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Arts, Entertainment etc.

Henry Moore Institute, Leeds

The Henry Moore Institute is a world-recognised centre for the study of sculpture in the heart of Leeds. An award-winning exhibitions venue, research centre, library and sculpture archive, the Institute hosts a year-round programme of exhibitions, conferences and lectures, as well as developing research and publications, to expand the understanding and scholarship of historical and contemporary sculpture.

The Institute is a part of The Henry Moore Foundation, which was set up by Moore in 1977 to encourage appreciation of the visual arts, especially sculpture.

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Huddersfield Art Gallery

See a selection of stunning paintings and sculptures by internationally renowned artists such as L.S. Lowry, Francis Bacon and Henry Moore alongside work by significant local artists.

There's an innovative programme of temporary exhibitions and inspiring events and activities for all ages. Located in Huddersfield town centre above the Library it couldn't be easier to visit.

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Last of the Summer Wine Country, Holmfirth

Known locally as 'Little Hollywood', Holmfirth is the renowned location of the TV classic Last of the Summer Wine. But there's another reason thousands of visitors flock every year. Sitting in the heart of the breathtaking Holme Valley, this picture-postcard town is popular with walkers and wildlife lovers alike.

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Smith Art Gallery, Brighouse

This purpose built Victorian Art Gallery is set in a small park on the edge of Brighouse, with good access to the motorway. It has a permanent exhibition of Victorian paintings and hosts a splendid mix of temporary exhibitions, including many by local and regional artists.

The Gallery was refurbished in 2008 and had a new hang of paintings, which includes old favourites and a number of works on permanent exhibition for the first time.

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The Hepworth Wakefield

One of the finest contemporary art museums in Europe - The Independent

With over 1,600 square metres of light-filled gallery spaces, The Hepworth Wakefield is the largest purpose-built exhibition space outside London.

The gallery brings together work from Wakefield's art collection, exhibitions by contemporary artists and rarely seen works by Barbara Hepworth.

With a café, shop, learning studios, unique conference venue, and exciting events programme, the gallery is a place to explore art, architecture and your imagination.

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The National Media Museum and IMAX Bradford

The National Media Museum is situated in the heart of Bradford, UNESCO City of Film

We aim to be the best museum in world for inspiring people to learn about, engage with and create media.

  • The Museum is home to over 3.5 million items of historical significance. We look after the National Photography, National Cinematography, National Television and National New Media Collections.
  • Insight: Collections & Research Centre is where much of the Collection is held, to be explored and enjoyed by everybody.
  • Traditional and interactive galleries located across eight floors of the Museum investigate and celebrate film, photography, television, animation and new media.
  • The Museum is the home of the BBC in Bradford. Visitors can watch presenters and researchers collating news stories and broadcasting online and on-air in this real, working exhibit.
  • The UK's first IMAX theatre opened right here in Bradford. It continues to offer an exciting programme of 3D and blockbuster films for that essential, all-embracing viewing experience.
  • The Museum houses two other cinemas which can accommodate a wide range of film formats. Our Pictureville and Cubby Broccoli cinemas host an impressive film programme, from cult classics to contemporary art house cinema.

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Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield

Yorkshire Sculpture Park is a pioneering place that aims to challenge, inspire, inform and delight, welcoming over 300,000 visitors, including 40,000 learning visits each year.

Probably the finest exhibition site for sculpture in the world. - Bill Packer, Financial Times

In my experience, you get things from visiting these 500 acres of rolling rural north that are rarely available at other art locations. - Waldemar Januszczak, The Sunday Times

A great way to combine culture, exercise and fresh air for all the family.- The People

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Historical

Bronte Parsonage Museum and Bronte Country, Haworth

Haworth Parsonage was built in 1778-9. On the 20th April 1820 Patrick Bronte, his wife Maria and their six children, moved to the Parsonage at Haworth.

The Brontë collections at the Parsonage Museum are the largest in the world and continue to inspire scholars, writers and artists. Our Contemporary Arts Programme includes literary events, exhibitions, artistic responses, a competition and festivals, and our schools programme enables us to reach students of all ages across the country.

