Things to Do in Halifax – Visitor Information

Things to Do in Halifax: our top choices of what to see and do in the beautiful and hip town of Halifax, the principal town of Calderdale, the most southerly of the Yorkshire Dales.

Located outside the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Calderdale and Halifax are able to have 21st-century amenities easily at hand for you and your family, together with its magnificent countryside and heritage.

Halifax is Calderdale’s largest town, with magnificent Georgian and Victorian architecture and compelling industrial heritage. It is home to the unique Piece Hall, Eureka! The National Children’s Museum, and Halifax Minster. You will also be able to explore independent and high street shops, markets, theatres, and many great places to eat and drink.

Halifax Railway Station, Calderdale, Yorkshire England

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The Piece Hall: Halifax Visitor Information

Free to enter, The Piece Hall, centrally located within Halifax town centre, is one of England’s most elegant structures. It is the dramatic Italian piazza-like beating heart of Halifax. The Piece Hall, a British architectural and cultural phenomenon is a must to experience. The Piece Hall is a 2-minute walk from Halifax Railway Station.

Piece Hall Halifax has a European Character
Surrounded by architectural beauty, The Piece Hall’s central piazza has a classical European atmosphere

Opened in 1779 in the centre of Halifax for cloth trading, and now in the 21st century, the Piece Hall is a fine place to wander through its independent stores in the classical gallery arcades, indulge in a gin and tonic, a craft beer, enjoy a sit-down meal or a light snack, people-watch, or attend an outdoor performance by the music industry’s most influential global acts.

Classical in style, the Piece Hall in Halifax town centre draws inspiration from Roman and Italian Renaissance buildings. There are illuminated gentle water cascades in the piazza where young children can be entertained by paddling.

The Piece Hall todaywhat is the Piece Hall used for now?

Around the piazza, in the galleries, located in the former 315 rooms where 30 yard long pieces of cloth made by handloom weavers were traded in centuries past, there are now a myriad of independent shops, bars and restaurants to cater for all tastes.

  • Shopping at the Piece Hall – there are a multitude of fascinating independent shops including those for gifts, original and printed art, jewellery, clothing and accessories including menswear and vintage clothing, books, eyeware, vinyl records, adventure experiences, a wide range of collectables & antiques, homewares, sustainable foodstuffs and handmade cakes and old-fashioned sweets.
  • Eating at the Piece Hall – Breakfasts, lunches, Sunday lunch, snacks, handmade cakes and chocolates are all waiting for you! There are also many free to use tables on the piazza where you can eat your own food.
  • Drinking at the Piece Hall – From local real ales, gin and wine to speciality teas and coffees.
  • People watching at the Piece Hall – you’ll see people wonder at the magnificence of their surroundings gently chilling over a coffee or something a little stronger!
  • Children’s trails at the Piece Hall – available from The Piece Hall Visitor Centre.
  • Drop-in workshops at the Piece Hall – and family themed events on selected weekends and school holidays.
  • Interactive heritage at the Piece Hall ‘The Piece Hall Story’ where you get up close to historic objects. There is a model of the Gibbet execution machine and also the blade that was last used in the 17th century.
  • The Map Room at the Piece Hall – interactive maps – how woollen cloth sold in Halifax was traded across the world. Also there’s a young explorers’ map with items to discover around The Piece Hall.
  • See the Anne Lister statue at the Piece Hall – Anne Lister of the local Shibden Hall – her secret coded diaries have been described as the Dead Sea Scrolls of lesbian history.
  • Gigs at the Piece Hall – There are many major outdoor performances by major acts such as Nile Rogers & Chic, Embrace, Manic Street Preachers and Pamola Faith, with typical ticket prices around £55 -£70 each for such shows.
  • Halifax Visitor Information Centre – Located inside the Piece Hall above the Gin Lane bar on the Rustic Level (the middle level, with square columns)

Piece Hall Telephone: 01422 525200 Piece Hall email: [email protected]

Piece Hall Address: Blackledge, Halifax, Calderdale, West Yorkshire, England HX1 1 RE

The Piece Hall, Halifax, at night
The Piece Hall at night

The Piece Hall opening times: Sunday -Thursday 10am-11:00 pm; Friday – Saturday 10:00am -Midnight.

