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Places to Visit in Yorkshire

Welcome to Yorkshire

Attractions and Activities

In Yorkshire you can do as much or as little as you like, whatever your budget !

Bronte Cottage is conveniently situated close to local amenities and rolling Yorkshire landscapes, and yet the vibrance of the regions exciting cities is never far away.

We are ideally located to enjoy the attractions of Leeds, Halifax , Bradford, Huddersfield, and Wakefield.

Theatres, Galleries, Designer Shopping, Harvey Nicols, Bars and Award winning Restaurants are all within 25 minutes by car and easily accessible by public transport. The City of York is less than an hour away by car or train.

Click on the Panels below to see what Yorkshire has to offer when staying at Bronte Cottage.

Within a 10 Minute Stroll:

The Red House Museum: This lovely historic house and garden is just a 5 minute stroll away from Bronte Cottage. The link below tells you all about the collections and visitor events at the house throughout the year. www.kirklees.gov.uk

Oakwell Hall and Country Park: This splendid Elizabethan Manor House featured as "Fieldhead" in the Novel, Shirley by Charlotte Bronte. You can visit the house itself as well as the Country Footpaths, Visitors Centre, Shop, Cafe and Childrens Playground. A varied programme of Seasonal events and activities takes place throughout the year. The link below has all the information you need to help you plan your visit. www.friendsofoakwellhall.org.uk

For Bronte enthusiasts this publication offers a wealth of information about the areas of interest. The Brontes in Pennine Yorkshire

Within 10 - 20 Minutes by car:

Yorkshire Mill Mile: Treat yourself to some serious Retail Therapy and Cafe Culture in a series of fabulously converted mill buildings, including The Mill at Batley and Redbrick Mill. www.themillbatley.com www.redbrickmill.co.uk

The National Media Museum, Bradford: An Award Winning National Museum which promotes an understanding and appreciation of Photography, Film, Television,Radio and the World Wide Web. Home of the giant IMAX screen. FREE ENTRY. www.nationalmediamuseum.org.uk

The Ponderosa Rural Therapeutic Centre , Heckmondwike: Set in landscaped grounds with small lakes, animals of all types, playgrounds, pony rides, cafe and restaurant. www.ponderosa-park.co.uk/centre/

Shibden Hall: Halifax: Beautiful early 15thC half-timbered house with period room settings from 17thC. set in a 90-acre park with Visitor Centre , Cafe, Adventure playground and boating lake. Shibden Hall, Halifax

Within 30 Minutes by car:

The Royal Amouries, Leeds: The Award Winning National Museum of Arms and Armour. There is also the opportunity to witness re-enacted Jousting, falconry shows and combat events at selected times. An super day out for all the Family. FREE ENTRY www.royalarmouries.org/visit-us/leeds

The National Mining Museum: Travel underground in one of Britains oldest working mines and learn about the life of the working Miner. FREE ENTRY. Tel 01924 848806 www.ncm.org.uk

The Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Bretton: Set in 500 acres of fields, hills, woodland, lakes and gardens this breathtaking landscape hosts both permanent and temporary exhibitions of contemporary sculpture and art. www.ysp.co.uk

Charlotte's Ice Cream Parlour: Surrounded by fields and with this lovely ice cream parlour and coffee shop is well worth a visit. Delicious ice cream is produced using milk form their own herd of jersey cows. Enjoy fantastic views across the valley, the animals, and play area.

The Village of Holmfirth: Made famous as 'Last of the Summer Wine' country. Enjoy the unique character of the Holme Valley and spot your favourite TV locations including Nora Battys cottage and Compo's Cafe. The Village of Holmfirth

Salts Mill and Saltaire, Shipley, Bradford: Designated in 2001 as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, this attractive 'model' industrial village was conceived and constructed in the 1850s by Sir Titus Salt. The magnificent Salts Mill now houses the 1853 Gallery which has a large collection of works by the artist David Hockney, as well as a selection of shops and restaurants. www.saltsmill.org.uk

Eureka : The National Children's Museum, Halifax: Creative play activities for children and the child in all of us. A real family day out. www.eureka.org.uk

Kirkstall Abbey and Abbey House Museum, Leeds: Set in parkland along the banks of the River Aire Kirkstall Abbey is an excellent example of a medieval Cistercian Abbey. .www.leeds.gov.uk/kirkstallAbbey

Xscape : Castleford The country’s biggest REAL snow slope, an aerial assault course, rock climbing walls,indoor skateboard park, Laserzone, bowling, multiplex cinema, bars and restaurants and urban retail outlets. Action packed !! . www.xscape.co.uk

Thackray Medical Museum, Leeds 0ne of the UK's leading medical museums, the award-winning Thackray Museum, tells the story of and explains how our lives are changed by advances in medicine. . www.thackraymuseum.org

Within 40 Minutes by car:

Cannon Hall & Farm, near Barnsley: An Award winning working Farm. House, Parkland, Excellent Farm Shop. Superb family day out where children can feed and touch the animals and enjoy the fantastic Adventure Playground. www.cannonhallfarm.co.uk

Kirklees Light Railway: A fun day out for Steam Engine Lovers of all ages. Enjoy an 8 mile return trip pulled by one of the great little steam locomotives, and afterwards visit the gift shop, cafe, adventure playgrounds and more. Driver Experience courses are available and the 'Thomas' Theme days are magical for little Thomas fans. Visit the website for further details. www.kirkleeslightrailway.com