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Castle Howard, North Yorkshire

Yorkshire's finest historic house and estate. Home to the Howard family for over 300 years, Castle Howard is a magnificent 18th century residence set within 1,000 acres of breathtaking landscape in the Howardian Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the heart of North Yorkshire.

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Chatsworth House & Park, Derbyshire

Welcome to Chatsworth House & Park, set in the heart of the Peak District in Derbyshire. There is always something new to see and do in the house, garden, farmyard and adventure playground. Experience a taste of Chatsworth in our shops, restaurants and award winning farm shop, or explore our beautiful 1000 acre park.

Chatsworth is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, and has been passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family. The house architecture and collection have been evolving for five centuries.

The house has over 30 rooms to explore, from the magnificent Painted Hall, regal State Rooms, newly restored Sketch Galleries and beautiful Sculpture Gallery. In the Guest Bedrooms, meet an Edwardian Lady's Maid who will be revealing the secrets of her mistress's suitcase of clothes, or dress up in one of our period costumes.

Chatsworth has one of Europe's most significant art collections. The diverse collection has grown with each generation to live here, and the Devonshire Collection encompasses Old Masters, contemporary ceramics, artefacts from Ancient Egypt, modern sculpture and computer portraits to name but a few. The Old Master Drawings Cabinet opened in 2012 to showcase selections from over 2000 pieces within the collection, many of which have not been publicly displayed within living memory.

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Harewood House, Leeds

Harewood sits at the heart of Yorkshire, one of the treasure houses of England, the house was built in the 18th century and has art collections to rival the finest in the land in the setting of Yorkshire's most beautiful landscape.

Harewood is just as much about today as it is about history. There are exhibitions of contemporary art, an award-winning educational department, renowned Bird Garden and over 100 acres of exquisite gardens.

You can expect the unexpected at Harewood with special events and themed weekends throughout the season to surprise you.

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Nostell Priory (NT), Wakefield

18th-century architectural masterpiece with landscape park and gardens

Built on the site of a medieval priory, Nostell has been the home of the Winn family for 300 years. Commissioned by Sir Rowland Winn in 1733, James Paine built the house. Later additions by Robert Adam created exceptional interiors.

Visitors can explore 121 hectares (300 acres) of parkland with a range of walks and views. Gardens include lakeside walks, a newly planted orchard and an adventure playground.

Inside the house, see a collection of Chippendale furniture made specially for Nostell. Paintings by Brueghel, Hogarth and Kauffmann.

A John Harrison (Longitude) longcase clock and an 18th-century dolls' house. The restored Butler's Pantry is also open to view this year.

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Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds

At our museum in Leeds there are over 8,500 objects on display in five galleries: War, Tournament, Oriental, Self-defence, and Hunting.

The Royal Armouries Museum is located at Clarence Dock, only a short distance from the centre of Leeds, West Yorkshire.

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Industrial

Kirklees Light Railway, Huddersfield

A Memorable Family Day Out

Travel along behind Hawk, Owl, Fox, Badger or Jay, our five friendly little engines here at the Kirklees Light Railway the home of Yorkshire's Great Little Steam Trains.
Climb aboard our little trains for a scenic journey along our 15' narrow-gauge rail through the beautiful South Pennine foothills to our Shelley terminus where you can enjoy the panoramic views of the surrounding area.

Visit the Shelley station Tea Room for selections of seasonal refreshments. Children can play in the outdoor play area and on a summers day enjoy our large picnic area.

Upon returning to Clayton West passengers can take pleasure in the many facilities available to them. The outdoor play area is ideal for children to 'let off some steam' whilst the adults browse our extensive shop.
The Café serves hot and cold seasonal food and drink whenever the Railway is open.

We hold many special events throughout the year; take a look through our website and see what's happening soon at the KLR!

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Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills

Housed in what was once the world's largest woollen mill, Leeds Industrial Museum houses a wealth of gems located in a beautiful riverside setting. Step back in time to learn about the industrial history of Leeds from manufacturing textiles and clothing to printing, engineering and locomotives, which the city was world famous for.