Click here for our more in-depth information about The Piece Hall including details of all SHOPS, BARS, RESTAURANTS & PARKING

The Halifax Gibbet: Halifax Visitor Information

At the junction of Gibbet Street and Bedford Street, a short walk from Halifax town centre, stands a non-working replica of the Gibbet. The Gibbet is a significant part of Halifax’s history. It was the only one of its kind, and the Gibbet is an iconic part of the local landscape.

The guillotine was used in England before it was introduced into France, and was known as the Halifax Gibbet, a device for execution. Although decapitation was used as an execution method in other parts of England, Halifax used an execution machine, unique in England.

The Gibbet was introduced to Halifax by the Earl of Warrene. The Gibbet was believed to have been put in place first to deter cattle thieves and then cloth thieves. Records of executions date from 1270 to 1650.

Halifax Gibbet

The Gibbet blade weighed 7lb 12oz (3.2Kg) and was attached to a block of wood held by a piece of rope from the top of the Gibbet tower.

The rope would be attached to a pin at the side of the Gibbet platform; one pull of the rope sent the blade hurtling downwards. It is said that in the case of a cloth theft, the rope would be passed among the crowd for someone to pull, while in the case of animal theft, the rope would be attached to the stolen animal, whatever it was. Other methods were the use of a horse – once the horse was instructed to move, the blade fell.

Halifax Gibbet Blade

The Halifax Gibbet blade and model of the Gibbet can be seen at The Piece Hall Halifax

Victoria Theatre: Halifax Visitor Information

The Victoria Theatre, on the junction of Commercial Street and Fountain Street, was built in 1901 as a concert hall and retains many of its original Victorian and Art Nouveau features. The foyer retains the original features with a broad staircase topped by an ornate stained-glass dome. Under the dome is a bust of Queen Victoria. 

The theatre was built using a cantilever system, so there are no obstructive pillars and has raked seating on every level.

Halifax Victoria Theatre Seating
Built on a cantilever system so there are no obstructive pillars to spoil your view

Halifax Victoria theatre is used for a wide range of events and has an exciting and varied programme. With a choice of 1,512 seats over 3 levels or 1,875 for a standing gig, its flexible space can accommodate intimate plays, ballet, opera, family shows, stand up comedy, children’s shows and the annual pantomime as well as being a great venue for live rock music and musicals.

Bars at the Victoria Theatre

The Victoria Theatre Halifax has 2 main bars and also a smaller bar for pre-show and interval drinks. The theatre also has pop up bars for larger events, including bars in the main auditorium for stand up rock and contemporary music gigs.

Victoria Theatre: The Stalls Bar

The Stalls Bar is on the ground floor and is fully accessible for wheelchair users.

Victoria Theatre: The Green Room Bar

The Green Room Bar on the Circle level of the theatre is the largest bar. It is open for all main auditorium events, and plays host to the Victoria Theatre’s monthly comedy club called Dick and Liddy’s which is held on the last Friday of every month (except for December). The Green Room Bar is not easily accessible for wheelchair users.

Victoria Theatre: The Prosecco and Wine Lounge

A small Prosecco and Wine Lounge, is an intimate setting for pre-show drinks and socialising.  The Prosecco and Wine Lounge can also be booked for exclusive use for groups, parties and hospitality for pre-show intervals and post-show drinks and nibbles.

Victoria Theatre Address: The Victoria Theatre, Fountain Street, Halifax, England HX1 1BP

Email: [email protected]

Victoria Theatre Box Office Telephone: 01422 351158

Square Chapel Arts Centre: Halifax Visitor Information

Square Chapel is located in the heart of Halifax town centre, next door to The Piece Hall and opposite Halifax Railway Station. The main entrance is located next door to the The Piece Hall’s South Gate. If arriving from Black Ledge, Square Chapel Arts Centre is to the right of the Railway pub.

Built in 1772, Square Chapel is a beautiful red brick Georgian Chapel, one of only a handful of square churches ever built. It was designed by 16-year-old Thomas Bradley who also went on to design the stunning Piece Hall which is next door.

Entrance to Square Chapel Arts Centre Halifax
Square Chapel Arts Centre Entrace

Square Chapel Arts Centre Café and Bar

The café and bar is the heart of Square Chapel, where experiences can be shared and embraced.

