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  1. Mount Zion Methodist Heritage Chapel

    Halifax

    Mount Zion Methodist Heritage Chapel

    A historic site rich in Methodist history, Mount Zion Methodist Heritage Chapel offers you the chance to explore a beautiful heritage building a...

    A historic site rich in Methodist history, Mount Zion Methodist Heritage Chapel offers you the chance to explore a beautiful heritage building and enjoy a cream tea in the summer months!

    Mount Zion has a unique part in the history of Methodism, with John Wesley staying in the cottage (in the room now known as The Prophet's Chamber) adjoining the Chapel, when he was travelling between preaching appointments in the 1700's.

    Mount Zion is home to the world-renowned Horace Hird Methodist Pottery Collection - come and see the many interesting pieces that comprise our collection.

    The Chapel is open to the public between April and September every Tuesday 2pm-4pm. Light refreshments in the form of a cuppa and biscuits are available for a small donation. On the Tuesdays in June, July and August Yorkshire Cream Teas are also available, with homemade scones baked fresh that day, homemade jam (which is sometimes also available for sale), butter and freshly whipped cream. The cream teas come with unlimited tea or coffee (speciality teas and cordials are also available) for only £4 per person. Free Wi-Fi is available during your visit.

    Guided tours can be arranged on request outside of our usual April-September opening times. We also hold various artistic exhibitions, occasional musical concerts and open days throughout the year, with musical accompaniment, occasional local historical and Methodist history talks and refreshments. Please see our website and Facebook page for details. Please email Circuit Heritage Officer Mr. John Wilson regarding visits and other activities such as weddings, at  chme@calderdalemethodists.org.uk.

    Parking is limited on Per Lane, so if you visit us by car, please park safely and considerately on the roadside. There is a regular 504 bus service to Denholme from Halifax, that goes along the A629,  allowing you to get off at the bus stop at the top of Per Lane. Mount Zion Chapel is only a 200 metre walk along Per Lane from the A629 Keighley Road.

    Please take care when using the flagged path approaching the Chapel. The flags are uneven and can be slippery when wet.

  2. Halifax Gibbet

    Halifax

    Halifax Gibbet

    Imagine a market day in Halifax. Two thieves are being led from the gaol and in turn, forced to lie with their heads between two upright posts. Abo...
    Imagine a market day in Halifax. Two thieves are being led from the gaol and in turn, forced to lie with their heads between two upright posts. Above, a fearsome blade is glinting in the sunlight. A horse, yoked to a rope, wrenches out the security pin and the blade slices down..! The date was 30th April 1650 and Halifax Gibbet had claimed its last victim. The Halifax gibbet was an early guillotine. The Lord of the Manor possessed the authority to execute summarily by decapitation any thief who was caught with stolen goods to the value of 13½d or more, or who confessed to having stolen goods of at least that value. Decapitation was a fairly common method of execution in England, but Halifax was unusual in that it employed a guillotine-like machine that appears to have been unique in the country, and it continued to decapitate petty criminals until the mid-17th century. A 15 foot high replica of the Gibbet has been constructed on the original site at the bottom of Gibbet Street. To find the Gibbet; from Halifax town centre, take Pellon Lane, turning left onto Bedford Street North. The Gibbet is at the end of the street, to your left, on the junction with Gibbet Street. The Gibbet’s original blade has been preserved and is on display at Bankfield Museum, Halifax.
  3. 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.
  4. Bankfield Museum, Halifax

    Halifax

    Bankfield Museum

    A Museum since 1887, Bankfield tells the story of Halifax and Calderdale, using its rich and diverse collections. Set in the attractive surround...
    A Museum since 1887, Bankfield tells the story of Halifax and Calderdale, using its rich and diverse collections. Set in the attractive surroundings of Akroyd Park, at the centre of Akroydon model village conservation area, this Victorian mansion was the home of local mill owner, philanthropist and MP, Colonel Edward Akroyd. We are a short distance from the centre of Halifax, with free parking and close to public transport links. Bankfield’s exhibitions cover local history, costume, art, toys, military history, jewellery and textiles from around the world. Our collections contain objects from Ancient Egypt through to the 21st Century as we continue to collect and preserve items for future generations.
  5. Hali-Facts Trail front page

