Mills, markets and mining in Dewsbury

Enriched by its Victorian architecture and fine minster, this former mill town might just surprise you. Lying on the eastern edge of the Pennines, it’s home to the largest new woodland in the north, where you can enjoy ambles among the trees and wetlands. It’s close to the M62, and handy for Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield and Wakefield.

Browse Dewsbury Market for bargains

Yorkshire’s largest open market boasts more than 300 stalls. You get real value for money here on everything from fashion to fish. The Victorian Market Hall was where trading took place in the town after it was built over 100 years ago, and the open market grew up around it. Today it’s home to 38 permanent stalls, and is popular for its artisan foods and delicious dairy produce.

Go underground at the National Coal Mining Museum

On the site of the former Caphouse colliery, this museum with a difference offers guided underground tours. Get kitted out with a hard hat to experience the harsh realities of life as a miner. Above ground, meet pit ponies and ride on the workers’ train. Looking for a cheap hotel Near Dewsbury? Travelodge Leeds Morley Hotel is a short drive from the town, and a great base for exploring West Yorkshire, while our hotels off the M1 at Wakefield Woolley Edge are about 6 miles away.