They serve a selection of cask ales and craft beers, along with a selection of ciders, wines and spirits. They complement the locally sourced and seasonal dishes that are served in the café and bar.

Square Chapel Arts Centre programme an array of events including music, theatre, comedy, film, family shows, workshops and more.

Square Chapel Arts Centre Cinema: Experience the latest big releases, classics, arthouse films, satellite screenings and Q&As with special guests in their intimate Copper cinema space and the Grade 2 listed Red Brick Georgian Chapel.

Weddings at the Square Chapel Halifax

The Red Brick space is a unique choice as a wedding venue. The space features a sprung floor, large original stained glass windows, beautiful oak panelling, and other features of character and charm. You can personalise the space to make it become unmistakably your special wedding venue.

In addition to the Square Chapel’s wedding packages, they are happy to create bespoke plans to suit your budget and are happy to discuss all your ideas and expectations at a time to suit you.

If you are planning your wedding, a meeting, a performance, a party, or a new TV show, BBC Drama or film premiere, Square Chapel Arts Centre believe they have somewhere in their building that will be perfect for you.

Square Chapel Arts Centre Halifax - External Entertainment Area
Square Chapel Arts Centre’s outdoor area, with Beacon Hill as the Backdrop

Telephone: 01422 353 073

Email: [email protected]

Square Chapel Arts Centre Ticket Line

Square Chapel Arts Centre Halifax Theatre Seating

Square Chapel Arts Centre Ticket Line -7 days a week
0343 208 6016
Square Chapel Arts Centre opening Hours:- 9:30 – 20:00 Monday to Friday, 10am to 8pm Saturday and 10am to 6pm Sunday

Square Chapel Arts Centre Office Hours

Mon – Fri 10am – 5pm
Square Chapel Arts Centre General Enquiries Telephone : 01422 353 073

Square Chapel Arts Centre Box Office 7 days a week – 10am – 4pm
Located in the café and bar

Square Chapel Arts Centre Address: 10 Square Rd,
Halifax, England HX1 1QG

Halifax Town Hall: Halifax Visitor Information

Halifax Town Hall was opened at a two-day event on the 3rd & 4th of August 1863 by HRH The Prince of Wales (King Edward VII). 358 trains brought 70,000 people, and thousands more walked to attend the two-day session of openings and visits. 

Halifax’s ornate and magnificent town hall was designed by Charles Barry, who also designed the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London. The Grade 2 listed and protected building has a magnificent 180ft (54.86m) tower and spire which is metal-covered and was decorated by John Thomas with statues representing the four continents.

Halifax Town Hall
Halifax Town Hall by Charles Barry, who also designed the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London

Carved proverbs including “Delay Not to Do Well” and “Fear God always” are to the clock faces.  On the corners of the spire are four seven-foot angels.

Halifax Town Hall’s central Victoria Hall has a cantilevered gallery and a magnificent stained glass roof.

24,000 tons of local Ringby sandstone was used for the building, which was quarried from nearby Swalesmoor, near to the current day Halifax Ski & Snowboard Centre. The building should be understood in the context of the whole group of magnificent buildings in the Crossley Street area, including the current Grayston Unity pub, the UK’s smallest music venue.

To the front of Halifax Town Hall is the gold-coloured post box to honour Hannah Cockroft, the local multi-gold medalist Paralympian.

Free guided tours of Halifax Town Hall can be arranged by contacting the Mayor’s Office: Telephone 01422 393022.

Calderdale Industrial Museum: Halifax Visitor Information

Suitable for all ages, their working exhibits evoke the spirit of the Industrial Revolution. The museum is located immediately outside the Piecehall’s Eastgate and next to the Square Chapel. It is also very close to Halifax railway station, and the famous Eureka! children’s museum.

Calderdale Industrial Museum
Open Saturday 10:00am to 4:00pm and Thursdays in school holidays

Calderdale Industrial Museum is run almost entirely by volunteer enthusiasts who believe that the industrial heritage of Calderdale should be preserved and shared with visitors.

Calderdale Industrial Museum houses their special collection representing the wide variety of industries developed in Calderdale over the last 250 years including textiles, confectionery manufacturing and engineering.