The museum contains exhibits dating from the 18th and 19th centuries that show the history of textiles, clothing and engine and locomotive manufacture in the area. During the regular 'working weekends', several exhibits are operated including water wheels, a steam engine and the great spinning 'mules'.

It also illustrates the history of cinema projections, including the world's first moving pictures - filmed in Leeds by Louis le Prince in 1888 - as well as 1920s silent movies.

There have been mills on the Armley Mills site since the 17th century. The original buildings having been developed in the late 18th century when a woollen mill and a corn mill were built.

A fire in 1805 destroyed these mills but they were rapidly replaced with the building which can be seen today. From the early 19th century Armley Mills became one of the world's largest woollen mills, continuing the city's cloth-making tradition until Leeds City Council took it over in 1969 in order to create a museum illustrating the industrial heritage of the mill itself and the city as a whole.

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National Coal Mining Museum, Wakefield

The National Coal Mining Museum for England aims to keep coal mining alive by collecting and preserving the industry's rich heritage, creating enjoyable and inspiring ways to learn for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.

Underground Tours
Get kitted out with your hard hat and battery lamp, then descend 140m underground to discover the harsh realities of coal mining through the centuries....

All Weather Adventure
Enjoy a unique adventure, whatever the weather. Underground, indoor or outdoor - there's plenty for everyone to see and do.

Collections
The Museum opened in 1988 as the Yorkshire Mining Museum and much of the collection came to the site in the late 1980s and early 1990s when many pits in the region were closing. The British Coal Collection, a large group of objects of national significance, became part of the Museum collections in 1995. This had been assembled by the National Coal Board and subsequently British Coal and had been housed first at Lound Hall Museum, Nottinghamshire, then at Chatterley Whitfield Museum in Staffordshire.

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Wakefield Museum

The Wakefield Museum was founded in 1974.

The mission of the Wakefield Museum Association is: To serve as custodian of the history of the community of Wakefield. To collect and display memorabilia of the community. To archive the genealogical records of the people who founded, lived in and presently live in the community.

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Country Parks, Outdoor Pursuits, Animals etc.

Anglers Country Park & Waterton Countryside Discovery Centre, Wakefield

Anglers Country Park is set in beautiful countryside surroundings, approximately 4 miles from the city of Wakefield.

The park is designated a Site of Scientific Interest with a variety of meadowland, wetland and trees, all rich in wildlife.

Visitors enjoy walking, picnicking, wildlife and bird watching. Visit the bird hides on the Pol and the main lake which attracts wildfowl such as the heron as well as dragonflies and amphibians.

Anglers Country Park is also a starting point to the network of footpaths and trails - enjoy a woodland walk, follow the Barnsley Canal towpath or walk 'The Waterton Trail'.

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Blue John Cavern, Derbyshire

The Blue John Cavern in the Peak District is a series of caverns considered to be the finest range in Great Britain.

Our Cavern Tours are of immense educational interest showing clearly how the caverns are formed in limestone strata and how the limestone itself had much earlier been formed by the deposits on the floors of great oceans which have long since receded, as the fossilised remains of marine animals now show.

The Cavern is well illuminated by electric lighting. Very comprehensive planning was necessary here to ensure that the whole project was complementary to the caverns as a whole. Without appearing to intrude or commercialise the caverns in any way.

It has been suggested that the Blue John Cavern is the finest that can been seen by the general public in Western Europe.

We also have a craft shop with a wide variety of Blue John Jewellery set in silver and gold, alongside Blue John Ornaments such as bowls, eggs, and goblets.

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Bretton Country Park, Wakefield

Bretton Estate includes the adjoining Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Bretton Hall and Bretton Lakes Nature Reserve.

The stunning landscape, which is home to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP), was designed over 200 years ago as a private pleasure ground. Much thought was given to the planting of thousands of imported exotic trees, to the modeling of hills and valleys and the use of water and architectural features. Split up in the late 1940s, the estate has in recent years, been brought together by YSP, providing open access.

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Cannon Hall Farm, Barnsley

Over the years we have invested millions to make Cannon Hall Farm one of the best Farm attractions in the country.

There are animals in abundance and always something new and exciting around the next corner.

