West Yorkshire Historic and Architectural Properties and Gardens

Castles, Abbeys, Churches, Houses, Estates and Gardens, Industrial Heritage attractions and museums (English Heritage / National Trust / others)

Along with the attractions listed on this page you may also find places of interest on the West Yorkshire Attractions and Nature pages. We suggest that you also visit the pages for the neighbouring counties to see what else there is in the area.

We support ‘Accessible Countryside for Everyone’ in providing a brief guide as to the access / facilities for the sites listed, where we have them.


Brontë Parsonage Museum - home to the Brontë family 1820 - 1861, manuscripts, letters, exhibits, exhibitions, family activities - no wheelchair access to upper floor - please contact the museum for disabled access / facilities info


East Riddlesden Hall  - 17th century manor house - National Trust - Keighley - we have no disabled access info for this site


The Forbidden Corner - 4 acre garden, a labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies, cafe - Visits must be pre-booked - very limited access for wheelchairs and pushchairs in the gardens (see FAQ's on the website) 


Harewood House - Leeds - 18th century house, wonderful art collections, Bird Garden and over 100 acres of gardens - disabled access but with some restrictions to house access please see the website


Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills - Housed in what was once the world's largest woollen mill, learn about the industrial history of Leeds from manufacturing textiles and clothing to printing, engineering and locomotives, which the city was world famous for - disabled access & toilets (RADAR key required), chair lift to Millspace and the temporary exhibition gallery, some flag stoned/cobbled paths please see the website


Lotherton Hall  - Edwardian house and country estate, bird garden, gardens, exhibitions, stables, woodland walks, playgrounds - Aberford - disabled access & facilities inc baby changing, chair lift, some access restricitons to parts of house, majority of the grounds, gardens and bird garden are fully accessible. Manual wheelchairs are available from reception, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities, including a "Changing Places" accessible toilet changing-places-icon located adjacent to the café and visitor toilets in the stable courtyard


National Media Museum - 7 floors of FREE galleries, TV, radio and film history, exhibits, IMAX cinema, 3.5 million items - disabled access and facilities, accessible, lifts to all floors, some notice may be required - please see the website for details -


Nostell Priory and Parkland  - 18th century architectural masterpiece with landscape park and gardens, 300 acres of parkland, collection of Chippendale furniture, restored Butler's Pantry, Farming Museum Victorian Walled Garden,cafe, Children's play area - Nostell, nr Wakefield - disabled access & facilities inc baby changing, lift, please see the website


Pontefract Castle (ruin) - Wakefield - you can visit the English Civil War underground magazine on staff led tours  - two wheelchair adapted picnic benches directly outside the visitor centre, Disabled Toilet,


Sandal Castle - Wakefield - Remains of the 13th century stone castle and motte bailey - Steps lead to the top of the motte for views of the Calder Valley - visitor centre has family-friendly hands-on displays Disabled access, Disabled toilets, Baby changing facilities, Facilities for visually impaired -


Temple Newsam Estate - Leeds - Tudor-Jacobean mansion has over forty restored rooms and collections - Visitor centre, Walks and trails, Adventure playground, Golf course, Shop - there is an accessible entrance on the south side of the House, a large proportion of the House is fully accessible, all of the grounds, gardens and walled gardens are fully accessible, Accessible toilets are available in the House, the Stables Courtyard and in a fully accessible "Changing Places" accessible toilet changing-places-icon next to the accessible playground


York Gate Garden  - The garden is divided into a series of smaller garden 'rooms' with different themes and in contrasting styles. These include a dell with half-hidden pathways and a stream, a white garden, a kitchen garden, a herb garden with summerhouse and a more contemporary garden with summer-flowering perennials and grasses -  access to the garden for wheelchair users is difficult because of the narrow paths and gravel surfaces. The toilet is inaccessible to wheelchair users


Yorkshire Sculpture Park - 4 indoor galleries, 500 acres of parkland, international centre for modern and contemporary art, open-air displays by some of the world’s finest artists  - Wakefield - disabled access & facilities inc baby changing, please see the website



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