They have a cafe where hot drinks and cake are served, and a shop selling unique locally made items.

Please note Calderdale Industrial Museum’s limited opening times below:

Open every Saturday from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Last entry 3.00pm. Calderdale Industrial Museum is also open on Thursdays during school holidays.

Calderdale Industrial Museum Entrance Fee: £5 per adult. Concessions £4, accompanied children enter free. They also offer an Annual Pass for £12 per adult that gives unlimited admission to the museum for 12 months.

Access is to the side of the Museum via a ramp and stairs, internally there are stairs and a lift to all floors. Disabled Parking is available by prior request

Halifax Railway Station – 200-metre walk to the Calderdale Industrial Museum

By bus – Halifax bus station has links to all nearby towns and cities. A short walk through the shopping centre and the Piece Hall will take you to Calderdale Industrial Museum, just outside the East Gate of the Piece Hall.

By car – Calderdale Industrial Museum address: Square Road, Halifax, HX1 1QG. There is no dedicated parking for the museum but on-street, pay-and-display parking is available close by and there are several pay-and-display car parks near Halifax Minster to the northeast.

Calderdale Industrial Museum phone – 01422 384721

Email – [email protected]

Eureka National Children’s Museum: Halifax Visitor Information

Euraka! Eureka National Children's Museum logo

Eureka has over 400 interactive exhibits and nothing is trapped inside a glass cabinet! It is the only fully interactive museum totally dedicated to children aged 0-11 anywhere in the UK, engaging children in a range of play-based learning experiences which facilitate their emotional, intellectual, physical, social and creative development.

Eureka Museum photo taken for Halifax railway Station
Eureka Museum – photo taken from the adjacent Halifax Railway Station

Eureka loves the weird and wonderful questions children ask and they work hard to provide some of the answers. As the UK’s leading hands-on museum for just children, Eureka’s vision is to bring extraordinary opportunities for creative play and learning to all children.

Eureka National Children's Museum plan of exhibits

Eureka Entrance Fee

Age 1 to 2 years £5.95

Age 3+ £13.95

Age 15+ £13.95

Eureka is open for school visits every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Eureka is designed to inspire children in Early Years and Key Stages 1 and 2 to learn through play. Eureka is open for school bookings – priced per class for up to 35 children at £280+VAT. This is their set price for the visit for the whole group independent of the number of children.

If you want to go to Eureka to reminisce or just explore the museum’s facilities without children, they hold regular adults-only late evenings.

Please note ALL visits must be pre-arranged

Eureka National Children’s Museum Telephone: 01422 330069

Eureka National Children’s Museum email: [email protected]eureka.org.uk

Eureka Opening Times

Closed Monday

Tuesday to Friday 10.00am to 4:00pm

Saturday & Sunday 10am to 5pm

Eureka Accesabilty Facilities

Eureka is a fully accessible museum, with a range of support and facilities available for disabled visitors, including a Changing Places facility, a chill-out room and more.

Eureka! is in Halifax, immediately next door to Halifax Railway Station and also a short walk from The Piece Hall, so its easy to combine the two on a day out.

If you’re driving, follow the brown tourist signs to the Eureka car park (coach parking free for school visits).

Eureka National Children’s Museum Address: Discovery Rd, Halifax HX1 2NE

Halifax Minster: Halifax Visitor Information

Halifax Minster dates from the 1400s, although there is evidence of stonework from earlier periods.

Halifax Minster
Halifax Minster – the Spiritual Home and Burial Place of Anne Lister (Gentleman Jack)

Halifax Minster still contains wooden box pews from the 1600s with Jacobean box pews being a prominent feature of the Minster and most of those in the nave date from 1633–4. A pew in the centre aisle has the remains of a memorial brass to John Waterhouse, who died in 1540. The carved arms of Richard Sunderland who died in 1634, are on another pew. Several ancient pew nameplates can be seen attached to a board on the inner north wall of the tower, the oldest of which is from 1615 and says: “This stall made at the cost of Robert Fisher of Halifax”

Most of the medieval stained glass was removed during Oliver Cromwell’s Puritan Commonwealth period (the mid-1600s) and there are several leaded windows with plain glass from that period. Most of the stained glass that now exists, including the East window, is from the Victorian era.

