Attractions in West Yorkshire

Polly Checkland Harding

Encompassing Wakefield, Huddersfield, Halifax and Hebden Bridge, the county of West Yorkshire has not shortage of stand-out attractions, from National Trust properties Hardcastle Crags and Nostell Priory to landmark cultural venues such as £35m art museum The Hepworth and the recently reinvented Piece Hall. Community-focused ventures such as the Trades Club music venue and Picture House cinema can be found in Hebden Bridge, while Halifax‘s attractions span Eureka! The National Children’s Museum and magnificent historic house Shibden Hall. Huddersfield boasts an award-winning literature festival, while Wakefield‘s cultural hotspots spill out from the Cathedral and Theatre Royal in the city centre to Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Sandal Castle and the National Coal Mining Museum for England in the surrounding landscape. Read on to discover more.

  • 1. Hardcastle Crags

    Hardcastle Crags

    Hardcastle Crags, Gibson Mill, Midgehole Road, Hebden Bridge, HX7 7AW - Visit now

    Hardcastle Crags is a spectacular wooded valley with 19th-century Gibson Mill at its heart, once known as the ‘Switzerland of Yorkshire’.

  • 2. The Hepworth Wakefield

    The Hepworth Wakefield

    The Hepworth Wakefield, Gallery Walk, Wakefield, Yorkshire, WF1 5AW - Visit now

    Winner of the world’s biggest museum prize, the 2017 Art Fund Museum of the Year Award, The Hepworth in Wakefield is a cultural highlight in West Yorkshire.

  • 3. Wakefield Cathedral

    Wakefield Cathedral, Northgate, Wakefield, WF1 1HG - Visit now

    Wakefield Cathedral is set in the heart of the city and strives to offer a warm welcome to all who live in Wakefield and beyond.

  • 4. Castle Hill and Victoria Tower

    Food and drink delivery in Huddersfield
    Courtesy of Welcome to Yorkshire

    Castle Hill and Victoria Tower, Hillside, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD4 6TA - Visit now

    Standing over 900 feet above sea level, Castle Hill is a scheduled ancient monument, providing spectacular panoramic views of the district.

  • 5. The Piece Hall

    The Piece Hall

    The Piece Hall, The Piece Hall, Blackledge, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 1RE - Visit now

    Think Somerset House meets one of the great historic squares of Europe for the North. The Piece Hall is the beating heart of Halifax.

  • 6. Shibden Hall

    Shibden Hall in Halifax
    Image courtesy of Calderdale Museums/ Calderdale Council.

    Shibden Hall, Lister's Road, Halifax, HX3 6XG - Visit now

    Nestled within the picturesque Shibden Valley, Shibden Hall is a magnificent historic house dating back to 1420.

  • 7. Hebden Bridge Picture House

    Image courtesy Credit: Sarah Mason Photography.

    Hebden Bridge Picture House, New Road, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8AD - Visit now

    Hebden Bridge Picture House is a thriving, independent, not-for-profit cinema operated by Hebden Royd Town Council.

  • 8. Newmillerdam Country Park

    Newmillerdam Country Park
    Lee Ward @ LAW Photography

    Newmillerdam Country Park, Barnsley Road, Newmillerdam, Wakefield, WF2 6QP - Visit now

    With a central lake and woodland, Newmillerdam Country Park is a haven for wildlife and a welcome expanse of greenery just outside Wakefield.

  • 9. Eureka! The National Children’s Museum


    Eureka! The National Children’s Museum, Discovery Road, Halifax, HX1 2NE - Visit now

    Eureka! is the UK’s only national children’s museum with a more immersive and interactive approach to traditional museums.

  • 10. The Victoria Theatre, Halifax

    The Victoria Theatre, Halifax
    Image courtesy of The Victoria Theatre, Halifax.

    The Victoria Theatre, Halifax, Fountain Street, Halifax, HX1 1BP - Visit now

    The Victoria Theatre sits within the Victorian architecture of Halifax town centre on the corner of Fountain Street and Commercial Street.

  • 11. Hebden Bridge Market

    Hebden Bridge Market
    Hebden Bridge Market - Facebook page

    Hebden Bridge Market, St. George's Square Car Park, Hebden Bridge, HX7 7BZ - Visit now

    Hebden Bridge Market is open four days a week selling a medley of new goods, second-hand antiques, arts and crafts and local produce.

