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  1. 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. The Tower is open to the public on the Bank Holidays below. 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. Wainhouse Tower is open from 10am, with the last ascent at 3.30pm and closing at 4pm, on the following dates in 2020: Easter Monday April 13th May Day Friday May 8th Spring Bank Monday May 25th August Bank Monday August 31st Adult £3.50 Children £2.50 Family ticket (2 Adults & 2 Children) £10 Adult Passport to Leisure Holders (PPL) £3 Child Passport to Leisure (PPL) £2 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
  2. Dean Clough, photo by Bruce Fitzgerald

    Halifax

    Dean Clough

    Eat, drink, shop, pamper yourself with health & beauty treatments and enjoy art at Dean Clough! These converted mills, formerly the largest car...
    Eat, drink, shop, pamper yourself with health & beauty treatments and enjoy art at Dean Clough! These converted mills, formerly the largest carpet manufacturing factory in the world, are now home to about 150 businesses and arts venues. These include the Crossley Gallery, I.O.U and the Viaduct Theatre; bars and restaurants such as Eds Urban Eats. The Loom Lounge, Engine Room Cafe & Kitchen, Mill Bar & Kitchen, Babar Khan Restaurant & Buffet, Stod Fold and Riccis Tapas and Cicchetti. You can also shop at Jack Wills, The Design Shop, Pam's Shop and The Loom Lounge Roastery. Don't forget to see the (ever growing) Lego model of Dean Clough - it's awesome!
  3. Parjaree's Feel Good Thai Food

    Halifax

    Parjaree's Feel Good Thai Food

    NB: The restaurant is currently closed to allow for repairs caused by water damage from a leak in the building above. We should be open again soon....
    NB: The restaurant is currently closed to allow for repairs caused by water damage from a leak in the building above. We should be open again soon. Please come and visit when we are. Chef Pajaree was the first to introduce Thai food to Calderdale and today she continues to prepare every dish with passion, to ensure your dining experience here is one to savour!
  4. Romeo & Juliet Restaurant, Halifax

    Halifax

    Romeo & Juliet Restaurant

    All of our food is made to an excellent standard, using authentic Italian recipes. The menu is traditionally Italian including freshly baked bre...
    All of our food is made to an excellent standard, using authentic Italian recipes. The menu is traditionally Italian including freshly baked bread, thin crispy pizza and hand made pasta. Indulge in a rich pasta or sink your teeth into a steak, cooked to perfection. Be sure to save room for Lucia's lovingly made tiramisu. There is also impeccable selection of wines to accompany your meal. Carlo, Lucia and their friendly team look forward to welcoming you to Romeo and Juliet Restaurant. Our restaurant is located in the heart of Halifax, West Yorkshire, close to The Piece Hall, Victoria Theatre, Square Chapel Centre for the Arts and Halifax railway station.
  5. The Trading Rooms

    Halifax

    The Trading Rooms

    The family-friendly Trading Rooms restaurant, with its own bakery, looks out over the spectacular Piece Hall Courtyard and is open from breakfast t...
    The family-friendly Trading Rooms restaurant, with its own bakery, looks out over the spectacular Piece Hall Courtyard and is open from breakfast to dinner with imaginative menu changes through the day. The restaurant has an interesting, contemporary feel, while keeping one foot firmly in its heritage. All dishes are freshly made using the highest quality, locally-sourced produce, providing great tasting food. The open plan kitchen has its own charcoal grill and the basement kitchen provides delicious bread and cakes through The Bakery The artisan loaves produced and sold in The Bakery are used in the restaurant. Opening Times: Monday-Wednesday: 8am-6pm Thursday: 8am-9pm Friday-Saturday: 8am-11pm Sunday: 9am-5pm
  6. Cedar Court Hotel, Ainley Top

    Huddersfield

    Cedar Court Hotel

    Huddersfield's only 4 star hotel welcomes you with warm, friendly staff, wonderful amenities and a professional attitude. - Located on Junctio...
    Huddersfield's only 4 star hotel welcomes you with warm, friendly staff, wonderful amenities and a professional attitude. - Located on Junction 24 of the M62, between Leeds and Manchester. - 113 rooms including a family room, four poster suites and the Pennine Suite. - The Olympic restaurant and Olympic bar offer excellent dining in a welcoming atmopshere. - Residents have full access to our Future Fitness Leisure Club. - Conference area with 15 meeting rooms. - Private banqueting for 10 - 400 guests. - Licensed for civil weddings. - Wireless internet. - Free car parking for 250 cars.
  7. Oats Royd Mill Apartments

    Halifax

    Oats Royd Mill Apartments

    Oatsroyd Mill sits high above the Calder Valley, with spectacular views of the beautiful Pennine countryside. Located close to the Pennine Towns of...
    Oatsroyd Mill sits high above the Calder Valley, with spectacular views of the beautiful Pennine countryside. Located close to the Pennine Towns of Hebden Bridge and Haworth, the Mill is ideally situated to explore and enjoy these popular tourist areas. Halifax, with the famous Piece Hall and Eureka! The National Children's Museum is also only 15 minutes away by car. The Pennine Way passes close by the site and the beautiful Hardcastle Crags in Hebden Bridge makes the Mill an ideal base for walkers.
  8. The Rock Hotel

    Halifax

    The Rock Hotel

    A warm welcome to The Rock Hotel and Churchill’s Restaurant in Halifax, West Yorkshire. Incorporating all the attractions of a traditional 17th cen...
    A warm welcome to The Rock Hotel and Churchill’s Restaurant in Halifax, West Yorkshire. Incorporating all the attractions of a traditional 17th century wayside Inn, plus the professional sophistication of a hotel, conference venue and fine dining restaurant. Whether you visit us to stay, to dine, to celebrate a wedding or other special occasion, for a business meeting or just a relaxing drink…our business is your pleasure.
  9. Long Can Hall

