Best Heritage Sites in Yorkshire

By Leeds Credit Union

This year, England's largest festival of history and culture - Heritage Open Days week - takes place from the 10th to the 19th of September and, with summer coming to an end and the nights beginning to draw in, it's the perfect opportunity to cheer yourself up by discovering a new heritage site or revisiting an old favourite. 

With so much Yorkshire culture to explore, we've compiled a list of the best heritage sites for you to enjoy over the coming days. Best of all, to celebrate Heritage Open Days week, all admissions are absolutely free, so you can have a great day out without even opening your wallet!

‘Udders Orchard Cidery Tour

If you're partial to a drop of grown-up apple juice and keen to know more about Yorkshire's role in the cider industry, this is the place for you.

A trip to 'Udders Orchard includes a tour of the cidery, a talk about the world of cider, its history and production and an opportunity to taste some of the company's award-winning products. We're getting thirsty just thinking about it!

'Udders Orchard Cidery, 70A Acre Street, Lindley, Huddersfield. HD3 3EL.

Hebden Bridge Picture House

Yorkshire has inspired and featured in so many films, no conversation about the county's heritage would be complete without mentioning the motion picture industry.

Part of a Grade II listed building, the Hebden Bridge Picture House celebrates its centenary in 2021. Visitors to its Heritage Open Day event will be able to explore the cinema, enjoy the unveiling of a new oral history listening post and watch a demonstration of the cinema's historic BTH projector, while a talk about the building itself will take place in the afternoon. 

Hebden Bridge Picture House, New Road, Hebden Bridge. HX7 8AD.

The River Aire's Food Scene

Foodies rejoice! Leeds Civic Trust is hosting a special event to celebrate the incredible past and present of Leeds' food scene.

Officially known as 'A Walk By The River With Food In Mind', this walking tour explores the ways in which food reached Leeds residents in the days before the M1 was operational. Setting off from Centenary Bridge and ending at Granary Wharf via Tetleys Adelphi, Leeds Dock and more, heading to one of the city's outstanding restaurants afterwards is sure to be a popular way to end the day.

Leeds Civic Trust, 17 - 19 Wharf Street, Leeds. LS2 7EQ.

Dewsbury Beeline Heritage Trail

If it's Yorkshire history you're after, look no further.

Enjoy a guided tour of historic Dewsbury with celebrated historian Simon Reed, as he takes guests to the places that made the town famous and introduces them to a variety of historical characters. From Dewsbury Minster to Market Place, this tour will delight young and old local history buffs alike.  

Dewsbury Minster Church of All Saints, Vicarage Road, Dewsbury. WF12 8DD.

There are many more sites offering free admission throughout Heritage Open Days week - click here for the full list. Please remember to check the individual links for opening days/times and booking requirements.

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