Nostell Priory: A National Trust Property. Exceptional collection of Chippendale furniture. Paintings, by Breughal, Lockey and Angelica Kauffman Lakeside landscaped gardens. 300 acres of parkland.Library. www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Haworth and the Bronte Parsonage: The literary home of the Bronte Family from 1820. Haworth and The Brontes

East Riddlesden Hall: A National Trust Property. 17th-century manor house. Country garden, grass maze and duck pond Herb Garden www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Brodsworth Hall, Doncaster: An English Heritage Property. A Yorkshire country house set in beautiful gardens. A lovely family day out. www.english-heritage.org.uk

Within 1 hour :

Skipton and Skipton Castle: . A pretty market town in North Yorkshire, known as The Gateway to the Dales with its own very well preserved medieval castle. www.skiptonweb.co.uk

City of York: . The City Walls.The fabulous Minster.The River. The Jorvik Viking Museum. The National Railway Museum. Bettys Tea Shop. Shopping ,Cafes, Restaurants and more. An easy day trip from Bronte Cottage. Catch the train from Dewsbury and watch the urban landscapes change to rural. Direct into York Station in approximately 45 minutes ! So quick and so relaxing. Take a rest from the car.!! www.visityork.org

Walking in West Yorkshire:

The Bronte Way and the Spen Valley Heritage Trail are easily accessible from Bronte Cottage. The Bronte Way is a 43 mile (69km) trail which includes areas of Bronte interest and concludes at Gawthorpe Hall near Burnley in Lancashire

Popular with walkers, the Kirklees area is host to a variety of national and way-marked trails including thePennine Way, the circular Kirklees Way, the Colne Valley Circular Walk, the Holme Valley Circular Walk, and more locally, The Pennine Moors including the National Trust's Marsden Moor Estate are to the south west of Huddersfield.

Nearby Calderdale also has a circular walkway stretching from Todmorden across to Hebden Bridge and Halifax to Baliff Bridge, returning via Sowerby Bridge, Cragg Vale and Todmorden.

The local Tourist Information Centre in Huddersfield provides useful guides and maps on numerous walking paths in the area.

For Families:

Oakwell Hall and Country Park: This splendid Elizabethan Manor House featured as "Fieldhead" in the Novel, Shirley by Charlotte Bronte. You can visit the house itself as well as the Country Footpaths, Visitors Centre, Shop, Cafe and Childrens Playground. A varied programme of Seasonal events and activities takes place throughout the year.

The Ponderosa Rural Therapeutic Centre , Heckmondwike: Set in landscaped grounds with small lakes, animals of all types, playgrounds, pony rides, cafe and restaurant. www.ponderosa-park.co.uk/centre/

Shibden Hall: Halifax: Beautiful early 15thC half-timbered house with period room settings from 17thC. set in a 90-acre park with Visitor Centre , Cafe, Adventure playground and boating lake. Shibden Hall, Halifax

Cannon Hall & Farm, near Barnsley: An Award winning working Farm. House, Parkland, Excellent Farm Shop. Superb family day out where children can feed and touch the animals and enjoy the fantastic Adventure Playground.

Kirklees Light Railway: A fun day out for Steam Engine Lovers of all ages. Enjoy an 8 mile return trip pulled by one of the great little steam locomotives, and afterwards visit the gift shop, cafe, adventure playgrounds and more. Driver Experience courses are available and the 'Thomas' Theme days are magical for little Thomas fans. Visit the website for further details. www.kirkleeslightrailway.com

Eureka : The National Children's Museum, Halifax: Creative play activities for children and the child in all of us. A real family day out. www.eureka.org.uk

The Royal Armouries, Leeds.

The National Media Museum, Bradford: An Award Winning National Museum which promotes an understanding and appreciation of Photography, Film, Television,Radio and the World Wide Web. Home of the giant IMAX screen. FREE ENTRY. www.nationalmediamuseum.org.uk

The National Coal Mining Museum,Wakefield.

The National Railway Museum , York

To Relax and Recuperate:

Easthorpe Hall - Award winning Health & Beauty Spa. Mirfield

Titanic Spa Huddersfield

Retail Therapy :

Harvey Nichols, Leeds: Take lunch and spoil yourself with Designer apparel in the famous Victoria Quarter, Leeds.

The Mill, Batley: A renovated textile mill complex which is now home to 4 floors of discounted high street fashion, homewares and gifts.

Redbrick Mill, Batley: Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere at this fabulous restored Mill which has four floors of inspiring designer furniture, accessories, art, cookware, gifts and cafes. .

Ikea, Birstall: This iconic Scandinavian store's wares can be purchased only 10 minutes drive from Bronte Cottage.

Theatre:

Alhambra Theatre, Bradford: .

The Victoria Theatre, Halifax: .

Leeds Grand Theatre and Opera: .

The West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds: .

The Lawrence Batley Theatre Huddersfield: .

Sporting Venues & Activities :

Cricket at Headingley Leeds: .

Galpharm Stadium , Huddersfield: .

LUFC Elland Road, Leeds: .

Welcome to Yorkshire :

Welcome to your Yorkshire : For detailed Tourism Information for the Yorkshire Region, click here. Welcome to Yorkshire

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