Halifax Minster and the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment

Halifax Minster is the spiritual home of the Duke of Wellington Regiment, which is now the 3rd battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment, where you can visit their Chapel and see their colours from the Battle of Waterloo, the Crimean War and right up to their last campaign, Iraq.

Halifax Minster - Yorkshire Regiment - Duke of Wellington Regiment

Halifax Minster – The Duke of Wellington Chapel

Halifax Minster – The Spiritual Home of Anne Lister (Gentleman Jack)

The tombstone of Anne Lister of Shibden Hall, Halifax (1791-1840), a noted local diarist who died while travelling with her partner Ann Walker in Georgia, has been recently rediscovered.

Anne Lister was baptised in Halifax Minster and is buried there, in the Lister family vault. There is a pilgrimage walk, The Way of the Setts Anne Lister Pilgrimage which is focused around the central aspects of Anne Lister (3rd April 1791 to 22nd September 1840). It takes in Halifax Minster and Shibden Hall and the challenging hilly paths which Anne regularly walked between these two historic buildings.

The basis of this pilgrimage is Anne’s deeply held faith, which did not conflict with any aspect of her life, the route explores the paths that took her to and from her home at Shibden Hall to Halifax Minster.

It takes you to the high points overlooking the scene of Halifax which includes some of the same landmarks which Anne would have seen such as the Piece Hall and the Square Chapel, from high above the town. It takes you to her home at Shibden Hall, and through her land.

Halifax Minster Guided Tours

The Minster has trained guides who specialise in different aspects of Minster life who will tailor your tour to suit your needs including aspects of its history, architecture, stained glass, Anne Lister etc.

Contact the Minster Office for further details on 01422 355436 or at [email protected]

Halifax Minster Address: Halifax Minster  Church Street Halifax HX1 1QL 

Dean Clough: Halifax Visitor Information

Close to the town centre, these magnificent Grade II listed Victorian mills were constructed between 1840 and 1870 by the Crossley family who founded the Crossley Carpet empire at this site in 1822.

Next Level NXT LVL Bar, Dean Clough, Halifax England
Next level Bar at Dean Clough, Halifax – just one of many!

The creation of a varied, vibrant and diverse community has been a core commitment from the outset of the current Dean Clough community which began in 1983 after the closing of the carpet mill, at one time the largest in the world.

The arts have been being a vital part of this journey including Northern Broadsides, with the 300-seat subterranean Viaduct Theatre, half a dozen galleries with original artworks, artist studios and a dedicated Arts Mill all contributing to the dynamic whole of this unique site.

Close to the town centre, Dean Clough Halifax is home to many quality businesses and venues, now employing 4,000 people
Close to the town centre, Dean Clough Halifax is home to many quality businesses and venues, now employing 4,000 people

Dean Clough is within easy walking distance of Halifax town centre. It is part of a rich, vibrant cultural network that includes Eureka! The National Children’s Museum, The Piece Hall, Shibden Hall and Halifax Minster, all set within the stunning countryside of Calderdale in West Yorkshire.

Should you be interested in a little more industrial archaeology, take the fascinating short walk from Halifax town centre to Dean Clough via the cobbled North Bridge Street and Bowling Dyke, under the Victorian North Bridge and the 1970s high-level Burdock Way A58 bridge. By taking this walking route you will further understand the many challenges surmounted by the enterprising Victorians and other generations.

Dean Clough Halifax Travel Lodge
Dean Clough Halifax has its own Travel Lodge Hotel on site
Dean Clough Site Plan
Dean Clough Halifax Site Map

Car Park Dean Clough Halifax

Dean Clough has on-site parking for approximately 1,300 vehicles. This includes both long-stay and short-stay ‘Pay & Display’ and ‘Pay on Foot’ areas.

Dean Clough Parking is FREE all weekend, on bank holidays and on weekdays after 6pm

Short Stay visitors: main reception, True North restaurant, gallery spaces and theatre may wish to use the Gate 10 car park.

For longer stay users:  Gate 9 car park is recommended as it provides half and full-day rates. There is also an option for 1 or 2-hour parking in this area.

