From the West Yorkshire town that gave the world Ed Sheeran, Toffee Crisps and Rolos comes a local guide chock-a-block with good eating, top drinking, quality days out, and excellent evening entertainment. Halifax may play a supporting role to Leeds and Bradford, but it’s home to some of the top attractions in the county. Visit one of our Halifax hotels and sample as much as you can during your stay.
Things to do in Halifax
Pay a visit to Piece Hall, one of the most impressive buildings in the north of England. Take a family trip to Eureka!, one of the leading children’s museums in the UK. Delve into the fascinating history of Shibden Hall and its surrounding gardens. Or, simply catch the latest blockbuster with the help of our local guide to Halifax activities.
There are plenty of great days out in Halifax, but what about when the sun goes down? We’ve gathered together some of our favourite entertainment venues in the area to help keep you busy. Take your pick from three excellent theatres, if you want to see a show. Flip a coin to decide which sports team to support. Or, head to one of Halifax’s live music hotspots.
Places to eat
Join us as we go on a culinary adventure, ticking off some of the most popular restaurants in Halifax, and eating our way through cuisine ranging from tapas to Thai; fine dining to fish and chips. On top of that, we pick out some excellent cafés in case you’re looking for some daytime eating.
Specialist wine bars, micropubs, notorious nightclubs, gin palaces, an art deco drinking den, and the Sunday roast pub with the best view in West Yorkshire, you’ll find all of it in our carefully curated guide dedicated to the wonderful nightlife options Halifax has up its sleeve.
Should the urge for a shopping spree ever strike while you’re here in Halifax then there are a handful of great options where you can get your fix of retail therapy. We’ll get things started with the Woolshops Shopping Centre. It’s the main retail destination in Halifax with more than 40 stores and cafés for you to explore including High Street names such as M&S, Topshop, and Boots. It’s right in the heart of the town, next to Piece Hall, which, as well as being one of the must-see attractions in Halifax, is a shopping destination in its own right with stores ranging from fashion and homeware to barbers and galleries. Nearby you’ll also find the Westgate Arcade, a stylish hub of independent boutiques and eateries that’s another must-visit should you be thinking of a serious shopping spree.
Halifax town centre is small enough that, once you’re here, getting around isn’t a problem. In fact, you can walk from Eureka! on one side of town to Dean Clough on the other in little over a quarter of an hour. Still, if you’d prefer to catch a taxi then Halifax does have Uber. Alternatively, there are plenty of local taxi companies, one of the most popular being Ziggy’s. In terms of your other public transport options, Halifax Bus Station is just off Northgate, a couple of minutes’ walk from our Halifax Town Centre hotel.
Meanwhile, if you’re travelling by train, you’ll find Halifax Railway Station east of the town centre, past Piece Hall, next door to Eureka! From Monday through to Saturday there are eastbound trains every quarter of an hour to Bradford and Leeds and westbound trains every half hour to Manchester Victoria.
Last but not least, if you’re travelling from further afield, your closest airport option is Leeds Bradford Airport. It’s nearly a 45-minute drive away, so getting a taxi from the airport may cost you a pretty penny. A more affordable option would be to hop aboard the Flying Tiger bus service that’ll take you from the airport to Bradford, and from there you can catch a train into Halifax Railway Station.