    Halifax

    Hali-Facts Heritage Discovery Trail

    This Heritage Discovery Trail has been designed for children and families, but will be enjoyed by people of all ages. It will take you on a walking...
    This Heritage Discovery Trail has been designed for children and families, but will be enjoyed by people of all ages. It will take you on a walking tour around Halifax town centre, asking you to use your detective skills of observation, thinking, note-taking and sketching as you go. You can complete the Discovery Trail in a way that suits you. It can be done in ‘bite-size’ chunks over several visits or if you are feeling brave and have a lot of energy, you can try it all in one go! Many of the tasks can be completed by looking at the outsides of the buildings but sometimes, you will be invited to pop indoors to have a search around. Please check the opening times for each building that allows this – details are on their websites which are listed throughout the booklet. As far as is reasonably practicable, each building on this Discovery Trail provides a standard of access for disabled people equal to that enjoyed by the rest of the public.
  6. 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!
  7. Duke of Wellington's Regiment Museum

    Halifax

    Duke of Wellington's Regiment Museum

    Representing over 300 years of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, since its raising in 1702, this museum tells the stories of the soldiers who serv...
    Representing over 300 years of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, since its raising in 1702, this museum tells the stories of the soldiers who served using their own words. The ‘Iron Duke’, Arthur Wellesley, was the Colonel of the 33rd which became, after his death, the only Regiment to be named after a person not of the Royal Blood. Displays include items relating to the Duke himself and to the rich and varied history of the regiment, including the campaigns of 33rd and 76th foot. The Duke of Wellington’s Regiment has a long association with the town of Halifax and its location within Bankfield Museum complements the wider history on display here. FREE Admission
  8. Halifax Minster

    Halifax

    Halifax Minster

    Located in the heart of Halifax, Halifax Minster is a handsome 15th Century Grade 1 listed Parish Church; a site of major historical importance, a ...
    Located in the heart of Halifax, Halifax Minster is a handsome 15th Century Grade 1 listed Parish Church; a site of major historical importance, a place of worship, prayer, of civic engagement, education and culture; with a year-round programme of events for you to enjoy. The church of St John the Baptist Halifax was given its Minster status in 2009 in recognition of its important role in the civic life of the town and borough. Visit Halifax Minster to enjoy a tour of the beautiful and historic interior of the building, the beautiful stained glass and painted wooden ceiling panels. Look out for the mice carved into the Thompson chairs in the Wellington Chapel! Children can enjoy Halifax Minster too. When you arrive with the kids you have free use of a backpack containing a short guide around the Minster, an eye-spy guide to the 16 stained-glass windows, paper, pencils and crayons to make drawings of all the interesting things you'll find and a torch to help you find them! Enjoy organ recitals on Thursdays at 1pm from March to end of October. Lunch (£4) is available from 12.15pm. There are also regular performances by the Minster Choir, our Summer festival in June & July and other events throughout the year. Entrance to Halifax Minster is FREE, with donations welcome to help us maintain and preserve this beautiful building for future generations to enjoy.
  9. 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.
  10. Image by Paul White

    Halifax

    Halifax Heritage Festival - The Piece Hall

    Starting 12th Sep 2019
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    Thurs 12th Sep - Sun 13th Oct  10am - 6pm Halifax Stories: Join us for a special exhibition celebrating Halifax's tex...

    Thurs 12th Sep - Sun 13th Oct  10am - 6pm Halifax Stories: Join us for a special exhibition celebrating Halifax's textile heritage.

    Fri 13th - Sun 15th and Fri 20th - Sun 22nd Sep 11am and 2pm -  Heritage Tours: Experience a FREE guided tour with one of The Piece Hall's knowledgeable guides who will lead you around the colonnades as they delve into The Piece Hall's captivating past. FREE entry

    Open Daily

    The Piece Hall Story - explore exhibitions and even try on Georgian costumes in our interactive heritage space. 

