West Yorkshire is a Metropolitan county in the North of England, and consists of cities, towns and villages including Leeds, Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Wakefield and Huddersfield. West Yorkshire has an impressive population of 2.32 million and is known for its picturesque countryside and of course, its famous Yorkshire Dales, as well as its diverse community. In this article, we will be providing a glimpse of what it’s like to live in the different areas within West Yorkshire, and why it’s a fantastic county to relocate to.
Facts About West Yorkshire
Keighley, a town in West Yorkshire, was the first British town to be twinned with a European town.
On the outskirts of Leeds stands Middleton Colliery Railway, which is the oldest continuously operated railway in the world! Construction on the railway itself first commenced in 1755!
Harry Ramsden’s, near Leeds, was the largest chip shop, with the original shop measuring 10 foot by 6 foot.
Two of Yorkshire’s largest cities, Leeds and Bradford, are located in West Yorkshire.
In 1888, a man named Louis le Prince recorded the first moving images and used Leeds Garden to achieve this. Two years after this achievement, he mysteriously disappeared!
While English is the main language spoken in Yorkshire, its diverse community means that many school children speak more than one language.
Yorkshire’s most well-known food is the Yorkshire pudding, which we would recommend trying with a roast dinner.
Where should I live?
Bradford is one of the largest cities in Yorkshire and is known for its arts and culture. Perhaps a reflection of this, one of Britain’s most well-known artists, David Hockney grew up in Bradford. Whilst West Yorkshire as a whole is known for its diverse community, it has been reported that 43% of primary school children in Bradford consider English to be their second language, making it an excellent city to locate to if a range of cultures is particularly important to you. There are two United Nationals Educations, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) sites in Bradford and it is also the first UNESCO city of film. Bradford is steeped in history, and you can find a great deal of beautiful Victorian architecture. It’s also home to a fantastic museum, galleries and a cathedral.
Calderdale is a town, part of the South Pennines and is located to the South of the famous Yorkshire Dales. The South Pennines is known for its beautiful rivers and moorland, making it a scenic place to live. It is conveniently located between Leeds and Manchester, making it an excellent location if you don’t want to live in a large city, but would like to be able to work or make use of the facilities these cities have to offer. It’s a particularly great location if you enjoy the outdoors and hope to take long walks, bike rides and spend time outside.
Kirklees is home to smaller towns, so again, an excellent place to relocate if you don’t want to live in a big city but want to be close to Leeds and Manchester. A wonderful location if you want to learn more about the history of Yorkshire, there are number of historic villages to explore, and you will also be able to sample its local produce. Kirklees is also known for its excellent schools and reasonable house prices.
Wakefield is located in the heart of Yorkshire and is known for its beautiful cathedral. Similarly to Kirklees and Calderdale, it’s an excellent location if you wish to be close to Leeds, and it also offers great transport links to Doncaster. Its surrounding towns and villages also offer a great deal of history and culture.
Huddersfield is a town known for its rich culture and diversity of international foods. There are several free museums located in Huddersfield if you’d like to delve into Yorkshire’s history in your free time. There are also a number of family events such as live music and children’s craft workshops available on weekends. It’s also close to Leeds, Bradford and Manchester if you wish to venture further afield.
Like Bradford, Leeds is one of the largest cities in Yorkshire. It is considered to be a modern and lively city, whilst also being close to the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. Leeds has a great deal to offer, with museums, shopping and culture, it’s a hive of activity, whether you choose to live here, or just wish to be nearby. Well known for its shopping and culture, there are many events and festivals held here throughout the year, and it’s the perfect place to relocate to if you want a lively and cultural experience. Leeds is also known for its excellent education and is home to three fantastic universities. If you’d like to know more about Leeds, we’ve written an entire article about what it’s like to live there.
Cost of Living
Renting Accommodation Per Month
One-Bedroom Apartment in the City Centre
One-Bedroom Apartment Outside of the City Centre
Three-Bedroom Apartment in the City Centre
Three-Bedroom Apartment Outside of the City Centre
One-Way Public Transport Ticket
Monthly Transport Ticket
1km Taxi Journey
Meal out for two in a local pub
Meal out for two in a mid-range restaurant, three courses
Cinema tickets for two people
One month gym membership
Tennis court rental for 1 hour on the weekend
Beer 0.5ltr bottle
Coke/Pepsi 0.33ltr bottle
Time it Takes to Travel by train to other areas in the UK
Manchester: 1 Hour 39 Minutes
Newcastle: 2 Hours 32 Minutes
Birmingham: 2 Hours 53 Minutes
London: 3 Hours 20 Minutes
Liverpool: 2 Hours 20 Minutes
Edinburgh: 4 Hours 16 Minutes
Bristol: 4 Hours 22 Minutes
Cardiff: 4 Hours 55 Minutes
Education in West Yorkshire
There are 255 primary schools, 66 secondary schools and 48 sixth forms and colleges in Leeds, and one of the UK’s largest universities can also be found here. Most of the schools in Leeds have received an Ofsted rating of ‘good’ whilst some have also received a rating of ‘outstanding’.
