Thankfully, Yorkshire is home to some stunning towns and villages, with many in commutable distance to Leeds city centre.
Here are 20 places that are within an easy drive, train or busy journey into Leeds:
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For those who don't want to leave the Leeds postcode area, a great place to be would be Farsley. The charming west Leeds suburb boasts a great mix of homes that are much more affordable than other areas in Leeds. It also has good schools, a thriving independent high street and good transport links at New Pudsey railway station and local buses into the city centre. No wonder it was named as an up-and-coming area to watch in the The Sunday Times Best Places to Live 2021 guide.
Another Leeds area is the town of Morley. The market town is only five miles south-west of Leeds city centre with close links to the M621. It also has a railway station on the Huddersfield line, with direct trains into Leeds, and buses frequently run to Leeds, Bradford and Wakefield.
The spa town of Ilkley is popular with walkers due to the Ilkley Moor, subject of the well known Yorkshire tune 'On Ilkla Moor Baht 'at'. It is also a great place for young professionals and families to live due to its great commuter links. From Ilkley railway station, it takes about 31 minutes to get to Leeds city centre and about 35 to get to Bradford Forster Square. It takes about 40 minutes to drive to the centre of Leeds.
Church Fenton is a small village outside of Leeds in the Selby district. The small village has two pubs and a community shop run by residents of the village. It has great transport links and is only six miles from Tadcaster. It has its own railway station on the Leeds to York line. It takes between 30 and 40 minutes to drive to Leeds city centre. Photo: Jonathan Gawthorpe
The popular market town of Wetherby has been named as one of the best places to live in northern England - and for good reason. The quaint town, which sits on the River Wharfe, is in the Leeds metropolitan borough but is very close to the North Yorkshire border. It has a thriving town centre and serves as the main shopping and entertainment district for the surrounding villages. It takes between 30 and 40 minutes to drive into Leeds city centre. It takes between 50 and one hr 10 minutes on the bus.
North Rigton is a small village north of Leeds in the Harrogate District. Armscliffe Crag is adjacent to the village, which is considered one of the best rock climbing locations in the country. It is also a popular destination for walkers. Public transport commuters can get the A2 flyer or 36 from Harrogate Road. The nearest station is in Weeton, on the Leeds Harrogate line. It takes about 30 minutes to get to Leeds city centre by car. Photo: Jonathan Gawthorpe
Haworth - the home of the Brontë sisters. The thriving village is popular with tourists due to its fascinating literary history, beautiful moors, the heritage Keighley and Worth Valley Railway and the annual 1940s weekend. However it is also a great place to live. Public transport commuters can get to Leeds via Keighley, changing there to get on a direct train to Leeds Station. It takes around one hour 15 minutes. Drivers can go through Bradford to Leeds and it takes around 45 minutes. Photo: Marisa Cahill
You may have heard of Bramham as the home of Leeds Festival, which is held in Bramham Park, but it has much more to offer than live music and big crowds.The town has a long history that dates back to the Romans. The oldest part of All Saints Parish Church was built by the Normans in 1150 and the town is famed for the Battle of Bramham Moor which saw nobles rebel against King Henry IV in 1408. Today the town has great two great local pubs, a primary school and a thriving community. It takes around 45 minutes on the bus to get to Leeds city centre. It takes 25 to 30 minutes to drive from Bramham to Leeds via the M1 or the A64. It is a seven minute drive to Wetherby village. It is a 24 minute drive to York.
The market town of Ossett is ideally located between Dewsbury and Wakefield. The historic town, also named in the Domesday Book, was once a coal mining town. Today is still has four operation textile mills in town and is home to two real ale breweries, Ossett Brewer and Bob's Brewing Company. There is a direct bus (the 117) to Leeds but the easiest way to Leeds city centre is via the M1 and M621 which takes 21 minutes.
Sherburn in Elmet is a quaint village to the east of Leeds, near to Garforth. The Saxon Gardens development, off of Low Street, is one of three Redrow developments which between them have provided almost 400 new homes in the area. John Handley, managing director at Redrow Yorkshire, says: “We’ve built an impressive property portfolio in Sherburn-in-Elmet. We set out to provide a wide choice of homes, helping to get local families on to and up the property ladder and also providing homes for downsizers and young professionals."
