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Traditional market towns contrast with the bustle of modern cities built on the strength of Victorian enterprise

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Yorkshire is celebrated for its textiles and the wealth of the Victorian era can still be seen in the superb architecture of towns such as Halifax and Huddersfield, fine bases for exploring the beautiful Pennine Hill country.

Yorkshire’s country towns include Otley (birthplace of Thomas Chippendale), Ilkley and Wetherby, and little Pennine towns such as Hebden Bridge and Marsden. Here are the landscapes which inspired the Brontes and their home, Haworth, remains little changed. ‘Last of the Summer Wine’ viewers will recognise Holmfirth, whose moors climb on up into the Peak District National Park.

There is a vibrant city feel to modern centres such as Leeds, Bradford, Sheffield and Doncaster, with Leeds now firmly established as the UK’s second commercial centre after London. All have their attractions, such as the Royal Armouries in Leeds, the National Media Museum, IMAX and Alhambra Theatres in Bradford and Salts Mill in nearby Saltaire, superb sporting facilities in Sheffield, and Doncaster’s Dome and racecourse.

Pontefract, where Richard II was killed in its castle, Wakefield, and Barnsley (home of the ‘Barnsley Chop’) remain proud of their coal mining heritage.

In a county where the ‘great outdoors’ really is great - climbing, caving, canoeing, angling, sailing are just some of the outdoor activities available, with matchless walking country. Footpaths include the tough Pennine Way, the Brontë Way and dozens of waymarked local routes.

The Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle, known as the unofficial Sculpture Capital of Europe, goes from the Hepworth, Wakefield, to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park nearby and to the Leeds Art Gallery and its neighbour the Henry Moore Institute. All four are within 30 minutes of each other by car, bus or train, and all four have free admission.

National Media Museum, Bradford The Hepworth, Wakefield the heart of Yorkshire's Sculpture Triangle
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Crowne Plaza Leeds offers hotel accommodation for Leeds City Breaks. It is a couple of miles from Headingley Cricket Ground and close to Leeds city centre clubs, restaurants & museums. The hotel offers a conference centre, banqueting facilities and choice of Wedding packages.

Crowne Plaza Leeds
Wortley, Sheffield
49 Rooms

Historic Wortley Hall stands in a magnificent 26 acre Estate, convenient for Sheffield, Leeds and the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle. All rooms offer en-suite facilities and are furnished to a high standard. Ideal for relaxing short breaks and golfing holidays, with Wortley 18 Hole Golf Club a mere mile away.

Wortley Hall B&B
Near Haworth, Bronte Country
Sleeps 3 to 4

Pretty cottage just outside the busy Bronte village of Haworth. Set in a peaceful location, this 4-Star cottage has character and style with woodburning stove, exposed beams and cottage garden with splendid views. Great for romantic breaks, family holidays and friends short breaks.

2 Pickles Hill Cottage
Haworth, Bronte Country
5 Rooms

Aitches Guest House is a large tastefully refurbished Victorian House situated on the cobbled main street of the beautiful hillside village of Haworth. Close to the Bronte Parsonage, once home to the famous Bronte sisters.

Aitches Guest House
Near Haworth, Bronte Country
Sleeps 4

This 17th Century renovated holiday cottage is about 2 miles from Haworth in Bronte Country. The cottage is surrounded by fields, with great views to the front and rear. Great base for Fishing, golf and riding as well as cycling and walking. Well behaved dogs are welcome at no extra charge.

Old Cote Cottage
Wortley, Sheffield
Sleeps 5 to 6

Situated within the historical Wortley Hall estate, Swift Cottage and Garvin's stone-built Cottages retain many of their original features and are full of charm and character. They have both been fully modernised with 4 Star facilities to make your Yorkshire cottage holiday comfortable and relaxing.

Wortley Hall Cottages
Wortley, Sheffield

Set in the 26 acres of formal grounds and woodland of Wortley Hall, our Caravan Club CL Site offers the perfect retreat for a relaxing getaway. Within half an hour's drive of Sheffield, Leeds and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wortley Hall boasts formal gardens and woodland, and is a mile from Wortley Golf Club.

Wortley Hall Caravan Site
Near Haworth, Bronte Country, West Yorkshire
Sleeps 4 to 6

A comfortable cosy fully equipped and furnished traditional stone-built cottage with traditional features, private garden and parking. Ideally placed for the Bronte Country, the Yorkshire Dales and the West Yorkshire centres of Bradford, Halifax and Leeds. The Tour de Yorkshire passes close by.

