Travelling around Batley
Batley is located in the heart of West Yorkshire, halfway between Bradford and Leeds. Once dubbed the Las Vegas of the north, thanks to its iconic variety club, you won’t be sorry you took a gamble on this picturesque old mill town. You can explore its beautiful parks and gardens, see some truly magnificent architecture in the historic market place or enjoy a little culture at the independent art gallery.
Batley has excellent road and rail links, with easy access off the M62 Motorway. Arriva buses operate in the area, providing routes to nearby towns and villages, such as Morley and Heckmondwike, as well as major local hubs, like Wakefield and Leeds.
Batley is surrounded by rolling countryside and you’ll find a number of scenic parks and gardens not too far from the town centre. Wilton Park has over 30 acres of unspoiled greenery, with open fields, tree-lined paths and ancient woodland. Once you’ve explored the park, why not check out Bagshaw Museum. This wonderful Victorian mansion, set in the park’s lavish grounds, boasts a collection of wild and unusual exhibits from the four corners of the globe.
For a fun family day out, why not pop along to Ponderosa Zoo, with a reptile room and zip wire, as well as soft play areas for the little ones. Or, for a real test of body and mind, get yourself down to Tag X. With climbing walls, ball pits and obstacle courses, it’s the perfect place for kids to let off some steam.
For a little retail therapy, be sure to check out The Mill Outlet & Garden Centre, a beautifully converted flour mill with four floors of bargains. And once you’ve spent up, why not grab a bite to eat at one of Batley’s coffee shops or sandwich bars. In the evening, this old mill town comes to life, with a selection of bars, restaurants and live entertainment.