City Life

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City Life

Seven amazing cities Whether you’re a shopaholic, a lover of culture, sports fanatic, looking for luxury or searching out the very best food, drink and nightlife, Yorkshire’s brilliant cities have it all covered. The cobbled streets of historic York, glitzy urban cool of Leeds, the contrasting industrial heritage and lush greenery of Sheffield, and the maritime city of Hull, with its powerful, seafaring past and dynamic contemporary culture scene help to make Yorkshire home to some of the most exciting and varied cities in the country. Cathedral city Ripon may be the UK’s smallest, but has a grandeur way beyond its size. Film and curry capital Bradford combines the youngest population in Europe with the rich heritage of nearby Brontë country, while Wakefield boasts world class sculpture spaces and proudly showcases its unique local produce. With globally renowned arts organisations, many national museums and stunning architecture, culture vultures, history buffs and action heroes will all be in their element. From boutique B&Bs to some of the country’s plushest hotels you’ll get the same life affirming, warm Yorkshire welcome, to set you up for some of the best city breaks you’ll find anywhere.

Front cover image clockwise from top left: Discover Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb in Wakefield. Sheffield Steelers at Sheffield Arena. The Deep in Hull. Amazing cocktails at The Gatsby Bar in Sheffield. Bradford City Hall. Jorvik Viking Centre in York. Hull Old Town. A famous golden owl at Leeds Civic Hall. Ripon Cathedral. Delicious dishes at The Grand, York. Incredible interiors at York Minster. Ripon Prison and Police Museum. Phoenix Dance Theatre in Leeds. This page top to bottom: Yorkshire Sculpture Park near Wakefield. Leeds Town Hall on the Headrow. Hull Truck Theatre. Bradford’s National Media Museum.



Surprising Sheffield

Images left to right: Ecclesall Road. Europe’s greenest city. Weston Park Museum. Millennium Gallery.

Sheffield is a city of surprises and contrasts - known as the ‘Steel City’ in recognition of its significant industrial heritage, it is also Europe’s greenest city. Discover fascinating museums, a vibrant music scene and enticing dining options just minutes away from the picturesque Peak District National Park.

See the sites There’s so much to see in Sheffield, whether packed into a morning walk or a more leisurely day out. Start your day with a morning stroll around the Botanical Gardens, created in 1833 to provide the Victorian population with a place to enjoy fresh air. The gardens have sweeping lawns, Grade II linear glass pavilions, colourful herbaceous borders and impressive fountain and water features.

Hit the shops Sheffield boasts a great mix of high street brands and quirky independents. The Devonshire Quarter is home to many independent stores and pretty boutiques. Off to Ecclesall Road next to explore its plethora of chic designer offerings. Make sure to stop by Cocoa Wonderland the independent chocolate factory and shop. Go and see the chocolate making in action or even stop by for a totally chocolate themed afternoon tea in their café.

The Peace Garden, with its water features offers a pleasant spot to rest whilst taking in the gothic architecture of Sheffield. Close by, the contemporary Winter Garden is one of the largest temperate glasshouses to be built in the UK and the largest urban glasshouse anywhere in Europe. It showcases 2,500 stunning plants from around the world. For an alternative view of the city, take to the water with a trip along the historic Sheffield and Tinsley Canal. Come aboard at Victoria Quays basin with A + G Passenger Boats and travel back in time taking in Sheffield’s steel history. Turn at the top of Tinsley locks some 90 feet above the valley below.

Despite its name, you’ll find no heather or sheep here, The Moor is home to many desirable high street stores as well as a vibrant and inspiring market which has been described by the Independent newspaper as “the Borough Market of the north” and a haven for food lovers. Nearby, Fargate offers a further selection of shops and is flanked on one end by Coles Corner – a legendary Sheffield landmark and meeting point for lovers that was made famous by Richard Hawley’s critically acclaimed album of the same name. Crystal Peaks Shopping Centre houses over 100 independent stalls in its covered market place as well as the latest fashion and gift stalls in its retail park.



early industrialisation to modern times. Learn what it was like to live and work in the city during the industrial revolution, the Victorian era and through two world wars. Discover how steel making forged both the city of today and the world!

History and discovery With such an exciting heritage, Sheffield offers many opportunities to travel back in time and learn about its fascinating history. Head to Kelham Island just outside the city centre. This museum showcases Sheffield’s industrial history, from

Located in a Grade II listed building, Weston Park Museum tells the story of Sheffield from its prehistory to the present day. The unique National Emergency Services Museum offers a fascinating insight into the history of the 999 crews. With over 50 vehicles on display from manual and horse power to steam and motor. There’s also three floors of exhibits to discover.

At the Millennium Gallery you’ll find contemporary art and design alongside exhibitions revealing more of Sheffield’s unique steel heritage and interesting guest exhibitions. At Graves Gallery you will find classic and modern artworks including pieces by Cezanne, Turner and Damien Hirst.

9 ways to see Sheffield Cocoa Wonderland For those with a sweet tooth. Indulge and enjoy the collection of dainty sweet and savoury chocolate-infused delights.


DRINK The Forum A Sheffield institution, this bar offers a range of great food and drink throughout the day and into the night.

Crucible Corner The perfect spot for a pre-theatre bite. Serving upmarket pub classics like burgers and pies. You may even spot an actor or two!




All Siam Thai A taste of the exotic - tantalise your taste buds as you savour classic Thai dishes.

STAY Jonas Hotel Great value home from home accommodation with communal areas to unwind and self cater.

Public Bar A discreet bar in a former toilet below Sheffield’s council HQ. Cocktails, food, aperitivo and vinyl. What more do you need to know?

The Great Gatsby With all the quirky glitz and glam its name suggests. A fantastic liquor range and mouth watering seasonal small plates from across the globe!

Copthorne Hotel A modern 4 star hotel with ensuite guest rooms and a restaurant serving delicious British cuisine at their restaurant 18fifty5.

Brocco on the Park Winner of a White Rose Award, 2018. A luxury boutique hotel where guests can sleep soundly and dine in style.

Be entertained

There is never a dull moment in Sheffield, with a vibrant and exciting choice of live entertainment across the whole city.

Acting up For a diverse programme of plays and musicals, look no further than Sheffield Theatres, home to the world famous Crucible Theatre and the beautiful Lyceum with its proscenium arch. As well as producing its own original shows, the Crucible is also home to the annual World Snooker Championships.

City of sport If you love sport, visit Sheffield Arena, home to the Steelers ice hockey team who host many games throughout the year as well as many music greats.

The right note Sheffield is renowned for producing some of the greatest modern day artists like the Artic Monkeys, Pulp, Def Leopard and the Human League, so finding fantastic live music here isn’t difficult. Among many places to listen to music and have a drink, the renowned Tramlines Festival will be taking place between 31 July and 2 August 2020, presenting a large line up of top bands and comedians.