Dean Clough Address: Dean Clough, Halifax HX3 5AY

Harveys Department Store: Halifax Visitor Information

The long-established department store remains 100% Harvey family-owned and run. The departments include men’s and ladies fashions, accessories, toys, books cosmetics and perfumery, lingerie, household linens, cookshop and gifts and their cafe- restaurant, Upstairs at Harveys.

The department store now has approximately 30,000 square feet of selling space and there are plans for future expansion.

Harveys Department Store is a focal point in Halifax and definitely worth visiting for a browse when in the area. Please note the department store is closed on Sundays, but their gift store located in nearby Halifax Piece Hall is open.

Harveys of Halifax Department Store

Harveys of Halifax email: [email protected]

Harveys of Halifax Phone: 01422 331188

Harveys of Halifax Address: Harveys of Halifax, Commercial Street, Halifax HX1 1LJ

Westgate Arcade: Halifax Visitor Information

Walking out of the Piece Hall’s Westgate, you will see the covered Westgate Arcade in front of you. It is a fine boutique arcade with half a dozen restaurants including La Luna with its magnificent interior and covered terrace, and from the team behind the award-winning Victorian Craft Beer Café, KØBENHAVN is a craft beer establishment selling real ale, craft beer, wine & coffee to the discerning drinkers of Calderdale.

There are also a number of splendid independent shops including Pediwear, a family owned shoe retailing business since 1976, specialising in high-quality men’s shoes and accessories.

You’ll also see Revo Records, specialising in buying and selling vinyl records so its definitely worth a browse through their extensive ever-changing stock.

Halifax Farmers’ Market, Food, Produce and Craft market: Halifax Visitor Information

These markets are held on the third Saturday of the month on the precinct on Corn Market outside the Victorian Halifax Borough Market. Try this for some relaxed inspirational shopping for genuine and great value artisan goods and produce.

Halifax Farmers' Market- 3rd Saturday of the month
Halifax Farmers’ Market– 3rd Saturday of the month

Halifax Borough Market: Halifax Visitor Information

The wonderful Victorian Halifax Borough Market sits in the centre of Halifax, 2 minutes walk from The Piece Hall, and 5 minutes walk from Halifax Railway station and Eureka Children’s museum. The Halifax Borough Market was first opened in 1896 and has been the beating heart of the town ever since. 

Visitors from all over the world come to experience this Yorkshire market and see the vast, stunning Victorian building and wander through its maze of stalls, including five butchers and three traditional fishmongers.

Dukes Bar, located in the north entrance to the Victorian Halifax Borough Market, is named after the historical local Halifax Speedway team who last saw action at the Shay Stadium in 1985.

Halifax Pubs
Real Ale Halifax
Halifax Borough Market
Dukes Bar Halifax

There are bookable guided tours available that takes in the history of Halifax Borough Market, introduces you to traders and enables you to visit the unique ‘Street in The Sky’ – a full street of terrace houses and an old Victorian hotel, all above the high roof of the market.

Halifax Borough Market Tel: 01422 359034

Halifax Borough Market email: [email protected]

Halifax Borough Market Address: Market Street, Halifax HX1 1DZ

Woolshops Halifax: Halifax Visitor Information

Woolshops is open seven days a week, and you’ll find many of your favourite high street names together with independent and specialist shops. There is a multi-level car park, accessible from Gaol Lane. Woolshops is adjacent to The Piecehall and in the centre of Halifax.

Woolshops Halifax, List of Shops

  • Marks & Spencer (M&S)
  • Hays Travel
  • O2 Mobile Phones
  • The Body Shop
  • Brows – beauty salon
  • Greggs – bakery and savoury products
  • Hays Travel – travel agent
  • Ramsdens – jeweller and pawnbroker
  • Claire’s
  • Bodycare
  • River Island
  • Card Factory
  • The Works
  • [email protected] (medieval timbered building at the top of Woolshops)
  • Halifax Bank Branch and Cash Machine
  • Customer Service (window by car park)
  • Superdrug
  • New Look
  • Clintons
  • CeX – retail & exchange of technology and games
  • EE Mobile Phones
  • Specsavers
  • The Makeup Club
  • Game
  • Peacocks
  • Toyland
  • Vape n’ Go
  • House of Candles
  • Haris Tyler Hair Salon
  • Age UK Shop
  • JD Sports
  • 3 Mobile Phones
  • Costa
  • Vision Express
  • Lister Horsefall Jewellery Showroom and Bridal & Engagement Suite
  • WH Smith & Post Office
  • Boots
  • Shoe Zone
  • Poundland and Pep & Co

Why is it called Woolshops?

