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  1. 1885 The Pub

    Halifax

    1885 The Pub

    Great pride is taken in sourcing the very best fresh seasonal ingredients to create menus buzzing with bold ideas, with dishes elegantly presented ...
    Great pride is taken in sourcing the very best fresh seasonal ingredients to create menus buzzing with bold ideas, with dishes elegantly presented and precisely balanced in texture and taste. Opening times: Monday-Thursday - Drinks 3pm-11pm / Food 6pm-9pm Friday - Drinks 3pm-12am / Food 6pm-9pm Saturday - Drinks 12pm-12am / Food 12pm-9pm Sunday - Drinks 12pm-10.30pm / Food 12pm-6pm
  2. Wainhouse Tower, Halifax photo by Alastair Wallace

    Halifax

    Wainhouse Tower

    The 253 ft Wainhouse Tower was originally commissioned as a chimney for the local dye works by John Edward Wainhouse in the late 19th century. The ...
    The 253 ft Wainhouse Tower was originally commissioned as a chimney for the local dye works by John Edward Wainhouse in the late 19th century. The structure was never actually used as a working chimney and as such, is regarded by many as one of Britain's finest follies. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Wainhouse Tower was open to the public on the Bank Holidays, for those brave enough to tackle the 403 steps to the viewing gallery at the top, the stunning views make it well worth the climb. We hope that it will be possible to reopen the Tower to visitors in 2021 and will add any dates the Tower may be open to the public here when and if they are confirmed. A Brief History of Wainhouse Tower Born in 1817 John Edward Wainhouse inherited his Uncle’s Dyeworks on Washer Lane, Halifax in 1856. The Dyeworks were typical of the day, causing considerable pollution because of smoke emissions. Halifax was badly affected by smog. For weeks on end the smoke laden atmosphere blanketed the town, reducing sunlight and contaminating the landscape with soot and sulphur trioxide. This national problem caused the Government to introduce a Smoke Abatement Act. Wainhouse developed the idea of building a chimney 350 metres up the hillside from the Dyeworks, connected to it by an underground tunnel. Sir Henry Edwards, A wealthy neighbour of John Edward Wainhouse, made complaints about the smoke nuisance caused by the Dyeworks, leading to a feud between the two men. Mr Isaac Booth (who was also Sir Henry’s architect) was asked by Wainhouse to design and build the mill chimney. The design incorporated an internal staircase that led to four balcony features. This exacerbated the deepening feud between Wainhouse and Sir Henry. Sir Henry, an extrovert and boastful man, claimed that his private estate at Pye Nest could not be viewed from any house o the hills. Wainhouse said he would rectify this by putting an observatory at the top of his chimney. Work commenced in 1871. In 1873, as a result of the feuding; the architect Isaac Booth decided he could no longer work for either man. This led to the appointment of Richard Swarbrick Dugdale, who redesigned the upper section of the building. The new design incorporated a corbelled and balustrade balcony, surmounted by a lantern dome and finial. The building was completed on the 9th September 1875. It is estimated that over 9,000 tonnes of materials were used. The total cost is thought to be in the region of £15,000. However, by the time the building was completed, it was clear that it would never be used as a chimney. The Washer Lane Dyeworks had been sold in 1874 to the works manager Mr Henry Mossman. The sale did not include the Tower. It is thought that Mossman saw the then uncompleted building to be a liability. This point of view is difficult to understand given the fact that Mossman was then prosecuted under the Smoke Abatement Act. Mossman proved that considerable efforts were made to abate the smoke nuisance by pulling down six existing small chimneys …and erecting a large chimney in their place! John Edward Wainhouse died on 26th July 1883 at the age of 66. He as buried in the family grave at Holy Trinity Churchyard, Halifax. The gravestone is located against the boundary wall on the south side of the Church. The Tower and three acres of surrounding land was sold by auction in 1887. The Tower changed hands several times until coming under the ownership of the Halifax Corporation in 1919. During the Second World War the Tower was used by the military authorities as an observation post. As a result of the reorganisation of Local Government in 1974, Wainhouse Tower became the property of Calderdale Council. Today the Tower is used as a viewing platform; open to the public on Bank Holidays and other select days through the year
  3. The Ring O' Bells

    Halifax

    The Ring O' Bells

    In the shadow of Halifax Minster, the Ring O' Bells always offers a minimum of three quality real ales from independent brewers, home cooked food a...
    In the shadow of Halifax Minster, the Ring O' Bells always offers a minimum of three quality real ales from independent brewers, home cooked food and light snacks. Sunday Lunch is our speciality - served between 12 Noon and 4pm.
  4. Westgate Wine and Cheese

