To make the best of your vacation make sure to stop by the following top 10 places to visit in West Yorkshire.
- Grand Theatre, Leeds
For those who enjoy classical theatre, music and dance, the ‘Leeds Grand Theatre’ is bound to have something to offer, be it operas, musicals or ballet performances. A famous symbol of Victorian architecture, the ‘Grand Theatre’ hosts performances by globally acclaimed companies, “Opera North” and “Northern Ballet Theatre”.
- Tropical World, Leeds
Tropical World in Leeds is home to many exotic animals from across the world, from baby ‘Meerkats’ to ‘Water Dragons’ to ‘Mexican Morelet Crocodiles’, and even to an exceedingly rare ‘Burmese Albino Python’. This sanctuary offers many specimens of interest to wildlife enthusiasts, not forgetting a visit to the ‘Yellow Anaconda’ curled up at the ‘Creature Corner’, for a complete tropical experience.
- The Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds Dock
Six themed galleries house UK’s national collection of arms and armour. This museum offers 75,000 exhibits to view, acquired from countries worldwide. Witness the evolution of armour starting from the medieval era, and if knights in shining armour seem too mundane, be sure to drop by the Japanese Shogun display.
- The Henry Moore Institute, Leeds
A renowned Institute for the art of sculpture, the ‘Henry Moore Institute’ was founded by sculptor ‘Henry Moore’ in 1977. On display at this institute is a collection of his works. For budding artists interested in this avenue, the institute serves as a research site and sculpture archive.
- The Bronte Parsonage Museum, Haworth
Grab that copy of ‘Jane Eyre’ and stroll through the corridors of the ‘Bronte Parsonage Museum’, the home of three gifted literary figures, the Bronte sisters. The Museum provides firsthand insight into the atmosphere in which the sisters grew up and came to write novels which became masterpieces of the Victorian era.
- National Coal Mining Museum, Wakefield
Experience the rare opportunity to dive 450ft underground into one of the oldest functioning mines in the UK. Take a tour with ex-miners guiding visitors through the history of coal mining, partaking in interactive displays.
- Harewood House, Leeds
A Georgian mansion built during the 18th century, ‘Harewood House’, along with its fascinating architecture, offers an interesting collection of Renaissance paintings for viewing. The ‘Bird Garden’ would thrill any bird lover sheltering over 90 species of exotic and local birds.
- Ilkley Toy Museum, Ilkley, West Yorkshire
A walk through childhood, ‘Ilkley Toy Museum’, is the dwelling place of toys from 350BC onwards. Some of these conserved toys are miracles of perfect craftsmanship.
- Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield
This park is an outdoor exhibition of works by famous local and international artists, such as ‘Barbara Hepworth’, and aptly demonstrates the harmony between nature and art.
- Impressions Gallery, Bradford
This contemporary photo gallery is a must among places to visit in West Yorkshire. It is a meeting place for photographers to share their inspiration and learn further about the subject at the bookshop available.