Woolshops derives its name from medieval times when the street was known as the area for buying and selling wool produced by farmers in the surrounding hills around Halifax. The wool was sold to weavers, who worked at home in their distinctive weavers’ cottages, who produced 30 yard long pieces of cloth to be later sold in the adjacent Piece Hall, which opened in 1779.

Duke of Wellington Regiment – Memorial Statue, Woolshops Halifax

Duke of Wellington Regiment - Memorial Statue by Sculptor Andrew Sinclair, Woolshops Halifax
Duke of Wellington Regiment – Memorial Statue by Sculptor Andrew Sinclair, Woolshops Halifax

A memorial commemorating The Duke of Wellington’s Regiment’s 304 years of service to the Crown, is located at Woolshops Halifax. The Duke of Wellington Regiment is now the 3rd battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment.

The Duke of Wellington’s is the only Regiment to be named after a person not of Royal Blood, The ‘Iron Duke’, was born Arthur Wellesley. The Duke of Wellington’s Regiment has had a long association with the town of Halifax since its raising in 1702. For those who wish to learn more whilst on their visit, The Duke of Wellington’s Regiment Museum is on the Ground Floor of Halifax’s Bankfield Museum, Boothtown Road, Halifax HX3 6HG.

Woolshops Car Park Address: Charles St, Halifax HX1 1SA (Enter via Gaol lane)

Broad Street Plaza Halifax: Halifax Visitor Information

Broad Street Plaza Halifax is a contemporary complex where you can eat out, watch a film, work out or stay over. Broad Street Plaza is conveniently located in Halifax town centre, off the A58 with its own on site multi-storey car park and is opposite Halifax Bus Station.

Halifax Broad Street Plaza including Vue Cinema, Premier Inn Hotel etc.
is located across the road from the historic Halifax Town Hall

Broad Street Plaza Halifax – cinema, hotel, pub, eating out and gym list

  • Vue – multiscreen cinema
  • Premier Inn – 100 room hotel
  • Beefeater – steak restaurant
  • Los Pampas – authentic Brazilian food & drink
  • Nandos – peri-peri chicken
  • TGI Fridays – American restaurant
  • Bourbon St Social – live sports bar, entertainment & food
  • WetherspoonsPercy Shaw pub, terrace and dining
  • Pure Gym – 24 hour gym

Broad Street Plaza is also a major location of {my}dentist, capable of serving 40,000 patients per year. Their dental practice is on the ground floor of Broad Street Plaza.

Broad Street Plaza Address: 1 N Parade, Halifax HX1 1YQ

Sainsbury’s Halifax: Halifax Visitor Information

Scenically and centrally located Halifax Sainsbury's Store, Car Park & Petrol Station England
The scenically and centrally located Halifax Sainsbury’s store, car park & petrol station

Conveniently located a short walk via the pedestrian entrance to and from Halifax town centre. Across from the Halifax Bus Station and Woolshops Shopping, Sainsbury’s Halifax has many useful facilities for visitors listed below:

  • 2 hours free car parking
  • Petrol station*
  • 2 Electric Vehicle Charging Points (EVCP)
  • Cash machine
  • Sainsbury’s Cafe
  • Hot food counter
  • Sandwich display
  • Lloyds pharmacy
  • Argos
  • Recycling points
  • Travel Money

* Sainsbury’s Halifax petrol station is open Monday to Saturday 06.30 to 22.00hrs and Sunday 10.00 to 16:00hrs. Access is via Wade Street then through Sainsbury’s car park or directly from Charlestown Road.

Halifax Sainsbury’s address: Sainsbury’s Halifax, Wade Street, Halifax, HX1 1SB

Halifax Building Society HQ Building: Halifax Visitor Information

The iconic Grade 2 listed Halifax Building Society Building was designed in 1968-1974 and is an iconic 20th-century building, one of the most architecturally influential buildings of the 20th century. You’ll see it opposite Electric Bowl or when you’re at the Victoria Theatre, The Victorian Craft Beer Café or perhaps later at the ATIK nightclub!

