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1. Haworth and the Bronte Parsonage Museum

The Brontes were the worlds most famous literary family and Haworth Parsonage was their home from 1820 to 1861. Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte were authors of some of the best loved books in the English Language such as Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.  The Parsonage Museum has been recently re-furbished and provides an intimate psychological insight into the environment which influenced the sisters' writing.

2. Saltaire and Salts Mill

Salts Mill is a redeveloped industrial building situated near Bradford in West Yorkshire. It is named after Sir Titus Salt who built a textile mill and this village on the River Aire. In December 2001, Saltaire was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Salts Mill contains a gallery showing a significant collection of paintings by David Hockney who grew up in the area, as well as other galleries, shops, cafes, workshops and events.

3. The National Coal Mining Museum

The National Coal Mining Museum for England provides a great day out with a unique opportunity to travel 140 metres underground down one of Britain 's oldest working mines. Situated in a rural setting, it offers an unusual combination of exciting experiences, whilst providing a genuine insight into the hard working lives of miners through the ages.

4. Harewood House

Harewood House, with its outstanding art collections, splendid State Rooms and fascinating 'Below Stairs' exhibition, is set in spectacular grounds, which include formal gardens and gentle woodland walks. A visit to Harewood offers the opportunity to marvel at the collections in the House, explore the Gardens and Bird Garden and take a boat trip across the lake, while youngsters can enjoy the challenge and excitement of the Adventure Playground!

5. The Thackray Museum, Leeds

One of the most popular activities at the award winning Thackray Museum, is taking a walk down a back street of Victorian Leeds, complete with authentic sights, sounds and smells. There’s the opportunity to follow the life of a Victorian character in “Living Health” where you can follow the lives, ailments and treatments of eight Victorian characters – you make the choices that determine their survival, amongst the rats, fleas and bedbugs!

6. National Media Museum and IMAX Cinema, Bradford

The National Media Museum contains an extensive and important collection of photographs, photographic equipment and film and television technology including John Logie Baird's 1923 experimental apparatus. Take a look at the world's first photographic negative and the pre-eminent William Henry Fox Talbot Collection. The Pictureville, Cubby Broccoli and IMAX cinemas present a broad range of entertaining films and documentaries.

7. Leeds City Art Gallery and the Henry Moore Foundation

Leeds Art Gallery contains one of the best collections of modern art outside London. It includes works by Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Atkinson Grimshaw and Jacob Kramer, as well as works by contemporary artists such as Bridget Riley, Tony Cragg and Anthony Gormley. Break up your visit at the Tiled Hall cafe which serves a range of snacks and refreshments, or browse through the gift shop.

8. Leeds Royal Armouries

There are over 8,000 exhibits to see at Leeds Royal Armouries in five themed galleries: War, Tournament, Oriental, Hunting and Self Defence. Discover what it was like to hold a 15th century poleaxe or a powder-firing musket, and take a look at the armour Henry VIII actually wore. From April to October there are regular jousting tournaments, and you can get close to the falcons and horses that are part of the pageant.

9. The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway

Step back in time and enjoy a train ride through the heart of Brontë country with the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway. The sound of a steam engine tackling this climb echoes from the steep sides of the valley, while great clouds of steam and smoke add drama to the scene. The five mile journey is a powerful reminder of our industrial heritage, as well as being a unique way of enjoying the beautiful countryside immortalised by Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë.

10. Shopping in Leeds

Leeds has a growing repuatation as a retail centre and whilst not quite on a par with London, Manchester or Glasgow, it certainly has more than enough good quality outlets to satisfy even the most demanding of retail queens. Start your shopping adventure at the refurbished Corn Exchange  - one of Britain's finest Victorian buildings, now packed full with shops and restaurants.
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