    Halifax

    The Gate Cafe Bar & Deli

    Licensed Café and Deli based in Westgate, Halifax selling a range of Artisan grocery products, local produce and home-baked sweet treats.
    Licensed Café and Deli based in Westgate, Halifax selling a range of Artisan grocery products, local produce and home-baked sweet treats.
  5. The Milk Bar

    Halifax

    The Milk Bar

    An unusual mix of 21st century milkshake with a dose of fifties nostaligia, The Milk Bar is an amazing American style 50s café bar that blends to...
    An unusual mix of 21st century milkshake with a dose of fifties nostaligia, The Milk Bar is an amazing American style 50s café bar that blends together all sorts of weird and wonderful ingredients to make the perfect Milkshake! Alongside our milkshake menu we also serve real dairy ice-cream in waffle cones, hot drinks, fifties inspired cupcakes and Frozen Yogurt too.
  6. Lister Lane Cemetery

    Halifax

    Lister Lane Cemetery

    The Halifax General Cemetery, Lister Lane, was opened in 1841. Today, the Cemetery has Grade II listed status and has many interesting monuments, p...
    The Halifax General Cemetery, Lister Lane, was opened in 1841. Today, the Cemetery has Grade II listed status and has many interesting monuments, particularly the gothic spires and obelisks along the main pathway. The Cemetery has been recognised as a Significant Cemetery in Europe, one of only 13 in the UK, putting it alongside such famous cemeteries as Highgate in London. Lister Lane Cemetery covers three acres of land, laid out around a now derelict neo-classical chapel and a raised terrace with views across Halifax to Beacon Hill. The Cemetery is open to the public on Wednesdays from 10am - 3.30pm and most Sundays (weather permitting) from 10am - 12pm when the Friends of the Cemetery are working there.
  7. Blondin's Ice Cream Parlour

    Halifax

    Blondin's Ice Cream Parlour

    Named after Charles Blondin, who famously performed a tightrope walk at The Piece Hall in 1861, Blondin's is an Italian-style ice cream parlour ser...
    Named after Charles Blondin, who famously performed a tightrope walk at The Piece Hall in 1861, Blondin's is an Italian-style ice cream parlour serving award-winning Yorkshire ice cream and gelato, from simple cornets to elaborate sundaes. Opening Times Monday - Saturday 10am-6pm Sunday 11am - 5pm
  8. Creative Crystals

    Halifax

    Creative Crystals

    Creative Crystals began trading in The Piece Hall in 1993. Stocking a wide selection of gemstones, crystals, minerals and jewellery from around...
    Creative Crystals began trading in The Piece Hall in 1993. Stocking a wide selection of gemstones, crystals, minerals and jewellery from around the world, we also sell minerals in their natural state and also polished decorative items made from semi-precious gemstones, some of which are made into unique pieces of jewellery.
  9. St John's Cottage

    Halifax

    St John's Cottage

    Sleep in style at this beautifully furnished, one bedroom residence split over three floors. Close to all the amenities you could wish for, this se...
    Sleep in style at this beautifully furnished, one bedroom residence split over three floors. Close to all the amenities you could wish for, this serviced property is ideal for couples, commuters, friends or single travellers looking for accommodation in a convenient location. At a much lower rate than a hotel, this property allows you to save your money for the many things to do in West Yorkshire. As you open the front door of the cottage, a warm and inviting living room greets you with a traditional cast iron fireplace providing a grand feature piece. Lit by luxurious glass hanging chandeliers, the room contains soft comfortable furnishings including a two-seater sofa with plump cushions, a shag pile rug and fluffy homely textures. With a large, smart TV, Freesat, Radio, CD & DVD player and unlimited Wi-Fi, it’s easy to keep yourself and guests entertained every evening. Entrance through a wooden cottage door takes you to the lower ground floor where there is a large kitchen with dark slate floors and plenty of storage. Complete with a large, belfast sink and modern appliances including a Kenwood range cooker, hob, washer/dryer, fridge/freezer and microwave; budding chefs will feel right at home in this glorious kitchen. A table for two awaits, whether you want to take advantage of the fully equipped facilities or order food directly to your door for an even easier dining experience. To the first floor is the master bedroom, which is filled with decorative touches that give this property so much charm and character. Another original cast iron fireplace gives the room a romantic feel, alongside the crushed velvet bedframe and embellished cushions and throws. A comfy mattress means your bed is ready to leap into! Adjoining this fabulous bedroom is an en-suite bathroom with a large corner bathtub, shower, sink and toilet.
  10. Christ Church, Sowerby Bridge

