7 places to visit in West Yorkshire
West Yorkshire has some wonderful places to visit if you’re looking for a day out and some new places to visit or perhaps revisit some old favourites. In the north of England you can visit Yorkshire traditional villages, see some art sculptures or even a refurbished cloth hall. One thing is for certain, there are plenty of things to see and do across West Yorkshire.
Whether you’re looking to spend a few hours out of the house or go on a full-day trip for a memorable family day out, here are 7 of the best West Yorkshire locations which have something for all of the family.
The Piece Hall
The Piece Hall in Halifax began life as a cloth hall and has recently had a huge renovation. It is now full of independent shops, bars and restaurants. Located in the centre of Halifax town, you can easily park up and spend an hour or two exploring everything The Piece Hall has to offer. Grab some sweet treats from The Chocolate Shop, have lunch at The Trading Post and finish the day with a gin at Gin Lane.
The beautiful West Yorkshire village of Haworth is another place where you can explore lots of independent shops, cafes and bars. The Main Street is where the action is on a cobbled hill, a splendid spot for some photos to capture the day. Grab a pie from Hunters of Haworth, have a hot chocolate at Cobbles and Clay or enjoy some charcuterie from Pave. Whilst you’re there you can also visit the Bronte Museum to learn more about the history of Haworth’s famous literary family the Brontes.
With Salts Mill towering over the village, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Saltaire is always lovely to visit. With plenty of independent shops, cafes and bars all around the village and of course, the iconic Salts Mill you can get a feel for life in Victorian Bradford. Start your visit with a walk along the canal and take a visit to The Boathouse for some food or drink, or stop for a sandwich at The Quaffery and then have a beer at Salt.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
If you’re looking to spend some time outdoors and enjoy some art, then a visit to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park is a lovely place to travel to. With various different exhibitions taking place throughout the year, there is often something different to see each time you visit. Stop for some lunch or a drink in the cafe which overlooks the park.
The town of Ilkley is full of restaurants and cafes, plus there are some lovely shops to spend a few hours. Go for pizza at Galos Kitchen, have a fat rascal from Betty’s and stop for a gin at Ilkley Gin Lounge There are plenty of places to visit in Ilkley and you can easily get there by train from Leeds or Bradford. It’s one of my favourite places to spend an afternoon and you are spoilt for choice when it comes to food and drink.
Made famous by Last of the Summer Wine, there is more to Holmfirth than the TV show would have you believe. There is Holmfirth Vineyard, up in the hills on the outside of the village. After your visit enjoy some more wine at Oscars Wine Bar and have an incredible burger from Lou and Joe’s. It’s a lovely country village with a nice selection of bars, restaurants and shops.
National Media Museum
Take a day trip to the city of Bradford to discover everything the National Media Museum has to offer with its interactive elements and various exhibitions throughout the year. This is a great place to visit if you’re interested in photography, film, television, animation, gaming or the internet. Whilst there see a film at the IMAX and grab some lunch in the cafe.