Sheffield in the area 1 Doncaster Racecourse Doncaster A friendly Yorkshire welcome awaits you at Doncaster Racecourse - home to the William Hill St Leger Festival. Race days have been drawing appreciative crowds for centuries and the course has long been regarded as one of Europe’s finest.


2 The Cooper Gallery Barnsley The Gallery hosts a regular programme of contemporary touring exhibitions including the Craft Showcase which features crafts and artwork for sale by regional and local artists.

5 Brodsworth Hall and Gardens Doncaster

© Kyte Photography

One of the most complete surviving examples of England’s Victorian country houses. Within the grounds, a collection of ‘grand gardens in miniature’, have been restored to their Victorian splendour, reflecting the tastes and aspirations of Victorian country gentry.

3 Elsecar Heritage Centre and Railway Barnsley A great family attraction. A working hub of industry craft workshops, artist studios, antique centres and exhibitions, café and a historical steam railway running between Rockingham Station and Elsecar Heritage Centre, through some of Yorkshire’s most fascinating and historic countryside.




Cannon Hall Farm

Wentworth Woodhouse





Welcoming you into a world of animal magic, the farm is home to hundreds of animals, from highland cattle calves to llamas and donkeys – sometimes even baby wallabies too! And if you’ve not heard of sheep racing, be prepared for a new experience!

A Grade I listed stately home with the longest façade of any country house in England. It stands in 87 acres of gardens and grounds and has extensive views over former parkland, including a deer park and lakes. For something a little different, prebook a rooftop tour.

One of Europe’s largest department indoor shopping centres. Shop the latest high street and designer fashions, browse the extensive beauty offering for both products and indulgent spa services, and let the 230 stores inspire your gift ideas.



Experience Doncaster Doncaster is a historical market town situated at the southern edge of Yorkshire. The town is well known for its markets, including the recently refurbished Wool Market bringing a brand new destination to the town centre. Visit Doncaster and you’ll also discover horseracing, a rich railway heritage and the award winning Yorkshire Wildlife Park, which is located just four miles outside of the town centre, home to over 300 different animals. Doncaster has a lot to offer for those of you that love to shop til’ you drop. We have a huge variety of shopping options including town centre malls, retail parks, our very own Outlet Shopping and some brilliant independents for clothing, homeware and unique gifts.

Images clockwise from bottom left: Project Polar at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park. Doncaster Minster. Cast Theatre. Wool Market. Doncaster Corn Exchange.



Above and below © Ben Harrison Photography

By night Doncaster comes to life offering a whole host of entertainment for all tastes. Whether you want to experience Doncaster’s thriving live music scene or you want a more chilled night out with trendy restaurants and bars before catching a show at the theatre, Doncaster has it all. Don’t forget to squeeze in some time to visit some of Doncaster’s most loved historical sites including the stunning grade 1 listed Mansion House situated at the heart of the town centre, Doncaster Minster - one of Doncaster’s most architecturally impressive buildings and Doncaster Museum where you can learn a lot more about Doncaster’s history.



Wow it’s Wakefield Wakefield is a hidden gem. Its location makes it the perfect base for exploring all that Yorkshire has to offer and yet, there’s enough in the locality to keep you occupied and interested. From culture to countryside, the city is part of the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle, with many heritage sites, beautiful scenery and of course its world famous rhubarb!

City of sculpture Images top to bottom: Yorkshire Sculpture Park. The Hepworth Wakefield.

Covering 200 exhibitions across four venues, the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle is Europe’s sculpture capital with Wakefield home to two of these venues. The Hepworth Wakefield is the most central, just a fifteen-minute walk from the cathedral on the city’s historic waterfront. The award-winning gallery was named after Barbara Hepworth, one of the most important artists of the 20th century. It is also home to Wakefield’s art collection – an impressive collection of contemporary British work including galleries exploring Hepworth’s art and working style. The gallery has also been working with internationally renowned garden designer Tom Stuart-Smith to transform its outdoor site from unused land into a beautiful free public garden. The garden has a rolling programme of outdoor sculptures, special events and commissions for all to enjoy.

© Mark Atkins / Art Fund 2017

Just a 20-minute drive out of the city centre is the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, frequently referred to as one of the great jewels of the English countryside. It’s an international centre for modern and contemporary art displaying sculptures by world-renowned artists within its parkland setting.



Events See websites for times FEBRUARY 2020

Wakefield Festival of Food, Drink & Rhubarb © Wakefield Council

Did you know that the Rhubarb Triangle is a nine square mile area between Wakefield, Morley and Rothwell? The festival celebrates the region’s famous Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb and showcases the finest regional produce with cookery displays and entertainment.

JULY 2020

Pontefract Liquorice Festival

From cathedrals to coal Wakefield Cathedral’s towering spire can be seen from most of the city’s vantage points. Open throughout the week, visitors never fail to be impressed by its fine medieval carvings and the world’s most complete collection of stained glass by Charles Kempe.

You can expect plenty of fun and sweet surprises! Pontefract Liquorice Festival is a delicious programme of arts and heritage festivities suitable for all the family. Pomfretians welcome all for a fun, festive, tasty weekend of liquorice, music, mirth and merriment.

A little further away, spanning the River Calder, is Wakefield’s medieval bridge on which stands the Chantry Chapel of St Mary the Virgin – England’s oldest and most lavish surviving bridge chapel. The National Coal Mining Museum is an ever popular day out with visitors to Wakefield. You’ll be welcomed by a miner who will travel with you 140 metres underground to explore England’s last surviving deep coalmine. To gain more insight into Wakefield’s heritage, pay a visit to Wakefield Museum and learn about the history of its people and their lives, going back a thousand years, including being a 19th Century prisoner in Wakefield Jail, exploring the area’s rugby heritage and learning about its rhubarb legacy.

3 ways to stay in Wakefield STAY

£ Holiday Inn Just a 10 minute drive to the centre, the hotel features a restaurant, lounge and bar and the famous Holiday Inn breakfast.


££ Cedar Court Hotel Welcoming and modern, offering guests convenience, comfort and great hospitality with landscaped gardens and terrace.

£££ The Waterton Park Hotel & Spa A gracious and now luxurious Georgian mansion on an island surrounded by its own lake. The perfect place to unwind.


Nostell © National Trust Images.

Wakefield in the area Tell us a story


Pontefract Castle


Kirklees Light Railway

This once-fearsome fortress dominated Yorkshire and beyond, earning the nickname, “Key to the North”. Bring a picnic, take in the magnificent sites and museum displays and check out the exciting programme of events including Proms in the Castle and battle re-enactments!

A Palladian mansion set in a large park just south of Wakefield. Built on the site of a medieval priory, Nostell is an eighteenth century country house with over 300 acres of park just waiting to be explored. With tranquil lakeside walks and a colourful rose garden there’s many a perfect picnic spot.

Take a trip on Yorkshire’s Great Little Steam Trains on this 15-inch narrow-gauge railway, running for three and-a-half miles through the beautiful South Pennine foothills. Once a standard gauge branch line, it has been extensively redeveloped to become a popular all-weather family attraction!


