Towns & cities you MUST visit in Yorkshire

Towns & cities you MUST visit in Yorkshire

In this two part blog series celebrating the best place in Yorkshire for English Tourism Week, were looking at the best town and cities you need to visit!

Leeds

Quickly becoming one of the most popular cities in England, Leeds has something for everyone. You have amazing new shopping centres such as Trinity Centre and Victoria Gate, alongside traditional places including Kirkgate Market and Corn Exchange. The city has a fantastic range of restaurants and bars, in the centre as well as in the suburbs, which have  just as much to offer. As well as the glitz and glam, you have many beautiful parks and green spaces in the suburbs such as Horsforth Hall Park, Otley Chevin Park, Rodley Nature Reserve and so much more. Leeds also offers a unique and diverse range of events throughout the year including live music festivals, food shows, independent film screenings and many more special events.

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York

Known for its rich history and culture, York is definitely one of the top picks for a day out or weekend away. It not only has a fantastic selection of independent eateries, bars and shops, but there’s so much to see such as York Minster, the City Walls, Monkgate Bar and The Shambles. There is also a whole host of museums and galleries to explore including York Castle Museum and Gardens, Jorvik Viking Centre, and the York City Art Gallery. Whether your going as a couple, a group of friends or a family, there’s plenty to do for everyone!

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Hull

Named as the UK City of Culture 2017, Hull is fast becoming one of the most popular destinations in Yorkshire. With a jam-packed events schedule for the whole year, you’ll find plenty of reasons to go and visit, from dance performances to real ale festivals, live music to cultural celebrations, and everything in between. As well as a range of events, there’s loads of famous attractions including the Humber Bridge, The Deep, the Maritime Museum and Victoria Dock. And with ferries over to the Netherlands and Belgium, its the perfect stop off point!

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Sheffield

The infamous Steel City may be small but its definitely mighty! Being close to the Peak District and named the Outdoor City, Sheffield has plenty to do for the sport and nature lovers, whilst also having so much more to offer. Known for its great live music scene, it is home to the notorious Tramlines festival and many legendary venues including Leadmill, Corporation, The Harley and West Street Live. For more peace and quiet, there’s many lovely green spaces such as the Botanical Gardens, Peace Gardens and Winter Gardens, as well as Weston Park, Ponderosa and Norfolk Heritage Park. For culture and history you have the Lyceum and Crucible theatres, Kelham Island Museum and the Millennium Gallery.

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Harrogate

Although not quite a city, the North Yorkshire town of Harrogate is filled with charm and elegance. Known for its quaint town centre with a selection of unique shops, cafes and restaurants, Harrogate is the perfect destination to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life whilst still having plenty to do and see. Must visits include the Valley Gardens, the RHS Garden Harlow Car and the Great Yorkshire Showground, host to many major events throughout the year. And continuously voted the best place to live in Britain, its definitely worth a visit to see what all the fuss is about!

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Ilkley 

A perfect base for exploring the Dales, the traditional spa town of Ilkley has the finest tea rooms and breath-taking countryside, as well as being home to the Cow and Calf Rocks. This town is a must visit if you love all things outdoors, as there’s plenty of walking and hiking to do in the Ilkley Moor and further afield in the Dales. Whilst its the perfect town for activities, it also ideal for relaxing with White Wells Spa Cottage, Ilkley Lido and many traditional hotels and pubs.

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Living in Rawdon, Leeds

Living in Rawdon, Leeds

Do you enjoy the peace and quiet of rural living, but don’t want to live in the middle of nowhere? Then the beautiful village of Rawdon in north Leeds is the perfect location!

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Property

This quaint garden apartment boasts a spacious lounge, fitted with stylish laminate flooring and featuring a fantastic fireplace. This living area is large enough to also have a dining table and chairs. The separate kitchen has been professionally re-modelled kitchen, and is fitted with a new integrated fridge/freezer, oven/hob and washer/dryer.

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The roomy double bedroom is fitted with carpet, blinds, curtain and storage cupboard, whilst the modern tiled bathroom features a white three-piece suite including shower over bath, complete with vinyl flooring, mirror and towel rail. The apartment benefits from on-site parking, a lovely front garden and external storage shed.

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Lakeside Walk is nestled in a quiet and private walkway off Larkfield Road, located in the beautiful village of Rawdon in north Leeds, between Yeadon and Horsforth. The apartment is close to the main A65 Leeds road, with Leeds and Bradford both just a 25 minutes drive away, giving you the best of both rural and city life. Rawdon village centre is just half a mile from the apartment, and the vibrant suburb of Horsforth is only 10 minutes away. Rawdon is a desirable residential village with excellent views of Aire valley, and within easy reach of Leeds Bradford International Airport.

