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. 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.
The route of Tour de Yorkshire has taken it through Calderdale in 2015 and 2017 and it was announced in September that the race will return to Halifax in 2018, when the town will be either a start or finish location for the race. More details about the 2018 routes are expected to be announced December 5th this year.
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.
Halifax is a town that blends the old with the new - come and discover it for yourself!