Despite some 20th-century buildings close to the station, travellers stepping off the train at Bingley immediately get a sense of the industrial history of the town from the brick mills and chimneys rising above the rooftops. The nearby Leeds-Liverpool canal and the railway were central to this industrial boom, and the station itself opened in 1856. Today trains to Bingley include services from Carlisle, Leeds, Skipton and Bradford Forster Square.
From the historic sand-coloured station buildings, it is a short walk to Bingley Town Square and Main Street, with its collection of shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants. Also on the Town Square, you will find the Bingley Arts Centre and the Bingley Little Theatre. North of the town centre and the station is one of the landmarks of the town - Bingley Five-Rise Locks - a remarkable piece of engineering that lifts the Leeds-Liverpool canal eighteen metres up a lock staircase.