Active adventurers RSPB Fairburn Ings Castleford With walks through the winding trails of woodland, wetland and grassland, Fairburn Ings offers the perfect opportunity to see and enjoy a wide variety of wildlife. There is something for the whole family, from feeding the ducks to pond dipping; you can even take on the Wildlife Challenge. Why not recharge the batteries while the kids let off some steam in the play area? Look out for the flash of blue as a kingfisher darts by, and listen for the ‘peewit’ of noisy lapwings.

Pugneys Country Park Calder Valley To the west of the city centre, Pugneys is the place to be for water sport lovers. The 300 acre park provides a venue for formal and informal leisure and recreational pursuits. Try your hand at sailing, windsurfing and canoeing. Within the park is a lake which is a designated Local Nature Reserve enjoyed by bird watchers. Cycling and walking are also popular with spectacular views along the Calder Valley.

Snozone Castleford Ski and snowboard on real snow – but indoors! Take lessons or just enjoy the snow at your own pace. Visitors can also experience the exhilaration of snow sports in one of our sledging sessions, great fun for all ages in a safe family environment. Discover Snozone Orbit – revolving, fully adjustable carpet which offers a fun way to learn to ski and snowboard.


RSPB Fairburn Ings.


Relive it in Ripon This unspoilt cathedral city is a North Yorkshire gem. Just over 1300 years old it is the third smallest city in England. With a thriving market place, rich cultural heritage and of course, the cathedral. Ripon is also just 10 miles from the magnificent Dales countryside.

Morning A lovely place to start your day in Ripon has to be the cathedral. Dominating the city’s skyline, this magnificent building is inspiring; a place of faith, fascination and history. You can see the country’s oldest cathedral crypt, built in imitation of Christ’s tomb. Discover carvings said to have inspired Lewis Carroll and don’t miss free lunchtime concerts, festivals, fairs and exhibitions which run throughout the year. Next, walk down Kirkgate to Ripon’s Market Square. It was previously the main thoroughfare between the ecclesiastical cathedral and commercial Market Place. Pop into Karma, a quirky gift shop offering everything from crystal salt lamps to aromatherapy lotions. You’ll soon arrive at the Market Square - described by Daniel Defoe as ‘the finest and most beautiful square that is to be seen of its kind in England’. Today the square remains the heart and soul of Ripon with a Thursday market and shopping streets lined with medieval and Georgian buildings housing independent boutiques and high street favourites. Feeling peckish? Wilfrid’s Café is sure to cater to your tastes from a full English breakfast to sandwiches and cake. And it’s dog friendly!


A short walk away To complete your morning, Ripon’s museums are just a short walk away. All three follow a theme of law and order; so if you are into crime TV then you will definitely want to pay a visit to one or more of these award winning museums.

Prison and Police Museum Sit in a prison cell and imagine the harsh conditions of Victorian prison regimes. Try on prison and police uniforms, experience turning the crank or be hung in chains. Complete with displays and collections, you’ll learn exactly what went on behind these closed doors.

Ripon Courthouse Museum The Courthouse remains virtually unchanged since it was built in 1830 and you can stand in the dock to hear your fate or sit at the magistrates’ bench to deliver the verdict. Displays tell the story of the courthouse and the people who have passed through it.

Ripon Workhouse Museum Ripon Union Workhouse was a place of last resort. Walk in the steps of the Victorian pauper and experience the austere atmosphere with displays of workhouse food, uniforms and the hard labour they were made to endure.


Afternoon For your afternoon we suggest an outing to one of the famous nearby attractions. For history and beauty, drive the short distance to Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal. This UNESCO World Heritage site and National Trust property promises to surprise and captivate with its vast Cistercian abbey ruins, Georgian water garden, medieval deer park, Elizabethan Hall and Gothic church. If you’d prefer a stately home, then visit Newby Hall and Gardens, just a short drive away. One of England’s finest country houses, it has 25 acres of award-winning gardens, full of rare and beautiful plants. There is also a miniature railway, woodland discovery walk and contemporary sculpture park.

Swinton Park

Evening You can spend an enjoyable evening in the city. The Old Deanery is located in the shadow of the cathedral and The Royal Oak is just a stones throw away from the Market Square, both serving dinner made up of the best Yorkshire produce. The Sawley Arms is a delightful English country pub located close to Fountains Abbey serving fresh food combined with traditional ales and an excellent wine list. Head out of Ripon’s centre towards Masham and you can enjoy Swinton Park’s 3 AA rosette Samuel’s Restaurant featuring fruit, vegetables and herbs grown in the hotel’s four acre walled garden. After dinner, venture back to Ripon for a drink at one of its pubs. Every evening at 9pm, you’ll be able to witness Ripon’s longest standing event, the horn blower “setting the watch”, a delightful example of this city’s ancient charm. It’s no wonder that Alfred the Great awarded the city with a Royal Charter.

Whichever you choose, either will keep you occupied for the whole afternoon and you’ll probably leave wanting to return. Both have restaurants and tea rooms offering light lunch or afternoon tea.

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden © National Trust Images.

3 ways to stay in Ripon STAY

£ Riverside Meadows Country Caravan Park Welcoming touring caravans and tents to this lovely park which nestles on the side of the River Ure.


££ The Royal Oak A short walk from the cathedral makes it the ideal place from which to explore the city. Stylish bedrooms and hearty traditional breakfasts.

£££ Grantley Hall A luxury 5* hotel and wellness retreat. Set in 38 acres of landscaped grounds, with elite spa facilities, a luxury gym and fine dining.


Harrogate and area

Harrogate is one of Yorkshire’s most elegant towns and is only 12 miles from Ripon. With its picturesque flower bedecked streets, the Stray with its miles of town centre grassland and lots of bars, restaurants and shops, it’s no wonder that Harrogate was recently voted the happiest place to live.

Harrogate Turkish Baths Harrogate is famous for its Turkish Baths, the most historically complete in the country. Enjoy a total spa experience in traditional Victorian surroundings amidst mosaic and marble floors. With a treatment menu continuously evolving to meet the ever-changing needs of visitors, you are sure to have an unforgettable experience.

RHS Garden Harlow Carr One of England’s best known gardens, Harlow Carr is a showcase of horticultural excellence. Stroll around the gardens for beautiful vistas at every turn. Year round events include gardening themed weekends, family holiday activities, plant fairs, food and drink festivals, outdoor music, theatre and film, and guided tours and trails.


Royal Pump Room Museum Housed in Harrogate’s premier spa building the museum brings Harrogate’s spa history to life. Learn about the sensible and bizarre spa treatments experienced by the Victorians. Home to Europe’s strongest sulphur well, make sure you don’t leave without a tasting session of the town’s famous mineral water.

