West Yorkshire is an interesting place to visit particularly for industrial heritage and stunning countryside. Leeds is the third largest city outside London and is best known for its role in the Victorian Industrial Age. The Armley Mills Museum is a great place to see the woolen mills as they were in Victorian times, and the Tetley Breweries includes a museum and once had horses to deliver to all the pubs.
Leeds has an excellent shopping centre and the City Art Gallery has some beautiful exhibits. The surrounding moorland areas were the inspiration of many Bronte novels, and the Bronte sister’s home can be seen at Haworth. At Harewood House there is a beautiful display of Yorkshire born Chippendale furniture and an exotic bird garden.
At Hebden Bridge there is a vibrant arts community in this picturesque village. Bradford is known for its multiculturalism and a great place to try Indian cuisine in one of the many restaurants in and around the city. The National Museum of Photography, Film and Television is located in Bradford, as well as the Colour Museum. Spend time walking in the Calderdale area and visit Holmfirth, a charming West Yorkshire town. In Halifax the city inspired the writing of William Blake’s poem Jerusalem.
Spend time in the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield which includes work by Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore in this open air environment. The Yorkshire Mining Museum is also in Wakefield and visitors can go into a real mine shaft as well as visit the various displays.
The Keighly and Worth Valley Railway is a wonderful experience in summer running through Haworth and stopping at Oakworth Station which was the film location for The Railway Children. West Yorkshire has a rich industrial heritage and a surprising amount of places for visitors to see and explore.