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Discover West Yorkshire

The charming northern county of West Yorkshire promises vibrant cities, industrial heritage towns and pretty Pennine villages in equal doses. There's no shortage of things to do in West Yorkshire. Drop into cosmopolitan Leeds for museums and galleries and elegant shopping centres, feel the wind in your hair on Pennine trails and cycle ways.

Take in the delights of a charming Edwardian country estate at Lotherton Hall where groups can explore the Edwardian house once owned by the Gascoigne family, with a treasure trove of fine art collections, 52 hectares of breath-taking grounds including a red deer park, elegant formal gardens, medieval chapel, award winning bird garden with 150 species, historic stables and carriage displays, stables café and gift shop.

Visit Bradford for Victorian industrial heritage and grand city parks, or pack a copy of Wuthering Heights and head to Haworth to explore Brontëcountry villages and vales in this inspiring literary county.

With so many places to visit in West Yorkshire, you'll soon be planning your return trip. Set against the stunning landscape of the Yorkshire moors, the Brontë Parsonage Museum houses the world's largest collection of Brontë manuscripts, furniture and personal possessions.

Yorkshire Dales

The Yorkshire Dales

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 worth a visit at any time of year - whether it's to visit a snug country pub with an open fire in the winter months, or stay in a rambling riverside cottage for a summer break. The possibilities are endless!

The Yorkshire Dales are home to outstanding scenery, great castles, abbeys and a breathtakingly peaceful atmosphere. At its heart are two very special protected areas. The Yorkshire Dales National Park and Nidderdale, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. These protected areas are truly not to be missed.

Why not take your group on Journey they won't forget on the Settle to Carlisle railway which cuts through the National Park using tunnels and viaducts, including the iconic Ribblehead. After working up an appetite, why not try some famous Wensleydale Cheese the Wensleydale Creamery, based at Hawes in Wensleydale in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, and is the home of the famous Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese and a popular Visitor Centre.

No trip is complete without taking time to enjoy the delights of Skipton Known as the gateway to the magnificent Yorkshire Dales, people travel the length and breadth of the country to visit this charming market town. With its famous 900 year old castle, romantic ruined priory and historic cobbled High Street, Skipton is endlessly rich both in history and outstanding natural beauty.