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Day Trips from Leeds

There is lots to explore in Leeds with plenty to see and do but did you know Leeds is the perfect place for exploring the surrounding area? Here are some ideas for day trips from Leeds. You can easily get there and be back in Leeds in time for dinner and a show!
HAWORTH MOOR  - Credit Martin Brent

Add Haworth to your list to take in the landscape that inspired the Brontës. A trip to this charming village surrounded by rough, brooding moorland is sure to leave you inspired. Haworth is also becoming a haven for independent businesses, with luxurious hand made chocolates, to art galleries and an array of places to eat and drink. Whilst you are there don't miss the Bronte Parsonage Museum and the Keighley Worth Valley Railway, must see attractions whilst in Haworth.

Get there: Take the train from Leeds train station to Keighley, these run frequently and take 25 minutes.

Then hop on the Keighley Worth Valley Railway steam train from Keighley to Haworth for a memorable experience, be sure to check their timetable on the website. Or take the Brontë bus from Keighley train station to Haworth for a view of the area!

Otley and Otley Chevin Forest Park

Hike or cycle through the Otley Chevin Forest for stunning Wharfedale vistas from the 282-metre Surprise View summit. Be sure to visit Otley too, a quaint market town in a picturesque setting. Take a wander around through the cobbled streets and browse independent shops selling antiques, unique gifts, art and jewellery. Discover the town’s rich history, home of the country’s first interior designer Thomas Chippendale, the Wharfedale Press that revolutionised the printing industry, and quarries that helped build the very foundations of our democracy at the Palace of Westminster. Find out more about Otley here and find out more about Otley Chevin Forest Park here.

Get there: Take the X84 bus from Leeds Bus Station in the city centre. The X84 bus service connects Leeds to Otley which takes 45 minutes and passes along the lower slopes of the Otley Chevin Forest Park. Please check the X84 timetable on the WYMetro website.

Otley Chevin
City Park, Bradford - Visit Bradford

Bradford offers visitors a delightful mix of fresh air and natural beauty alongside heritage, culture and a modern city. Home to two UNESCO World Heritage sites, as well as two moorlands and a city brimming with rich cultural attractions, there’s an abundance of things to do for visitors. Home to the UK’s National Media Museum, Bradford also boasts the Bronte Parsonage, The Alhambra Theatre, Cartwright Hall and Impressions Gallery. Find out more about Bradford here.

Get there: There are frequent trains from Leeds to Bradford, the journey takes approximately 20 minutes. Alternatively, the X6 bus takes around 40 minutes.

Hop on a train to Ilkley for a scenic walk on the famous Ilkley Moor and find the Cow and Calf; a large rock formation consisting of an outcrop and boulder, also known as Hangingstone Rocks. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, call into the famous Bettys Tea Room for some quintessentially English refreshments and explore the attractive town.

Find out more about Ilkely here and read more about walking on Ilkley Moor here.

Get there: Take the train from Leeds Train Station to Ilkley, these run frequently and take 25 minutes. If you’d prefer to take the bus, it is the bus X84 and takes approximately 1 hour. Please check the X84 timetable on the WYMetro website.

Cow and Calf at Barden Fell on Ilkley Moor - credit Visit Britain, James McCormick
Saltaire Walk- credit Martin Brent

Saltaire is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, thanks to its preservation as a Victorian industrial village. Mill owner Sir Titus Salt built the village for his workers and today Saltaire attracts millions of visitors to its magnificent architecture and visitor attractions.

Salts Mill is a place for art, dining and shopping in one stunning historic building. Parking and entrance is free. Inside you can admire our very big collection of works by David Hockney, be inspired by the very best in independent retail and enjoy our bustling restaurants and cafes. You can also learn about the history of the Mill in our People and Process and Saltaire History exhibitions

Get there: Trains run frequently from Leeds Train Station to Saltaire and take approximately 15 minutes.

Wakefield is the birthplace of renowned sculptors Dame Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore. The Hepworth Wakefield is Yorkshire's landmark gallery for the visual arts while Yorkshire Sculpture Park is a fantastic day out for the whole family. Take in the splendour of an 18th century National Trust mansion and discover the stories of the local people at Castleford, Pontefract and Wakefield museums. Fancy a festival? There’s lots to choose from. Sample the local produce at the Festival of Food, Drink & Rhubarb, delight your sweet tooth at the Pontefract Liquorice Festival and grab your bucket and spade for Seaside in the City. Find out more about Wakefield here.

Get there: Frequent trains run from Leeds Train Station to Wakefield, the journey takes just over 10 minutes. Alternatively, the 110 bus from Leeds to Wakefield takes 37 minutes.

The Hepworth Wakefield. © Hufton + Crow
Milnsbridge Wharfe Dawn Reflection Huddersfield Kirklees

The birthplace of the international sport, Rugby League, Huddersfield is home to beautiful architecture and was recently voted the third happiest place to live in the UK, meaning visitors will always receive a warm welcome. Huddersfield is a true Yorkshire town with bags of character and charm. The district also comprises a number of riverside town and villages offering visitors a taste of the Yorkshire countryside. Highlights in Huddersfield include; Oakwell Hall, Holmfirth, Standedge Tunnel, Yorkshire’s Kirklees Light Railway and The Mill, Batley.

Get there: There are direct trains from Leeds to Huddersfield which take 19 minutes. It is possible to take the 202 or 203 bus from Leeds to Huddersfield but this takes 1 hour 45 minutes.

 

York

York is a beautiful historic city with quaint cobbled streets and plenty to see including York Minster, Jorvik Viking Museum and Railway Museum. Delve into the city's vibrant café culture, take time out to enjoy some of the country's most talented street entertainers or simply watch the world go by while sipping a drink by the river. Visitors to York can enjoy hundreds of attractions, museums, historic buildings, tours, shops, restaurants and bars within the compact walled city. Find out more about York here.

Get there: York is easy to access by train from Leeds Train Station and takes just 22 minutes. If you’d prefer to take the bus, the ZAP service runs from Leeds Bus Station and takes approximately 1 hour.

York at sunset -  credit VistBritain / Andrew Pickett