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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Walk in the footsteps of the famous Brontë sisters

Walk in the footsteps of the famous Brontë sisters

Visit the Bronte Parsonage Museum and explore the beautiful home and surroundings that inspired classic Brontë novels.

Location: Haworth, West Yorkshire

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

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

 
Dine at The Oldest Fish & Chip Shop in the World

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

 
See the light at the end of the tunnel

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

 
Eat like a local at Kirkgate Market

Eat like a local at Kirkgate Market

This traditional covered market is one of the biggest in Europe with fresh food stalls that will get your taste buds tingling.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

 
Meet feathered friends at Lotherton Hall Estate

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

 
Taste the decadent afternoon tea at Oulton Hall

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

 
Food, fashion and fantastic ales

Food, fashion and fantastic ales

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

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

 
Embrace the pop-up dining trend at Trinity Kitchen

Embrace the pop-up dining trend at Trinity Kitchen

Take your pick from a mix of vibrant restaurants and street food vans all under one roof.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

 
Industry meets art at Salts Mill

Industry meets art at Salts Mill

Packed to its Victorian rafters with independent traders and the largest collection of David Hockney’s work.

Location: Bradford, West Yorkshire

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

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

 
Enjoy an afternoon tea in the house the Brontës loved

Enjoy an afternoon tea in the house the Brontës loved

Enjoy a luxurious afternoon tea at the historic house the Brontës knew and loved, then take a tour of the real-life setting for Wuthering Heights.

Location: Bradford, West Yorkshire

 
Ride the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway

Ride the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway

This exciting heritage steam railway runs through the picturesque Yorkshire countryside where the classic movie The Railway Children was filmed.

Location: Keighley, West Yorkshire

 
May events: Visit the 1940s in West Yorkshire

May events: Visit the 1940s in West Yorkshire

Head to Haworth in West Yorkshire and get a glimpse into life in the 1940s.

Location: Haworth, West Yorkshire

 
Take in a weekend of jazz at Marsden Jazz Festival

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

 
Unleash your inner explorer at Tropical World

Unleash your inner explorer at Tropical World

Set off on a journey through the jungle, the desert and below the surface of the water to discover all of the creatures who call them home.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

 
Learn about lively Huddersfield on a walking trail

Learn about lively Huddersfield on a walking trail

Immerse yourself in this creative town, rich in culture, stories, international food and heritage. Grab a free walking trail and off you go!

Location: Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

 
Discover a romantic paradise in the Peaks and Pennines

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

 
Discover a different Yorkshire on the river

Discover a different Yorkshire on the river

Discover a new world with Shire Cruisers - steering a beautifully fitted narrow boat with everything you need, past ever-changing Pennine scenery.

Location: Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire

 
Wander around one of England’s oldest medieval houses

Wander around one of England’s oldest medieval houses

Dating back to 1420, timber-framed Shibden Hall lets you peek into the fascinating life of Anne Lister, as made famous by the BBC ONE / HBO drama ‘Gentleman Jack’.

Location: Halifax, West Yorkshire

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