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Once the heart of England's woollen industry, this charming Yorkshire market town is home to some of the region's best-preserved Georgian and Victorian landmarks. It's also heaven for children with Eureka! - the National Children's Museum. Nearby Holdsworth House Hotel and Restaurant recently featured in the BBC hit drama Last Tango in Halifax.
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1855 Station Building Head to Halifax to check out this stunning Grade II listed building, part of the Eureka! estate.
Eureka! Children’s Museum Explore over 400 interactive exhibits at the award-winning National Children’s Museum.
Halifax Gibbet, where thieves were beheaded until 1650, stands at the junction of Gibbet Street and Bedford Street North
The Beatles stayed at Holdsworth House Hotel in Halifax in October 1964 for John Lennon’s 24th birthday
The famous wrestler ‘Big Daddy,’ aka Shirley Crabtree, was born in Halifax
Theatre lovers and gig goers will be drawn to the ornate Victoria Theatre and its varied calendar of performances, while fans of classical music will welcome the chance to catch Halifax's historic choral society. For a change of pace, head to the recently renovated Square Chapel: Centre for the Arts, and experience everything from comedy workshops and world music, to contemporary dance.
With The Shay Stadium only a short walk from the town centre, rugby league and football fans can look forward to lively Halifax Blue Sox and Halifax A.F.C fixtures. The annual Rushbearing festival held in Sowerby Bridge also comes highly recommended, with its eclectic mix of morris dancers and musicians from around the UK.
The 20 acre site of Dean Clough was once the largest carpet factory in the world. Today, Dean Clough is nationally renowned for its commitment to the arts, with nine public spaces devoted to galleries displaying a rolling art programme. Also on site are the Viaduct Theatre, home of Northern Broadsides theatre company, Viaduct Cafe, Design Shop and Design House Restaurant.
If you're in need of some retail therapy, head to Harveys of Halifax! Harvey is a long established, family run department store and is something of a Halifax institution, which combines the best traditions of the past with the style of the future. Aside from covering everything from jeans to jewllery, Harveys is encapsulated by splendid architecture, forming part of one of the finest unspoilt Victorian streetscapes around.
No family day out to Halifax would be complete without a visit to Eureka! - the National Children's Museum, and its 400 plus award-winning interactive exhibits. Explore the Sound Garden, create your own home in the desert or ride a skeleton bike. Alternatively, escape to the wide open space of nearby Shibden park and the simple pleasures of pitch and putt, the boating lake, and the miniature model railway.
Halifax is home to the oldest remaining cloth hall in Britain - the Grade I listed Piece Hall. Built in 1779 for the trading of ‘pieces' of woollen cloth, the Piece Hall has had many roles throughout its long history. The building is currently undergoing a £19m transformation with funding from Calderdale Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund. It will reopen in Spring 2016 as a must-visit heritage destination, where you will be able to learn about the history of the building in a heritage interpretation centre, browse independent shops, relax with a drink with friends in one of the cafes or sit in the beautiful courtyard and soak up the atmosphere, enjoying events and outdoor entertainment." and a hyperlink to the Piece Hall website which will keep the visitor up to date on the progress of the transformation.
Nearby Shibden Hall & Estate offers 32 hectares of informal gardens and woodland. Explore the 15th century, Grade II* listed hall, take a ride on the miniature railway, enjoy the boating lake, play pitch and putt, have fun the children's play area and relax at the Shibden Mereside Cafe & Visitor Centre. Craft fairs, exhibitions, live entertainment and other events take place throughout the year.
Fresh, delicious produce is at the heart of eating and drinking in Halifax and you can find plenty of it all year round at Halifax Borough Market and the many fine shops, cafés and restaurants Halifax has to offer.
Visit the 17th century Shibden Mill Inn, Yorkshire's Favourite Pub 2011. With two AA rosettes for food and a plethora of other awards (UK Food Pub of the Year 2011, Sunday Lunch Pub of the Year and Les Routiers Inn of the Year) the menus at Shibden Mill Inn revolve around the seasons, presenting only the very best of what is being harvested at the time.
The restaurant at Holdsworth House has held two AA rosettes for over 13 consecutive years for its fresh and local food. Enjoy afternoon and high tea, or choose from the A' la carte, bar menu or 7 course tasting menu which combines some of Chef's favourite dishes.
A family day out to Halifax would not be complete without a visit to Eureka! The National Children's Museum, named as the number one best hands-on museum in the UK by The Independent in November 2011. Children play to learn and adults learn to play with hundreds of hands-on exhibits in the six indoor galleries. The fun at Eureka! extends outdoors too, with the Eureka! Beach, Wonder Walk and Outdoor PlayScape.
The Jungle Experience at Manor Heath Park is a tropical oasis packed with fish, quail, terrapin and butterflies as well as a collection of plants from all over the world. Just watch out for the dinosaurs! The eight hectare Manor Heath Park, awarded a coveted Green Flag award, offers a woodland walk, park trail, children's play area and the Flutterbites Cafe.
OGreat family events, art, music, dance, food & drink and theatre take place at various Halifax venues such as Square Chapel, Halifax Minster, The Piece Hall and Dean Clough Galleries.
Another World Adventure Centre, Ogden - An exciting outdoor activity centre based in Halifax, West Yorkshire, offering a wide range of exciting activities suitable for all ages, groups and individuals.
There are many imposing and beautiful buildings which reflect the changing forces that have shaped Halifax, a town which retains one of the most complete Victorian townscapes in Britain.
Experience the medieval magnificence of the Minster Church of St John the Baptist, one of the Greater Churches of England and an integral part of Halifax's history for over 900 years. Halifax Minster is steeped in history - take a guided tour to learn more about The Minster's fascinating story and take time to enjoy one of the many events that take place throughout the year.
Visit Grade II* listed Halifax Town Hall, designed by Sir Charles Barry who later designed the Houses of Parliament. The splendor of the intricately detailed tower and steeple is matched by the interior, with a galleried central hall lit from above by a multi-domed painted glass roof. ‘Architecture Today' magazine has placed Halifax Town Hall in the top 10 town halls to visit.
Stroll round the town centre to see other beautiful buildings such as The Piece Hall, Victoria Theatre, Halifax Borough Market, Square Chapel, the gothic remains of Square Church and the magnificent former merchant's mansion Somerset House.
Shop Totally Locally at the many independent shops in the wonderful Victorian townscape of Halifax town centre. Explore the airy modern architecture of Westgate Arcade and the Woolshops Shopping Centre; home to many high street names. Watch out for the surviving red and white timber framed building at Number 1 for a glimpse of Halifax's past.
Be sure to visit Harveys, a long established, family-run department store which offers four floors of quality shopping and a country kitchen restaurant encapsulated by splendid architecture.
Award-winning Halifax Borough market is a huge, bustling and friendly market in an exquisite Victorian Grade II listed building. Alongside traditional family butchers, fishmongers and fruit & vegetable stalls you'll find some great places to eat and drink (including Thai, Russian, Italian and Jamaican food!) prize-winning pies, a bounty of exotic produce from the continent, vibrant flower shops, sweet stalls, haberdashers and much more
The National Children's Museum is the where both adults and children play to learn
A Grade 1 listed masterpiece that's host to shops, cafes and the Halifax Visitor Centre and Art gallery
Grade II* Listed 15th century house built in 1420, five years after the Battle of Agincourt
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