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Just a short walk from the property is the Larkfield Dam from which Lakeside Walk derives its name. The village of Rawdon, whilst small, has plenty of local amenities including independent shops, pubs and eateries, the Rawdon Golf & Lawn Tennis Club, Micklefield Park, a surgery and community library.

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Just a ten minute drive away is the vibrant suburb of Horsforth which boasts a thriving restaurant and bar scene, and nature hotspots including Horsforth Hall Park and Cragg Hill. A few minutes north of Rawdon is the village of Yeadon, best known as being the home of Leeds Bradford Airport. Yeadon also boasts a busy high street, Yeadon Tarn and Nunroyd Park, perfect for a day out.

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Find your perfect one bedroom apartment in Yorkshire

Find your perfect one bedroom apartment in Yorkshire

If you and your partner are feeling all loved up after Valentine’s Day and thinking of moving in together, we have a range of one bedroom apartments in Leeds, York and Halifax.

Caesar Court, York

Do you an your partner dream of living in the beautiful city centre of York? This stylish one bedroom apartment is located just minutes from York train station, whilst still being within a peaceful area. Being on the ground floor, you’ll benefit from having a lovely private patio area.

Price: £700pcm | £350pcm each

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Mansion Gate, Leeds

Are you looking for a one bedroom apartment close to Leeds city centre? We have an amazing property within a popular development in the vibrant suburb of Chapel Allerton. The apartment boasts a spacious lounge with French doors, newly refurbished kitchen and bathroom, and on site parking.

Price: £675pcm | £337.50pcm each

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Barwick Place, Newton Kyme

Do you love Leeds city centre but prefer to live in the peaceful suburbs? Then this new build, one bedroom apartment in Newton Kyme is perfect for you. Located near Tadcaster and just 30 minutes from Leeds city centre, you’ll get the best of city and rural life.

Price: £520pcm | £260pcm each

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Sommerville Mews, Pudsey 

Located in the up and coming suburb of Pudsey between Leeds and Bradford, this one bedroom flat benefits from being within walking distance of shops, parks and the train station. The apartment features all white goods, a built in double wardrobe, and on site parking.

Price: £500pcm | £250pcm each

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Opus Point, Halifax

Situated in the perfect commuter town with easy access to Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield, Wakefield and Manchester, this apartment is ideal for young working professionals. The property has many great features including white goods, dishwasher, breakfast bar, fitted wardrobe and allocated parking.

Price: £475pcm | £237.50pcm each

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Lakeside Walk, Rawdon

A beautiful one bedroom apartment in Rawdon, located between Horsforth and Yeadon. This picturesque location is perfect for those who love the nature, with Larkfield Dam just a short walk away. The ground floor flat features a small front garden, re-modelled kitchen, stunning fireplace and parking.

Price: £475pcm | £237.50pcm each

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Christmas Shopping in Yorkshire

Christmas Shopping in Yorkshire

With the big day only one month away, we’re kicking off our Christmas blog series with some present ideas! It’s hard every year to think of something original to buy your family and friends, but our list of local shops in Yorkshire will provide those special and unique gifts that you can guarantee nobody else will have!

Leeds

  • Great Yorkshire Shop, Corn Exchange: Support Yorkshire producers by purchasing your Christmas presents here! They sell Henderson’s Relish, leaf tea from Sheffield’s Birdhouse Tea Company, and natural skincare products from Whitby’s Sweet Cecily’s
  • The Traditional Shaving Company, Grand Arcade: For all your bearded friends, pick up an old school wet shave kit or some top-notch products to keep their beard in place
  • Chirpy, Chapel Allerton: a creative design store and workshop where you can find some unique home accessories and even take part in some workshops to learn how to do it yourself!

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  • Little Leeds Beer House, Corn Exchange: A haven for craft beers with an extensive selection of the finest beers from Yorkshire and beyond!
  • On The Wall, Boar Lane: You can find everything here from classic film posters to artsy prints, trendy t-shirts to incredible canvases
  • OK Comics, Briggate: Know a comic fanatic? Get yourself to OK Comics where they offer an impression selection of classic comics and graphic novels
  • Armadillo Toys, Chapel Allerton and Horsforth: The best independent toyshop in Leeds and a child’s dream! You’ll find a vast range of old school and modern toys to keep children entertained over Christmas
  • Yellow Sunrise, Corn Exchange: When you step into this magical shop you’ll want to buy every single one of its Japanese and Moroccan goodies!