The village that confuses everyone outside of Yorkshire - Slaithwaite. The tiny village is nestled in the Colne Valley and lays across the River Colne and Huddersfield Narrowe Canal. It has a vibrant village centre with many independent pubs and restaurants. It is served by the Slaithwaite railway station which is on the Huddersfield line. It has direct lines Leeds, taking three stops and 36 minutes. It also has direct a direct service to Manchester which takes 42 minutes. It takes 36 minutes to drive to Leeds. Photo: Tony Johnson
Nestled on the edge of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales is Skipton. It sits on the River Aire and Leeds Liverpool Canal and boasts stunning views of the countryside. Although it is in north Yorkshire, it is in close driving distance of West Yorkshire towns like Keighley and Ilkley. It was once voted the 'Best Place to Live in Britain' by the Sunday Telegraph in 2014. There is a direct train line to Leeds Station and takes about 43 minutes. It takes about 53 minutes to drive to Leeds city centre. Photo: Jonathan Gawthorpe
The market town of Sowerby Bridge is lesser known than its neighbour Hebden Bridge, however, it shouldn't be discounted as a great place to live. Nestled in the Upper Calder Valley, the former industrial town has a thriving high street, independent restaurants and pubs. It has its own railway station with a direct line to Leeds, or commuters can change at Bradford Interchange. It is also within commuting distance to Manchester. It takes 37 minutes to drive from Sowerby Bridge to Leeds city centre. Photo: Bruce Rollinson
The village of Holmfirth may be known for being the filming location for the BBC's Last of the Summer Wine but it is also a great place to live. Just six miles south of Huddersfield, the town mainly consists of stone-built cottages built into the Pennine hills. The Peak District National Park is four miles south of the town. It takes approximately one hour and 17 minutes to travel to Leeds city centre via public transport and involves changing at Huddersfield. It is a 41 minute drive along the M1 to Leeds. Photo: Bruce Rollinson
The village of Saltaire is bursting with history. It was built by Sir Titus Salt in 1851 as a Victorian model village which surrounded the Salt's Mill textile mill.The Grade II listed building is now a thriving art gallery, with shops and a delicious cafe. The UNESCO World Heritage Site sits on the River Aire and Leeds and Liverpool canal and has great independent shops, pubs and restaurants. It takes 21 minutes on a direct train to get to Leeds Station and 38 minutes to drive via Bradford. Photo: Bruce Rollinson
Sat on the bridging point of the River Wharfe is Otley. The historic Leeds town is known for its busy town centre and regular markets. It is popular with tourists who want to climb the Otley Chevin. It takes 30 minutes to drive into Leeds city centre via the A65 or Leeds Road and the A660. It takes 49 minutes of the X84 from Otley Bus Station to Leeds City Bus Station.
Cleckheaton is a small town in Kirklees, just south of Bradford and near to the M606 and M62 motorway. It takes just 24 minutes to drive into Leeds city centre, and there are also two direct Arriva buses (254 and 255) however, these takes 50 minutes via Drighlington. House prices in the area are an average of £163,230, according to Right Move.
The market town of Tadcaster is perfect for families who want a village life but with easy commuter links to Leeds and York. It is well known for the Grade-II listed eleven-arch Tadcaster viaduct above the Wharf Bridge, the Tadcaster Bridge which dates back to around 1700, and the Tadcaster Mere, a site of special scientific interest. The late 15th century building 'The Ark' is believed to be the meeting place of the Pilgrim Fathers where they planned their voyage to America. It takes 28 minutes to drive from Tadcaster to Leeds city centre. The 843 Coastliner bus takes just under an hour. Photo: James Hardisty
Knaresborough is a spa town near Harrogate with good transport links to Leeds. The beautiful town is recognisable for the stunning River Nidd Bridge and the remains of Knaresborough Castle, which was built by a Norman baron in around 1100. The area has a thriving market place, lovely cafes and restaurants and has 15 pubs in total. It takes 36 minutes to drive from the town to Leeds city centre. It takes one hour on the train and one hour 30 minutes on the bus, changing at Harrogate. Photo: Danny Lawson
Grassington is the perfect place for those who want to be in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales and do not mind a slightly longer commute. The market town is in the Craven district and only eight miles from Botlon Abbey. The residential village is surrounded by limestone scenery and is centred on a small cobbled square, filled with shops, pubs, cafes, restaurants and the village museum. it is popular with walkers walking the Burnsall circular walk. It takes one hour and six minutes to drive to Leeds city centre. It takes one hour and 31 minutes to get to Leeds Station via public transport and involves getting a bus to Skiption and then the train to Leeds. Photo: Shutterstock
Normanton is a town north-east of Wakefield and just a 30 minute drive into Leeds city centre. It is served by its own railway station and takes about 30 minutes into Leeds. It also has regular services into Wakefield and Sheffield Meadowhall. The former mining town was named in the Domesday Book and some historic buildings still survive today. The average house price in Normanton is £159,382, according to Right Move.