Baby animals are born every week. Our lambs are born between January and Easter and with around 400 sheep we expect around 750 lambs a year.

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Clumber Park (NT), Doncaster

Clumber is a beautiful expanse of parkland, heath and woods covering more than 3,800 acres.

Clumber Park was once the country estate of the Dukes of Newcastle. Although the house was demolished in 1938, there are glimpses of its grand past to explore - from the Gothic-style chapel, often referred to as a 'cathedral in miniature', you can follow in the footsteps of dukes through the peaceful pleasure ground to the Walled Kitchen Garden, where you can experience sights, scents and a taste of the past.

Today Clumber offers freedom to discover a ducal park and provides a haven for wildlife within an idyllic setting.

With 3,800 acres of picturesque parkland and gardens, peaceful woodlands and a magnificent lake to enjoy there is plenty of space to explore and relax with your family and friends.

Not only is Clumber's mosaic of habitats home to an amazing array of wildlife, it is also a great place to spot it.

And there's much more to explore...

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Hardcastle Crags (NT), Hebden Bridge

Beautiful wooded valley with 19th-century Gibson Mill at its heart.

A beauty spot of the South Pennines with more than 160 hectares (400 acres) of unspoilt woodland.

As well as being the home of the northern hairy wood ant, there are tumbling streams, glorious waterfalls and stacks of millstone grit, all crisscrossed by more than 15 miles (24km) of footpaths.

At its heart is Gibson Mill, a family-oriented visitor centre, telling the history of the valley over the past 200 years, with interactive displays, dressing up, dancing and exhibitions. Having no link to the national grid, the mill is unique in the UK and is the Trust's flagship sustainable building.

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Newmillerdam Country Park, Wakefield

Covering 237 acres of woodland and water, Newmillerdam Country Park was once part of an area known by the Norse name of Thurstonhaugh. The name changed when the area became part of the medieval 'Chevet' estate after a new corn mill was built in the village in 1285 and the area became known as New Myllne on Dam.

Where once the park was managed for game and commercial forestry (the pine and larch trees having been planted for pit props), it is now managed by Wakefield Council's Countryside and Conservation Service for the benefit of wildlife and visitors.

The Country Park is ideal for short walks or longer rambles on the surrounding network of public rights of way. The bridleways and dis-used Chevet Branch Line permissive path offer good off road routes for horse riders and cyclists although cycling and horse riding are not permitted on the lakeside path, which is also suitable for wheelchairs, booster scooters and pushchairs.

Local author and artist Richard Bell has produced two fine pocket books with pen and ink illustrations featuring Newmillerdam County Park. One book features the wildlife of the park with notes and observations while the other is a walking guide for those who want to make the most of their visit.

For those a little more adventurous, orienteering information packs are on sale from the Countryside and Conservation Service.

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Oakwell Hall Country Park, Batley

Oakwell Hall was built by John Batt in 1583 and is now run as a 'living museum' furnished as the Batt family home in the 1690s
Thanks to only minor alterations over the years and a fine collection of period furniture, the Hall offers visitors a real insight into a post English Civil War household. Charlotte Bronte was so inspired by the house during her visits in the 19th century that she featured it as 'Fieldhead' in her classic novel Shirley.

The restored gardens are well worth a visit, and over 100 acres of Green Flag award winning country park include a visitor centre, gift shop, café, nature trail, picnic sites and a new playground designed for children of all abilities. The refurbished Countryside Information Centre opposite the play area is well worth a visit as well.

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Pugneys Country Park, Wakefield

Pugneys Country Park is a 250 acre site which was previously an open cast mine as well as a sand and gravel quarry and was turned into a country park in 1985.

The park has two lakes, the largest of which is a 100 acre watersports lake. This caters for non-powered watersports such as canoeing, sailing and windsurfing. Equipment is available to hire or, alternatively, visitors can bring their own craft to use on the lake.

The largest lake at Pugneys Country Park has a footpath which runs all the way around the lake and is approximately 1.6 miles long, making it suitable for running or taking a leisurely stroll.

The smaller of the two lakes is only 24 acres and is a nature reserve which is overlooked by 2 bird hides, enabling visitors to watch the neighbouring wildlife in their own habitat.

