Southwest of Doncaster on the A1M is Sheffield, once the centre of the world’s stainless steel industry but now sadly undercut by cheap production in the Far East. The city has over a thousand listed buildings but despite this was called an architectural disappointment. The city has its own ‘Hall of Fame’, Hollywood-style, for famous residents but there are few names recognisable by anyone from outside of the city.
West on the A635 is Barnsley, best known for hosting the Yorkshire Sculpture Park which displays works from many sculptors including Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth. North on the A638 is Pontefract with its racecourse, popular with race goers, and home to the liquorice Pontefract cakes that have been made in the city for centuries.
Northeast on the A638 is Leeds which has undergone a renaissance over the last decade. From inner city decay, it has built state of the art apartment blocks, cleaned up the city centre and begun to promote the wealth of industrial and architectural heritage found in the city.