YorkshireNet Guide to West and South Yorkshire

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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  • Dyer's Cottage

    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).

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  • Diggerland Yorkshire

    For the best day out ever ! Diggerland in Castleford, Leeds they offer children's and adult's parties, school and group visits. Diggers, dumpers, bulldozers, plus a swing in a giant JCB scoop and buried treasure dig.

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  • Go Ape at Temple Newsam

    High up in the trees, Park Adventure can be found in the heart of Menagerie Woods at Temple Newsam. Clamber up Miller's stairs for an hour of action-packed fun in the trees and experience a series of high-speed zip wires, guaranteed to make you smile.

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  • Magna Science Adventure

    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

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  • Snozone at Xscape, Castleford

    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!

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  • Stockeld Park

    Stockeld Park, a world of active adventure and fun for all the family throughout the year from a real ice rink in the winter, summer interactive play to halloween and christmas adventures. Perfectly located on the A661 between Harrogate and Leeds and just off the A1.

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  • Yorkshire Dales Flyfishing

    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.

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    Agricultural Shows

  • Arthington Agricultural Show

    Arthington Agricultural Show in the showfield by the Bridge in Pool-Wharfedale. Come for a fabulous family day out and see show jumping, sheep and cattle showing, country crafts and plenty more! Held annually in July.

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  • Bingley Show

    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.

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  • Emley Show

    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.

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  • Halifax Agricultural Show

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

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  • Keighley Show

    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.

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  • Mirfield Show

    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.

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  • Sykehouse Show

    "Sykehouse Show, a traditional agricultural show held on Sunday 5th August from 8.30am. Multiple horse rings, an entertainment ring, live stock areas & a whole host of stalls +marquees, there's something to do for all the family. Over 50 trade stands - food stalls + a fully stocked bar to keep you fuelled throughout the day.

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  • Weeton Show

    Find Weeton Show in the village of Weeton, midway between Harrogate and Otley. As well as Agricultural and Horticultural classes, find rural displays such as Foraging for Free, Spinning and Weaving and Dry Stone Walling. Held every year at the end of July.

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    Castles, Gardens and Stately Homes

  • Conisbrough Castle

    This partially restored, medieval fortification was built in the 11th Century by William de Warenne, The Earl of Surrey. The Conisbrough castle is found in Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Delve into the medieval world of Lord and Lady de Warenne.

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  • Harewood House and Gardens

    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.

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  • Sheffield Botanical Gardens

    Situated off Ecclesall Road, Sheffield, these botanical gardens with 5000 species of plants in 19 acres of land. Go to https://www.sbg.org.uk/opening-times/ for when they are open. The gardens were first created in 1836, and have been an important stage for social and cultural occasions. It hosts art, music and theatre.

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  • Temple Newsam House

    This Tudor Jacobean house has grounds landscaped by Capability Brown, Leeds. It is open Tuesday to Sunday https://bit.ly/2xLkdRZ for full visitor information. Open to the public and group visits. They offer venue hire, park and gardens, the House and a home farm.

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  • York Gate Garden, nr Leeds

    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.

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  • Elsecar Heritage Centre

    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.

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    Museums

  • Ashworth Barracks Museum

    This military museum in Doncaster tells the story of the men awarded the Victoria Cross. Open 10am – 4pm Mon, Tues, Thurs Fri and open 10am – 2pm Sat. Open to the public, school and youth groups.

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  • Bronte Parsonage Museum

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

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  • Eureka Children's Museum

    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. You pay once and can visit anytime throughout the year for free ! Open 6 days a week through term time and everyday during school holidays. Visit the site for special events.

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  • Henry Moore Institute

    Part of the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle, the Henry Moore Institute is a world-recognised centre for the study of sculpture in the heart of Leeds. Find exhibitions, conferences and lectures, working to expand the understanding and scholarship of historical and contemporary sculpture.

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  • Hepworth Art Gallery, Wakefield

    Part of the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle, the Hepworth Wakefield is 'one of the finest contemporary art museums in Europe' The Independent. With over 1,600 square metres, The Hepworth brings together work from Wakefield's art collection, contemporary artists and Barbara Hepworth

    Hepworth Art Gallery, Wakefield Website Map Where to Stay
  • Leeds Art Gallery

    Part of the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle, Leeds Art Gallery was described by The Times as having, ‘probably the best collection of twentieth century British art outside London' and the fine art collection was designated by the Government as being of national importance in 1997.

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  • National Coal Mining Museum

    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.Open daily from 10am – 5pm. The National Coal Mining Museum for England provides a unique opportunity to travel 140m underground to explore England's last deep coalmine. Visit the site for special events.

    National Coal Mining Museum Website Map Where to Stay
  • National Science and Media Museum

    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 Website Map Where to Stay
  • Royal Armouries Museum

    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.

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  • Sheffield Industrial Museums

    Sheffield Industrial Museums tell the story of Sheffield and steelmaking. It is spread over 3 unique heritage sites, Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet, the Shepherd Wheel Workshop and the Kelham Island Museum.

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  • Standedge Tunnel and Visitor Centre

    Standedge Tunnel is the longest canal tunnel in Britain and makes a perfect Yorkshire family day. Visitors can explore deep into this marvellous Yorkshire attraction on one of the family friendly guided boat trips, enjoy the cafe, kids playground and wildlife garden or visit the free exhibition centre.

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  • Thackray Medical Museum

    The Thackray Medical Museum is a fascinating museum of the history of medicine, next to St James's Hospital. Discover Life in Victorian Leeds by walking through a reproduction of slum streets. Visit an interactive room on how the body works with your under-fives and discover much more with exhibits and videos.

    Thackray Medical Museum Website Map Where to Stay
  • Vintage Carriages Trust

    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 Website Map Where to Stay
  • Yorkshire Sculpture Park

    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 Website Map Where to Stay

    Visitor Farms, Wildlife, Walks and Trails

  • Boston Park Farm, near Doncaster

    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 Website Map Where to Stay
  • Cannon Hall Farm

    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 Website Map Where to Stay
  • Chevin Forest Park, Otley

    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 Website Map Where to Stay
  • Hardcastle Crags

    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.

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  • RSPB Old Moor

    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 Website Map Where to Stay
  • Tropical World 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 Website Map Where to Stay
  • Yorkshire Wildlife Park

    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 Website Map Where to Stay
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