Wentbridge House is just 1/2 mile off the A1 and close to Doncaster, Wakefield, Leeds, York and Harrogate - a perfect base to explore all that Yorkshire has to offer. The area has a wealth of attractions and you'll find a fantastic array of things to do, from fun and exciting activities, to shopping, stately homes, museums and beautiful countryside. To provide you with some inspiration, we've put together a list of some of our favourite places to visit and things to in West Yorkshire
Wentbridge is a pretty village in West Yorkshire. It was merely another village along the Great North Road until the construction of an important bridge at Ferrybridge in the 13th Century. This caused a realignment of the road straight through the village and it then became a major stopping place, popular with travellers.
In one of the earliest Robin Hood ballads, the tale of Robin Hood & the Potter, it was here that Little John met up with Robin. Its identity helps to place Robin's activities firmly in the woods of surrounding Barnsdale. This association is indicated by a blue plaque which is displayed on the bridge in the village.
The St Leger, the world's oldest and the fifth and final classic of the British flat racing season, takes place every September on the famous Town Moor course. Doncaster is undoubtedly one of the finest courses in Europe.
The Dome is the largest leisure facility in the UK under the same roof, with six leisure pools including flumes, jacuzzi, jetspray, ice rink with two levels, real snow. Concerts all-year-round, gym, Oasis health suite, Roman baths and saunas.
At the start of the decade The Frenchgate Centre underwent a £200 million facelift to transform it into the country's first shopping centre with integrated public transport and retail interchange facility.
One of the most complete surviving examples of a Victorian country house in England. The beautiful grounds, a collection of grand gardens in miniature, have been restored to their full Victorian splendour, and feature a colourful array of seasonal displays. With its new children’s play area, Brodsworth Hall is the ideal choice for a family day out in Doncaster.
A working farm now open to visitors. Exhibits of cattle, poultry, pigs and sheep as well as rabbits, ponies and horses. Also exotic animals sunch as chinchillas, wallabies and llamas. Adventure playground and always plenty of baby animals to see.
Wentworth Castle Gardens & Stainborough Park extends to over 500 acres and includes historic gardens, a children's adventure playground and a fascinating collection of 26 listed buildings and monuments. Among the garden features are an azalea garden, rare formal wilderness, secret Victorian flower garden and Lime Avenue.
Cusworth Hall was built in the 1740s and is in a parkland setting on the outskirts of Cusworth village in Doncaster, South Yorkshire. The Hall is now the Museum of South Yorkshire Life and its collections depict life in the locality over the last 200 years. The Hall provides a beautiful backdrop to the lakeland landscape of a country park.
A collection of British jets and helicopters displayed in the historic aircraft hanger, built in 1940. Occupying the last part of the former WWII RAF Doncaster site.
Currently home to around 50 vehicles, including buses, a tram, train tractors. A part of history is kept alive through the careful restoration of the vehicles.
1.5 million sq ft of floor space and 280 stores from independent and international brands attracting over 25 million visitors per year.
The Yorkshire Outlet at Lakeside Doncaster has over 45 shops with famous name brands at outlet prices.
Regional collections of human and natural history, art, glass and ceramics, militaria. King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry Regimental Gallery.
Situated just outside Doncaster, the park occupies 70 acres of a 260 acre site, offering a unique view into the world of animals with walkthough areas including Lemur Woods and Wallaby Walkabout.
Tropical butterfly house, wildflower meadow, gardens, insect and wildlife attractions, shop and cafe. Falconry experience days, reptiles and the chance to hold many exotic animals.
The opportunities for adventure at Magna are endless. Inside, four gadget-packed pavilions are themed around the elements of earth, air, fire and water and are linked by suspended walkways, stairs and tunnels. Outside, the state-of-the-art outdoor adventure playground, Sci-Tek, will allow you to defy gravity and explore the limits of science, or splash into Aqua-Tek, one of the UK's largest outdoor, water play areas where you will be sprayed, squirted, misted and drenched!
The Hepworth Wakefield is Yorkshire's inspiring new £35m art gallery, celebrating the area's unique artistic legacy and exploring the work of major contemporary artists. Designed by David Chipperfield Architects, the ten superb gallery spaces make this one of the UK's largest purpose-built galleries outside London.