Slingsby Gin Tasting Choose from The Spirit of Gin or their brand-new Master Distiller Experience which includes a tasting session to find your preferred style of botanicals to distil your very own gin in one of Slingsby’s mini copper stills. And to finish off, bottle with your very own personalised label and take home to enjoy!

Bettys Café Tea Rooms


Dating back to 1919, Bettys is one of Harrogate’s most recognisible landmarks. Visit today and you’ll be spoilt for choice with over 300 breads, cakes and chocolates, as well as 50 teas and coffees. At the Café Bar, you’ll find a selection of classic pastries to accompany your morning coffee. You’ll also find continental-style open sandwiches for the perfect lunchtime treat, and mouth-watering handmade cakes, tortes and patisserie.

Harrogate Theatres attract thousands of comedy lovers to their annual Comedy Festival. Throughout the year there’s also a varied programme of theatre, music and dance at the theatre, Royal Hall and Convention Centre. Harrogate International Festivals are the home to Harrogate Music Festival, Harrogate International Sunday Series (attracting some of the world’s brightest talent in chamber music) as well as the Crime Writing Festival.


Out and about

Ripley village A model estate village with charming shops, an art gallery, delicatessen and Farmyard Museum. The Boar’s Head pub and the castle tea rooms are both great stops for some refreshments whilst you visit the village. The beautiful buildings were remodelled on the French village of Alsace. It even has a Hotel de Ville.


Black Sheep Brewery The ‘Shepherded’ brewery tours take approximately one hour and include a fascinating trip around the brewhouse and fermenting room. Experience the Black Sheep brewing process whilst taking in the aromas of English hops and malted barley. The tour ends with a glass of Black Sheep award-winning ale. You can also enjoy a meal in the split-level Bistro and Baa...r which serves locally sourced culinary delights.


Ripley Castle

Ripon Races Home to some of the country’s most exciting, prestigious and enjoyable racing. For over 300 years, Ripon Racecourse has never failed to impress with its outstanding back drop and exciting atmosphere.


Discover the Yorkshire Dales The Yorkshire Dales is home to outstanding scenery, great castles, abbeys and a breathtakingly peaceful atmosphere. Each of the Yorkshire Dales has a different character. The Southern Dales are less remote, yet still wildly beautiful. The Northern Dales provide wild heather moorland and valleys full of hay meadows, dry stone walls and barns. And in the West, the pretty villages and small towns each have their own charm. The Dales are well worth a visit at any time of year. © National Trust Images / Solent News

Visit the 700 year old castle steeped in history with magnificent grounds, lakes, deer park, walled gardens, hothouses and kitchen garden. The guided tours are amusing and informative, following the lives and loves of one family across some 700 years and how they have been affected by events in English history.


From independent art galleries and major international exhibitions to amazing theatre and incredible festivals, there’s an artistic feast just waiting to be discovered in Yorkshire’s cities. Images left to right: The Hepworth Wakefield. Leeds West Indian Carnival Š Simon Hulme.

Love Leeds

One of the country’s most vibrant and lively cities, Leeds has so much to offer. Acclaimed museums, art galleries and theatres sit alongside leading fashion brands, the widest choice of restaurants, bars and nightclubs. In Leeds there really is something on every street corner.

A shopper’s paradise Shops range from casual to couture, stores from chain to quirky independents. Don’t miss Leeds Kirkgate Market - the largest indoor market in Europe. For your high street brands, Leeds’ main shopping street, Briggate, and neighbouring Trinity Shopping Centre are the places to visit. Trinity alone is home to over 120 shops, bars and restaurants so you’ll be sure to find what you’re after whilst also indulging in some authentic street food, rooftop fine dining or a cocktail bar (or two!). For all your designer delights don’t miss Victoria Gate and Victoria Quarter. Victoria Quarter houses Europe’s largest stained-glass window and complete with beautiful architecture provides a picturesque and luxury shopping experience. Victoria Gate is relatively new to Leeds, home to many high-end brands and John Lewis’ biggest department store outside London. For your inspirational independents, the Corn Exchange, a stunning Grade I listed building features a wide range of shops, mouth-watering cafés, vintage markets and record fairs.

A sporting city Leeds is known for its strong sporting heritage. Having hosted events such as the Cricket World Cup, Tour de Yorkshire and the ITU World Triathlon Series it is also home to the Leeds Rhinos, Yorkshire Carnegie, Yorkshire County Cricket Club and Leeds United. Triathlon winners, the Brownlee brothers and Olympic boxing champion Nicola Adams also hail from the city. Take Part: The Age UK Leeds Abbey Dash is one of the fastest annual 10k road races around. With a friendly atmosphere and unbeatable spirit it’s the perfect place to achieve your goals or support the thousands of people taking part whilst making a crucial difference to the lives of older people.



Let Leeds entertain you Leeds is home to some of the country’s best performing arts companies. With the best of theatre, opera, dance and a vibrant music scene you’ll have no trouble finding something entertaining for your tastes. Opera North is one of Europe’s leading arts companies and has performed many world premieres including Jonathan Dove’s The Adventures of Pinocchio. Leeds also leads the way in the UK’s dance scene. Phoenix Dance Theatre is the UK’s longest established contemporary dance company outside of London whilst Northern Ballet is home to one of the country’s leading ballet companies.

Images left to right: Trinity Leeds. Victoria Gate. Joe Root playing for Yorkshire. Northern Ballet’s production of Cinderella.

Leeds also features four outstanding theatres and the award winning First Direct Arena where the biggest stars such as Elton John and Pearl Jam have performed as well as major events like the Blue Planet 2 concert. For the best in contemporary theatre, check out Leeds Playhouse, for original productions, the Carriageworks and City Varieties Music Hall are nationally famous for comedy and music and Leeds Grand for a top-notch touring West End musical, ballet and opera. Head slightly out of the city centre and arrive at Yeadon Town Hall, presenting a range of theatre, music, comedy, film and events.

9 ways to see Leeds Trinity Kitchen For the best street food in Leeds. With new street food vans every eight weeks; from ribs to noodles to dumplings to pizza.


DRINK Tiled Hall Café A magnificent Victorian space in Leeds Art Gallery where you can enjoy the beautiful features while enjoying a cup of something delicious.

The Tetley A freshly prepared menu with a Yorkshire twist. Great quality food whether you’re after breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner.




Tattu Modern Chinese cuisine in a beautiful setting fusing traditional flavours with modern cooking techniques and exquisite presentation.


STAY The Art Hostel Affordable accommodation in the city centre, created by artists, contributing to a true artistic experience during your stay.

Headrow House A classic Beer Hall with over 60 beers from around the world and a terrace bar serving everything from craft beer to classic cocktails.

Salon Prive Featuring over 180 gins and special gin & tonic pairings, Salon Prive is Greek Street’s terraced bar in The Dakota Hotel.

Met Hotel, Leeds A leading 4* hotel in the city centre. Enjoy seasonally inspired dining and relaxed drinking at the restaurant and bar.

Dakota Leeds Excellent service and luxury accommodation with an award-winning bar and grill. It’s the detail that really stays with you.


