Right On Your Doorstep
Leeds is the perfect place from which to explore everything else Yorkshire has to offer
The Yorkshire Dales
The beauty of the Yorkshire Dales is just on the doorstep of the city. Discover beautiful valleys, delightful towns and villages, attractions, festivals, events and more.
The Dales are famous for its wonderful scenery. Deep valleys, known as dales, with roads meandering between drystone walls and a patchwork of hay meadows and field barns. Up above is heather moorland and distinctive hills, such as the much loved Three Peaks. Get there on the famous Leeds-Settle-Carlisle railway, one of the most spectacular train journeys in England, which cuts through the National Park using tunnels and viaducts, including the iconic Ribblehead.
Visit this outstanding place of beauty for the ultimate outdoor adventure.
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 hike up to the cow and calf rocks with stunning views, 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 whilst Salt’s Mill boasts a fantastic Hockney collection.
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.