  • 12. Neon Workshops

    Neon Workshops

    Neon Workshops, 70b George Street, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 1DL - Visit now

    One of Wakefield’s coolest companies, book a workshop, visit a temporary exhibition or browse Neon Workshops’ online shop.

  • 13. Nostell Priory and Parkland

    Nostell Priory and Parkland
    National Trust Images/Matthew Antrobus

    Nostell Priory and Parkland, Doncaster Road, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF4 1QE - Visit now

    Nostell Priory and Parkland is an 18th-century architectural masterpiece surrounded by 300 acres of landscaped gardens and parkland.

  • 14. Brigantia

    Creative Scene

    Brigantia, 5th Floor, Empire House, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, WF12 8DJ - Visit now

    A creative hub in the heart of Dewsbury, Brigantia is a meeting place for local artists, businesses and Kirklees residents.

  • 15. The Viaduct Theatre

    The Viaduct Theatre
    Image courtesy of The Viaduct Theatre, Dean Clough.

    The Viaduct Theatre, Dean Clough Mills, Dean Clough, Halifax, HX3 5AX - Visit now

    Nestled deep underground beneath the Dean Clough Mills, The Viaduct Theatre is home to acclaimed theatre company Northern Broadsides.

  • 16. Slack Top Alpine Nursery and Garden

    Slack Top Alpine Nursery and Garden
    Slack Top

    Slack Top Alpine Nursery and Garden, Alpine House, 22A Slack Top, Heptonstall,, Hebden Bridge, HX7 7HA - Visit now

    Slack Top Alpine Nursery and Garden is a gold-medal-winning alpine nursery, standing as one of the UK’s top five growers of alpines.

  • 17. Yorkshire Sculpture Park

    Yorkshire Sculpture Park

    Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, Wakefield, Yorkshire, WF4 4LG - Visit now

    Yorkshire Sculpture Park is a leading international centre for modern and contemporary sculpture situated over 500 acres in West Yorkshire.

  • 18. National Coal Mining Museum for England

    National Coal Mining Museum
    National Coal Mining Museum for England

    National Coal Mining Museum for England, Caphouse Colliery, New Road, Overton, Wakefield, WF4 4RH - Visit now

    National Coal Mining Museum for England keeps stories of coal mining alive with underground tours and thought-provoking exhibitions.

  • 19. Old Stables Studio

    Old Stables Studio
    Old Stables Studio

    Old Stables Studio, One The Old Stables, Palace House Road, Hebden Bridge, HX7 6HW - Visit now

    Old Stables Studio is a spacious, well-equipped ceramics workshop running long and short pottery courses throughout the year.

  • 20. Sandal Castle

    Sandal Castle
    Wakefield Council

    Sandal Castle, Manygates Lane, Sandal, West Yorkshire, WF2 7DS - Visit now

    The setting for one of Shakespeare’s plays, the ruins of Sandal Castle stand in a commanding position overlooking the Yorkshire countryside.

  • 21. The Gissing Centre

    Gissing Centre, Wakefield
    Image courtesy of Brian Cooper.

    The Gissing Centre, 2-4 Thompson's Yard, Wakefield, WF1 1XH - Visit now

    The Gissing Centre, Wakefield is the childhood home of the Victorian author George Gissing, whose popularity once rivalled that of Dickens.

  • 22. Square Chapel Arts Centre

    Square Chapel Arts Centre
    Square Chapel

    Square Chapel Arts Centre, Square Road, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 1QG - Visit now

    Situated in the centre of the town adjoining The Piece Hall, Square Chapel Arts Centre is an integral part of cultural life in Halifax.

  • 23. Hebden Bridge Cruises

    Hebden Bridge Cruises
    Hebden Bridge Cruises

    Hebden Bridge Cruises, Behind The Stubbing Wharf Pub King Street, Hebden Bridge, HX7 6LU - Visit now

    Hebden Bridge Cruises offer scenic canal boat trips, exploration and dining cruises in the beautiful Calder Valley.

