WOOL SHOPS SHOPPING CENTRE: IMPRESSIVE FOR A SMALL TOWN
Woolshops is a shopping centre not far from Halifax train station and handy for the Woolmerchants hotel.
There is a wide range of shops with many famous high street brands available.
The shopping centre has a nice feel to it with all the shops in easy reach of each other and the train and bus station.
What to buy: SHOPS :-
Marks and Spencers
and many more.....
Westgate Arcade: Elegant shopping
Westgate Arcade is an attractive Glass and Steel structure over an avenue of popular shops in town centre Halifax,winning a local award in 2007 for its complimenting victorian style architecture.The arcade boasts many retail and local stores such as bakeries,coffee shops,fashion boutiques,hairdresses and furniture stores.
What to buy: Food,clothing,furniture,hardware,coffee.
What to pay: depends on the item.
- Food and Dining
- Family Travel
- Luxury Travel
Piece Hall: Shop in Style
Piece Hall is an open Shopping venue in Halifax town centre,originally built as a sales centre for woolen weavers.It opened in January 1779 with over 300 seperate rooms aranged above an open courtyard,the term piece refers to pieces of cloth that were sold.As factories started up in the early 19th century the trade in handwoven wool declined and around 1815 the rules were changed to allow the sale of cotton goods.
The piece hall is now open to speciallist shops,an art gallery and the tourist information centre,some of the shops include spiritual and old book shops and are very interesting to look around,unforunately a lot of the stores are now empty or closed.The court yard features several lawns,tables and chairs to relax and take in the fine architecture,well worth a visit.
What to buy: Books,Trinckets,clothes,stamps collections,toys etc.There is also a wide range of tourist soveniers and clothes in the tourist info centre located on the first floor.
What to pay: depends on what you buy and in what shop.
- Arts and Culture
- Budget Travel
SAINSBURY'S SUPERMARKET: THIRD LARGEST SUPERMARKET CHAIN IN THE U.K.
Located just a few minutes walk from the Wool Merchant, SAINSBURY'S SUPERMARKET the third largest supermarket chain in the U.K. and had everything you could possibly need. Since Hans and I were at the Wool Merchant for nine nights, I wanted a few things to have in our room, like cookies for Hansi, some juice and fruits. And, oh yes, we discovered Hobnobs Creams - chocolate cream filling between two little oatmeal cookies - Smashin' - couldn't get enough of them. Even brought some home with us.
Sainsbury's had such a large selection of almost everything, including:
Wonderful British Teas & Coffee
Snacks & drinks
wine - beer - liquor
newspapers - at least ten different publications
Even flowers and gifts
Open Monday to Friday 8:00 to 22:00
Saturday 7:30 to 22:00
Sunday 10:00 to 16:00
WOOLSHOPS SHOPPING CENTRE: MAJOR HIGH STREET RETAILERS
In an excellent location with close proximity to the bus station, the WOOLSHOPS SHOPPING CENTREis an outdoor shopping centre featuring over 38 major high street retailers, together with specialty shops conveniently spread throughout the centre.
Major Retailers include:
M & S - Marks & Spencer
Open seven days a week
Monday to Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Free car parking on Sundays
HALIFAX BOROUGH MARKET: VICTORIAN MARKET BUILDING
One of the finest Victorian Market Buildings in Britain, houses the amazing HALIFAX BOROUGH MARKET.The focal point of the interior, is a superb octagonal dome, or lantern, supported by decorative cast iron pillars rising 60 feet above floor level. An ornamental clock, which can be seen from most parts of the market, is at the centre of the dome.
Originally, around the perimeter walls, were 43 shops, all occupied by butchers - many still are. Today there are 185 stalls selling goods like: rugs, sewing needs & material, produce, flowers & plants, purses & shoes, men's, ladies and children's clothing, phones & phone accessories, etc. There are also a few snack bars selling sandwiches and sweets.
The Market atmosphere is not found elsewhere and is appreciated by the locals and countless visitors like myself. I thought it was smashin'!
Market days are Monday thru Saturday.
VARIOUS SHOPS: HALIFAX FISHMONGERS
Although it's getting increasingly difficult to find a Fishmonger in the U.K., you will still find some great little independent businesses in Halifax, offering a whole range of fish products including cod, halibut, herring, mackerel, salmon, Sea bass, Hake, crab, lobster, oysters, welks and mussels. It's a real treat to eat freshly prepared fish and here, especially on Albion Street, you'll find HALIFAX FISHMONGERS offering a selection of services.
I am listing here the Fishmongers I saw on Albion Street. All had wonderful displays of fresh fish and I found the little shops quite interesting. Also, I'd like to mention that I have never seen so many little fish 'n chip restaurants, as I did here in the U.K. It's popular just like our Pizza places.
Pete Crabtree & Son
7 Albion Street
3 Albion Street
9 Albion Street
HARVEYS OF HALIFAX: DEPARTMENT STORE
A family run department store, HARVEYS OF HALIFAX is located right downtown on Commercial Street. I popped my 'ead in to take a look around. It was just like a department store our town used to have downtown, but because of Malls, they have gone in decline and actually don't even exist anymore. So I was quite happy to snoop around and check out the ladies fashions and shoes. They also have Cosmetics & Fragrances, linens & bedding, luggage, housewares, menswear and a cookshop.
Piece Hall and Woolshops Shopping Centre: Handicrafts and retail therapy
If visiting halifax, you must visit the many specialist shops in the Piece Hall galleries. Here you can find craft, textile and antique shops in a unique environment,
For main stream shops the Woolshops area is directly next door.
What to buy: Speciality goods to retail items.
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