Places to visit in West Yorkshire

The charming northern county of West Yorkshire promises vibrant cities, industrial heritage towns and pretty Pennine villages in equal doses. There’s no shortage of things to do in West Yorkshire. Drop into cosmopolitan Leeds for museums and galleries and elegant shopping centres, feel the wind in your hair on Pennine trails and cycle ways, visit Bradford for Victorian industrial heritage and grand city parks, or pack a copy of Wuthering Heights and head to Haworth to explore Brontë-country villages and vales in this inspiring literary county. With so many places to visit in West Yorkshire, you’ll soon be planning your return trip.

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Take in a weekend of jazz at Marsden Jazz Festival

Hear old school traditional to cutting-edge contemporary jazz at Marsden Jazz Festival.

Location: Marsden, West Yorkshire

 

October events: Get the giggles at the Halifax Comedy Festival

See rising talent and stand-up greats at the Halifax Comedy Festival.

Location: Halifax, West Yorkshire

 

Get Active in Chevin Forest Park

Get outdoors and blow those cobwebs away in some beautiful Yorkshire countryside.

Location: Leeds, Yorkshire

 

October Events: Read and be merry at the Ilkley Literature Festival

Book lovers simply can’t miss this prestigious literature event in the Yorkshire Dales, that's taking place between 4 and 20 October.

Location: Ilkley, West Yorkshire

 

Meet feathered friends at Lotherton Hall Estate

Get up close and personal with rare birds, tropical mammals and wild-roaming deer at Lotherton Hall in Aberford, near Leeds.

Location: Leeds, Yorkshire

 

Relive the Industrial Revolution

Mills, canals, tunnels and follies in steep-sided valleys and rolling hills tell the tale of Calderdale’s key role in the Industrial Revolution.

Location: Calderdale, West Yorkshire

 

Enjoy a tipple at Pure Cider North

Cider anyone? Head to Deanhouse Farm, nestled in the Holme Valley and enjoy a sup or two of local, artisan cider producer, Rob North’s passion.

Location: Holmfirth, West Yorkshire

 

Taste the decadent afternoon tea at Oulton Hall

There’s nothing so quintessentially English as settling down in the drawing room for sandwiches, scones and a pot of Yorkshire tea.

Location: Oulton, Yorkshire

 

Feel like a duke or duchess for the day but without the price tag

You don’t have to be as rich as a lord to visit East Riddlesden Hall, near Keighley, former home of the 17th century cloth merchant James Murgatroyd.

Location: Keighley, West Yorkshire

 

Follow the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle trail

Celebrate 200 of the world's greatest artists at four leading cultural venues in Yorkshire.

Location: Wakefield and Leeds, West Yorkshire

 

Herald the coming of spring with a real old English knees-up

Marsden welcomes the cuckoo back to rural West Yorkshire with traditional English dancing, music and sunshine at the Marsden Cuckoo Festival in April.

Location: Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

 

Calling all food lovers to Holmfirth Food and Drink Festival

A weekend of tasty treats, markets, live music and entertainment in Holmfirth.

Location: Holmfirth, West Yorkshire

 

Food, fashion and fantastic ales in Leeds

Explore Leeds city centre stopping off along the way to sample the finest local and independent breweries offerings.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

 

Discover a romantic paradise in the Peaks and Pennines

From long walks to lazy lunches, the Fleece Inn at Holme is the perfect base for your romantic break in the Yorkshire countryside.

Location: Holmfirth, West Yorkshire

 

Dine at The Oldest Fish & Chip Shop in the World

This quaint fish and chip shop has been serving up England’s favourite dish since 1865.

Location: Leeds, Yeadon, West Yorkshire

 

November events: Get inspired at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

Listen along to amazing performances at the UK’s largest international festival of new and experimental music.

Location: Huddersfield , West Yorkshire

 

Enjoy 100 days of culture at the Yorkshire Festival

Theatre, art exhibitions, musical performances and a bit of biking; the 100-day marathon that is the Yorkshire Festival has it all.

Location: Yorkshire

 

Rainy Day Activities: Discover military history at The Royal Armouries

Britain’s national museum of arms and armour is home to a fascinating and unique collection, including the only existing suit of armour built for an elephant.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

 

Rainy Day Activities: Hop from gallery to shop at the Salts Mill

Found near Bradford, the Yorkshire Salts Mill is an indoor hive of art galleries and indie shops, set within the culturally rich World Heritage Site of Saltaire.

Location: Saltaire, West Yorkshire

 

See the light at the end of the tunnel

Standedge Tunnel, in the heart of the Pennine countryside, is the longest canal tunnel in Britain.

Location: Marsden, Yorkshire

 

Nine floors of silver-screens

A visit to the National Media Museum is a must if you love photography, film, television, animation, gaming or the internet.

Location: Bradford, West Yorkshire

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