  • 24. The Art House, Wakefield

    The Art House, Wakefield
    Courtesy of The Art House. Photo by Jules Lister

    The Art House, Wakefield, Drury Lane, Wakefield, WF2 9DS - Visit now

    With exhibition spaces, meeting rooms and a cafe, The Art House is a visual arts development agency and registered charity in Wakefield.

  • 25. The Chantry Chapel of St Mary the Virgin

    The Chantry Chapel of St Mary the Virgin
    Courtesy of The Friends of the Chantry Chapel of St Mary Wakefield

    The Chantry Chapel of St Mary the Virgin, 3 Calder Vale Rd, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 5DL - Visit now

    One of only three surviving bridge chapels in England, the Chantry Chapel of St Mary the Virgin is a fascinating Grade I listed building.

  • 26. Clay House

    Clay House Halifax

    Clay House, Greetland, Halifax, HX4 8AN - Visit now

    Set within a park in the village of West Vale, just three miles outside Halifax, Clay House is a beautifully maintained Jacobean mansion.

  • 27. Hebden Bridge Little Theatre

    Hebden Bridge Little Theatre
    Hebden Bridge Little Theatre

    Hebden Bridge Little Theatre, Holme Street, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8EE - Visit now

    Hebden Bridge Little Theatre is a small, dynamic and welcoming theatre group producing a programme of five plays annually.

  • 28. The Mental Health Museum

    The Mental Health Museum

    The Mental Health Museum, Fieldhead Hospital
    Ouchthorpe Lane, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 3SP - Visit now

    The Mental Health Museum in Wakefield is home to a variety of mental health–related artefacts from the 19th century to the present day.

  • 29. Wakefield Jazz

    Wakefield Jazz
    Photo by Jens Thekkeveettil on Unsplash

    Wakefield Jazz, Wakefield (College Grove) Sports Club, Eastmoor Road, Wakefield, WF1 3RR - Visit now

    With great music, drinks and food, head to Wakefield Jazz to experience the best live jazz in Yorkshire on a Friday night.

  • 30. Pontefract Castle

    Pontefract Castle
    Wakefield Council

    Pontefract Castle, Castle Garth, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF8 1QH - Visit now

    A valuable heritage site, the ruins of Pontefract Castle occupy a commanding position overlooking the historic market town of Pontefract.

  • 31. Dean Clough

    Image courtesy of Dean Clough.

    Dean Clough, 139 Dean Clough, Halifax, HX3 5AX - Visit now

    A vast 22-acre site on the edge of Halifax town centre, Dean Clough is home to a thriving community of arts venues and businesses.

  • 32. Wakefield Museum

    Wakefield Museum
    Wakefield Council

    Wakefield Museum, Burton Street, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 2EB - Visit now

    The Wakefield Museum, situated in the Wakefield One building, is packed with local treasures and stories of people’s lives through history.

  • 33. Theatre Royal Wakefield

    Theatre Royal Wakefield
    Jessica Rooney

    Theatre Royal Wakefield, 12 Drury Lane, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 2TE - Visit now

    Hosting a mix of music, drama and comedy, The Theatre Royal Wakefield is a Victorian theatre with an important architectural heritage.

  • 34. IOU Studio, Gallery and Creation Space

    IOU Studio, Gallery and Creation Space.
    Image courtesy of IOU.

    IOU Studio, Gallery and Creation Space, Dean Clough, Halifax, HX3 5AX - Visit now

    IOU Studio, Gallery and Creation Space houses a space for large-scale work and three fully-accessible exhibition galleries.

  • 35. Venue 23

    Venue 23, 23 Smyth Street, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 1ED - Visit now

    Venue 23 is an independently run live music venue in Wakefield, which plays host to both local and international talent.

  • 36. The Lantern

    The Lantern, Halifax
    Image courtesy of The Lantern, Halifax.

    The Lantern, 13-15 Alexandra Street, Halifax, HX1 1BS - Visit now

    An independent live music venue with a great pub attached, The Lantern has hosted some incredible acts since it opened in November 2017.

  • 37. The Hop Wakefield

    The Hop Wakefield
    Courtesy of Hop Wakefield

    The Hop Wakefield, 19 Bank Street, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 1EH - Visit now

    With 50 years brewing experience and 35 years knowledge of the music industry, The Hop Wakefield offers traditional ale and contemporary music.

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