    Halifax

    Long Can Hall

    Welcome to Long Can Hall Country Pub and Restaurant in the Village of Wheatley, Halifax. A beautiful building dating back to 1637 and maintaining ...
    Welcome to Long Can Hall Country Pub and Restaurant in the Village of Wheatley, Halifax. A beautiful building dating back to 1637 and maintaining many of its original features and decor.
  10. The Plummet Line

    Halifax

    The Plummet Line

    We are an all-year-round friendly pub, with a brilliant atmosphere. We cater for all ages, whether you’re wanting a Sunday lunch with the family or...
    We are an all-year-round friendly pub, with a brilliant atmosphere. We cater for all ages, whether you’re wanting a Sunday lunch with the family or a few drinks with the lads after work. Our food menu has a wide range of dishes, not to mention our fantastic ‘burger and drink’ deals. We are child and dog friendly.
  11. The Graystone Unity

    Halifax

    The Grayston Unity

    The Grayston Unity is an independent bar in the centre of Halifax. We have the distinction of being the smallest music venue in the UK. We're l...
    The Grayston Unity is an independent bar in the centre of Halifax. We have the distinction of being the smallest music venue in the UK. We're located in a grade 2 listed building that dates back to the 1860s, just yards from 5 yards from the steps to the Town Hall in one of the most historic parts of Halifax. Inside you'll find an eclectic mix of decor and vintage furnishings including a 'front room' with comfy sofas. We have 8 beers on draft or tap, 100+ spirits including around 40+ gins, quality Halifax Wine Co wine, tea and coffee. Tuesday is our events night with music, our Grayston Voices night of guest speakers and the occasional bit of theatre in the back room too. Our lazy Sunday's include free tea and coffee, ale of the day £2.50 pint, selected wine £10 a bottle, free papers (till 5pm). Family friendly till 7pm. Friendly, warm and not shouty. That’s us. The Yorkshire Post 'Pub of the Week' Dec 2016.
  12. IOU Theatre

    Halifax

    IOU Theatre

    IOU is a producing organisation with nearly 40 years’ experience making live shows and contemporary art installations that combine many art forms t...
    IOU is a producing organisation with nearly 40 years’ experience making live shows and contemporary art installations that combine many art forms together with new and innovative technology. All aspects of the work are originated by the company and devised for unusual indoor and outdoor locations as well as established touring venues and galleries. IOU’s work is created by teams drawn from an international pool of professional artists, makers, performers, poets, musicians and technicians who have a range of experience working with the company - from founder members, new collaborators to recent graduates. We support the development of independent artists’ creative practice and offer opportunities to emerging artists (regionally and nationally) across a range of disciplines to develop their ideas, creative and professional skills. We also deliver a learning and participation programme to the local community, schools and families.
  13. KØBENHAVN

    Halifax

    KØBENHAVN

    From the team behind the award winning Victorian Craft Beer Café, KØBENHAVN is a brand new craft beer bar in the centre of Halifax, West Yorkshire....
    From the team behind the award winning Victorian Craft Beer Café, KØBENHAVN is a brand new craft beer bar in the centre of Halifax, West Yorkshire. Situated in Westgate Arcade near the Piece Hall, we have 24 beers on tap and 6 modern hand-pulled ales bringing choice to the discerning beer drinkers in the area. Our Beer Garden & Function Room are coming soon. Opening Times Monday 11am – 11pm Tuesday 11am – 11pm Wednesday 11am – 11pm Thursday 11am – 11pm Friday 11am – 11:30pm Saturday 11am – 11:30pm Sunday 11am – 11pm
  14. Halifax Town Hall

    Halifax

    Halifax Town Hall

    Halifax's ornate town hall was designed by Charles Barry, who also designed the Houses of Parliament. This Grade ll* listed building has a magnific...
    Halifax's ornate town hall was designed by Charles Barry, who also designed the Houses of Parliament. This Grade ll* listed building has a magnificent 180ft tower and spire which is enriched with sculpture. Free guided tours of Halifax Town Hall can be arranged to help you learn more about its fascinating history. Please contact the Mayor's Office on 01422 393022.
  15. Halifax Central Library & Archive

    Halifax

    Halifax Central Library & Archive

    Located on the Square Church site next to the Piece Hall, the new Halifax Central Library & Archive blends with the remains of the church into an i...
    Located on the Square Church site next to the Piece Hall, the new Halifax Central Library & Archive blends with the remains of the church into an iconic external design and striking internal layout. Steps lead up to the Library and to the new fourth gateway of the Piece Hall and access is also be available via a lift, taking people from Square Road to the Library and Archive entrance. The building has an internal lift to all floors. As well as the Piece Hall, the new Library and Archive will also have Square Chapel and the Industrial Museum as neighbours – all combining to create a highly interesting and welcoming destination for residents and visitors. Central Library and Archives services are available six days a week: Monday 9.30am to 6.30pm Tuesday 9.30am to 6.30pm Wednesday 9.30am to 12.30pm Thursday 9.30am to 6.30pm Friday 9.30am to 6.30pm Saturday 9.30am to 4.00pm Sunday CLOSED
  16. The Royal Oak

    Halifax

    The Royal Oak

    The Royal Oak is a lovely family friendly pub, which specialises in traditional cask ales. One of Halifax's most beautiful and best ale houses,...
    The Royal Oak is a lovely family friendly pub, which specialises in traditional cask ales. One of Halifax's most beautiful and best ale houses, this Impressive Grade II-listed building was constructed in 1931 using timbers from HMS Newcastle. Come along and enjoy our friendly atmosphere.

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