Popples Cottage
6 Rooms

The Old Crown Inn offers good quality, budget accommodation with a choice of single, double and twin rooms. This friendly pub accommodation makes a great base for walking and cycling holidays with the historic 2014 Le Tour route passing close by. Good base for sporting and cultural events in Sheffield.

The Old Crown Inn Penistone
Hatfield Woodhouse, South Yorkshire

Boston Park Farm is adjacent to Hatfield Moor, one of the most important lowland raised bogs in the UK. The area around the moor was drained in the mid 17th century by dutch engineer Cornelius Vermuyden and the farm is characterised by flat fields separated by drainage dykes.

Boston Park Farm is adjacent to Hatfield Moor, one of the most important lowland raised bogs in the UK. The area around the moor was drained in the mid 17th century by dutch engineer Cornelius Vermuyden and the farm is characterised by flat fields separated by drainage dykes.
Castleford, West Yorkshire

For the best day out ever! An adventure park where children and adults can drive real diggers and so much more.

For the best day out ever! An adventure park where children and adults can drive real diggers and so much more.
Rotherham, South Yorkshire

A unique, interactive day out at one of the most awe-inspiring indoor attractions, featuring Fire, Water, Earth and Air, and not forgetting the mighty Big Melt. Magna also features one of Europe's largest outdoor high-tec playgrounds, SciTek and AquaTek

A unique, interactive day out at one of the most awe-inspiring indoor attractions, featuring Fire, Water, Earth and Air, and not forgetting the mighty Big Melt. Magna also features one of Europe's largest outdoor high-tec playgrounds, SciTek and AquaTek
Castleford, West Yorkshire

Snozone is a leading indoor destination in the UK for Snowsports on real snow, located in the Xscape centre in Castleford, West Yorkshire. From learning a new sport to coaching for high performance, Snozone can help you progress and have fun whilst sustaining a healthy lifestyle!

Snozone is a leading indoor destination in the UK for Snowsports on real snow, located in the Xscape centre in Castleford, West Yorkshire. From learning a new sport to coaching for high performance, Snozone can help you progress and have fun whilst sustaining a healthy lifestyle!
Pool in Wharfedale, West Yorkshire

Arthington Agricultural Show is on in July at the showfield by the Bridge in Pool-Wharfedale. Sun 3rd July 2016 celebrates the 99th Show. Come for a fabulous family day out and see show jumping, sheep and cattle showing, country crafts and plenty more!

Arthington Agricultural Show is on in July at the showfield by the Bridge in Pool-Wharfedale. Sun 3rd July 2016  celebrates the 99th Show. Come for a fabulous family day out and see show jumping, sheep and cattle showing, country crafts and plenty more!
Leeds, West Yorkshire

18th century Harewood is one of the treasure houses of England and has wonderful art collections with contemporary art exhibitions, an award-winning educational department, renowned Bird Garden and over 100 acres of exquisite gardens. There's so much to do for all ages at Harewood.

18th century Harewood is one of the treasure houses of England and has wonderful art collections with  contemporary art exhibitions, an award-winning educational department, renowned Bird Garden and over 100 acres of exquisite gardens. There's so much to do for all ages at Harewood.
Leeds, West Yorkshire

Leeds, Collections at Temple Newsam are designated as being of national significance, presented in authentically restored interiors.

Leeds, Collections at Temple Newsam are designated as being of national significance, presented in authentically restored interiors.
Barnsley, South Yorkshire

Wentworth Castle Gardens is a great place to discover with beautiful gardens, deer park and National Collections of rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias. With family friendly tearooms, gift shop and year round programme of fun events, we are the place for visitors of all ages to enjoy.

Wentworth Castle Gardens is a great place to discover with beautiful gardens, deer park and National Collections of rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias.  With family friendly tearooms, gift shop and year round programme of fun events, we are the place for visitors of all ages to enjoy.

An intimate and charming garden inspired by the Arts & Crafts movement, York Gate is one of the most innovative small gardens of the 20th century. It contains 14 distinct outdoor rooms, each with its own intricate design and character.

An intimate and charming garden inspired by the Arts & Crafts movement, York Gate is one of the most innovative small gardens of the 20th century. It contains 14 distinct outdoor rooms, each with its own intricate design and character.
Haworth, West Yorkshire

Welcome to the Bronte Parsonage Museum and Bronte Society. The museum has information about the lives and novels of the Bronte family.