    The Map Room - Interactive maps showing hopw woollen cloth sold in halifax was traded across the world.

    The Traders Room - Here you wil find one of the units in its original condition - expereince the sights and sounds of what it would have been like to be standing inside The Piece Hall on a busy trading day back in 1779e

  11. Halifax Heritage Festival: Tours of Bankfield Museum

    Halifax

    Halifax Heritage Festival: Tours of Bankfield Museum

    20th Sep 2019

    As part of Heritage Open Days 2019, Bankfield Museum are offering free guided tours of the house on Friday 20 September at 11am and 2pm. This t...
    As part of Heritage Open Days 2019, Bankfield Museum are offering free guided tours of the house on Friday 20 September at 11am and 2pm. This tour will start on the ground floor, but will involve going upstairs to the first and second floors. Recommended age 12+. Admission free. No need to book. Please meet in Reception at Bankfield for either 11am or 2pm
  12. Hidden Tales of Halifax Minster Churchyard

    Halifax

    Halifax Minster Graveyard Tour

    21st Sep 2019

    11am Strong footwear is advised Come and discover - Where was the secret tunnel, and what blocks it? Who was the murdered vicar? Where is ...
    11am Strong footwear is advised Come and discover - Where was the secret tunnel, and what blocks it? Who was the murdered vicar? Where is the ancient Masonic tombstone? Which mother and daughter both ran away to marry? Who sang in the choir at Versailles? Which woman had 24 children? What was the scandal attached to the last of the Waterhouses? Discover other fascinating local history, too! Walk led by David Glover. FREE entry.
  13. Heritage Open Days: Shibden Hall

    Halifax

    Halifax Heritage Festival: Shibden Hall SOLD OUT

    Starting 21st Sep 2019
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    Free tickets for the Heritage Open Days on 21st, 22nd September at Shibden Hall have now sold out.

    Admittance ...

    Free tickets for the Heritage Open Days on 21st, 22nd September at Shibden Hall have now sold out.

    Admittance to the hall is strictly by tickets only.

    This is to protect the hall, it's interiors and visitors.

  14. Anne Lister Halifax Minster Tour

    Halifax

    Anne Lister Halifax Minster Tour

    21st Sep 2019

    2.30pm

    Enjoy a walking tour of Halifax Minster to discover more about it's connections to Anne Lister, 'Gentlerman Jack' of Shibden Hall...

    2.30pm

    Enjoy a walking tour of Halifax Minster to discover more about it's connections to Anne Lister, 'Gentlerman Jack' of Shibden Hall. 

    • The font where Anne was baptised
    • The place where she was buried
    • Learn about her damaged tombstone
    • Hear about her ancestors and friends 

    Tickets available via The MInster website.

  15.  Tours of Lister Lane Cemetary

    Halifax

    Halifax Heritage Festival: Tours of Lister Lane Cemetary

    22nd Sep 2019

    12.30pm - 4pm Duration: about 90 minutes Halifax’s General Cemetery is the last resting place of nearly 20,000 past local residents and othe...
    12.30pm - 4pm Duration: about 90 minutes Halifax’s General Cemetery is the last resting place of nearly 20,000 past local residents and others from the 1840s to 1963. These include Mill owners, Chartists, Waterloo Soldiers, Great War fatalities, Nurses, nonconformist clergy, organ builders, and even murder victims. The cemetery - of European significance, has been rescued from jungle conditions over the past eighteen years and is cared for by its Friends, a public charity. FREE entry
  16. Museums at Night: Anne Lister Adult Tour

    Halifax

    Museums at Night: Anne Lister Adult Tour SOLD OUT

    2nd Nov 2019

    PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT HAS NOW SOLD OUT

    PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT HAS NOW SOLD OUT

    8pm - 9.30pm

    Join Anne Lister for a spine-tingling tour around the Piece Hall at night. Find out about the spooky happenings around the Events and Spectacles of The Piece Hall’s 250-year history. Finish off the tour with a unique creepy cocktail in The Trading Rooms.

    Tickets £12.50 (includes a cocktail in The Trading Rooms!)

     

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