in the UK
The National Media Museum is home to over 3.5 million items of historical significance and incorporates the National Photography, National Cinematography, National Television and National New Media Collections.
The Museum is the home of the BBC in Bradford
and visitors can watch presenters and researchers collating news stories and
broadcasting online and on-
The UK's first IMAX theatre was opened here and there are regular shows including the latest 3D and blockbuster movies on it's massive screen.
The Museum houses two other cinemas which can accommodate a wide range of film formats. The Pictureville and Cubby Broccoli cinemas host an impressive film programme, from cult classics to contemporary art house cinema. Pictureville cinema boasts the only permanent, regularly programmed Cinerama installation in Europe, a magnet for enthusiasts worldwide. The Museum organises three major film festivals every year: Bradford International Film Festival, Bradford Animation Festival and Fantastic Films Weekend.
Bradford ice arena is located next door to the National Media museum. The ice rink has open sessions for families, disco skating sessions, ice hockey, and private figure skating lessons. This is a great place to have fun and improve your fitness.
Over 1.8 million people have been taught to
ski or snowboard here! Great for families, kids, learning to ski or snowboard,
improve or refresh your skills. A place to have FUN !!! This is a popular place
so make sure you pre-
Tropical World -
Tunnel and Visitor Centre -
The Standedge Tunnel Visitor Centre, at the Marsden end of the tunnel, serves as a base for the 30 minute boat trips into the canal tunnel and hosts an exhibition. Visitors can explore deep into the tunnel on one of the family friendly guided boat trips, stop for a bite to eat in the cafe and let kids jump, climb and explore the playground and wildlife garden.
The National Coal Mining Museum is based at the site of Caphouse Colliery in Overton, near Wakefield and gives visitors the opportunity to get kited out with a miner's helmet and battery lamp, then step into the cage to descend 450 ft down one of the oldest working mines in England.
The museum offers free guided underground tours
led by ex-
Above ground, you can explore the original colliery
buildings including the steam winder, medical centre and pithead baths. At Hope
Pit, the fully-
Industrial Museum & Horses at work -
Industrial Museum at Armley Mills -
mills watermill -
& Worth Valley Railway is a 5-
If you are one of the thousands of fans of ‘Last of the Summer wine’ an essential visit is to Sid’s Cafe’ in Holmfirth. There is an exhibition in 'Compo's house' and you can enjoy a cup of tea in the Wrinkled stocking tea room.
As well as tours of the house and grounds, visitors can enjoy the Himalayan Garden and its stupa, an educational bird garden, an extensive adventure playground and catering facilities, including fine dining. The grounds also contain Yorkshire's first planetarium, the Yorkshire Planetarium.
Piece Hall has had a massive transformation funded by Calderdale council and a 7 million grant from the Heritage lottery fund. The work is now complete and the hall has reopened. The hall is a visitor destination filled with shops, restaurants, events and a heritage centre.
Snibden Hall which dates back to 1420 can be found in Shibden valley about 1 mile from Halifax. The Hall is surrounded by the beautifully restored gardens and estate that forms Shibden Park. There are a range of features and attractions, including a cafe and visitor facilities, miniature railway, boating lake, pitch & putt course as well as trails, play area, orienteering course and woodland in which to roam.
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Visitors to Lotherton Hall can enjoy exploring the house & gardens. There are a number of activities such as crafts, trails, workshops and a bird garden. The hall also has a number of events throughout the year such as a tea party, gala, harvest festival, May day party, and an Edwardian Christmas. The hall is very popular with over ¾ million visitors each year.
This is probably my favourite place for art. Set in 500 acres this is a great place to enjoy art and exercise. The park has work from world famous artists such as Henry Moore, Antony Gormley etc in modern and contemporary art. There are over 100 sculptures in the park as well as other features such as an underground Gallery.
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The gallery brings together work from Wakefield’s art collection, exhibitions by contemporary artists and rarely seen works by Barbara Hepworth.
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