Places of Interest
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once the heart of England’s woollen industry, is a charming Yorkshire market town which is now home to some of the region’s best preserved Georgian and Victorian landmarks. There is a wealth of shops in the iconic Piece Hall, with its extensive courtyard and elegant colonnaded galleries and many high street names reside in the modern Westgate Arcade and the Woolshops Shopping Centre.
is abundant with things to do, from decadent dining to contemporary arts and theatre. The compact city centre is perfect for shoppers; dubbed the ‘Knightsbridge of the North’ due to its magnificent collection of designer boutiques, world famous brands and independent shops, all housed within breathtaking Victorian and Edwardian buildings. Attractions within the city include Leeds Royal Armouries, which contains a splendid array of the history, development and use of arms throughout the ages, complete with costumed characters and Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills, formerly the world’s largest woollen mill, which also houses a charming 24 seater picture house within the museum.
is England’s greenest city, set in a unique Peak District landscape, yet with an impressive industrial heritage, thanks largely to its connections with the steel industry. There is a wealth of museums which demonstrate the city’s rapid growth during the Industrial Revolution, including the Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet and the Millennium Gallery. The city centre boasts an eclectic range of shops, bars, restaurants and cafés.
well known for its famous liquorice ‘cakes’ was one of the original places where liquorice plants were cultivated. While liquorice growing disappeared some time ago, the famous cakes are still produced and sold in the town. There are many attractions on offer, including Pontefract Castle, which was was one of the most important fortresses in the north of England and a royal castle from 1399. It was famously the prison and subsequent place of death of Richard II. Pontefract also has a good range of shops, as well as a large number of public houses and a renowned racecourse.
The Spen Valley,
steeped in the rich history of the Brontës, Luddites and Chartists, is well known for its connections with the woollen industry, which is evident in the towns of Cleckheaton, Heckmondwike and Gomersal. The architecture and landscape has inspired generations of artists. The Victorian Batley Carnegie Library and Art Gallery incorporates the clock from the old Market Hall and the West Yorkshire Print Workshop is housed in a former Victorian Church School and both showcase changing exhibitions of art. A great way to learn about the heritage of the Spen Valley is to take a walking tour; various heritage trails can be broken down into easy sections and explore such things as Dewsbury’s incredible textile industry.