Welcome to the Bronte Parsonage Museum and Bronte Society. The museum has information about the lives and novels of the Bronte family.
Halifax, West Yorkshire

Everything at Eureka! has been designed to inspire children to find out about themselves and the world around them through 100s of hands-on exhibits.

Everything at Eureka! has been designed to inspire children to find out about themselves and the world around them through 100s of hands-on exhibits.
Wakefield, West Yorkshire

The National Coal Mining Museum for England is located at Caphouse Colliery, on the western edge of the Yorkshire coalfield, where mining has been carried out for centuries.

The National Coal Mining Museum for England is located at Caphouse Colliery, on the western edge of the Yorkshire coalfield, where mining has been carried out for centuries.
Bradford, West Yorkshire

The Museum exists to promote appreciation and understanding of the media. It does this by holding collections, making use of those collections in permanent galleries and in a public programme of exhibitions, events, festivals and learning and study activities.

The Museum exists to promote appreciation and understanding of the media. It does this by holding collections, making use of those collections in permanent galleries and in a public programme of exhibitions, events, festivals and learning and study activities.
Leeds, West Yorkshire

The Royal Armouries is home to the United Kingdom's national collection of arms and armour, including artillery. As a museum we have a duty of care for these objects, to keep them, study them and increase our knowledge of them, so that this can be passed to future generations along with the objects themselves.

The Royal Armouries is home to the United Kingdom's national collection of arms and armour, including artillery. As a museum we have a duty of care for these objects, to keep them, study them and increase our knowledge of them, so that this can be passed to future generations along with the objects themselves.
Keighley, West Yorkshire

The Vintage Carriages Trust (VCT) is a volunteer body, based on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway. It was formed in 1965 by a group of volunteers whose interest was in wooden bodied carriages.

The Vintage Carriages Trust (VCT) is a volunteer body, based on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway. It was formed in 1965 by a group of volunteers whose interest was in wooden bodied carriages.
Wakefield, South Yorkshire

he Yorkshire Sculpture Park has been described as "Probably the finest exhibition site for sculpture in the world." It is a pioneering place that aims to challenge, inspire, inform and delight, welcoming thousands of visitors and learning visits each year.

 he Yorkshire Sculpture Park has been described as "Probably the finest exhibition site for sculpture in the world." It is a pioneering place that aims to challenge, inspire, inform and delight, welcoming thousands of visitors and learning visits each year.
Hatfield Woodhouse, South Yorkshire

Boston Park Farm with indoor and outdoor play areas is open all year round and is a fantastic place to take toddlers and young children to play. There are lots of animals to see and feed. The Maize Maze is open from mid July to end Oct with 5km of paths.

Boston Park Farm with indoor and outdoor play areas is open all year round and is a fantastic place to take toddlers and young children to play. There are lots of animals to see and feed. The Maize Maze is open from mid July to end Oct with 5km of paths.
Sheffield, South Yorkshire

Highly rated by Trip Advisor, The Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry centre in Sheffield is a great family day out. Meet snakes, lizards, butterflies, meerkats, lemurs, butterflies and birds. Pet and feed the farm animals or follow the Donosaur Trail. Top it off with afternoon tea at our Butterfly Cafe.

 Highly rated by Trip Advisor, The Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry centre in Sheffield is a great family day out. Meet snakes, lizards, butterflies, meerkats, lemurs, butterflies and birds. Pet and feed the farm animals or follow the Donosaur Trail. Top it off with afternoon tea at our Butterfly Cafe.
Barnsley, South Yorkshire

Cannon Hall Farm is an award winning working farm set in the rolling Pennine hills in a landscape full of undiscovered charm; home to hundreds of creatures, great and small waiting to welcome you to a world of animal magic.

Cannon Hall Farm is an award winning working farm set in the rolling Pennine hills in a landscape full of undiscovered charm; home to hundreds of creatures, great and small waiting to welcome you to a world of animal magic.
Otley, West Yorkshire

Our aims are to increase your enjoyment of Chevin Forest Park and to help you understand more about the evolution of this landscape that is the result of many thousands of years of interaction between people and nature.

Our aims are to increase your enjoyment of Chevin Forest Park and to help you understand more about the evolution of this landscape that is the result of many thousands of years of interaction between people and nature.
Barnsley, South Yorkshire

A nature reserve set in 250 acres of wetland, RSPB Old Moor is a great place to see exciting birds and other wildlife from 7 hides along the trail.

A nature reserve set in 250 acres of wetland, RSPB Old Moor is a great place to see exciting birds and other wildlife from 7 hides along the trail.
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