingley
St John the Devine Parish Church

Description by Dale Cordingley

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