Halifax History

Ancient churches

to chimneys and chocolate…

It’s no surprise heritage is so big in a town built on history

Highlights include the 900 year-old Minster; a striking community space hosting music recitals and daily services. Parts of our Minster date back to the 12th century, and by the 15th century our magnificent Piece Hall was the centre of the UK’s entire woolen trade.Displaying rare machines and artifacts like lathes and looms, the Industrial Museum is another must. Our breathtaking Town Hall is Grade II listed and topped by a magnificent 180ft spire, with design and interiors by Charles Barry and statues by John Thomas. Don’t miss Dean Clough, once the world’s largest carpet factory and now a vast and impressive home to various eateries, galleries and businesses.

 

The Bankfield Museum is popular too: a wonderful Grade II listed historic house with a textiles gallery, regimental museum and gorgeous interior decor. Even our fabulous Borough Market is a Victorian treasure, and a stunning venue for a host of great stalls.Chocolaty favourites Rolo and Quality Street come from our town, and then there’s the Halifax Building Society too of course – the UK’s largest until not so long ago. We’ve got the world’s tallest folly in Wainhouse Tower, which started life as a chimney

 

If you’re a fan of Gentleman Jack, you’ll feel right at home in Halifax.  Two of our attractions should be top of your list to visit, not just because they’re packed with history and gorgeous to look around, but also because they were significant in Anne Lister’s fascinating life. If you think you’ve seen Shibden Hall before, that’s because it played a starring role in Sally Wainwright’s hit series. Dating back to 1420, this stunning estate was the focus of the BBC drama, and visiting it gives you a uniquely close-up insight into the everyday lives of its characters. The gorgeous estate and restored gardens feature a boating lake, miniature railway, walking trails, play area and café. Meanwhile, Hope Hall is a fabulous Grade II listed Georgian building, and was once the home of Anne Lister’s arch rival coal merchant, Christopher Rawson.

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