Guiseley is 9 miles north-west of
Guiseley became established in Saxon times around a spring which still exists today as Guiseley Wells, although there is also evidence of some earlier settlement in the area,
The first church in Guiseley was built in the mid 12th century and the present St Oswald's Church traces its origins back to a rebuilding about a century later. There have been various extensions and alterations since then, not least its tower and porch from the 14th century. Among the many weddings there over the years was that in December 1812 of the Rev Patrick Brontë and Maria Branwell, parents of the famous literary sisters.
Guiseley was for many years famous for Harry Ramsden's fish and chip shop. After early expansion to become the "world's largest" fish and chip shop, the business ran for more than 80 years before closing its original restaurant in 2011. A fish and chip shop and restaurant continues at the premises today after the Wetherby Whaler reopened the site a year later. Another famous fish and chip shop in Guiseley was that in Springfield Road, where Harry Corbett of glove puppet Sooty fame, grew up in the 1920s with his parents who then ran the shop.
Guiseley has a choice of pubs.
The town has a range of shops and supermarkets and edge-of-town retail parks.
The town has a Post Office.
The town has a pharmacy.
Guiseley has a bank.
Takeaway food outlets in the town include fish and chips, chicken, chinese, curries, pizzas, burgers, sandwiches.
The town has cafes and coffee shops.
Restaurant dining can be found in Guiseley.
The town has a leisure centre with swimming pool - Aireborough Leisure Centre.
Guiseley has a theatre - Guiseley Theatre.
The town has a park - Nunroyd Park.
Guiseley has schools.
Places of worship: Anglican, Methodist, Baptist, other.
Guiseley stationManaged by: Northern
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Bus travelThe town has bus services to neighbouring towns and villages and city centres.
Road travelGuiseley can be reached via the A65 A6038 B6153
Places to visit
Otley Chevin Country Park
The Otley Chevin Country Park is a forested hillside with rocky outcrops offering magnificent views across Otley and the Wharfe Valley, a network of paths to explore, a variety of wildlife and some interesting tree sculptures. The Chevin is an area with strong evidence of hunting in the stone age with thousands of flint arrowheads and knives having been found there. Cup and ring marked rocks dating from the bronze age are scheduled ancient monuments. Two areas of an iron age settlement were discovered in the 1960s and an archaelogical dig in the 1990s found evidence of a hut circle within a rubble enclosure. Much of the forestry in the area was planted in the 1950s and 1960s and it became a local nature reserve in 1989. There are car parks with access to the country park at East Chevin Road and Yorkgate.
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Kirkstall AbbeyAbbey Road, Kirkstall
The ruins of the Cistercian Kirkstall Abbey, dating from 1152, are in public parkland alongside the River Aire at Kirkstall, 3 miles north-west of Leeds city centre.
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Roundhay Park and Tropical WorldPrince's Avenue, Roundhay
Roundhay Park is a popular large park 3 miles north of Leeds city centre, owned by Leeds City Council, with more than 280 hectares of parkland, woodland, lakes and gardens. It also has cafes and is the location of Tropical World, which holds a large collection of tropical plants, birds and reptiles, a butterfly house, aquariums and other animal enclosures, including the ever-popular meerkats.
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Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural BeautyExtending across an area of 232 square miles (600 sq km), the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Beauty starts at the edge of
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