West Yorkshire is a metropolitan borough and is an inland county having eastward-draining valleys while taking in the moors of the Pennines. It came into existence as a metropolitan county in 1974 after the passage of the Local Government Act 1972 and has a population of around 2.2 million. Furthermore, it consists of five metropolitan boroughs (City of Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, City of Leeds and City of Wakefield). Additionally, it is bordered by several counties. Derbyshire to the south, Greater Manchester to the south-west, Lancashire to the north-west, North Yorkshire to the north and South Yorkshire to the south.


Within West Yorkshire you can find the major city of Leeds, as well as other towns including Wakefield, Bradford, Huddersfield, Hebden Bridge, Saltaire, Ilkley, Holmfirth and Wakefield. Furthermore, there are other towns to visit such as Skipton, Keighley, Wetherby, Pontefract and Wetherby amongst others.


Discover a great selection of places to visit including waterfalls, ruins, rivers and streams, caves, hiking areas, limestone pavements, villages, mountains, cities, hills, towns, castles, country parks, woodlands and lakes.

If you need the fun and culture of a city, Leeds should be your starting point. However, the dales and moors in the countryside must not be missed.

Adding layers of interest and excitement is the roll call of cultural giants associated with these villages and towns, from the Brontë sisters to Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and J.M.W. Turner.

One look at the wild moors at Keighley and Haworth and you’ll be transported to Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights.

If you’re into industrial history, Yorkshire was the wool capital of the world in the 1800s. Indeed, lots of those imposing old mills are now listed buildings, converted into museums or local amenities.