Pontefract Racecourse is the longest continuous circuit in Europe at 2m and 125yds. It stages flat racing between April and October. It is a left handed course with a home straight of just over 2 furlongs.
At Diggerland Yorkshire, adults and children of at least 90cms in height can ride and drive real construction machines, under the guidance of trained staff. No driving licence required!
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 the large park with a range of walks and views. Gardens include lakeside walks, a newly planted orchard, vegetable beds and an adventure playground. Inside the house, see a collection of Chippendale furniture made specially for Nostell.
An international centre for modern and contemporary art, and the country's first permanent sculpture park, set in over 500 acres of the 18th century-designed Bretton Estate.
Provides a unique opportunity to travel 140 metres underground down one of Britain's oldest working mines.
Experience an indoor real snow slope, rock climbing, adventure golf, bowling, laser games, Cineworld cinema, fitness centre and a selection of urban, clothing and adventure retailers and much more besides.
Watersports facilities including diving (by prior arrangement), angling, canoeing, sailing and windsurfing.
Tuesday lunch concerts, exhibitions and refreshments.
Was one of the most important medieval fortresses in the North of England where Richard II died. Telephone 01977 723440
Shopping centre with 150 shops, many selling designer clothes at outlet prices.
An excavated medieval castle overlooking the site of the Battle of Wakefield
Trinity Walk is Wakefield’s stunning new shopping centre. With over 60 new shops including all the leading high street fashion brands, a Debenhams department store and the largest Sainsbury’s superstore in the area.
With pond dipping, regular fun events and walks to help you get away from it all, RSPB Fairburn Ings is the ideal place for adults and children to find out more about wildlife.
The museum is an impressive home for the national collection of arms and armour. Explore the world of the warrior from early medieval knights to the modern-day soldier in five exciting galleries: War, Tournament, Self Defence, Hunting and Oriental.
Leeds Art Gallery is a lively, welcoming and friendly city centre art gallery adjoining the internationally reknowned Henry Moore Institute and bosting a stunning cafe in the Victorian Tiled Hall. Since opening in 1888, the Leeds Art Gallery has acquired a remarkable collection of British 20th century art, voted by The Times as 'probably the best outside London'.
Information about almost 200 annual music events in Leeds, including orchestral concerts, jazz, brass bands, chamber music, family concerts and festivals.
Discover sculpture in the heart of Leeds at the Henry Moore Institute. Three beautiful gallery spaces host an ever-changing programme of exhibitions accompanied by tours, talks and events which explore sculpture from ancient to modern.
Explore four floors of interactive and exciting galleries. Come face to face with the Leeds tiger, step into Ancient Worlds to meet Nesyamun, the Leeds mummy, and dig for fossils in the Life on Earth gallery.
Victoria Quarter is a beautiful shopping centre and known as the premium shopping centre in the North of England. It is situated at the heart of the Leeds shopping area, close to both bus and railway stations, taxi ranks and city centre car parks.
Formerly the largest woollen mill in the world, now houses Leeds Industrial Museum. Located beside the River Aire, the museum explores the city's rich industrial past.
Experience the sights and sounds of life in Victorian Leeds in the year 1880! A journey through the carefully recreated streets and houses of Abbey House Museum is a great day out for all the family. Combine your visit with a trip to Kirkstall Abbey - just across the road from Abbey House Museum.
An Edwardian country house set in wonderful parkland which is home to a treasure trove of arts, crafts and music. Enjoy a great day out at Lotherton Hall and Estate and explore the fine country home within extensive grounds, including a red deer park, bird garden, nature trails, cafe and extensive family play area.
Temple Newsam is one of the most admired historic houses in the North of England. Famous as the birthplace of Lord Darnley, infamous husband of Mary Queen of Scots, Temple Newsam is a truly impressive country house. Temple Newsam is home to spectacular collections of paintings, furniture, silver, Leeds pottery, ceramics, textiles and wallpapers.
A fully-restored working watermill which is nestled on an island location between the River Aire and the Aire & Calder Navigation.
Kirkstall Abbey is one of the best-preserved medieval Cistercian monasteries in the country. Constructed between 1152 and 1182, many of its buildings still survive virtually intact up to eaves level.