Yorkshire’s party capital Leeds boasts a terrific night life – from food to drinks to clubs and more. Whether wanting to party until dawn or relax with a quiet pint, Leeds has the right place for you.

Millennium Square For a relaxing start to your evening, sit outside and sip on a mouth-watering cocktail at one of the bars in Millennium Square. If you’re feeling fancy then drop by Dirty Martini, a sleek and sophisticated bar perfect for a drink and a natter or late-night partying. If you’re feeling peckish, they also have a tasty range of small plates and platters.

Call Lane For a lively party vibe with room to dance, Call Lane is the place to be. Brimming with cocktail bars and nightclubs, it’s the perfect place to let your hair down, whatever your musical taste.

Traditional pubs Discover Leeds’ traditional pubs hidden down narrow cobbled side streets along Briggate for a quiet pint of Yorkshire ale or take a stroll to Northern Monk Brewery - the perfect spot for a pint on a summers eve, with a traditional bar featuring flagstone floors, iron pillars and exposed brick walls. They also serve a range of small plates focusing on pairing beers with food.

A visual feast The Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle is made up of four leading arts venues and two of them are in Leeds.

Leeds Art Gallery Discover one of the best collections of British art outside of London. This 130 year old Grade II listed building showcases a wealth of art by well-known artists and an exhibition programme which cuts across the historic and contemporary.

The Henry Moore Institute Named after one of the most significant British artists of the 20th Century, it comprises of three beautiful gallery spaces which host an ever-changing programme of exhibitions accompanied by tours, talks and events which explore sculpture from ancient to modern.


Step back in time The Royal Armouries Museum Home to Britain’s national collection of arms and armour. See the weapons and armour of warriors through the ages, from early medieval knights to the modern-day soldier. With exciting handson history activities and live combat demonstrations you’ll get closer to the action than ever before!

Thackray Medical Museum Formerly the Leeds Union Workhouse, this Grade II listed building now houses interactive galleries and exhibitions that tell the story of medicine through the ages and into the future. Hear and smell what it was like to walk the grimy streets of Victorian Leeds.

Leeds City Museum Discover four floors of interactive and exciting galleries, exploring everything from the Ancient Worlds, to displays reflecting people’s lives in the city today. Dig for fossils in the Life on Earth gallery and come face-to-face with the Leeds Tiger.

Leeds Industrial Museum Housed inside Armley Mill – once the world’s biggest woollen mill. Uncover the experiences of the generations who worked here and see the magnificent Grade II listed historic building. Get close to the looms and spinning mules and find out how work has changed through time.


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Leeds Cookery School A vibrant new cookery school offering a range of exclusive chef-led cookery classes, demonstrations and courses in a bespoke training kitchen within a truly unique venue. Whether a beginner or kitchen pro, there’s something for everyone. From bread making essentials, pasta masterclasses, tapas to Saturday night takeaway, learn from the best with those who share your passion for food.


Harewood House This historic Georgian property comes with beautiful gardens and breathtaking views. You’ll find art, culture and heritage, ever changing exhibitions, a bird sanctuary with penguins and a shimmering lake with boat rides available. You may also recognise the house - it was the 19th Century Buckingham Palace in the popular ITV drama, ‘Victoria’.


Oulton Hall & Spa


Temple Newsam House & Farm Explore 500 years of history and 1500 acres of scenic parkland at one of the area’s finest historic houses. The birthplace of Lord Darnley, notorious husband of Mary Queen of Scots, its history is brought to life through the story telling of the people who lived and worked there, through all art forms including digital, music, theatre and fine art.


Oulton Hall combines all the elegance of a mid 18th century mansion with the modern facilities you’d expect from a luxury hotel and spa. The spa is all about indulgence of mind, body and soul with treatments, sauna, steam room, whirling water and swimming pool.


Emmerdale Studio Experience Discover industry secrets and get an insiders look into how the cast and crew create the gripping storylines that make up your favourite soap. After a visit to the studios you’ll be transported down the road to the ITV Television Centre where you’ll see some of the working sets used on the show.


Brilliant Bradford Once the wool capital of the world, Bradford is now the world’s first UNESCO City of Film and the curry capital of Britain. Its diverse culture is apparent through its vibrant arts scene and impressive heritage, Victorian architecture and fantastic Cathedral.

Morning The perfect way to start your day in Bradford has to be with a trip to The National Science and Media Museum, located in the city centre. Bradford’s rich film heritage, inspiring TV and film locations, and diverse moving image festivals and events have made it the world’s first UNESCO City of Film. Exploring the science and culture of light and sound, you can journey though popular photography, watch your favourite historical TV moments and explore the world of animation and gaming. Inspired? Check out the IMAX cinema – the largest screen in the region where you can watch your favourite films in 3D.

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of the best events in Bradford Whether you’re after a trip to the theatre, want to take in a concert or a current exhibition – look no further. Bradford is full to the brim with events all year round.

Art in the Park Stroll around Lister Park to view sculpture and public artwork, some on loan by the artists, others from Bradford’s own collections.



Hello Universe A mesmerising journey through the incredible sights and sounds of space at the National Science and Media Museum. Who, or what, is out there?


Music and the Museum Experience a big band one week to a ukulele orchestra or choral society the next. Admission is free at Cliffe Castle Museum.


The Bodyguard: The Musical The international, awardwinning smash-hit musical based on the blockbuster film is back at Bradford Alhambra.


Victorian Christmas Market Join Father Christmas and see over 80 stalls at Bradford Industrial Museums annual Victorian Christmas Market.


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£ Upwood Holiday Park Boasting panoramic views over the countryside, you can bring your tent or caravan to the site. For a bit of luxury try the camping pods.

££ Dubrovnik Hotel A family run independent hotel offering a range of traditional and contemporary bedrooms, also providing excellent food.

£££ Bracken Hall House B & B A short drive from the centre of Bradford, this luxury Bed and Breakfast offers views over Shipley Glen and beyond.

Afternoon Use the afternoon to explore the city. Its impressive Victorian architecture dominates the city looked down on by the 220 foot clock tower of Bradford’s Grade I listed City Hall – a truly iconic building. Listen out for its spectacular set of 13 bells. Your next destination has to be Bradford Cathedral. The oldest building in the city, this intimate and inspiring 500-year-old place of worship is impressive in its own right, but take time to wander around its latest art exhibition or just take some time to sit and enjoy the peace and quiet. Next, visit Little Germany. Named after the 19th century European merchants who inhabited the city during the height of the textile industry, it includes 85 unique buildings, constructed between 1855 and 1890.

Images clockwise from left: The Curry Capital. National Science and Media Museum. Bradford Industrial Museum. Bradford City Hall.