The Halifax Building, England,  iconic 20th century building
Halifax Building Society Building – Grade 2 listed

Halifax Building Address: Lloyds Banking Group Halifax Head Office, 6 Trinity Rd, Halifax HX1 2RG

Halifax Vistor Information: Our recommended independent Halifax restaurants of note include:

La Luna – 13 Westgate Arcade, Halifax HX1 1DJ. Tel 01422 382445

La Luna opened as Blue Dahlia in 1957, making it one of the oldest restaurants in Halifax. La Luna is a vibrant contemporary family run cafe-bar and restaurant and it’s long been a popular venue for an evening meal and throughout the day. La luna also has a covered terrace under the covered Westgate Arcade. La Luna’s food is beautifully presented and the wine list is one of the best in town, as the family are also wine merchants.

Ricci’s Place – 4 Crossley St, Halifax, HX1 1UG (Near to Halifax Town Hall, Broad Street Plaza with Vue Cinema and the Premier Inn etc.)

Established more than 10 years ago, Ricci’s is popular with locals and visitors. They serve, handcrafted pasta, fresh fish and seafood cooked in delicate sauces, chargrilled meats, and homemade desserts. They have an extensive specials board that covers their daily fish and seafood selection, vegetarian and vegan options and lunch specials. Ricci’s also serves breakfast 9:00 – 11:45.

Ricci’s Place: near to Halifax Town Hall and Broad Street Plaza with Vue Cinema and the Premier Inn

Electric Bowl Halifax: Halifax Visitor Information

A great place to go in Halifax with family, friends, or colleagues any time of the day. Electric Bowl Halifax has 10 Pin Bowling with ramps and automatic bumps for juniors or anyone that needs them; RaceCentre 10 fully linked professional Race Car Simulators with choice of cars from F1 to Lamborghini Gallardos; Ludas Interactive Gaming Wall, Interactive Golf and Golf Simulators; 8 American Pool Tables and 1 English Pool table; 18 Snooker Tables, Darts Booth and spacious bar areas with multi-screens showing BT Sports.

Electric Bowl Opening Times:  Monday to Sunday: 10am to Late (Fully licensed until midnight)

Electric Bowl Halifax Bowling Alley
Electric Bowl Halifax 10 Pin Bowling Alley

Electric Bowl Halifax is fully licensed with food available all day including pizza, platters, burgers and kids’ meals.

The Electric Bowl is located opposite the iconic Lloyds Banks / Halifax HQ Building
The Electric Bowl (shown) is located opposite the iconic Lloyds Banks / Halifax HQ Building

Electric Bowl Address: Electric Bowl, 70 Commercial Street, Halifax, HX1 2JE

Electric Bowl Telephone: 01422 301123

Electric Bowl Halifax Car Park: Their small car park is located behind Electric Bowl on St John’s Lane (between Electric Bowl and Halifax Kitchen Company). There’s also a pay-and-display car park just below it. Enter the venue via the double glass door at the front.

Halifax Pubs: Halifax Visitor Information:our 6 recommended pubs are:

  • The Victorian Craft Beer Café: 18 – 22 Powell St, Halifax, HX1 1LN (Near Harvey’s Department store and Victoria Theatre)
  • Meandering Bear: 21-23 Union St, Halifax HX1 1PR (Near The Piece Hall)
  • KØBENHAVEN Halifax: 2&3 , 4-6 Westgate Arcade, Halifax HX1 1DJ (Near La Luna and The Piece Hall)
  • Grayston Unity: 1-3 Wesley Court, Halifax HX1 1UH (Near Halifax Town Hall and Vue Cinema)
  • Dukes Halifax: Market Arcade, Halifax HX1 1NX (North entrance to Halifax Borough Market)
  • 3 Pigeons: Sun Fold, South Parade, Halifax HX1 2LX (Along from Railway Station)

BBC Radio 6 Music calls Halifax the Shoreditch of the North. Halifax has a flourishing real ale and craft beer scene. See our Halifax Pubs – 6 of the Best

Halifax Map: Things to do in Halifax Interactive Map