Museums and attractions

A county full of inspiration, Yorkshire offers a variety of cultural sights to satisfy all tastes. From galleries and exhibitions, to interactive museums and bold stately homes, you'll be spoiled for choice.

Bradford has developed from a city of industry to become a cultural hotspot in West Yorkshire. The 1853 Gallery at Salts Mill is a large and varied exhibition located in the World Heritage Site of Saltaire. Four comprehensive galleries feature over 400 works by David Hockney in this Grade II listed mill building, built in 1853. Salts Mill and Saltaire include various retail outlets and a beautiful park for lazy Sunday afternoons. The mill also houses a diner providing food and drinks in fine surroundings. The entire area is great for a day out loosing yourself in an area of architectural and cultural interest.

Bronte Parsonage smallThe Brontë Parsonage Museum was formerly the Brontës' home from 1820-1861; now a museum, it has opened its doors to visitors giving you the chance to soak up the literary atmosphere and see the clothes, furniture and personal possessions of these world famous sisters. Set in the unique village of Haworth, yet close to wild moorlands beyond, this homely Georgian house still retains the atmosphere of the Brontës' time.

The Bradford Industrial Museum has a permanent display of textile machinery, steam power, engineering and motor vehicles, along with an exciting exhibitions programme. Enjoy the splendour of the Mill Owner's House, or visit the more humble mill-workers' terraces. Moorside Mills is also home to the museum's team of working horses. Some of the horses may be out working on the streets of Bradford or even starring in a film or television programme, but there will always be at least one in the stables waiting to meet you.

Halifax is home to Bankfield Museum, set in a wonderful Victorian mill owner's house, and with a growing reputation as a centre for textiles and contemporary craft. With its internationally important collection of textiles, weird and wonderful objects from around the world, plus commissions by leading makers and a varied programme of exhibitions and events, there is much to see and enjoy. Don't miss the Toy Gallery, the Duke of Wellington's Regimental Museum and the Marble Gallery. Eureka! The National Children's Museum, also in Halifax, is Britain's leading interactive museum for children, opening up a fascinating world of hands-on exploration. Over 400 interactive exhibits invite children up to the age of 12 years to unleash their imaginations and discover more about themselves and the world around them.

Leeds has a vibrant and lively cultural scene with all sorts of attractions and exhibitions to keep your mind alive. Harewood House is the outstanding home of the Earl of Harewood and is renowned for its stunning architecture and exquisite Adam interiors, containing a rich collection of Chippendale furniture, fine porcelain and outstanding art collections.  'Below Stairs' at Harewood displays over 1000 objects to help you unravel the stories of the House and the lives of those who lived and worked there. Tropical World offers an unforgettably fun adventure on a tropical island. Land on the sandy white beach before trekking inland to the rainforest where you will find waterfalls tumbling into jungle pools, exotic animals including meerkats, snakes and lemurs, plus many unusual insects!

Wakefield's Cathedral forms the focal point of the town - enjoy the prayers, or simply soak up the peace and stillness. The building itself has remained unchanged throughout the last century, so truly is a historical treasure. Pontefract Museum is small and compact, yet full of life, history and artefacts from the town's earliest beginnings to the present day.

Museums-QuarterHull is renowned for its unique Museum Quarter with four free entry sites, including the Streetlife Museum of Transport where visitors can experience a first-class collection of transport exhibits, from trams to tricycles. The award-winning galleries allow visitors to sample the sights, sounds and smells of 200 years of transport history and guarantee a fun filled day out, for enthusiasts and families alike. 

The Deep is Hull's award-winning 'submarium' and is the place to go to experience the dramatic story of the world's oceans, from the dawn of time and into the future. Home to 40 sharks and 3,500 fish, highlights include the Twilight Zone, the world's largest exhibition featuring weird animals from the deep, and slime!, where you can discover how animals ooze, stick and slide to survive.

Dinostar is full of prehistoric wonders. Dinosaurs hold a fascination for youngsters and Dinostar is just the place to go for your prehistoric fill! This is an exciting interactive exhibition full of information about these historic creatures. See a full-scale T-Rex skull, Triceratops bones you can actually touch, or play with the sound box to recreate all kinds of strange noises.

Castle HowardLocated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Castle Howard is a magnificent 18th century house situated in breathtaking parkland, dotted with temples, lake statues and fountains; plus formal gardens, woodland gardens and potager. Seasonal displays include daffodils, rhododendrons, roses and delphiniums which are magical, or you may wish to share the story of the house itself with a guided tour of the collections, architecture and landscapes.

York is a place of historical interest and countless cultural attractions. Visit Barley Hall, an ideal place to step back in time to the War of the Roses and explore the home of William Snawsell, Lord Mayor and Goldsmith of the City of York, under the Royal Houses of Lancaster, York and Tudor. Barley Hall is a real hands-on experience - try out the furniture, handle the pottery, glass and metalwares and even try on some medieval costumes!

MillenniumGalleriesSheffieldSouth Yorkshire has many galleries and museums hosting a variety of events, exhibitions and specialities for all tastes. Millennium Galleries is both elegant and innovative, breaking with the traditional institutional image of an art gallery and is a welcoming and vibrant place to be for pleasure, education or business. With four individual galleries under one roof, there are all sorts of wonderful things to see and enjoy. Be inspired by treasures from the past, admire masterpieces from Britain's national collections and discover new creations by artists and makers still working today.


Cusworth Hall is an imposing 18th century country house set in extensive landscaped parklands, once home to the Battie-Wrightson family. The Grade I listed house is deemed a Site of Special Interest due to the preservation of all elements of a Georgian Country House. It hosts displays mainly of Doncaster and its people.

Doncaster Racecourse is a place of sheer spectacle and excitement. A prestigious world-class venue for horse racing in Yorkshire, the Racecourse is very proud of the position it holds within the heritage of the sport, both nationally and internationally. Get amongst the crowds and have a great day out in Doncaster, and who knows, maybe even win!