Just a short walk from Little Germany is World Mile. Just take in the city’s culture and explore its shops. Begin at Ivegate and walk down to White Abbey Road, visiting some of the country’s best Asian shops along the way. You’ll experience a wealth of colour, beautiful fabrics, sparkling jewellery and gorgeous shoes. You’re likely to walk past The Wool Exchange. Now a Waterstones and a café, this Grade I listed building was built as a wool trading centre in the 19th Century and its Gothic Revival architecture is well worth a look. It remains symbolic of the wealth and importance that wool brought to Bradford. Take in a bit of Bradford’s industrial history at Bradford Industrial Museum. There are displays of textile machinery, steam power, engineering, printing machinery and motor vehicles and you can also enjoy the splendour of Moorside House where the Mill Manager lived, or visit the mill workers’ terraced houses. If you’re art over industry, then Impressions Gallery is one of the UK’s leading venues for photography, showing significant work by regional, national and international artists. Afterwards, why not visit Kala Sangam, home to a range of changing exhibitions, performances, music, and poetry, supporting artists from a variety of cultural heritages.



Best of the rest Cliffe Castle Museum

Originally the home of Victorian millionaire and textile manufacturer, Henry Isaac Butterfield. Since then its gardens have been turned into a grand public park with the castle now a free museum. You can see sparkling Victorian rooms, paintings and special galleries on natural history, and archaeology.

Bolling Hall Museum

Evening When thinking about where to have dinner Bradford’s curry cuisine must be on your list! Having won Britain’s Capital of Curry award six years in a row, Bradford is the place for that bit of spice! Aagrah’s ethos is to introduce you to the ‘spice of life’. Experience the tantalising tastes and flavours of authentic Kashmiri cuisine. Aakash offers a famous five course Indian buffet, prepared by 5 star chefs, offering you the chance to sample as many of the delectable dishes as you like, and with over 54 items available you are in for a treat. After a more fine dining experience? Head a short way out of town to Prashad, a family-run, multi-award winning Indian vegetarian restaurant. Choose from its varied menu - try their speciality ‘street food’ style snacks, sumptuous desserts and homemade cocktails. There are lots of other options for an evening in Bradford.

Offers visitors a fascinating journey through the lives and times of the Bradford families for whom it provided a home for over five hundred years. With parts of the building dating from Medieval times, the building is a rambling mixture of styles with every nook and cranny packed with history.

Cartwright Hall Art Galley

The site of the newly opened David Hockney Gallery containing an unrivalled collection of “Bradford’s own” art. There are also many exhibitions, historical and contemporary collections.

Alongside a varied range of pubs and bars there is also some high quality entertainment. If you love a show then book tickets to the Alhambra Theatre – regarded as one of the north’s premier theatres. You’ll catch some of the best West End shows from musicals to dance to drama as well as Yorkshire’s biggest pantomime. Fancy a pre-theatre bite? Book a table at the theatre’s prestigious Restaurant 1914. With views over City Park and a seasonal menu full of tempting dishes – it’s the perfect spot for dinner. City Park has 100 fountains and water effects. It is a beautiful site especially at night, so make sure to take a look if in the city centre. Being a City of Film, there’s no shortage of places to enjoy a movie. With 34 screens in four venues you can enjoy a film at the multiplex, the Odeon, Cineworld or IMAX, Europe’s only permanent Cinerama with plenty of Bollywood to keep you entertained.

Bradford in the area Haworth As well as being the home of the literary greats, the Brontë sisters, Haworth is also a picturesque and atmospheric village. With its historic cobbled Main Street, vintage charm and surrounding rolling moors, you’ll leave feeling like you’ve stepped into another era.

Brontë Parsonage Museum Home to the Brontë family from 1820 to 1861 and where Charlotte, Emily and Anne’s timeless novels

were written. Now open to the public, walk where the family lived and worked and see the world’s largest collection of Brontë furniture, clothes and possessions.

Saltaire Village Designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the pretty village has a rich history and heritage; a great place to wander around. Don’t miss Salts Mill. This impressive building is home to the David Hockney galley and a superb selection of shops, tempting restaurants and cafés.


Keighley & Worth Valley Railway You may recognise the railway from the classic film The Railway Children. It runs from Keighley up the Worth Valley to Oxenhope with breathtaking scenery along the way. There’s a buffet car serving a selection of locally brewed ales, it’s well worth a trip.

Ilkley Ilkley Moor is the perfect place to explore the Yorkshire countryside and marvel at the beautiful views. Scramble around the Cow and Calf Rocks before enjoying some tea and cake at Bettys tea rooms. Additionally, The Box Tree has been a part of Ilkley since the early sixties. The modern French classical menu and extensive wine cellar offer food lovers an unforgettable experience. For something a little different head to Ilkley Lido (weather permitting), or visit the town’s many shops. Keep an eye out for the vintage fairs that often make an appearance in the town centre or check out the Toy Museum.


Images clockwise from top left: Keighley & Worth Valley Railway. Saltaire. Haworth Main Street. Brontë Parsonage Museum. Ilkley Lido.


One Hull of a welcome


With medieval streets, glorious architecture, cutting-edge culture, a sympathetically revamped city centre and a marina that wouldn’t look out of place on the Med, there’s lots about Hull to fall in love with. So what are you waiting for?

Hull Old Town The Old Town rightly sits at the top of every Hull visitor’s must-see list. Its buildings are a beautifully preserved testament to the city’s seafaring heyday. Its cobbled streets have been part of some of the country’s most momentous historical flashpoints, from plots against the royals, to the Second World War Blitz, when 90-95% of Hull was bombed. The Old Town somehow survived and is now home to the free Museums Quarter including Wilberforce House.

Hull Minster In the centre of the Old Town, the 13th-century Hull Minster is one of the most versatile and beautiful venues in the city. In addition to its regular services, it also hosts theatre performances, real ale and cider festivals and live music. Tower Tours at Hull Minster give you unrivalled views of the Old Town, docks,


marina, the Humber and beyond you can even take one at sunset.

A Maritime City The first city dock opened in the late 18th century, by which time Hull was a major whaling port. In the 19th century, Hull was a booming fishing and shipbuilding centre. The city is still recovering from the post-war decline of the fishing industry and the Icelandic “Cod Wars” of the 1970s. Today, a £25m+ investment programme is under way that will celebrate Hull’s maritime past and create top tourist destinations across five heritage sites and help Hull to realise the citywide ambition of becoming a world-renowned visitor destination. In the next five years, the Maritime Museum, Dock Office Chambers, and North End Shipyard will undergo major improvements, along with two historic ships, The Arctic Corsair and the Spurn Lightship.

Images this page left to right: Hull Old Town. Hull Minster. Hull Marina © Neil Holmes.


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Ferens Art Gallery

The Deep

The Fruit Market

The glorious Ferens is the longestestablished art gallery in the city. The permanent collection includes art from the 14th century to the present day, from European Old Masters to modern British, by artists including Lorenzetti, Frans Hals, Antonio Canaletto, Helen Chadwick and Gillian Wearing. With a regular programme of events, guided tours and changing exhibitions, there’s always something new to explore.

