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  • 1. History of Huddersfield

    Huddersfield has many Victorian buildings, including 1,660 listed buildings. The Town Hall was built in two stages between 1875 and 1881. Other Victorian buildings include the Railway Station frontage. Much of Huddersfield's original growth and prosperity was centred around the former Lords of the Manor - the Ramsden family. The town’s Castle Hill is a scheduled ancient monum...Read moreent and has a history dating back over 4,000 years. The site was originally an Iron Age hill fort. In the middle ages there was a castle on the hill and remains of this can still be seen today. The tower on the hill was built in 1899 to commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. Read less

  • 2. Now in Huddersfield

    Huddersfield is a traditional Yorkshire town with a strong heritage but also manages to be very contemporary. The town has a strong creative image and has many arts spaces and festivals. The University of Huddersfield has a large role to play in the town’s identity today, with over 23,000 students. The Galpharm Stadium is a commercial, sports and leisure complex that was buil...Read moret in the town in 1995. It is home to Huddersfield Town FC and Huddersfield Rugby League Club. Read less

  • 3. Events in Huddersfield

    There are many annual events and festivals taking place in Huddersfield. The Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival is an event that celebrates new and experimental music. Mrs Sunderland’s Music Festival is for music and speech, and includes competitions. The town’s Festival of Light includes a variety of events spread over four days and attracts thousands of visitors. Th...Read moree Huddersfield Literature Festival is a celebration of the talent of writers from all over the country. This event takes place in March. The Huddersfield Food and Drink Festival is a free event that runs for four days in the town centre. Other annual celebrations include the Huddersfield Carnival, the Huddersfield Chinese New Year celebrations and the St Patrick’s Day Parade. Read less

  • 4. Attractions in Huddersfield

    Huddersfield Art Gallery has a collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures by internationally renowned artists such as L.S. Lowry, Francis Bacon and Henry Moore as well as work by local artists. Exhibitions, events and activities also take place at the gallery. The Tolson Museum is situated in a Victorian mansion and has many collections ranging from toys and dolls to scie...Read morence, technology and transport. Castle Hill is the highest point in Huddersfield and offers stunning views of the town. Visitors can also climb the historic Victoria Tower, built in 1899, which stands 900ft above sea level. Aspley Basin is where the Huddersfield Narrow and the Huddersfield Broad Canal meet. The historic Aspley Warehouse is on the site as well as a pub and restaurant for visitors wanting to watch the boats. Read less

  • 5. Things To Do in Huddersfield

    Guided tours of the Galpharm Stadium are available most days and include a visit to the Huddersfield Town and Huddersfield Giants dressing rooms as well as the boardroom and the directors’ VIP seating. Huddersfield and the surrounding area are popular with walkers and there are guided and organised walks on offer in and around the town, taking in the historic buildings or the...Read more rocks and landscapes. Other themed walks include food walks and walks for those with prams or pushchairs. Read less

  • 6. Business in Huddersfield

    The Kingsgate shopping centre is an indoor centre featuring many high street shops. Byram Arcade is a Victorian arcade housing many independent retailers. King Street is the area of the town to head to for evening entertainment. Huddersfield Market is in the Victorian Quarter of the town centre and includes indoor and outdoor sections. General markets are held on Monday, Thursd...Read moreay and Saturday while the second-hand markets are held on Tuesday and Saturday. Read less

  • 7. Transport in Huddersfield

    Huddersfield is situated close to the M1 and the M62 motorways. The main A-roads serving the town are the A629 and the A58. Huddersfield Railway Station is in the town’s St George’s Square and has three main lines with direct links to towns and cities in the region. Huddersfield Bus Station is in Upperhead Row and has services to major locations in the area.

  • 8. Entertainment in Huddersfield

    The Lawrence Batley Theatre offers a varied programme of entertainment including opera, comedy, dance and theatre. CragRats theatre, on the outskirts of Huddersfield in Holmfirth, is a small venue offering drama, dance, comedy and music. The Mikron Theatre Company is a small, touring group based in Huddersfield. The town’s Media Centre has events, exhibitions and film nights ...Read moretaking place on a regular basis. The Galpharm Stadium is a venue for big live music events and artists to have performed here include REM, Elton John, Bon Jovi, Bryan Adams and Girls Aloud. Read less

  • 9. Famous Landmarks in Huddersfield

    Victoria Tower, on Castle Hill, dominates the landscape and is a scheduled ancient monument.

  • 10. Interesting Facts about Huddersfield

    Castle Hill has a New Zealand wine named after it, featuring a picture of Victoria Tower on the label.

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