There are 188 primary schools, 62 secondary schools, 49 sixth forms and colleges in Bradford, as well as a university. The majority of schools in Bradford have received an Ofsted rating of ‘good’ but many have also been awarded the ‘outstanding’ rating.
Wakefield has 124 primary schools, 36 secondary schools and 22 sixth forms and colleges. Like Bradford, most of the schools have been awarded an Ofsted rating of ‘good’ but a fair number have also received ‘outstanding’.
In Calderdale, there are 99 primary schools. 25 secondary schools and 18 sixth forms and colleges. A few schools in the area have been awarded ‘outstanding’ ratings from Ofsted, and many have also received ‘good’.
There are 168 primary schools, 50 secondary schools and 17 sixth forms and colleges. Most schools have been awarded ‘good’ ratings by Ofsted, but an impressive number have also received ‘outstanding’.
Huddersfield is home to 31 primary schools, 11 secondary schools, 5 sixth forms and colleges, and it also has its own university. The vast majority of schools in the area have received ‘good’ ratings from Ofsted, with a few also being awarded ‘outstanding’ ratings.
Overall, education in West Yorkshire is considered to be excellent, with a number of universities, and most of the schools in the area receiving ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ ratings from Ofsted.
Things to do in West Yorkshire
Eureka! National Children’s Museum
A fantastic family day out, Eureka! National Children’s Museum is located in Calderdale and is tailored to children aged 0-11. The museum boasts over 400 interactive exhibitions that actually allow children to handle the exhibits in order to explore the world around them. The museum is open from 10:00-16:00 every day but is closed on Mondays, and tickets are priced at £13.95 for adults and children over 3 years of age. The fee for children between 1 and 2 years is £5.95, and children under 1 receive free entry.
Kirkgate Market reportedly brings in 10 million visitors every year and is the largest indoor market in Europe! Whether you’re shopping for clothes or food, the market boasts 600 stalls, 400 indoors and 200 outdoors, and with its diverse array of cultures, you’re sure to find something to suit your needs. The market hall itself is a listed, Edwardian building, so if you’re a fan of architecture, you’re sure to enjoy roaming through the stalls and taking in the sights of the building. You will also be able to find a farmer’s market on Sundays, and themed stalls throughout the year.
The perfect evening out for those who enjoy some culture, Alhambra Theatre is known for hosting some of the largest scale events in Yorkshire such as musicals and dramas and is even home to Yorkshire’s biggest pantomime. You’ll also be able to enjoy ballet, Shakespeare, Disney, comedy and much more. If you’re feeling peckish before the show, there’s even a fantastic front of house space where you can wine and dine. They also have the Circle Café if you would prefer some coffee and a slice of cake.
Built in 1583, Oakwell Hall is a stately home that allows you to step back into British history and get a glimpse of life might have been like all those years ago. If you’re a fan of history and architecture, Oakwell Hall is a perfect day out, explore the home at your leisure, and even venture out into the 100 acres worth of gardens! Charlotte Brontë visited the house in the 19th century and was reportedly inspired to write it into her novel, Shirley, as ‘Fieldhead’. You can also find a visitor centre and gift shop if you wish to purchase a memento of your trip. If you’d like to stop for a bite to eat, there are picnic benches and a playground for children, or a café, if it’s a rainy day. The Hall is open on weekends and school holidays only, so the perfect place to visit during half-term. Entry is £3.50 for adults, £1 for children and £8 for family of two adults and up to four children.
Pugneys Country Park
Located in the west of Wakefield city centre, Pugneys Country Park is the perfect day out if you’re seeking a bit of adventure. The park offers sailing, windsurfing and canoeing tuition and equipment hire, as well as bike rental if you’d prefer to take a leisurely cycle around the park. On a sunny day, there are a variety of walks providing beautiful views of Calder Valley. The lake that can be found at the heart of the park is a designated local nature reserve where you can experience and enjoy the wildlife that the UK has to offer. There is also a 100 acre water sports lake where you can experience the aforementioned sailing, windsurfing and canoeing. Whilst the park is the perfect venue for a family picnic, a café is also situated at the main reception.
Leeds City Museum
Leeds Museum is free to enter, and open every day, except Mondays. Having opened in 1821, the museum has built a fantastic array of exhibitions from ancient Egypt to the natural world. There are a number of interactive galleries for children, craft sessions hosted during the school holidays, and a Community Choir for adults. After you’ve finished exploring the treasures of the past, you can relax and enjoy the on-site café and gift shop.
Relocation to West Yorkshire
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