With over 5000 animals, including spectacular sharks and rays, the UK’s only Green sawfish, hundreds of tropical reef fish in the newly refurbished Tropical Lagoon of Light, Loggerhead sea turtles and a colony of Gentoo penguins, there’s something to entertain all ages. Go on a journey of the seas travel through the story of the world’s oceans, from warm tropical lagoons to the icy cold Antarctic seas.

Hull’s modern, vibrant and unique cultural quarter is open all day every day. The disused warehouses and cobbled streets of Hull’s historic Fruit Market have been transformed to make way for independent shops, galleries, restaurants and boutiques. This unique setting, with the backdrop of Hull Marina, is also home to Hull’s cultural scene, from live music to art exhibitions and pop up markets.

9 ways to see Hull Trinity Market Choose from gourmet street food, veggie delights, fresh pizza, deli sandwiches, home cooked Italian dishes and fresh coffee.


DRINK Ferens Art Gallery Enjoy a coffee and a cheeky slice of cake amongst the stunning collections. A welcome retreat in the centre of the bustling city.

1884 Wine & Tapas Hugely popular for its more laid-back Mediterranean mood. Blends comfort and class to provide awardwinning dining experiences.




Pipe and Glass A Michelin starred marvel. Head chef James Mackenzie has brought worldwide attention to this quiet corner of East Yorkshire.


GO Maritime Museum Do you want to see a full-sized whale skeleton? Hull’s former Dock offices now house a collection of amazing exhibits.

Minerva Enjoy a perfectly made gin in one of Hull’s iconic pubs, steeped in maritime history. Located on the river front overlooking Hull Marina.

Doubletree by Hilton Enjoy a cocktail at the Lexington Bar within the Hilton Hotel. Enjoy an elevated perspective with panoramic views of the city.

Burton Constable This fascinating Elizabethan gem is nestled in over 300 acres of natural parkland with access to paintings and sculptures.

Hull New Theatre After a £16million refurbishment Hull new Theatre is the place to go to enjoy the best of drama, comedy or dance.



Hull in the area Heritage hotspot




Sewerby Hall

Selby Abbey

Beverley Minster

Uniquely situated in a dramatic clifftop position with spectacular views over Bridlington and set in 50 acres of early 19th Century parkland, Sewerby Hall and Gardens offers something for everyone, from the magnificent surroundings to the deep-rooted heritage of the house.

The jewel in Selby’s crown is the stunning 950 year old Abbey that sits in the centre of the town’s marketplace. The size and splendour of the building is a breathtaking sight to all that visit. Interesting features include Norman arches, the large east window and the 14th century Washington window.

Known as the inspiration for Westminster Abbey; Beverley’s spectacular Minster was completed in 1400. Sitting within the idyllic market town of Beverley it is often regarded as a gothic masterpiece. Many who visit the church today experience a sense of quiet and spiritual peace within its walls.


The Escapologist The Escapologist escape rooms are designed as an immersive experience within themed rooms, for groups of between 2-6 players. Those who take part need to work through the puzzles and clues in the rooms within 60 minutes so they can ultimately ‘escape’.


Bridlington Spa BEVERLEY

Beverley Races Beverley Racecourse (above) first opened its doors in 1690. Since then, countless visitors have enjoyed a day’s racing at the iconic Westwood track. Experience a trip into the past with the whole family at Bygone Beverley in May, glam it up at one of the county’s top Ladies’ Days or marvel at the fastest horses at Beverley Bullet Raceday.

Bridlington Spa (below) is one of the Yorkshire Coast’s iconic venues. Its Art Deco Royal Hall has existed since July 1932. As well as hosting some of the biggest names in music such as The Rolling Stones, The Who, Paul Weller, Oasis, Jessie J and Kaiser Chiefs, Bridlington Spa is now the exclusive home of the Yorkshire International Business Convention (YIBC).


Drewton’s Drewton’s is a traditional farm shop set in 1,200 acres of tranquil countryside. Offering the very best in locally-sourced produce it’s also home to a café, tearoom, delicatessen, butcher, cellar, luxuries store and a private dining restaurant within sympathetically restored farm buildings.


William’s Den A unique indoor-meets-outdoor adventure playscape, centred on good old fashioned fun. Inspired by kids and loved by grownups, William’s Den (right) makes the perfect day out for everyone where families can spend quality time together, whatever the weather. YORKSHIRE.COM


Yummy York The home of Romans, Vikings, beautiful architecture, cobbled streets and chocolate, York is the perfect location for those wanting to immerse themselves in history and culture. With a great choice of museums, galleries, activities, food, drink and of course shopping you won’t have any trouble filling your days.

Morning Get your day off to the right start with a coffee from Coffee-Bike York and then get your bearings by heading through the beautiful Museum Gardens towards York Minster, one of the largest in northern Europe. Climb the 275 steps up Central Tower to the highest point in the city and the best views of York. To learn about York’s Viking legacy, go to Jorvik Viking Centre (below) just 10 minutes walk from the cathedral. Travel back to 10th century York on a fully immersive ride, experiencing the sights, sounds and smells and get up close to some real and rare Viking artefacts. Close by, the amazing York Castle Museum is well worth a visit as you discover hundreds of years of York’s social history.

Afternoon After a morning’s history, why not enjoy an afternoon’s shopping? If needing a rest from the morning’s activities, visit the ever popular Bettys Café Tea Rooms (above) for a spot of lunch or afternoon tea. There’ll be no problem getting your fix of high street brands and quirky independents. Start at historic Petergate – with shops in buildings dating back to medieval and Georgian times. Continue to the neighbouring Shambles - voted the most picturesque street in England, bustling with boutiques, art, books, knitwear and giftshops. And don’t miss the three Harry Potter themed shops! Continue slightly south and you will arrive at the ancient street of Fossgate, packed with independent shops and eateries. If it’s classic you’re after, make a short detour onto Parliament Street where you will find all of your favourite brands. Just a one minute walk away is The Coppergate Centre, filled with a large selection of shops, food and drink. Its outside area hosts music performances, theatre productions and some of York’s most popular events such as the St Nicholas Fayre Christmas Market, so make sure to see what’s on during your visit. If shopping isn’t your thing, you may fancy a trip to the National Railway Museum. This free attraction celebrates the past, present and future of the railways. You can climb aboard a Japanese bullet train and visit Queen Victoria’s favourite saloon car. As early evening approaches, there is nothing better than a stroll around the city walls, at 3.4 kilometres, it’s the longest surviving medieval town wall in England. This elevated walk, with great views, can take about two hours, but you can cut it short at any time, perhaps taking in a few more shops or stopping for an early dinner.




The York Dungeon The York Dungeon takes you back to the city’s darkest history. See, hear, smell and feel York’s stories come to life before your eyes as frighteningly funny characters transport you through time. Delivering an unforgettable 75 minutes of edgy entertainment and 10 live shows. Beware. Not for the faint-hearted!

