Halifax Essentials

Halifax is Calderdale's largest town, with stunning Victorian architecture and a strong industrial heritage.

Unique in all Britain

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 recently underwent an amazing £19m transformation with funding from Calderdale Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

This is a high quality visitor destination filled with shops and restaurants, events and a Heritage Interpretation Centre. Relax with friends in one of the cafes or sit in the beautiful courtyard and soak up the atmosphere, enjoying events and outdoor entertainment.

Play to Learn & Learn to Play

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.

Nearby Shibden Hall & Estate offers 32 hectares of informal gardens and woodland. The HBO/BBC eight-part series ‘Gentleman Jack’ was filmed on location at Shibden Hall and tells the story of its most famous resident, Anne ’Gentleman Jack’ Lister. 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, guided walks, live entertainment and other events take place throughout the year. Nearby Shibden Mill Inn dates back to the 17th century. Once owned by Anne Lister’s lover Ann Walker, the building was originally a spinning mill and is now offers an award-winning experience with luxury accommodation and first class dining.

Paradise for Culture Vultures

Theatre lovers and gig-goers will be drawn to the ornate The Viaduct Theatre and Victoria Theatre where you can experience top comedy acts, cutting-edge theatre, live music, dance, opera and so much more.

Award-Winning Yorkshire Fayre

Visit the 17th century Shibden Mill Inn, two time White Rose Award winner for Yorkshire Pub of the Year (2015 & 2018). With two AA rosettes for food and a plethora of other awards, (including Les Routiers Inn of the Year and Great British Pub 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 award-winning restaurant at Holdsworth House Hotel & Restaurant offers à la carte fine dining. Choose from hearty home-cooked food, the famous Holdsworth House afternoon tea or the bar menu of lighter bites and snacks. Dinner is served in three adjoining, historic dining rooms, each of which offers a unique atmosphere, lovely original fireplace and stone mullioned windows overlooking the gardens.

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