West Yorkshire is a beautiful county that has a lot to offer both professionals and families thinking of moving there. Read on for our selection of some of the best places to live in West Yorkshire.


Christened the “Knightsbridge of the North”, Leeds is a bustling city, where some of the world’s leading fashion brands are represented, alongside highly acclaimed art galleries and the magnificent Grand Theatre. The renowned Opera House is a true feather in Leeds’ cultural cap too. The city also boasts stunning listed buildings and a plethora of cultural landmarks that are just waiting to be discovered.

With its fantastic culture and buzzing atmosphere, it’s not surprising that so many students choose to study in Leeds. The University of Leeds, ranked among the top 100 in the QS World University Rankings 2019, cements the city’s reputation as a top spot for education too. Alongside great transport links, Leeds is easy to get around and the city centre connects many of the most popular parts of the city. It’s little wonder then that over 780,000 people choose to call Leeds home.

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Hebden Bridge

On the Yorkshire side of the Pennine Hills, Hebden Bridge offers a fine mixture of urban and rural, making it a sought-after place for people looking for just such a combination. Dubbed the “greatest town in Europe”, Hebden Bridge is home to a wide array of independent shops, beautiful countryside, and a great community spirit. With a wide range of good schools available as well, Hebden Bridge is perfect for young families.

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Home to Pontefract Castle and Wakefield Cathedral, Wakefield is rich in history and is increasingly popular with young professionals and families commuting in and out of Leeds. After a flurry of recent regeneration projects, Wakefield is now home to over 80,000 residents who can enjoy new additions such as the Trinity Walk Shopping Centre. The Wakefield Waterfront and The Hepworth Wakefield gallery (named after the famous local sculptor Dame Barbara Hepworth), are both more reasons Wakefield residents love to call this place home. All of this has only added to Wakefield’s popularity with potential buyers, which was reflected in 2014 when the cathedral city was named the third happiest in Yorkshire.

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Otley boasts quaint cobbled streets lined with attractive properties steeped in history. Prices start at £130,000 for a one bedroom terrace house and climb to £1 million for detached properties on its rural outskirts. Despite not being served by rail, Otley is ideally located for commuters, with the journey taking a mere 30 minutes by car to the centre of Leeds, Harrogate, and Bradford. There is a lot of green space to explore too, with the River Wharfe and Wharfemeadows Park both just a five-minute walk from the town centre. For a proper challenge, many hikers enjoy walking up the Chevin, a tall ridge overlooking Otley and the surrounding countryside. History fans should keep an eye out for the megalithic stone barrier as well.

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With its picturesque Victorian model village in Shipley, Saltaire is well deserving of its World Heritgage status. This charming village was founded in 1853 by Sir Titus Salt, a leading figure in the region’s woollen industry. Considered one of the best places to live in the north of England, according to The Sunday Times, Saltaire is famous for its beautiful scenery, idyllic streets, and architecture plucked straight from England’s Victorian past. Great transport links make it perfect for commuters too. Saltaire is also home to an inspiring David Hockney gallery, as well as tempting restaurants and cafés. Saltaire is a buzzing cultural hub offering plenty in the way of amenities, entertainment, and dining options.

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How can OneDome help me move to West Yorkshire?

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