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Skipton & Mother Shiptons Cave

'A careful and dramatic association of history, legend, drama and nature'

ARE YOU BRAVE ENOUGH?

Mother Shipton was a Yorkshire witch who prophesied about future events in the form of poems.
Her prophecies predicted the fates of several rulers within and just after her lifetime - the invention of iron ships, Great Fire of London in 1666, the defeat of the Spanish Armada... and even the end of the world!

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Standedge Visitor Centre, Huddersfield

Standedge Tunnel occupies a unique spot in the heart of the Pennine countryside. More importantly, it is the longest canal tunnel in Britain and makes a perfect family day out in Yorkshire.

As one of the Seven Wonders of the Waterways, visitors can explore deep into this marvellous Yorkshire attraction on one of the family friendly guided boat trips, stop for a bite to eat in the newly refurbished Watersedge cafe, and let kids jump, climb and explore our playground and wildlife garden or try our new free soft play facility in the exhibition centre.

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Tropical World, Leeds

Tropical World at Roundhay park, Leeds is one of the UK's most popular garden tourist attractions and home to the largest collection of tropical plants outside Kew Gardens.

Each year over a million visitors discover exciting new worlds, alien landscapes and exotic plant life - all in the heart of Leeds.

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Worsborough Mill & Nature Reserve, Barnsley

Worsbrough Mill Country Park covers over 240 acres and holds Local Nature Reserve status. The Parks 60 acre reservoir is a haven for wildlife and is open to anglers and bird watchers. The Park has well maintained footpaths and cyclepaths that meander through Willow Carr and around the circumference of the reservoir passing meadowlands that are rich in wild flowers.

Walks
There are three walks within the boundaries of the Park:

  • The Owl Walk: A walk incorporating many past industries but can be muddy in wet weather. Approximately 5km.
  • The Badger Walk: A fairly level walk following Worsbrough Reservoir with only very slight inclines in places. Suitable for wheelchair access. Approximately 3.5km.
  • The Fox Walk: A reasonably level walk with a few inclines. Suitable for wheelchair access. Approximately 2km.

Leaflets about the walks are available free of charge from the Mill shop and Millers Tea Room.

The Park is also a good base for the Trans Pennine Trail or other longer walks.

Fishing
Fishing is available in the upper pond and canal basin. Fishing day tickets are issued on the day by the bank walker. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

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Yorkshire Dales

The Yorkshire Dales National Park is a special place: it has outstanding scenery, a range of wildlife habitats and a rich cultural heritage. It is a fantastic outdoor arena for recreation and peaceful relaxation and a haven for wildlife.

The National Park was established in 1954, and covers an area of 1,762 square kilometres (680 square miles) in the north of England, straddling the central Pennines in the counties of North Yorkshire and Cumbria. It is 50 miles (80.5 kilometres) north east of Manchester; Leeds and Bradford lie to the south, while Kendal is to the west and Darlington to the east.

So, as you can imagine, there is lots to see and do, from spotting red squirrels in Snaizeholme and walking along the unique limestone pavement at the top of the 80 metre high Malham Cove to learning about the generations of people who made the Dales home at the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes.
It's a special place to visit and you don't want to miss a thing!

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Towns, Shopping Centres etc.

Harrogate

WELCOME TO THE HAPPIEST* PLACE IN ENGLAND!

Whether it is Georgian grandeur and ancient abbeys, wild and woolly countryside and glorious gardens, fun family days out, art and culture, fabulous food and serious shopping, or rest and relaxation, Harrogate district has it all.

Take a look at this official guide to see just what the Harrogate district has to offer - you won't want to go home.

*The town of Harrogate was rated as the happiest place to live by Rightmove in 2013

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Knaresborough

Knaresborough and the surrounding district, together with nearby Harrogate, Ripon and outlying villages, offers some of the most varied attractions anywhere in Britain.

Knaresborough occupies not only a beautiful situation, on a bluff above the River Nidd, but also one eminently suited to defence - a fine place for a castle. Now a peaceful Market Town, Knaresborough has seen more than its fair share of upheaval during the centuries.

