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.
Whether you’re here to while away an afternoon or planning or short stay packed with activities, there’s no shortage of things to do in Halifax. Located on the River Calder, this charming market town exudes inimitable character and historical vitality and is home to some of Yorkshire’s most famous landmarks. From its beautifully scenic walks and iconic buildings to the remarkably loyal Halifax Borough Market and its wares, this diverse town has much to offer.
Halifax is Calderdale’s largest town and has one of the most complete Victorian townscapes in Britain. That means there are iconic buildings at practically every corner you turn and the museums are hardly in short supply. From the unique Grade I-listed Piece Hall to Halifax Minster, one of the finest buildings in Yorkshire, this is a town immensely proud of its heritage.
Halifax caters for all ages so inquisitive little minds won’t have time to get bored. Whether your mini explorers would be more at home among the many woodland trails or love the hands-on learning at Eureka! The National Children’s Museum, there’s plenty to keep families of all sizes busy – whatever the weather.
All that sightseeing will make for thirsty work – you’ll need to re-fuel. Halifax is home to a broad selection of fine cafes, restaurants and bars. In fact, so proud of its delicious produce, the town hosts an annual food and drink festival, held every July. During in a visit, be sure to indulge in a sprawling afternoon tea, dine on cuisine from around the world or relax and sip on local ale.
Halifax’s thriving town centre is enveloped by glorious green space. Take advantage of the rolling hills of the vast parks, go boating on the calm waters at Shibden or discover the jungle at Manor Heath. There’s every reason to head out into the great outdoors of Halifax.
Whether you’re after a boutique-style luxury break or are prioritising practical home comforts to suit the kids, there’s a wide range of places to stay dotted around Halifax. From room only to five-star, take a look at our recommended accommodation.
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. The Piece Hall is home to a range of shops, bars and cafes, with even more new businesses opening in the coming months and an exciting year-round event programme.
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, 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 for several years in a row, which recognises great entertainment and hospitality. The award is only given to towns and cities that meet or surpass standards of excellence in managing the evening and night time economy. Halifax is gifted with a range of independent bars and traditional pubs where you can enjoy ales, beers, gins and spirits in a unique and relaxed atmosphere. You can dine on cuisine from around the world with Halifax' s blend of traditional English, Thai, Chinese, Italian, Mediterranean and Russian cafes & restaurants.
You can always find something to see at The Victoria Theatre, Square Chapel Centre for the Arts, Halifax Playhouse, Dean Clough , Calderdale Industrial Museum and the Vue Cinema. For family fun, children can learn whilst they play at EUREKA! The National Children's Museum.
Explore mediaeval Shibden Hall, its roling parklands 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 have a great 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.
The Calderdale Way, a 50-mile circular walking route exploring the hills, moors and valleys of Calderdale starts (and finishes) at Clay House, in nearby West Vale. West Vale is also home to Andy Thornton's Architectural Antiques and several restuarants offering Thai, Indian and Seafood cuisine.
Halifax is a town that blends the old with the new - come and discover it for yourself!