    Sowerby Bridge

    Christ Church, Sowerby Bridge

    Christ Church is the Parish Church of Sowerby Bridge in the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales. It is a warm and welcoming place to visit and ...
    Christ Church is the Parish Church of Sowerby Bridge in the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales. It is a warm and welcoming place to visit and and worship, There are regular services during the week, and plenty of other other activities too. The church is open on a Tuesday and Saturday from 10am till 11:30am for visitors to have a look around and at other times by appointment.
  11. Grey Stone Studio Apartments

    Halifax

    Grey Stone Studio Apartments

    Located in the King Cross area of Halifax, Grey Stone Studio Apartments are newly refurbished and feature a flat-screen TV, a hairdryer, a private ...
    Located in the King Cross area of Halifax, Grey Stone Studio Apartments are newly refurbished and feature a flat-screen TV, a hairdryer, a private bathroom and a fully equipped kitchenette. There is also a microwave, a fridge, a toaster and a kettle and a shared kitchen. The apartments have Free WIFi and Private Parking. Halifax town centre and Railway Station are just a short drive from the Apartments.
  12. Smithy House

    Halifax

    Smithy House

    A small campsite that accepts just five caravans or motorhomes - ideal for getting away from it all. Camping & Caravanning Club members only.
    A small campsite that accepts just five caravans or motorhomes - ideal for getting away from it all. Camping & Caravanning Club members only.
  13. Eureka! the National Children's Museum, Halifax

    Halifax

    Eureka! The National Children's Museum

    Eureka! The National Children’s Museum is an extraordinary fun-packed day out for families. We are the only fully interactive museum total...

    Eureka! The National Children’s Museum is an extraordinary fun-packed day out for families. We are the only fully interactive museum totally dedicated to children aged 0-11 anywhere in the UK.

    We open our doors to a changed world, and we’ve changed with it – but not so much that you won’t recognise us anymore, promise!

    We know you’ll have loads of questions so read our FAQs, there are a few really important changes that you need to know about:

    Nothing is behind a glass cabinet! We have over 400 interactive, hands-on exhibits designed to inspire enquiring minds to find out about themselves and the world around them. Discover 6 unique zones each with a different theme to explore. Make some noise and explore how music is created, experience the world of work and take over a child-sized town, and step inside giant body parts. Each zone is packed with equipment to explore, activities to do, and buttons to press. And with plenty of events throughout the year, from science experiments to interactive shows; it’s a different Eureka! experience every time.

    There’s a limited number of smaller areas we’ve kept closed for now, but all the main galleries and interactives are open. We’ve ramped up all our cleaning protocols and are even using a disinfectant “Fogging” system to ensure interactives can be played with. At this time our Creativity Space and the picnic train carriage remain closed.

    Pay once, and get in free for a year with an Annual Pass.

  14. Deli-cious Delicatessen

    Halifax

    Deli-cious Delicatessen

    Lured by our appetising title and seductive aromas, be prepared to be swept away by the exciting choices of homemade sandwiches, hot dishes and cak...
    Lured by our appetising title and seductive aromas, be prepared to be swept away by the exciting choices of homemade sandwiches, hot dishes and cakes in this delightful, licensed coffee shop and delicatessen. When in Halifax, just follow your nose along Westgate for a mouth-watering treat you will remember... until your next visit! We cater for all tastes, including vegetarian
  15. Friendly Dragon

    Halifax

    Friendly Dragon

    Welcome to Friendly Dragon, the largest shop selling Magical, Mystical, Spiritual, Wiccan, Pagan, Dragons, Faeries, Angels, Buddhas, Tarot, Reiki,...
    Welcome to Friendly Dragon, the largest shop selling Magical, Mystical, Spiritual, Wiccan, Pagan, Dragons, Faeries, Angels, Buddhas, Tarot, Reiki, incense, candles, books cards and magazines in the North of England. Everyone is welcome!
  16. The Shears Inn B&B

    Halifax

    The Shears Inn B&B

    Shears Inn in Halifax, West Yorkshire, is a hidden gem for those seeking the quintessential English pub. Oozing genuine 'olde worlde' charm and app...
    Shears Inn in Halifax, West Yorkshire, is a hidden gem for those seeking the quintessential English pub. Oozing genuine 'olde worlde' charm and appeal, this is probably the oldest Inn in Halifax and it offers three en-suite bed & breakfast rooms. Shears Inn Paris Gates is somewhere you would love to visit, firstly the challenge of finding it, the first thrill, spotting it at the bottom of the cobbled road just after passing a large mill chimney, You would never expect to find an Inn in this unique location, The Shears Inn offers three en-suite rooms, two with King-sized beds and one with a Super-King. All of the bedrooms have their own en-suite bathroom, 32" flat screen TV and free WI-FI. All rooms refurbished to a high standard. There is daily housekeeping and staff are available around the clock.

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