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The Countryside on Your Doorstep

Yorkshire's unofficial capital is the gateway to the rest of the north and the perfect place from which to explore everything else Yorkshire has to offer.
Yorkshire Dales credit Martin Brent

The Great Outdoors

Whether you’re after an adrenaline rush or a quiet afternoon stroll, there are plenty of ways to make the most out of Yorkshire.

Exciting activities can be found all over the region, including mountain biking, climbing and caving. For something a bit more leisurely, take in some spectacular scenery with the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail, just one of the many popular walking trails in the Yorkshire Dales.

A bit closer to home, Roundhay Park, Golden Acre Park and Chevin Forest Park are great for escaping the hustle and bustle of the city, perfect for a kick about or a bit of solitude amongst the trees.

on the doorstep

West Yorkshire is home to a number of historic towns and villages that seem a world away from the city centre.

You can follow in the footsteps of the Bronte sisters in Haworth and Keighley, or marvel at the Victorian architecture of Ilkley before a meal at the Michelin starred restaurant The Box Tree.

Otley is a thriving market town just 10 miles from Leeds. This picturesque town is in the beautiful countryside of Lower Wharfedale and has a street market three times a week, a monthly Farmers’ Market, a wide range of specialist shops and award winning bakeries and butchers.

Hebden Bridge is a town known for its love of the arts, with festivals and events all year round. Saltaire, a world heritage site, set alongside the Leeds-Liverpool canal, is the perfect destination for absorbing some local history.

Saltaire - Credit Martin Brent
Sewerby Hall

Step a little further

Just over an hour from Leeds by train, the Yorkshire Coast offers everything from beautiful architecture to traditional seaside fun.

The largest holiday resort on the Yorkshire Coast, Scarborough is home to Europe’s biggest open air theatre. Sewerby Hall is Bridlington’s jewel in the crown, offering breath-taking views of the coastline, while Whitby takes a darker approach to the seaside, with tours exploring Dracula’s connection to the town and the Whitby Goth Festival, a prolific event within the subculture.

York also has a number of popular attractions, including York Minster, one of the world’s greatest cathedrals.