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It is thought the town’s name comes from the old English words for holy and face, due to a medieval legend that the head of St John the Baptist was buried in the town after his execution. The town’s coat of arms shows the head of the saint and Halifax Minster, which dates back to the 12th century, is dedicated to him. The town’s public market is situated in a building ca...Read more
Halifax is the largest town in the metropolitan district of Calderdale, and is in the county of West Yorkshire. It combines a mix fantastic architecture and history with modern attractions and beautiful surrounding countryside. The town has a vibrant South Asian community mainly of Pakistani Muslims from the Azad Kashmir region. This community is mostly based around the west c...Read more
The Halifax Festival runs for nine days in July and celebrates the arts through a varied programme of events aimed at people of all ages. It provides a platform for local artists but also aims to encourage more people to get involved in the arts. The Halifax Agricultural Show is a very established and well-respected show in the region. It takes place over one day in August at ...Read more
Eureka! is an award-winning museum for children and contains hundreds of hands-on exhibits to help young people learn about the world around them. The museum is split into six main galleries and also has an outdoor play area, wonder walk, beach and much more. Bankfield Museum is based in a Victorian mansion and contains collections from prehistoric times to the 21st century as...Read more
5. Things To Do
The Piece Hall contains a series of galleries, which are used for a variety of temporary exhibitions over the year, including art, craft, photography and design. Halifax swimming pool includes a main swimming pool, a teaching pool, a sauna, squash courts and a fitness suite. There are many canals to enjoy in the Calderdale district, and visitors can walk along the towpaths or...Read more
The market in The Piece Hall offers a diverse range of independent and unusual retailers including a craft-chocolatier, hand-made glass jewellery, bookshops and holistic therapy. Halifax Borough Market, in a Grade II listed Victorian building, is open from Monday to Saturday and has 179 stalls and 47 external shops. Westgate Arcade is an indoor shopping centre containing over...Read more
Train services are good in the region, with Northern Rail offering regular trains to all the main towns in Calderdale. Grand Central also runs trains in the region and a service from London King’s Cross to Halifax takes just three hours. The M62 is just to south of the town and can be reached from junctions 21-26. The A629 is the main road running to the north and south and ...Read more
The Victoria Theatre is in the heart of the town centre and offers a packed and varied programme of live events including rock and pop concerts, ballet, comedy, family shows, drama and pantomime. The Piece Hall has a packed programme of events throughout the year including concerts and exhibitions. Square Chapel is an arts centre in a former red brick Georgian chapel. The ven...Read more
9. Famous Landmarks
The Town Hall dates back to 1863 and was built by Charles Barry, famous for building the Houses of Parliament. Visitors can climb a spiral staircase in the building’s Wainhouse tower to enjoy views from the observational platform. The Piece Hall is a Grade I listed building, which dates back to 1779. It was originally used for trading cloth and was an ambitious building of i...Read more
10. Interesting Fact
Halifax is known for the gruesome Halifax Gibbet, which was an early version of the guillotine. The town was one of the first places to execute criminals by decapitation, using this device. It was last used in 1650 and a replica now sits in the town’s Gibbet Street.
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