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Meadowhall Shopping Centre, Sheffield

Meadowhall offers something for everyone, and then some. Shop the latest high street and designer fashions, browse the extensive beauty offering for both products and indulgent spa services, and let the 280 stores inspire your gift ideas. And, with the new Oasis Dining Quarter you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to dining. Whether it's a bite to eat or a meal with friends and family, you won't be disappointed with what's on offer - from Thai and Japanese to Italian, American and good old British! Meadowhall is the region's favourite shopping destination.

Meadowhall covers 1.5 million sq ft of floor space and inhabits 280 stores from top independent and international brands, that attracts over 25 million visitors per year. Ever since it opened in 1990 on the site of a former steelworks, Meadowhall's been the place to shop in the region. There's also a jaw-dropping 12,000 free parking spaces and direct access via rail, road and tram - there's even a landing pad for your helicopter for anyone who wants to go on a spree with their lottery millions!

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Ridings Shopping Centre, Wakefield

The Ridings Centre is the place for fantastic value shopping with over 80 stores offering a great mix of big brand names and unique independent stores all under one roof.

The Ridings Centre offers a variety of cafes, coffee shops and eateries to suit all tastes.

Free wi-fi is available in Lavazza, Cafe Select, Othello Restaurant and Burger King.

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York

Rich in ancient history, romantic ambience and fun activities, York is the perfect holiday destination for couples, families and groups. Renowned for its exquisite architecture, tangle of quaint cobbled streets, iconic York Minster and wealth of visitor attractions, York is a flourishing city, just two hours by train from London.

Delve into the city's vibrant café culture, take time out to enjoy some of the country's most talented street entertainers or simply watch the world go by while sipping a drink by the river.

Visitors to York tourism can enjoy hundreds of attractions, museums, historic buildings, tours, shops, restaurants and bars within the compact walled city. You're never far from an awe inspiring moment.

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Places of Worship

Dewsbury Minster

Dewsbury Minster welcome everyone, those of all faiths, and those of none, to this ancient place of pilgrimage and worship. As a living church it offers you the peace and stillness of the beautiful Paulinus Chapel, a place beside us in worship, music to uplift you, a bustling refectory and 1400 years of history.

Dewsbury Minster is a place we hope you will enjoy visiting. This is a Christian Church and is part of the Anglican Communion - a worldwide fellowship of churches in which the Christian Faith is growing, especially in Africa, South America and the Far East.

The Christian Community has met to worship God on this site since AD 627. Throughout the Centuries people have found, within its walls, a living relationship with God through Jesus Christ. It may be that you are unsure about your own beliefs. We hope that you will be able to visit this 'Mother' Church, perhaps as a 'pilgrim'- someone on a road of discovery, letting God speak to you through the people you meet, the displays, and the atmosphere.

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Wakefield Cathedral

Wakefield Cathedral exists in order to worship God and point others to him.We seek to help people live as disciples of Jesus Christ, and to share his love with the world.We are set in the heart of the city of Wakefield, and endeavour to offer a warm welcome to all who enter or pass by our doors. We have made public our desire that everyone who lives in Wakefield District will come inside at least once a year.

We try to give priority to people who are needy or disadvantaged. We hope to be a place of conversation for people of all faiths and none, and a cultural hub in the city centre. And as the Mother Church of the Diocese of Wakefield, our intention is that everyone in the diocese will feel at home here, whether coming for a major diocesan event, or in a parish group, or on a private visit.

For over 1000 years people have been gathering in this holy place to offer their prayers and praise to Almighty God. Wakefield Cathedral is located right in the centre of the city, surrounded by shops and businesses, with people passing our doors as they go about their daily life. Many of those people come by to light a candle, say a prayer, or spend a moment of stillness and calm. Visit Wakefield Cathedral to embark on a voyage of historical and spiritual discovery!

There are many fascinating treasures to discover in Wakefield Cathedral:

  • fine medieval carvings including many animals and green men
  • impressive, finely carved screen behind the high altar
  • the most complete collection of stained glass by Charles Kempe in the world
  • unusual octagonal font dating from 1661
  • magnificent east end extension built to celebrate the creation of the Diocese of Wakefield

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