Sadly with scaffolding, I still want to show you what the old court house from the 1860s in its pretty square looks like. It is next to the old jail, now museum, that I mentioned in my previous tip. The scaffolding is because it was renovated to become a school.
Hantverksmuseet is open all year round and shows local Ängelholm ceramics. There is also a collection of silverware. There are also temporary art exhibitions. The interesting thing to me though, is that the museum is housed in the old town jail. Don't miss the riverside rhododendrons in amazing bloom in summer (see second pic)!
Hembygdsparken is a piece of land by the river set aside for old heritage buildings like the Grönvallska gården and the Luntertungården (Ängelholm's oldest building from 1761). There is also a technical museum with motorbikes and other things, a school museum, and a mix of animals such as horses, deer, goats and parrots. If you get hungry, there is a restaurant, ice cream stall, cafe and big playground here apart from the sights, and summertime there are various events on the park stage. It's setting by the river makes it nice and green and the sightseeing boat Laxen II has a quay here too so you could in fact cruise here from the town centre in summer if you don't want to walk or go by bus (or the summertime mini train). The park is open all year but the museums are only open May to August.
Ängelholm has had an air base (F10) for years and these days, it has opened as a museum. You get to see some fighter planes, helicopters and different engines and can also try look at an underground radar survelliance room and climb into the seat of a "Draken" plane. If you pay a small extra fee, there is the opportunity to try a flight simulator and also to "test land" a jet with an instructor. This is one of the museums I have yet to visit in Ängelholm so I have no personal comments on it. The site below is unfortunately only in Swedish but click to see pictures. The museum is open Tuesdays-Sundays in June to August (not Midsummer) and weekends in May and September.
Ängelholm has not always had its centre this far inland. There has been a church on this site since mid 16th century and if you want to see the ruins of the earlier church, you have to head for Luntertun on the way to the beach. This new church is from 1861 (but with later interior) but has an old 15th century small bell left from the Luntertun church.
The local planners today work in a completely different building, namely the new town hall. Set by the river, it is easily distinguishable as you can see that the architect has travelled a lot in the Middle East.
Whatever you do, try to get here in spring or summer, when the riverside is incredibly lush. Then there are boat trips with Laxen II ("the salmon") from the town hall, through town and out to the river eastuary and the beach. You get a good 40 minute sightseeing, taking in some of the town's history, and if you want to, you can get return tickets but return with a later boat and spend some time by the beach. You can see more images from this in my "active" tips below.
In 2006, for the jubilee of "150 years of railways in Sweden", the rail museum in Ängelholm merged with the national railway museum in Gävle to ease administration. This was probably a good move as now it gets a lot more publicity and the museums complement each other in a great way, Gävle focusing on impressive Swedish engines and some history, whilst Ängelholm takes care of the technicalities such as rail gauges, signalling, tracking and such. But don't think that is boring if you're not into it. There is a big model railway showing the history of trains in Sweden too and models of train types, a handful of real engines, a play area for children and a lot of interactive stuff with the signalling so you finally get the hang of what's been bugging you when you travel. Perfect for a town which houses a rail education centre. Just like Gävle, the workers that built the railways in this rocky country also have their place here as you can see in the second picture which shows the tools and heavy waggons they had to work with. One of my own favourites is the combined car-railway vehicle used for electrical lines (see pic).
The lovely old town hall from 1775 in the main square today houses the tourist information. It became too small for the town in 1896.