YorkshireNet Guide to West and South Yorkshire

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


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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Superb traditional 17th century cottage in in the Wainhouse heritage area of Halifax, ideally placed and very well equipped, superking bed (or 2 singles) plus sofabed and Z bed or travel cot. Suitable for holidays, romantic breaks, executive breaks, visting friends/family. South facing, sunny, secluded front garden with patio seating and lovely views. Dog welcome (not in bedroom).

Dyer's Cottage
Castleford, West Yorkshire

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

Diggerland Yorkshire
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

Magna Science Adventure
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 at Xscape, Castleford
Bainbridge, South Yorkshire

Wensleydale Equestrian offers a full range of riding and equestrian activities and facilities.Trekking and hacking out from short lead rein hacks to full day treks, for both experienced and novice riders. Riding lessons for groups or individuals, experience range from novice to experienced riders.

Wensleydale Equestrian Riding Centre
Barnsley, South Yorkshire

The Yorkshire Dales are a special place with magnificent scenery, rich wildlife habitats and fantastic fly fishing. They have many fast flowing rivers and streams, and upland lakes providing abundant fly life, and good stocks of brown trout and grayling, make the Yorkshire Dales rivers perfect for fly fishing.

Yorkshire Dales Flyfishing
Bingley, West Yorkshire

Bingley Show offers an incredible range of countryside things to see and do. Taking place at Myrtle Park, Bingley, it is easily reached from Bradford, Leeds, Ilkely and Harrogate. Free parking. Held annually in July.

Bingley Show
Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

Emley Show is held directly beneath Emley Moor Mast, with spectacular Yorkshire Countryside views just outside Huddersfield. Enjoy a wide range of activities, agricultural events, crafts and family entertainment. Held annually at the beginning of August.

Emley Show
Halifax, West Yorkshire

A great family day out in West Yorkshire with both traditional and modern classes and entertainment.

Halifax Agricultural Show
Keighley, West Yorkshire

Keighley Agricultural Show offers showing sections in pigeons, ferrets, rabbits and guinea pigs, as well as Pygmy goats, the fun dog show, sheep and poultry, Horses and Show jumping. Come for an exciting and varied day out. Held annually at the beginning of September.

Keighley Show
Mirfield, West Yorkshire

Mirfield Show is an award winning family day out, within easy reach of Huddersfield and Leeds. Enjoy farm animal classes and fun entertainments such as welly wanging, llama agility, tug of war and marching bands. Held annually in August.

Mirfield Show
Conisbrough, South Yorkshire

This partially restored, medieval fortification was built in the 11th Century by William de Warenne, The Earl of Surrey.

Conisbrough Castle
Leeds, West Yorkshire

Harewood House and gardens are just outside Leeds. The Grade 1 listed house is one of the foremost historic homes in England with large art collection and Nickelin-starred dining. Visit Harewood Bird Garden and more than 100 acres of garden with adventure playground.

Harewood House and Gardens
Sheffield, South Yorkshire

Sheffield Botanical Gardens were designed by Robert Marnock in 1836, full of 5000 species of plants in 19 acres of land.

Sheffield Botanical Gardens
Leeds, West Yorkshire

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

Temple Newsam House

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.

York Gate Garden, nr Leeds
Elsecar, South Yorkshire

Elsecar Heritage Centre is a restored ironworks and colliery workshops offering a variety of craft workshops, artist studios, antique centres and exhibitions alongside a children's indoor play centre, cafe and a historical steam railway.

Elsecar Heritage Centre
Doncaster, South Yorkshire

This military museum in Doncaster tells the story of the men awarded the Victoria Cross.

Ashworth Barracks Museum
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.

Bronte Parsonage Museum
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.

Eureka Children's Museum
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.

National Coal Mining Museum
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.

National Science and Media Museum
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.

Royal Armouries Museum
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.

Vintage Carriages Trust
Wakefield, South Yorkshire

The 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.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Hatfield, 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, near Doncaster
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
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.

Chevin Forest Park, Otley
Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire

Visit this beautiful wooded valley with National Trust 19th-century Gibson Mill Visitor Centre at its heart. There is a choice of walks through the 400 acres of unspoilt woodland with something to enjoy in every season, from bluebells in spring to autumn colours.

Hardcastle Crags
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.

RSPB Old Moor
Leeds North East, Leeds

Discover exciting new worlds, alien landscapes and exotic plant life all in Yorkshire. The Roundhay Park attraction is home to the largest collection of tropical plants outside Kew Gardens. Exciting new plans include a new crocodile enclosure, children's education zone and aquarium.

Tropical World Leeds
Doncaster, South Yorkshire

Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Doncaster offers a wonderful day out for all ages. On offer is the Wildlife Park, Lion Country, Lemur Woods, African Plains and Endangered Africa, Wallaby Walkabout, Land of Tigers, South America Viva, Talks, Feeding Times and Play Grounds.

Yorkshire Wildlife Park
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