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York

  • The Inkwell, Gillygate: A hipster’s paradise with old-school vibes, filled with vinyl records and pop culture oddities
  • Fraser & May, Bridge Street: A shabby chic boutique providing the perfect unique gifts for Christmas including furniture, jewellery and vintage prints
  • Monkbar Chocolatiers, Shambles: Your chocolate-loving friends and family will appreciate the delicious handmade chocolates from one of the most well-establish chocolatiers in the city

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  • Rafi’s Spicebox, Goodramgate: Your foodie friends will love anything you buy them from here! A family run businesses with a tantalising selection of spices and ingredients to make authentic Indian dishes
  • Snowhome, Gillygate: You can be sure nobody will have whatever gifts you buy from here, with stunning homewares from small manufacturers and emerging designers
  • Burgin’s Perfumery, Coney Street: Step into the past in this traditional perfumery offering 2000 makes from designer brands to independent businesses
  • The Yorkshire Soap Company, Blake Street: Give someone the gift of relaxation with handmade soaps and bath salts in an array of sumptuous scents
  • The Imaginarium, Blake Street: Next to the YSC you’ll find a store full of bizarre and fascinating trinkets you can guarantee nobody else will have!

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Sheffield

  • Collard Mason, Devonshire Street: A dark and moody boutique selling clothes, jewellery and homewares from independent designers
  • Sheffield Antiques Centre, Broadfield Road: A truly traditional antique shop with an awesome range from trinkets to furniture, all at great prices
  • Starmore Boss, Sharrow Vale: For the one who loves a tipple, you’ll find an amazing selection of wines, beers, whiskeys and South Yorkshire’s largest range of tequilas
  • MoonKo, Division Street: A bright and quirky independent shop where can find the perfect gifts from home to fashion pieces

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  • The Record Collector, Fulwood Road: A true institution in Sheffield, pop in for new and second-hand CDs and vinyls, and if you’re lucky you might even catch one of their signings!
  • The Famous Sheffield Shop, Ecclesall Road: Celebrating everything that it great about Sheffield, with stunning metalwork pieces, and shop owner Paul who has an impressive knowledge of all things Sheffield
  • Hilary & Flo, Ecclesall Road: Venture into the jungle that is Hilary & Flo for quirky interior design pieces from all over the world. Even make a gift yourself in one of their DIY workshops
  • Sheffield Skincare Co, Crookes Road: Treat family and friends to some of the incredible skincare products homemade from natural ingredients by founder Megan

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Village Living in Calverley

Village Living in Calverley

Do you want to live in one of the most picturesque spots in West Yorkshire, that also offers easy access to its best cities? Then you won’t be able to resist our beautiful three bedroom home in the village of Calverley.

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This lovely three bed town house has a spacious lounge with dining area, creating the perfect space for the whole family to eat and relax. The separate fully fitted kitchen is complete with oven/hob, fridge/freezer and washing machine, and also has an under the stairs storage cupboard. Leading out from the kitchen is a large enclosed garden with decking area and shed, making it perfect for entertaining.

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The property comprises of three good-sized bedrooms, two doubles and one single, all fitted with carpet and offering plenty of space for storage. The modern tiled bathroom is complete with white three-piece suite including shower over bath. As well as a large rear garden, this home has a front garden, on-street parking space, gas central heating and double glazing throughout.

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Location

23 Clarke Street is located in the stunning village of Calverley, just 20 minutes from Leeds and 15 minutes from Bradford city centres via ring road links, and easily reached by bus or rail, making it ideal for commuters. The village itself has a friendly feel and a welcoming community spirit, with great schools, delicious eateries and village pubs, a beautiful park, and surrounded by local farms and golf clubs. Other great villages and suburbs nearby include Greengates, Apperley Bridge, Woodhall Hills, Pudsey, Horsforth and Yeadon, which is adjacent to Leeds-Bradford Airport. This quaint village gives you the best of both city and village living, whilst being the perfect location for families.

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Village highlights

  • Calverley Victoria Park
  • Calverley Library
  • Calverley Old Hall and Crossfield Farm
  • Calverley Golf Club
  • The Little Cake Cottage
  • Schools: Calverley C of E Primary School, Calverley Parkside Primary School and Calverley Village Day Nursery
  • Restaurants/pubs: Cafe Village, Calverley Fish Shop, The Thornhill, The Calverley Arms, The New Inn

Local amenities 

  • Greengates: Asda, Sainsbury’s, Homebase, Matalan, Argos, Laura Ashley, Core Gym
  • Apperley Bridge: Train station, marina, The Moody Cow restaurant
  • Woodhall Hills: Golf club, Priesthorpe School
  • Pudsey: Odeon cinema, Owlcotes centre, Pudsey Park
  • Horsforth: Golden Acre Park, Horsforth Hall Park, Hunger Hills Woods, Newlay Valley, Trattoria Il Forno restaurant
  • Yeadon: Yeadon Tarn, Leeds-Bradford Airport

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Find your new home in Horsforth!

Find your new home in Horsforth!

Horsforth is one of the most sought after suburbs in Leeds, with its own village like community, unique shops and bars, and stunning nature; it always tops the list of the best places to live!