Evening After an early bite, catch a great bit of theatre at York Theatre Royal (above), or head to York Barbican for your pick of some of the largest touring bands, singers, musicians, comedians and West End musicals. Still wanting some history, perhaps with a twist? Look no further than The Original Ghost Walk of York. Believed to be the world’s first ghost walk it offers an evening of intrigue as you explore the history and mystery of York’s ancient streets. If you want to sample some of York’s relaxed nightlife then choose from the many places to enjoy a drink in the city. If you’re after a beer, Brew York

is your place, with its craft brewery, tap room and beer garden. It boasts the widest selection of beers, lagers and ciders in York. Also worth a visit is the Golden Fleece, York’s most haunted pub and quite possibly one of England’s most haunted places!

Definitely one to visit after your ghost walk or trip to York Dungeons. Want some sustenance with your drink? Then visit Pairings, an independent wine bar that serves cheese, charcuterie, deli foods and desserts alongside its drinks.

9 ways to see York Shambles Kitchen Re-inventing the meaning of a sandwich shop. Famous for their pulled pork sandwich and homemade pastrami.





££ Mr P’s Curious Tavern Andrew Pern’s latest venture offers small plates from around the world to taste along with a glass of something different.

Astor York Hostel Set in a beautiful Grade II listed building just a few minutes’ walk from the historic centre of York. Offers a cosy lounge, a bar and a £1 breakfast!

£££ Le Cochon Aveugle This award winning and critically acclaimed restaurant combines a relaxed vibe with Parisian style fine dining.

Galtres Lodge Centrally located with York Minster just steps away, this charming, independently owned hotel is made up of two Georgian townhouses.

The Grand York’s most prestigious address. As the city’s only accredited five-star hotel, it offers unrivalled service, elegance and style with fantastic views.


York best of the rest

Unmissable foodie experiences York Chocolate Story

York Designer Outlet Get your shopping fix (just a short drive from the city centre) at this must visit fashion and shopping destination. Home to over 120 leading UK and international designer and high street brands. Complete with a contemporary food court with all your favourites including Pizza Express and Wagamama.

York Racecourse Award-winning modern grandstands, characterful listed buildings, manicured lawns and home grown flowers set the scene for the best of racedays at York. Staging 18 race days between May and October you can enjoy some of the world’s best racing from award-winning facilities. Headline music concerts, family events and fashion shows are also features of race days.

A guided tour through the history of York’s most famous chocolate-making families and the chocolates they created. Located in the heart of York, it’s entertaining and informative. You’ll discover chocolate’s origins, how to make it and even the sustainable future of chocolate. Learn to taste chocolate like a pro – yes there are samples.

The Cookery School at The Grand, York

City Cruises

Fairfax House

The River Ouse flows right through the city. Experience this magnificent stretch of water on a City Cruise. Admire the scenery from the heated saloon or open top deck and learn about the history of York and its river. You can even take the sumptuous afternoon tea trip for a cruise with a difference.

Unlock the splendour of one of England’s finest Georgian townhouses and find yourself back in the glory days of eighteenth century York city living with magnificent domestic interiors, tastes and fashions in this masterpiece of Georgian architecture and design.


Expand your repertoire and brush up your cooking skills! Based in one of York’s finest hotels, The Cookery School at The Grand, York offers express, half and full-day courses on a selection of world inspired cuisine as well as speciality classes. All designed for novice and aspiring chefs.

York in the area Outstanding heritage, the great outdoors and family attractions make the area around York a must-see when planning a trip.

Castle Howard

Beningbrough Hall



Just outside York in the Howardian Hills (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) is one of Britain’s finest historic houses. Discover the house set in 1000 acres of parkland, a mixture of sweeping vistas, lakeside terraces, woodlands and temples and statues.

Beningbrough Hall offers sprawling lawns, herbaceous borders, woodland paths and a working kitchen garden. Inside the hall, the grand rooms are a perfect backdrop to the rich collection of portraits featuring people who have made, and are making, British history and culture.


Askham Bryan Wildlife & Conversation Park

National Centre for Birds of Prey

York Air Museum

Askham Bryan


A small wildlife park set in the beautiful arboretum at Askham Bryan College. You might spot monkeys, meerkats and other amazing animals. The indoor Wildlife of the World section is home to a variety of creatures from clownfish to civets.

Many of the birds take to the skies in spectacular flying demonstrations or are part of important breeding projects. From the tiny terrestrial Burrowing Owl to the mighty and majestic Steller’s Sea Eagle the NCBP houses the largest collection of birds of prey in the north of England.

Get up close and experience more than a century of fascinating aviation history situated in the grounds of the former RAF Elvington wartime aerodrome. Chat with engineers and watch them at work as they restore and maintain this unique collection of historic aircraft. Explore the dog friendly parkland style grounds.

York Maze

Piglets Adventure Farm

Stillingfleet Lodge




Carved out of an amazing 1.5 million growing maize plants York Maze is thought to be the largest maze in the world! As well as the maze there are over 20 rides attractions and shows for all ages including the House of Cornfusion where rooms magically begin to shrink and fall over.

Combined with the Animal Petting Barn, get close to farmyard cuties. The Piglet Maternity Ward is home to expectant mums and little piglets, you might even see some being born. Plus, with the Barn open all day, hold the cutest baby chicks ever and brush the resident Kune Kune pigs.

Stillingfleet Lodge Garden is a quintessentially English garden, managed to be as wildlife friendly as possible. It is the family garden, lovingly planted-up over 40 years and now comprises of a series of small gardens surrounding the family home, leading to a wild flower meadow.


Middlethorpe Hall and Spa A magnificent William III country house just a five minute drive from York centre. Includes 29 luxury bedrooms and a Spa with a swimming pool, spa bath, sauna, steam room and gym with health and beauty rooms.





























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How to get here

Yorkshire by air

Yorkshire by rail

International flights connect Yorkshire to the rest of the world, as well as UK flights from Aberdeen, Belfast, London Heathrow, Newquay and Southampton to Leeds Bradford Yorkshire’s Airport, Doncaster Sheffield Airport, Humberside Airport and Durham Tees Valley Airport.

Yorkshire’s cities and market towns are easy to get to from other parts of the country. Travel to Yorkshire with high-speed trains from either London or Edinburgh in less than two hours with LNER and Grand Central services. You can also get to Yorkshire by train from the North West with First TransPennine Express, who offer direct services into the county from Liverpool and Manchester. Northern Rail also offer direct services to Yorkshire from the North West.

Yorkshire by road Britain’s biggest and fastest highways cross Yorkshire, making getting here by car or by coach very simple. For details of the quickest (or the most scenic) driving routes see the AA or RAC websites and Plan a journey online with Arriva, who have buses running across Yorkshire on a regular basis.

Yorkshire by sea Ferry services to Hull and Newcastle link Yorkshire with Northern Europe. P&O Ferries operate overnight services to Hull from Rotterdam and Zeebrugge.

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