Halifax is going through a tourist boom at the moment and the main reason is the recent success of the TV drama - Gentleman Jack'. This has led to many large crowds visiting Shibden Hall and other local landmarks. Long may it continue

We have put together a list of local sights that are a must for any tourist to see if they were to visit town.

1. Shibden Hall and Shibden Park

Once home of Anne Lister and now the towns most popular tourist attraction. View the official website here.

2. Piece Hall - (a history link)

Piece Hall website  - The Piece Hall - has recently undergone a large site improvement scheme incorporating the library, Industrial museum and Square Chapel. The main grounds are now a major venue for many frequent outdoor activities and events attracting crowds both local and international. 

Square Chapel  - Square Chapel Arts Centre, bringing you the best in film, theatre, live music, comedy, family shows, workshops and more.


Halifax Library   - Another part of the Piece Hall package

Orangebox  -  a state-of-the-art centre for young people with facilities

3. Bankfield Museum

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.

Bankfield Museum's displays cover local history, costume, art, toys, military history, jewellery and textiles from around the world. We also host temporary exhibitions including costume, embroidery, quilting, textile art, paintings and photography.

4. Hebden Bridge and Hardcastle Crags

Hebden-Bridge has to be the most picturesque village in Halifax. Some of the scenery here, in the middle of the Pennines, is truly breathtaking. Hardcastle Crags is the pick of a very special bunch, where the nature walks are a pleasure to visit any time of year.

5. Heptonstall

Heptonstall is the quaintest of villages situated above Hebden Bridge above the calder valley.

This is an intriguing village in so many ways. Its historical buildings and facts would keep any historian here for an age. and the views and surrounding natural beauty of Hardcastle Crags are a pleasure to experience any time of year.

6. Sowerby Bridge

Sowerby-Bridge is a busy market town in the upper calder valley awash with many, good quality eateries and drinking establishments. Canal cruises or walks are a delight, especially in summer months. 

7. Ogden Water

Ogden Water has been a regular tourist spot for relaxing or a pleasant walk with scenery to savour for many years. 

8. Wainhouse Tower

Wainhouse-Tower is a folly in the parish of King Cross, on the south west side of Halifax. At 275 feet (84 m), it is the tallest structure in Calderdale and the tallest folly in the world, and was erected in the four years between 1871 and 1875. The main shaft is octagonal in shape and it has a square base and 403 steps leading to the first of two viewing platforms. The tower is open to the public during bank holidays, and is a Grade II* listed building.

9. Manor Heath and Jungle Experience

10. Eureka

Local Bars and Restaurants

Halifax Shopping

Halifax could never be regarded as a shopping mecca however the likes of Westgate and Woolshops have been pleasantly modernised whilst the town centre is blessed with some amazing architecture.

Bars and Nightlife

Victoria Theatre - the towns major theatre event attraction.
Victoria Theatre website 

Halifax Minster

Halifax Minster website

Dean Clough Mills - These mills were once the home of a thriving carpet industry but are now many seperate businesses spread throughout the buildings. 

Dean Clough website 

Halifax Building Society - Once home of the Halifax Building Society (the biggest in the world) but now its HBOS (Halifax Bank of Scotland)

Halifax Public Library is now part of the Piece Hall complex

Halifax public library 

View a video of Halifax click here.

Another video here shows 1970 Halifax

Halifax Architecture

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