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.

Ilkley

 

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Living in Steel City!

Living in Steel City!

Sheffield is often over-shadowed by more popular Yorkshire cities such as Leeds and York, but don’t under-estimate the charm of Steel City! With so much to offer including an amazing music scene, cool bars and restaurants, stunning nature and one of the best shopping centres in the country, you’d be crazy to not want to live here!

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Properties

We currently have two properties to offer at the popular Foster development at Millsands, just a short walk from the city centre, overlooking the River Don. The two bedroom apartments both boast a spacious open-plan living area with laminate flooring and new kitchen complete with oven/hob, fridge/freezer and washing machine. However the penthouse apartment also features French doors which open out onto a long private terrace, offering amazing views of the city. The other two bedroom apartment features two large windows which create a bright open living space.

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Both apartments have one double bedroom and one single bedroom, whilst the master bedroom of the penthouse benefits from an ensuite bathroom. The house bathrooms are complete with white three-piece suite including shower over bath. The apartments are within a secure gated community, with an intercom system and parking available on request, as well as lift and stairs to all floors.

Location

Situated in a modern, gated development, the Foster apartments are ideally located for those who love city living, being just on the edge of Sheffield city centre. The apartment overlooks the River Don, with local convenience stores, bars and eateries nearby including Craft & Dough, The Fat Cat and The Riverside pub. You’ll also be a short walk from the train station and the vibrant city centre, with an array of great shops, bars and music venues to offer. Other highlights of Sheffield include:

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  • Music venues: Leadmill, Corporation, West Street Live, The Harley, The Green Room, Plug, Picturehouse Social, The Harlequin
  • Centertainment Leisure Park with cinema, restaurants, bowling, laser quest and adventure golf
  • Meadowhall
  • Motorpoint arena
  • Ponds Forge International Sports Centre
  • Botanical Gardens, Winter Gardens and Peace Gardens
  • Ecclesall Road
  • Crucible Theatre and The Lyceum
  • Kelham Island
  • Peak District

Bars

The Riverside – nestled on the banks of the River Don, perfect beer garden for a summers day, great craft beers and cocktails.

Cubana – Latino heaven, exotic vibes, Spanish wines, Cuban cocktails, amazing salsa nights, authentic tapas dishes.

The Forum – great beer garden, original and quirky interior, local artworks, DJ at night, monthly cocktail making sessions.

The Wick at Both Ends – cosy night out, intimate setting, friendly atmosphere, range of beers, wines and cocktails.

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Restaurants

Craft & Dough –mouth-watering pizzas, adventurous and unusual toppings, all pizzas under £10.

Couch – eclectic menu from tasty tapas to hearty pies, comfort is key, cosy armchairs, relaxing coffee and cakes, quirky and colourful décor.

Marco at Milano’s –perfect combination of contemporary and old-fashioned, elegant décor, classic Italian cuisine with a contemporary twist, al fresco dining.

Twisted Burger Company – located in the Harley pub, melt-in-your-mouth incredible burgers, extravagant toppings and sides, amazing house BBQ sauce.

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Christmas Events in Yorkshire

Christmas Events in Yorkshire

The holiday season is officially upon us, so get into the Christmas spirit with these fantastic festive events across Yorkshire. From theatre shows to Thor’s Tipi, Christmas markets to magical lantern displays, there’s something for everyone to enjoy!

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Santa’s Grotto – from 17 November – Trinity Walk, Wakefield

Santa’s Candy Cottage – from 24 November – Kingsgate Shopping Centre, Huddersfield

Santa’s Grotto – from 3 December – outside York’s Chocolate Story

Breakfast with Santa – 3 December – The Broadway, Bradford

Santa’s North Pole – from 3 December – Weston Park Museum, Sheffield

500 Years of Christmas – 10 and 11 December – Temple Newsam House, Leeds

Father Christmas Visit – 17 & 18 Dec – The Hepworth, Wakefield

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Theatre/Shows

Sleeping Beauty – 24 Nov to 31 Dec – Wakefield Theatre Royal

The Nutcracker Live Broadcast – 8 December – Rex Cinema, Elland

Cinderella – 8 Dec to 28 Jan – York Theatre Royal

Snow White – 9 Dec to 8 Jan – Sheffield Lyceum

Christmas Comedy Cellar – 13 to 15 December – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

The Snowman – 15 December – Sheffield City Hall

The Snowman & Other Tales – 18 December – Leeds Town Hall

It’s A Wonderful Life– 23 to 24 December – Hyde Park Picture House

Best Ever Christmas Show – 28 December – Leeds First Direct Arena

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Crafts & Outdoor

Crafty Christmas Decorations – every Sunday – The Hepworth, Wakefield

Thor’s Tipi Bar – 18 Nov to 31 Dec – Victoria Gardens, Leeds

Thor’s Tipi Bar – 24 Nov to 31 Dec – Peace Gardens, Sheffield

Christmas Teepee – December – The Mustard Pot, Leeds

The Magical Lantern Festival – from 25 Nov to 2 Jan – Roundhay Park, Leeds

Ice Trail – 10 and 11 December – York city centre

Enchanted Christmas Garden – 16 to 23 December – Brodsworth Hall, Doncaster

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Markets/Fairs

Leeds German Christmas Market– 11 Nov to 18 December – Millennium Square

Sheffield Christmas Markets – 16 Nov to 24 Dec – Sheffield City Centre

Made in Yorkshire Festive Fayre – 24 Nov to 18 Dec – The Guildhall, York

Victorian Christmas Market – 3 and 4 December – Kelham Island Museum

Art, Craft & Gift Fair – 10 December – Byram Arcade, Huddersfield

Leeds Hidden Christmas Market– 16 to 22 December – Kirkstall Abbey

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Christmas experiences/Days out

Lotherton Hall Christmas Experience, Leeds: Twelve Days of Christmas Walk, Elf Village, Secret Fairy Hideaway

Stockeld Park Christmas Adventure, Wetherby: Breakfast with Santa, outdoor activities, theatre, illuminations, Santa’s Grotto

Santa Steam Specials, Keighley & Worth Valley Railway: 10 mile train journey with santa and pixies, festive music, decorated train carriages, Christmas food, presents

Santa, Elves & Sleigh Bells, Tropical Butterfly House, Sheffield: Santa’s Grotto, sleigh ride, Farm Barn Nativity Scene, Elf Workshop, Christmas crafts

Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland, York Designer Outlet: outdoor ice rink, vintage funfair rides, Santa’s grotto, live entertainment, Christmas shopping

York Christmas: stalls, music, carols, fairs, lights, food and more!

Christmas Eve wind down – December 24 – Nostell Priory, Wakefield: relax with wintry walks in the gardens, a cosy cafe and festive treats

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