There's plenty to see and do in West Yorkshire. Our travel guide will help you find the best attractions and sights when on tour
West Yorkshire established itself as an unforgiving and tough textile industry during the 18th century. This area was once very popular with factories, mills and canals which were built for the transportation of raw materials and finished products.
Tropical World which is located at Roundhay Park is amongst the most popular attractions and its gardens are one of the most popular garden attractions in the United Kingdom. This venue houses the biggest collection of plants of tropical origin outside of Kew Gardens.
West Yorkshire offers a wealth of things to do even when it is raining, therefore there will never be a dull moment.
Abbey House museum was established in 1821 and it is one of the biggest museums that is operated by the local authority. This museum is home to one of the most spectacular multidisciplinary collections anywhere in the United Kingdom and the collection includes 1.3 million objects which are designed to entertain, educate and inspire visitors both young and old. The museum collects, interprets and preserves scientific, cultural and historical collections and sites.
Colne Valley Museum is an award winning museum and it is designed to represent a traditional weavers cottage and the setting will transport you back to the early part of 1850s. At this venue you can wander through the period living room and washing kitchen with a collection of Yorkshire flagstone floors and rag rugs.
There is many attractions and things to do in this area for couples.
The real ale trail is very popular with couples and it features six public houses that are full of character and each of them serves an ale that is locally brewed. As well as the six pubs that form part of the trail there are many other excellent pubs in the area which serve great food and drink. To work up an appetite there is a range of walks in the area and these can be adjusted to suit all abilities and they take in some of the best West Yorkshire scenery.
When you have enjoyed a busy day sightseeing why not relax and unwind at Alexandra House Spa, which is a rejuvenating and tranquil location where you can heal, revitalise and rest. Alexandra spa is housed in an historical building which has been carefully restored to offer a stunning and revived area.
If you fancy a bit of retail therapy Victoria Quarter is one of the best places to visit as it is one of the finest shopping areas in England with a wealth of designer brands. These shops are all housed within a superb grade two listed building. This haven for shopping is home to more than seventy stores offering lifestyle and fashion brands. There is also some fine places to eat at this shopping venue.
Having a holiday in West Yorkshire does not need to be expensive as there is lots of things to see and do for free.
The sculpture triangle trail is a great way to spend several hours exploring the work of great artists and there is four leading venues for culture in Yorkshire. Yorkshire is the birthplace of two modern sculptors who are important and these are Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth. The trail starts at Yorkshire Sculptor Park and there are more than one hundred sculptures that are spread across about five hundred acres of green parkland.
Bankfield Museum is a great way to spend a day and this museum dates back to 1887. The museum tells the story of Calderdale and Halifax and it makes use of diverse and rich collections. This museum is set in the attractive Akroyd Park in the centre of the model village. This venue houses displays covering art, toys, local history, costumes, textiles, jewellery and military history.
There is a great deal of choice when it comes down to family friendly days out in West Yorkshire.
Junction 32 outlet village offers a mini golf adventure and there are two courses to choose from which are Smugglers Bay and Skull Cove. All of the thirty six holes are riddled with dastardly traps and riddled with perils.
For adrenaline junkies Huddersfield climbing centre is something that should be on the to-do list. This centre prides itself on high quality facilities that are suitable for people of all abilities. This climbing centre offers bouldering, roped climbing and low level climbing. Each of the climbing areas are designed to give problems that the climbers need to overcome therefore giving a bit of challenge.
The national coal mining museum is another venue that is worth a visit. This museum is designed to keep alive the stories about coal mining and they create inspiring and enjoyable ways for people of all ages to learn and preserve the rich heritage of the industry.
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