Hebden Bridge is equidistant from Manchester and Leeds. It just won Best Town in Britain & Ireland at the Urbanism Awards, and so we felt obliged to look into some other jewels close to these crowing cities.
Manchester gave birth to what was, technically, the world’s original suburb, Victoria Park. Just up the road you can find one of our hotels in Manchester, and with it the perfect combination of serviced apartment and luxury hotel – ideal for any city break. But further out of town there are countless destinations well worth a day trip.
And the same applies on the other side of the hills, where we can offer unique hotels in Leeds city centre. Our Leeds accommodation offers an ideal base from which to explore outlying secrets. So when you arrive for that short break drop your bags off in the apartment and relax. Then head out to discover the places that prove it’s not all about bright lights and wide roads….
Within an hour of Leeds
Somewhere so close to an international airport is rarely this idyllic. Introducing Yeadon, a town-planning anomaly. From the somewhat oversized, prestigious town hall (originally planned for Guiseley) to the cobbled, Hovis-esque streets, it truly is a place unto its own.
Just around the corner from Harrogate, Knaresborough is amongst the county’s most historic settlements. Toss a coin to make a wish at Mother Shipton’s Cave & Petrifying Well, England’s oldest tourist attraction, or enjoy a lackadaisical afternoon boating on the River Nidd.
Skipton is the best of old and new Yorkshire combined. Arrive on busy market day and peruse the famous selection of flower and food stalls, then take in the castle- a true Civil War survivor. Once done, head for Craven Court to discover a goldmine of curiosity and bargain shops.
Within an hour of Manchester
Glossop is the gateway to the Peak District, one of England’s finest corners. But the surrounding landscape isn’t the only reason to escape to this Derbyshire town. Discover the Howard Park conservation area, or explore historic Old Glossop, and the Howard Town Brewery.
Like most spa towns, Buxton’s charm hasn’t waned since the Victorian’s were here. Enveloped by the Derbyshire Peaks, and boasting Britain’s best road for biking (the ‘Cat & Fiddle run’), if you’re not a petrol head then take a dip at the natural baths, or walk through the Goit Valley.
Saddleworth is Emmerdale land, and part of the area that Lancashire and Yorkshire fought over when the two Roses were at war. Experience the age-old summer rushbearing festival, or visit in winter for a scrumptious Sunday lunch amid the oft snow-capped Pennines.
Image (C) Dave Bevis