The Thackray museum is a fantastic day out for the whole family, transporting you into a living experience of health and medicine, past, present and future.
Roundhay Park in Leeds, is one of the biggest city parks in Europe. It has over 700 acres of parkland, lakes, woodland and gardens which are owned by Leeds City Council. The park is one of the most popular in Europe.
An enormous range of notable dance, drama, comedy and music productions have been seen at The Grand. Critically acclaimed companies, Opera North and Northern Ballet Theatre have their residencies here at The Grand.
Leeds United Football Club, Elland Road
Since opening in 1990, West Yorkshire Playhouse has established a national and international reputation, providing both a thriving focal point for the communities of West Yorkshire and theatre of the highest standard for audiences throughout the region and beyond.
Yorkshire's most popular stately home was built in the mid-18th century by John Carr, decorated by Robert Adam and furnished by Thomas Chippendale. It now hosts exhibitions of contemporary art, award winning gardens, Indoor and Outdoor family play areas, and a wide range of open-air events - from concerts to kite festivals, car rallies to craft fairs.
A 24 acre site that's not only a working farm with a wide variety of animals, but also a major centre for community and environmental work.
Established in 1982, The Craft Centre & Design Gallery seeks to promote the best in contemporary craft from both new and recognised designers through a programme of exhibitions and showcases.
Leeds Kirkgate Market is Europe’s largest indoor market and is open 6 days a week. There are over 400 stalls inside and a further 200 outside.
Stores include Debenhams, Next, Boots, Warehouse, Miss Selfridge, New Look, Wallis and many more high street fashion retailers. Easily accessed via the M62 J28, M1 J47 or the M621 J1.
The Leeds City Varieties is a Grade II* listed Music Hall in Leeds. It was built in 1865 as an adjunct to the White Swan Inn in Swan Street and the original interior is largely unaltered. It is a rare surviving example of the Victorian Era music halls of the 1850s/1860s. The interior is a long rectangle, with boxes separated by cast-iron columns along the sides at circle level.
York Minster is the largest Gothic Cathedral in Northern Europe and renowned worldwide as an artistic and architectural masterpiece. Climb the 275 steps for fantastic views across York and the surrounding countryside.
The York Dungeon brings York’s horrible history to life with 11 live shows, actors and special effects.
At JORVIK Viking Centre, York, you are standing on the site of one of the most famous and astounding discoveries of modern archaeology. Thirty years ago archaeologists revealed the houses, workshops and backyards of the Viking-Age city of Jorvik, as it stood 1,000 years ago along with over 40,000 artefacts!
Winner of the most picturesque street in Britain, the cobbled Shambles was originally a street of butchers shops and houses, but now York's bustling centrepiece is thriving with art, books, knitwear and pastries.
Set in beautiful gardens in the centre of historic York, the Merchant Adventurers' Hall is open for public use as a fully functioning museum and meeting place some 650 years after construction began in 1357. Grade I listed.
One of 5 national attractions in Yorkshire. For a fantastic free day out in York visit the award winning National Railway Museum. Explore three giant halls full of trains and railway legends including the majestic Duchess of Hamilton, the iconic Japanese Bullet Train a stunning collection of Royal Trains and the towering Chinese locomotive.
The Yorkshire Air Museum is the largest independent air museum in Britain and is also the location of The Allied Air Forces Memorial. Situated in a 20 acre parkland on the former World War II RAF Bomber Command Station at Elvington near the City of York, it is the largest and most original WWII station open to the public.
From prehistory to the York's medieval splendor, this amazing place tells the whole story in it's fantastic new galleries. Walk on a genuine Roman mosaic floor, kneel at St. William's medieval shrine, see the monsters of the deep that swam when Yorkshire was beneath the sea - and all in the heart of the city.
The ten-acre botanical Museum Gardens, around the Yorkshire Museum, stretch from the River Ouse up to the back of York Art Galley, and from Marygate on one side to Museum Street on the other. The gardens were planted in the 1830s, but many of the historic buildings within them date back much further to Medieval and Roman times.
Only a few metres from York Minster, this was the first house ever given to the National Trust complete with a collection. It has a history spanning 2,000 years, from the Roman road in the cellar to the Edwardian servants' quarters in the attics, and thirteen period rooms in between. Infamous ghost stories are another of the many quirky attributes of this property. Outside is an attractive formal sunken garden.
