Halifax is Calderdale's largest town, with stunning Victorian architecture and a strong industrial heritage. It is home to the unique Piece Hall, Eureka! The National Children's Museum, and the Halifax Minster. You will also find markets, independent and high street shops, theatres and many great places to eat and drink.
Calderdale's largest town, Halifax has one of the most complete Victorian townscapes in Britain, with many impressive buildings, such as the Grade II* listed Town Hall, the work of Sir Charles Barry, designer of the Houses of Parliament. Halifax Minster is one of the finest buildings in Yorkshire and has been at the heart of the local community for over 900 years.
Halifax is also home to the truly unique Grade I listed Piece Hall; the only remaining cloth hall in Britain. The building has undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment and reopened to the public on Yorkshire Day, Tuesday August 1st 2017. Check the Piece Hall website for all the latest news.
Just outside the town centre is a 15 foot high replica of the fearsome Halifax Gibbet, where thieves were beheaded for their crimes! A short walk away is the People's Park offers fountains, serpentine pools, statues, balustrading, cast iron bridges and a terraced promenade, all with disabled access.
Halifax has been awarded the prestigious Purple Flag award, which recognises great entertainment and hospitality and is awarded to places which offer a good experience for visitors of all ages.
You can always find something to see at The Victoria Theatre, Square Chapel Centre for the Arts, Halifax Playhouse, Dean Clough and the Vue Cinema. For family fun, children can learn whilst they play at EUREKA! The National Children's Museum. On April 30th 2017, the Tour de Yorkshire returned to Calderdale, passing through Brighouse and Halifax.
Explore mediaeval Shibden Hall, its park and lake. Bankfield Museum is also nearby. Combine these places with a diary of events suitable for all the family throughout the year, and whenever you visit, you'll have a choice of things to see and do.
If you enjoy shopping, the Victorian Halifax Borough Market and contemporary Westgate Arcade offer dozens of independent shops and cafes. Harveys is one of the oldest independent department stores in the country, and the Woolshops Shopping Centre has major high street names.
Halifax is a town that blends the old with the new - come and discover it for yourself!