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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Life in Victorian Bradford

Life in Victorian Bradford

Founded by Sir Titus Salt in 1853, Saltaire is a UNESCO World Heritage site and remains a living, working 19th century village.

Location: Saltaire, West Yorkshire

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Take a break on a narrowboat cruiser

Take a break on a narrowboat cruiser

Lock, stock and swing bridge.

Location: Rochdale, Lancashire

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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

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Immerse yourself in Leeds' eclectic music scene

Immerse yourself in Leeds' eclectic music scene

Leeds has a thriving live music scene with a host of exciting venues, from the intimate Brudenell Social Club to the vast First Direct Arena.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

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Ride the route of the Tour De France, Grand Départ

Ride the route of the Tour De France, Grand Départ

Come and experience a section of the greatest cycle race in the world and cycle through some of the most beautiful countryside anywhere.

Location: Ilkey, West Yorkshire

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Dine at one of Yorkshire’s best restaurants

Dine at one of Yorkshire’s best restaurants

Indulge in a candlelit dinner at Holdsworth House Hotel & Restaurant, Halifax.

Location: Halifax, West Yorkshire

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Visit the Jacobean splendour of Temple Newsam

Visit the Jacobean splendour of Temple Newsam

There’s plenty to keep you amused at Temple Newsam, including the country’s greatest collections of decorative arts and a rare breeds farm.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

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Browse the boutiques at the Leeds Corn Exchange

Browse the boutiques at the Leeds Corn Exchange

Leeds’ historic Corn Exchange will charm even the most reluctant shopper with its incredible architecture and independent stores.

Location: Leeds, Yorkshire

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Enjoy being pampered in your own moorland lodge retreat

Enjoy being pampered in your own moorland lodge retreat

Indulge in a full range of spa treatments in the comfort of your own luxury Scandinavian lodge before setting off to explore the English countryside.

Location: Bradford, West Yorkshire

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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

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Eat authentic Italian food at Bibis Italianissimo

Eat authentic Italian food at Bibis Italianissimo

Be wined, dined and entertained at this decadent 1920s themed Italian restaurant and cocktail bar.

Location: Leeds, Yorkshire

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Cycle cities and moors like a Tour de France pro

Cycle cities and moors like a Tour de France pro

From the Grand Depart start line in Leeds cyclists can roll through the quiet winding roads of the spectacular Yorkshire Dales.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

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Hop from gallery to shop in a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Hop from gallery to shop in a UNESCO World Heritage Site

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

Location: Saltaire, West Yorkshire

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Nine floors of silver-screens

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

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

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Read and be merry at the Ilkley Literature Festival

Read and be merry at the Ilkley Literature Festival

Book lovers simply can’t miss this prestigious literature event in the Yorkshire Dales.

Location: Ilkley, West Yorkshire

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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

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Raise a glass of English wine at Holmfirth Vineyard

Raise a glass of English wine at Holmfirth Vineyard

How about a glass of English wine? That’s award-winning English wine. Come to Holmfirth Vineyard and discover their home-grown delight.

Location: Holmfirth, West Yorkshire

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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

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Meet feathered friends at Lotherton Hall Estate and Bird Garden

Meet feathered friends at Lotherton Hall Estate and Bird Garden

Get up close and personal with over 200 species of rare birds at Lotherton Hall in Aberford, near Leeds.

Location: Leeds, Yorkshire

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