HUDDERSFIELD, THE GUIDE
WELCOME TO HUDDERSFIELD
Huddersfield is a true Yorkshire town, full of surprising
qualities, strong traditions, impressive architecture, quality
shopping, top class sport, exciting festivals and artistic
reputation. All this is set on the edge of the wonderful
scenery of the Peak District National Park and South Pennines.
Whatever your reason for visiting Huddersfield, be it work
or leisure, we hope you enjoy your stay and spend time discovering
some of the local places of interest or special events taking
place throughout the year.
HUDDERSFIELD – A BRIEF HISTORY
The town’s earliest roots can be traced to Castle Hill where there
is evidence of an Iron-Age fort and a Norman Castle. However, Huddersfield
as it is today took shape during the 18th and 19th
centuries, leading to the confirmation of County Borough status
in 1868. the town’s rapid development was largely thanks to Lords
of the Manor, the Ramsden Family.
Huddersfield’s reputation and prosperity was built around the textile
industry and its fine woollen worsteds are still sent to customers
all over the world. The boom created by the textile industry provided
a rich legacy of fine Victorian buildings such as the railway station
and its town Hall.
In 1920 Huddersfield Corporation purchased the Ramsden Estate including
almost all of its town centre. As a result of this, Huddersfield
has affectionately been styled as ‘the town that bought itself’.
The creativity that helped the town to prosper is still to the fore
today – the town is becoming known for its award-winning festivals
and a growing artistic reputation, earning it the European designation
of a ‘Creative Town’.
PLACES OF INTEREST
CASTLE HILL AND VICTORIA TOWER
Off Lumb Lane, Almondbury, Huddersfield.
Tel: 01484 223830
Dominating the Huddersfield skyline, Castle Hill has been
occupied since the Stone Age. The Victoria Tower was built
in 1898/9 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of
Queen Victoria’s coronation. Visitors can take in panoramic
views across Huddersfield and the surrounding countryside.
Contact the Tolson Museum for tower opening times.
COLNE VALLEY MUSEUM
Cliff Ash, Golcar, Huddersfield.
Tel: 01484 659762
Experience the atmosphere of these former hand weavers cottages
and the working life of the mid 1800’s at the Colne Valley
museum. Visit the loom chamber, spinning room and gas-lit
cobbler’s shop. There are frequent demonstrations of traditional
activities and crafts by museum members.
Open: Sat, Sun and Bank Holidays, 2pm to 5pm. Admission
HUDDERSFIELD ART GALLERY
Princess Alexandra Walk, Huddersfield.
Tel: 01484 221964
The gallery houses changing displays from Kirklees’ excellent
permanent collection of British Art of the last 100 years.
Artists represented include Frances Bacon, LS Lowry, Henry
Moore, Graham Sutherland and members of the Camden Town Group.
An exciting changing programme features artists working in
all media from Britain and abroad.
Open: Mon – Sat 10am – 5pm. Admission Free.
TOLSON MEMORIAL MUSEUM
Ravensknowle Park, Wakefield Road, Huddersfield.
Tel: 01484 223830
Each intriguing layer of Huddersfield’s past is revealed
at the Tolson Museum. From the tools of the earliest settlers
– made for hunting in the primitive forest – to the modern-day
collections from local people. Learn how the boom in the
textile industry changed people’s lives and brought prosperity
to the town. Tolson leads you step-by-step through the centuries
of Huddersfield’s history.
Open: Mon-Fri 11am-5pm. Sat and Sun 12pm – 5pm. Admission
From old to new, Huddersfield has a wealth of attractive
and award winning buildings.
In the town centre some of the finest buildings can be found
in St. George’s Square. The railway station façade is considered
by many people to be the finest in England and has been described
as a ‘stately home with trains in’. Many of the warehouses
and offices in the adjoining square were built in the Italianate
style, magnificently concealing their former industrial use.
The McAlpine Stadium’s pioneering modern design was awarded
the Royal Institute of British Architects’ ‘Building of the
Year’ in 1995.
A town trail leaflet that explores many of the interesting
and attractive buildings will be published in Autumn 1999.
The Kirklees visitor guide available from the Tourist information
centre gives details of more things to do in the area beyond
Huddersfield. The guide also lists details of accommodation
available in Huddersfield and Kirklees.
The town centre provides a contrast for shoppers, from intimate
lanes and arcades with small high quality shops to pedestrian
areas providing the best in modern shopping and national chain
A Victorian atmosphere pervades this elegant
arcade built in 1880 and refurbished in a traditional style.
Small units on three floors offer a complete range of merchandise
for those with a taste for the individual.
QUEENSGATE MARKET HALL
A well designed building containing about
180 stalls, linked to the modern day shopping arcades.
Open Monday to Saturday
BROOK STREET OUTDOOR MARKET
The hall dating from 1887-89 originally served
as a wholesale market but has now been beautifully restored
and serves as a general market on Monday and Thursday, plus
a bric-a-brac market on Tuesday and Saturday. The building
is a fine example of cast iron work with glazed walls and
Canals played a vital role in the development of the town,
carrying coal, wool, finished textiles and many other goods.
They are now peaceful places to walk, cruise and discover
a fascinating mixture of industrial heritage and nature.
Located off Wakefield Road, Huddersfield just
outside of the town centre, Aspley Basin is the terminus
of the Huddersfield Broad Canal, a cruising waterway which
links into the national network. What was once a hive of
activity is now home to moorings and a popular canalside
restaurant and pub.