York St Mary's is a beautiful medieval church which opened as a contemporary visual art venue in 2004. It has the tallest steeple in York at 47 metres high.
York Art Gallery combines a distinguished history of displaying fine paintings and ceramics with a modern-day welcome to all through a busy calendar of exhibitions, events and outreach work.
Known as Cliffords Tower after Rodger de Clifford who was executed for treason and hung in chains on the walls in 1322.
Take a tantalising trip through time as you step into the world famous recreated street, Kirkgate. Experience the sights and sounds of Victorian Britain and discover a whole lot more in this museum of everyday life, famous for its collections of costume, military and social history.
The finest Georgian town house in England. A classical architectural masterpiece of its age, Fairfax House was originally the winter home of Viscount Fairfax. Its richly decorated interior was designed by York's most distinguished eighteenth-century architect, John Carr.
UK's only museum dedicated to quilting and textile arts.
Home to the Lord Mayor of York since 1722.
Visit and enjoy world-renowned collections, stunning architecture and inspiring family stories. Relax amid idyllic gardens, enjoy woodland and lakeside walks, and let off steam on the adventure playground.
Barley Hall is a stunning Medieval House, once home to the Priors of Nostell and Mayor of York.
Cruising on the picturesque River Ouse through the walled City of York, you can enjoy a range of public and private cruises, daytime and evening.
York Maze is a unique rural attraction where all ages can lose themselves for a day!
York is one of the most inspiring cities to take a sightseeing bus tour in, from its exquisite architecture to the picturesque cobblestones; York will capture hearts of all ages.
The Bar Walls of York are the finest and most complete of any town in England. There are five main 'bars' (big gateways), one postern (a small gateway) one Victorian gateway, and 45 towers. At two miles (3.4 kilometres), they are also the longest town walls in the country. Allow two hours to walk around the entire circuit.
A family friendly house and garden. The grand 1716 Georgian mansion is set in a park and gardens and there are more than 100 18th-century portraits and seven interpretation galleries, run in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery.
The sheltered walled garden, with spring-flowering organic meadows, orchards and flamboyant peacocks, complements this beautiful Yorkshire house, nestling on the quiet banks of the River Rye.
Perhaps one of York's best kept secrets is this fascinating Museum, situated in York's tallest and most impressive Medieval Gatehouse - Monk Bar. It is said King Richard added its top storey himself in 1484.
The multi award winning Ghost Trail: 7.30pm from the Minster (West Doors), every night (excluding Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day) - whatever the weather!
Award winning modern grandstands, characterful Listed buildings, manicured lawns and home grown flowers set the scene for the best of racedays. See the leading horses and jockeys perform.
York Theatre Royal aims to offer audiences as wide a range in programming as possible, including drama, comedy, dance, pantomime, youth theatre and more.
A magical weekend of ice sculptures, outdoor entertainment and a guaranteed sprinkling of snow.
York Food and Drink Festival is unique because it is set in and around the City's many amazing historic venues. The festival's main focus is Yorkshire food and drink.
Right in the heart of York, you’ll find St Helen’s Square and the York branch of Bettys. A few years after Bettys opened its doors in York war broke out, and Bettys – in particular the basement ‘Bettys Bar’ – became a favourite haunt of thousands of airmen stationed around York. ‘Bettys Mirror’, on which many of them engraved their signatures with a diamond pen, remains on display today as a fitting tribute to their bravery.
York Designer Outlet is just a 10 minute drive by car from the city. Here you'll find over 120 famous name stores, with up to 60% off designer fashions and accessories.
Harrogate is a Yorkshire spa town to the south east of the Yorkshire Dales, famous for its tea shops, flower shows, turkish baths, antique shops and the Harrogate International Conference Centre. The town is also famous for its associations with the great english crime novelist Agatha Christie, who 'disappeared' here for a few days in the 1930s.
Harlow Carr is the North's premier botanical garden. The 58-acre RHS garden can be found on the south-western outskirts of Harrogate, and is home to peaceful woodland, meadows, flower gardens and seven historical gardens from the BBC series ‘Gardens Through Time’.