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The property

11 Glenwood Villas is a stunning two bedroom apartment within a converted hotel, full of character and unique features, with a cosy homely feel. The beautiful open-plan living area is bright and spacious, featuring laminate flooring and a striking floor-to-ceiling bay window, offering fantastic views over the gardens. The modern kitchen is complete with integrated stainless steel oven/hob and extractor fan, washing machine and fridge/freezer, providing everything you need in one convenient space.

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The apartment comprises of two spacious bedrooms, both light and airy, with fitted wardrobes and carpets. The master bedroom benefits from an ensuite bathroom with shower cubicle, whilst the second bedroom boasts French doors that lead out onto a patio area overlooking the beautifully kept gardens. The modern finished, part-tiled bathroom is fitted with white three-piece suite including shower over bath, as well as towel rail, mirror and electric shaver plug, and gives you the perfect place to have a bath and relax after a long day! The well kept grounds of Glenwood Villas provide peaceful gardens and space for parking.

The location

Residents of Glenwood Villas can enjoy access to beautiful landscaped gardens, with far-reaching views of the Newlay Valley. Glenwood offers a tranquil setting whilst only being a short distance from the amenities of Horsforth, including shops, eateries, bars and parks. The development is just a 15 minute drive from Leeds city centre, 20 minutes from Bradford, and is well serviced by regular trains and buses, with Horsforth Railway Station just 5 minutes away.

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Horsforth is a historical town and has a rich heritage, with the Village Museum hosting collections and displays illustrating life in the suburb. The location of this property makes the most of the open green spaces, with Cragg Hill parks, Bramley Fall Park and Horsforth Hall Park all being situated nearby. If you fancy a trip to the city, Horsforth Railway Station is only a 5 minute journey away, giving you easy access to the vibrant city of Leeds, also making it ideal for commuters. Horsforth is also surrounded by other fantastic Leeds suburbs including Bramley, Kirkstall and Headingley, and is just a short journey from Leeds/Bradford airport!

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Where to go

  • Golden Acre Park and Country Way
  • Horsforth Hall Park and The Japanese Gardens
  • Hunger Hills Woods, Cragg Hill and Newlay Valley
  • Horsforth Village Museum
  • Coco Thai Massage
  • Restaurants: Bar 166 & Bistro, Cafe Marinetti, East at Enigma, Pooky and Grumps deli, Trattoria Il Forno, Zio, Grappolo, The Agora,
  • Pubs/bars: ‘The Horsforth Mile’, The Brownlee Arms, The Brown Cow, The Abbey Inn, Town Street Tavern, Maverick’s, Sandbar, Medusa, The Black Bull, Kobe Bar

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Suburban Living in Pudsey, Leeds

Suburban Living in Pudsey, Leeds

Do you want access to Yorkshire’s best cities whilst living in a peaceful suburban area with local amenities and a friendly community feel? Then this two bedroom apartment in the suburb of Pudsey is ideal for you!

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Property

This lovely upper floor, two bedroom apartment in a self-contained flat boasts a fabulous open-plan layout, creating a spacious place to both eat and relax. The space is fitted with stunning, wood-effect laminate flooring, which offers both a cosy and stylish element to the room. The contemporary kitchen is fitted with oven/hob, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer, and an extended worktop which could double up as a breakfast bar.

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The two spacious bedrooms are fully carpeted and offer plenty of storage space, with the master bedroom benefitting from a fitted double wardrobe. The beautifully finished, part-tiled bathroom has a white three-piece suite including shower over bath, as well as a mirror, heated towel rail and shaver plug. The apartment also benefits from blinds throughout, a secure door entry system, and allocated parking within well-maintained grounds.lounge1

Location

The apartment is situated within the modern Sommerville Mews development in the peaceful suburb of Pudsey, conveniently located between Leeds and Bradford which are easily accessible by car (in just 15 minutes), bus or the nearby train station just a few minutes walk away. Pudsey is also close to other great suburbs including Bramley, Woodhall Hills and Horsforth. The apartment is located just a few minutes walk from the main shopping area with supermarkets, shops and eateries, and has plenty of green spaces to relax in such as Westroyd Park.

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Local Amenities

  • New Pudsey Train Station
  • Owlcotes centre – Barclays Bank, Asda Supercentre and M&S
  • Pudsey Leisure Centre
  • Westroyd Park, Queen’s Park and Pudsey Park
  • Odeon Cinema Leeds-Bradford
  • Woodhall Hills Golf Club
  • GO Outdoors Pudsey
  • Pudsey Civic Hall
  • Food & drink: Gigi’s Italian, 7 Steps, Deeva, Tino’s Italian, Piccolo’s Pizza, Golden Lion, 147 Sports Bar, East Restaurant, Viet Thai

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