HUDDERSFIELD NARROW CANAL
Running from Aspley Basin along the Colne
Valley, this formed the shortest Trans-Pennine route. It
includes the Standedge Tunnel, the longest and highest in
the country at 3 miles 135yds long and standing 645 feet
above sea level. A major restoration scheme is underway
to re-open the full length of the canal, including the tunnel,
by early in the new millennium.
From Huddersfield you can walk along the canal towpath to
Marsden, a distance of seven miles through a valley of stark
scenic beauty and imposing industrial architecture. A leaflet
‘The Pennine Link’ is available giving full details of the
history and attractions along the canal. For more information
on the area’s waterways contact British Waterways on 01977
554351. For details of the canal restoration work contact
Huddersfield canal society on 0161 339 1332.
Huddersfield is now firmly on the map when it comes to entertainment.
Recent developments have given the town high quality venues
to match its cultural output. A comprehensive listing of
concerts and events ‘What’s On Kirklees’ is available from
the Tourist Information Centre or various venues around the
LAWRENCE BATLEY THEATRE
Queens Square, Queen Street, Huddersfield.
Box office. Tel. 01484 430528
Occupying a stylishly refurbished former Wesleylan
Chapel, the main theatre offers diverse repertoire of drama
and music in a variety of stage formats. The smaller Cellar
Theatre provides an intimate venue for late night music,
comedy, cabaret and small-scale theatre.
HUDDERSFIELD CONCERT HALL
Town Hall, Ramsden Street, Huddersfield.
Bookings and information 01484 223200
An extensive and varied musical programme
begins each autumn at Huddersfield Concert Hall, a grand
venue in the Town Hall. Highlights include a top class
orchestral season and a season of lunchtime organ recitals.
ST PAUL’S CONCERT HALL
University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield.
At St Paul’s Concert Hall recitals are given
by students from the University of Huddersfield and professional
artists, ranging from soloists or brass and symphonic groups.
Bookings and information 01484 472003
Almost all types of music can be heard in Huddersfield and
the surrounding district. Jazz gigs occur at several pubs
and clubs and the nearby small town of Marsden hosts a popular
jazz festival in October. Folk music centres on Holmfirth
and Cleckheaton, both a few miles away, with festivals in
May and June.
Stadium Way, Bradley Mills, Huddersfield
Purpose built nine-screen cinema next to McAlpine Stadium.
Booking line: 0990 888990 Information line: 0870
WINING AND DINING
Huddersfield offers a diverse cuisine to delight the palate.
Some of the finest restaurants in Yorkshire can be found here,
offering traditional British, Asian, French, Italian and Chinese
Cuisine. Traditional fare and innovative menus can be found
in many pubs in and around the town, offering good food and
great value. Even the fish and chips can claim to be the
best in the land!
If you are looking for a night on the town then Huddersfield
is the place to be! The town’s pubs scored 8 out of 10 in
a recent review by FHM magazine. There’s also a choice of
night-clubs where you can dance into the small hours. If
you prefer something a bit quieter, why not visit one of the
many country pubs where you can sample proper Yorkshire beer
For more details of pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurants in
Huddersfield pick up a copy of ‘The Alternative Guide to Huddersfield’
from the Tourist Information Centre or various venues around
SPORT AND LEISURE
As you might expect in the place where Rugby League was
born, sport plays a vital role in the life of the town. There
are a multitude of activities to get the adrenaline flowing
for both spectators and participants.
Stadium Way, Huddersfield
Telephone 01484 450000
Opened in 1995, this 24,000 seat stadium is
home to both Huddersfield Town Football Club and Huddersfield
Giants Rugby League Club. Tours of the stadium are available
for groups by arrangement.
HUDDERSFIELD SPORTS CENTRE
Telephone 01484 223630
Facilities for a wide range of sports include
swimming, bowling, squash, badminton and fitness suite,
sauna/solarium, many exercise classes and crèche.
For other sports centres please contact the Tourist Information
Six golf courses provide an excellent challenge
for the enthusiast. The municipal Bradley Park Course, off Bradley
Road is an 18 hole golf course in landscaped grounds with practice
and putting greens.
Adjoining the McAlpine Stadium is a 32-bay floodlit driving range
with golf school, short game area and an artificial putting green.
Tel: 01484 452564
Three fine parks provide a variety of attractions for residents
and visitors alike.
Park Drive, Gledholt, Huddersfield
Just north-west of the town centre, the park
includes a spacious conservatory, a large paddling pool,
playground, bandstand, bowling greens, pitch and putt, crazy
golf and tennis.
Off Wakefield Road, Huddersfield
Re-erected here are local monuments that date
from the Roman times to the Industrial Revolution. Most
notable of these structures is the entrance to the former
Cloth Hall with its domed clock tower. The park also includes
bowling greens and a playground.
Off Meltham Road, Huddersfield
This lies two miles south of the town centre
and consists mainly of woodland on an attractive hillside.
THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Whether it’s the dramatic rugged moorland of the Peak District
and South Pennines, wooded valleys or rolling green fields,
you can be sure that in Huddersfield you’re never far from
some wonderful countryside.
The area around Huddersfield is ideal for exploring on foot
or cycle. From short strolls to challenging walks there’s
something for everyone within a few minutes of the town centre.
The tourist information centre can provide a good stock of
guides and information to help you enjoy the countryside and
details of guided walk programmes.
Our countryside lends itself to many other outdoor pursuits
with riding, sailing, angling, orienteering, hang gliding,
and paragliding all popular.