Days Out Guide: Things to do in West Yorkshire

West Yorkshire, a region of bewitching natural beauty, alluring architectural designs and – yes, you guessed it – the best Yorkshire puddings. Take the time to discover the local interests in the form of stunning cities, giant rocks and waterfalls, botanical gardens and cosy tearooms. Take a look at our picks for the crème de la crème of fun days in West Yorkshire:

The best places to visit in West Yorkshire

Towns and Cities

This serene district comes prepped with bustling cities and quaint towns close at hand - complete with bakeries to boot, a warm cuppa and cake never too far away. Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield, Halifax and Keighley are all easily discoverable through local and national transport links. The Yorkshire Metro is a quick and easy way to travel around the local area – plus it’s a simple way to visit the most prestigious sites available to see.

  • Head to Leeds for shopping and sightseeing – visit the Leeds City Museum or take a tour around the Royal Armouries where in the summer you can watch dazzling displays of jousting and falconry.
  • Manor Heath Park and Jungle Experience is a year round tropical atmosphere in the heart of Halifax.
  • For the ultimate in Yorkshire dining, call in at one of Betty’s world famous tea rooms. Pop in for a cream scone after visiting the Manor House Museum and Art Gallery in Ilkley.


If the harmonious tranquillity and rural charm of the peaks, moors and dales are more appealing you’ll not regret heading off to discover the beauty of the West Yorkshire countryside. For an unforgettable day out why not try one of the following:

  • Yorkshire Sculpture Park is ideal for a peaceful day gazing at the illustrious workings of artists from around the globe.
  • National Trust site Hardcastle Crags, near the Town of Hebden Bridge, offers the most picturesque scenery around.
  • If you enjoy nature and wildlife, Fairburn Ings is the place to visit. Being a certified RSPB area this is a must see for nature lovers and amateur ornithologists.
  • The village of Saltaire near Bradford is a must see. A former textile mill on the river Aire, Saltaire was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2001 and attracts thousands of visitors.

Arts and Culture

West Yorkshire’s creative spirit can be found in the vast numbers of independent galleries, theatre companies and exhibitions dotted across the region. So, whether you’d like a fascinating night at the theatre or maybe a voyage to the past in one of the various museums, West Yorkshire has it all.

  • Why not visit the Bradford Cathedral to immerse yourself in the grandeur of this architectural treasure.
  • The Henry Moore Institute in Leeds is a celebration of sculpture from classical to modern. Founded by Henry Moore in 1977, the HMI boasts an award winning exhibitions venue as well as playing host to exhibitions and lectures year round.
  • In April, Harrogate welcomes visitors to the prestigious Spring Flower Show, where you can take a take a look at the incredible landscaping and floral art or join in with live cookery and gardening Q&A sessions with resident gardening experts.

Family Fun

Why not take the family for a day out in West Yorkshire? Teenagers and young adults can also relish their time in the White Rose County with go karting tracks, challenging team games and as well as activities on the more quaint side…

  • Visit ‘the best picture house in Leeds” - Hyde Park Picture House is the ultimate destination for film lovers and movie buffs showing films for viewers of all ages.
  • Take the family for a joyous day at Pirate Island Adventure Golf in Castleford – a great way to entertain the young ones!
  • Every generation will enjoy a weekend at the Ilkley Toy Museum – packed with everything from antique dolls to Thunderbird models.

It’s time to get planning your next day out to West Yorkshire! 

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