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National Media Museum & IMAX - Bradford

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-air in this real, working exhibit. The museum has traditional and interactive galleries spread over eight floors with 2 galleries set aside for exhibitions.

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

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.

Xscape - Castleford

Xscape - Castleford, is a HUGE entertainment centre where you can play, eat and shop all under one roof and is one of the most popular things to do in West Yorkshire. The centre has a 170m real snow slope for skiing and snowboarding , 2 rock climbing walls including an ice wall, an aerial assault course, indoor skateboard park, laserzone, 20 lane bowling alley, flowhouse surfing, mini golf, Dodgems, softplay areas, 14 screen multiplex cinema, 17 bars and restaurants and 10 urban retail outlets all under one roof.

SNO!Zone - Castleford

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-book!

Eureka! - Halifax

Eureka! - The National Children's Museum - is a fantastic hands-on activity centre that has been educating and entertaining children since 1992. There are hundreds of interactive, hands-on exhibits designed to inspire children aged 0 to 11 to learn about themselves and the world around them through play and discovery.

Royal Armouries - Leeds

Royal Armouries - Leeds is more than just a museum. The museum brings history to life with frequent displays, talks and shows throughout the day. The centre plays host to mock combats with warriors dressed in full suits of armour fighting hand-to-hand sword battles and outside there are exhibitions of jousting.

Roundhay Tropical World - Leeds

Roundhay Tropical World - Leeds is a popular garden tourist attractions and home to the largest collection of tropical plants outside Kew Gardens. The gardens are also home to a butterfly house and other creatures such as birds, meerkats, snakes, Lizards, Spiny Mice, tortoises.

Standedge Tunnel and Visitor Centre - Marsden

Standedge Tunnel and Visitor Centre - Marsden consist of three railway and one canal tunnel that run parallel beneath the Pennine hills between Marsden and Diggle. The 3.25 mile canal tunnel is Britain's longest and oldest canal tunnel.

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.

National Coal Mining Museum

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-miners. Visitors can see the tools and machines used, experience some of the conditions miners worked in and receive a vivid insight into the dangers and hardships faced by the men, women and children who toiled underground from your tour guide.

Above ground, you can explore the original colliery buildings including the steam winder, medical centre and pithead baths. At Hope Pit, the fully-restored colliery buildings are home to lots of hands-on interactive models and touch-screen displays to help you get to grips with the science of mining.

You may also enjoy:

Bradford Industrial Museum & Horses at work - has permanent displays of textile machinery, steam power, engineering, printing machinery and motor vehicles

Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills - includes collections of textile machinery, railway equipment and heavy engineering. The Grade II listed building housing the Armley Mills museum was once the world's largest woollen mill.

Thwaite mills watermill - ilkley. Twaite Mills is one of the last remaining examples of a water-powered mill in Britain. Experience water powered industry in action! Feel the force of water power and how solid rock can be turned into paint and putty.

Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway is a 5-mile long branch line that originally served mills and villages in the Worth Valley. It is now a heritage railway line running from Keighley to Oxenhope. It connects to the national rail network line at Keighley railway station. It is one of the few heritage railways to provide real ale on board some of its services.


Kirklees light railway - Huddersfield

Middleton Railway - Leeds

Shipley Glen Cable Tramway

Vintage Carriages Trust Museum - Keighley

Sid’s Cafe’ from ‘Last of the Summer wine’ - Holmfirth

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.

Harewood House - Leeds

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 - Halifax

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.

Shibden Hall - Halifax

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.

Other places to explore:

Nostell Priory

Wakefield Cathedral

Kirkstall Abbey ruins

Pontefract Castle

Oakwell Hall

Bolling Hall

East Riddlesden Hall

Lotherton Hall & Gardens

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.

Theatre and Concert Tickets

    Leeds Theatres

        Leeds Town Hall

        Leeds Arena

        O2 Academy Leeds

        Leeds Festival         

        Varieties Music Hall

        Grand Theatre

        West Yorkshire Playhouse

        Millennium Square Leeds

    Bradford Theatres


        St Georges Concert Hall

        The Studio

        King’s Hall

    Halifax Theatres

        Victoria Theatre

    Wakefield Theatres

        Theatre Royal and Opera House

Horse Racing in West Yorkshire

Pontefract racecourse

Wetherby racecourse

West Yorkshire has two main racecourse at Pontefract and Wetherby. Throughout Yorkshire there are several racecourses and this is a very popular activity in the area.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park - Wakefield

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.

Leeds Festival - Bramham Park

24th - 26th August 2018


Acts to announced



Hepworth Art Gallery - Wakefield

Things to do West Yorkshire

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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