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Towns and citiesFrom the Roman city of York to the Steel City of Sheffield, Yorkshire has it all

Whilst we can't understand why you'd ever want to leave Leeds, we thought you should know about some other places to visit nearby, just so that we're being fair.


The Roman city of York is one of the UK's top cities to visit. The city's history is reflected in its outstanding visitor attractions including York Minister, northern Europe's greatest gothic cathedral and Clifford's Tower, the origins of which date back to William the Conqueror.

York is also home to the National Railway Museum, the largest of its kind in the world, the Jorvik Viking Centre, where visitors can journey back through time to reconstructed Viking-age streets and the famous medieval street known as the Shambles.


Harrogate is an affluent Victorian spa town. Visit the Royal Pump Room Museum to learn about Harrogate's heritage or relax in the beautifully restored Turkish baths

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Bradford is also a great day out with lots to do and some of the best Asian restaurants in the country.

The National Media Museum features exhibitions devoted to film, photography, TV and radio as well as the IMAX 3D cinema and a working television studio. You could also visit the Alhambra Theatre, a splendid Edwardian music hall which is one of the north's leading venues for touring productions.


The Millennium Gallery in the city centre contains four different galleries under one roof and is next to the stunning Winter Garden - the largest temperate glasshouse in any European city.

Sheffield is also a great place to head for leisure and entertainment. It is home to two renowned theatres, the Crucible and the Sheffield Lyceum and the major events venue in the region, the Sheffield arena.

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