A World Heritage Site, Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England’s most spectacular Georgian water gardens. Situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty in the valley of the river Skell, on the doorstep of the Yorkshire Dales, only 30 miles from the historic city of York and 9 miles from the A1.
Salts Mill is set in the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Saltaire. The Grade II Listed historic mill building was built in 1853 by Sir Titus Salt along with the village to house his workers. The whole area is of architectural and historical interest.
The Deep, one of the most spectacular aquariums in the world is located in Hull, East Yorkshire. This award-winning visitor attraction is home to over 3,500 fish including spectacular sharks and rays – making it the perfect family day out.
Skipton Castle is one of the most complete and well preserved medieval castles in England.
Flamingo Land is one of the top theme parks in the UK, with rides for all the family.
Lightwater Valley Theme Park is bursting with 175 acres of action-packed adventures, from the dark and mysterious subterranean world of Raptor Attack to the dizzying heights of Whirlwind and (new for 2011) the swashbuckling world of Skeleton Cove! Over 40 rides and attractions for thrill seekers of all ages
The Forbidden Corner is a unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises created in a four acre garden in the heart of Tupgill Park and the Yorkshire Dales.
Bolton Abbey is in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales on the banks of the River Wharfe. With just under 30,000 acres of beautiful countryside, over 80 miles of footpaths and ample space to run around and enjoy the fresh air, there is something for all ages.
Visit the strongest sulphur wells in Europe, where over 15,000 people used to come every summer. Don't forget to taste the water for yourself, it's an unforgettable experience!
A Turkish Baths ritual is a journey of heating, cooling and cleansing the body, promoting a sense of relaxation and a clear mind. Allow yourself a recommended visit time of one and a half hours to obtain the maximum benefit from the Baths. Soft towels are provided along with the guarantee of complete relaxation.
English Heritage Grade II Listed gardens situated in regal Low Harrogate, which along with woodland known as The Pinewoods, covers 17 acres. The Gardens contain a greater number of mineral springs than any other known place. For music lovers, band concerts take place on Sunday afternoons throughout the summer. Beautiful historical buildings such as the Sun Pavilion and Colonnades sit alongside a wide variety of outdoor games and a children's play area.
Tucked away within the market town of Hawes - The home of Real Yorkshire Wensleydale – the Wensleydale Visitor Centre is the ideal destination for every fan of cheese. From seeing it handmade to savouring the finished product, it’s all here.
Duncombe Park is one of Yorkshire’s foremost historic houses and estates, and home to the Duncombe family. The house will be closed to the public from 2011, but the gardens remain open to visitors, as does the surrounding parkland, a beautiful and historic landscape on the edge of the picturesque market town of Helmsley, gateway to the North Yorkshire Moors National Park.
A stronghold of Medieval Kings, Knaresborough Castle still stands towering over the River Nidd. A visit to the site includes a tour to discover what Royalty got up to in the King's Tower, get a glimpse of the dungeon and walk through the underground sallyport.
Mother Shipton is England’s most famous Prophetess. She lived some 500 years ago during the reigns of King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I. Her Prophetic visions became known and feared throughout England, with many of them still proving uncannily accurate today. The Cave, her legendary birthplace is near to the famous, unique, geological phenomenon - The Petrifying Well. See its magical cascading waters turn items into stone!
Set in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. Take a guided tour of the brewery and find out how the famous Black Sheep ales are brewed.
Set in a remote valley in the North York Moors National Park, Rievaulx is one of the most complete, and atmospheric, of England’s abbey ruins.
An enchanting 12th century Cistercian Monastery in the Yorkshire Dales.
Designed by Sir Christopher Wren, with some of Britain’s finest Robert Adam interiors Newby Hall is home to a wonderful collection of Chippendale furniture, Gobelins tapestries and classical statuary. With 25 acres of award winning gardens including one of Europe’s largest double herbaceous borders, an enchanting woodland walk and a miniature railway, younger visitors will also enjoy the exciting adventure gardens.
Selby is a small Yorkshire town, 12 miles South of York with one of the most superb Abbey churches to be found anywhere in England.
The North Yorkshire Moors Railway provides some 18 miles of preserved steam railway running through the spectacular scenery of the North Yorkshire Moors.