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Halifax Highlights

  • Pro
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    LoriPori says…

     Absolutely loved Halifax - so much to see and do here 

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     Can be wet. Quiet on Sundays. 

  • In a nutshell
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     One of Englands hidden gems! 

Halifax Things to Do

  • Triangle Cricket Club

    I visited the Cricket Club on the last day of the Sowerby Bridge Rushbearing Festival as part of an organised VT meeting to await the arrival of the rush cart at the end of its route.We had a lovely afternoon tea and spent a pleasant afternoon watching the festivities at Grassy Bottom.It was very well organised and parking was available at the far...

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  • Wainhouse Tower

    This folly is located in the parish of King Cross on the southwest side of Halifax. It is the tallest structure in Calderdale and can be seen from miles around; at 275 feet, is is the tallest folly in the world.Design by architect Isaac Booth, it was erected between 1871 and 1875. The main shaft is octagonal in shape and has a square base, 403...

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  • The Halifax Gibbet

    I have always imagined that a gibbet would be found high on a windswept moor, not, as here, in the centre of a city surrounded by terrace housing! I also always think of a gibbet as a noose, swinging mournfully in the wind, but the one here in Halifax is a guillotine. I first saw it as a photo on the cover of the small leaflet Ricky52 had prepared...

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  • The Wainhouse Tower

    I had first noticed the Wainhouse Tower as we drove out of Halifax on the Saturday morning, heading for the Little Valley Brewery (see my “Off the beaten path” tip). Ricky explained that it had been built as a factory chimney but never used as such, and had been turned into a folly by the owner. When I asked, casually, if it was possible to go up,...

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  • The Gibbet

    We stopped at the Gibbet in Halifax before we had embarked on our mystery tour. The use of Gibbet went back as far as the 13th Century and use continued until the 17th Century when the practice was abandoned nationwide. It was interesting to learn this execution method was used before the French guillotine during the French Revolution. Dr...

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  • The Royal Oak Pub- Now Dirty Dick's!!

    I was quite fascinated by this old Grade 2 listed pub from the outside. I poked my nose inside, but didn't stay for a drink - There's always a next time! Not sure of the original date of construction, of this former coaching Inn, but it was at least from before 1822. In this year the Landlady was a Widow Parker! 7 years later, Sara Parker took...

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Halifax Restaurants

  • Mediterranean Menu, you'll be spoilt for...

    This busy, little restaurant has an excellent choice of Mediterranean food including Greek, North African and Middle Eastern dishes.Our dining experience was as a large group and we were given our own table in a separate area upstairs which suited very well.Closed on Tuesdays. Our group ordered a wide variety from the menu and I did not hear any...

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  • Mediterranean Options

    This family-run business was our dining choice for Friday evening of the 2012 VT Rushbearing Weekend Meet arranged by Ricky52.With menu options ranging across the Mediterranean palate, there was plenty for people to choose from and enjoy a meal filled with virtual sunshine!The restaurant offers a variety of dining options including a la carte,...

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  • Typical Weatherspoons – good value and...

    As our group of VTers started to gather at the hotel on Friday, some of us decided that lunch would be a good idea. We set off for Dirty Dick’s pub, as recommended by Sue (suvanki). But it was already after 2.00 pm, when they stop serving meals there. A shame, as it looked a great old pub – lots of character and an interesting history (read Sue’s...

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Halifax Nightlife

  • Stoodley Pike

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    Halifax has excellent nightlife, it has many pubs and clubs and all are centrally located, there are even coach parties that visit, such is the popularity.

    Halifax also has the excellent Victoria theatre and many restaurants.

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Halifax Transportation

  • The bus journey home:-(

    I got the bus back home after a wonderful VT meet in Halifax on the Sunday. Valentina dropped Dila, Richard and I off in the town centre and it was a short ride to the bus station from where we were dropped.I caught the 508 bus to Leeds City Bus Station and took approximately an hour. From the City Bus Station I caught another bus for home.Please...

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  • From a missed bus conneciton to a train...

    I planned to travel to Halifax by bus because my travel card covers all the bus services in West Yorkshire and wouldn't have cost me any extra. The scheduled bus from home to Leeds City bus station never turned up and I missed my connection! The next bus would have been too late as I had to get to the hotel at 8.30 am and the service, 508, from...

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  • Cheaper than local services

    Getting everyone round via local transport is a bit of a logistical nightmare and not very cheap at that.I have hired a coach that will pick you up at the hotel and return you there at the end of the day.It will cost £425 for the day and will be divided by the number of people going.So the more that come, the cheaper it will be.If 20 people come (...

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Halifax Shopping

  • 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. SHOPS :-Marks and SpencersThorntonsClairesRiver...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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Halifax Local Customs

  • A clog shop in Mytholmroyd

    Clogs are the historic traditional footwear of this region, and of much of the north of England. Their wearing dates back to the times of the Industrial Revolution, when those working in the mills and factories needed sturdy protective footwear. The thick leather upper and even thicker wooden soles of the clogs kept them safe and comfortable during...

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  • Clogs

    You ar enot . definitely not, going to see anyone wandering around Halifax (or anywhere else) wearing clogs.Unless they are members of a clog-dancing or Morris-dancing troupe.But if you'd visited in the early 1900s, you would have seen thousands of people wearing these wooden-soled shoes or boots.If you worked in the mills, or the factories, you...

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  • Rushbearing

    Rushbearing is a tradition which stems back hundreds of years in the North West of England. It is thought that the tradition originates in Lancashire and Cheshire; these days some parts of West Yorkshire and Cumbria also participate in the tradition.Rushes were used for centuries as a floor covering to dirt floors in churches. The rushes helped...

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Halifax Warnings and Dangers

  • Cigarettes

    Do not even think about throwing a cigarette on the ground in the Calderdale area.A man was recently (March 2013) fined £400 for dumping his cig on the street and with court costs, his bill was just under £1,000.

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  • STEAL SOMETHING AND GET YOUR HEAD CUT...

    The city of Halifax has been granted the right by the Monarch to behead criminals who are confirmed to have stolen goods worth at least 5 pence (10 US cents). 4 Constables (Policemen) must testify to the theft. Fair enough. This is very very real. The beheading is done by this ingenious contraption – the Gibbet. The bad news? They don’t enforce...

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  • Clay pigeon shooting

    Listen to your Safety Advisor !!! "hold the gun in tight, and don't stand like a banana".... or you'll end up like me ;o)))

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Halifax What to Pack

  • Just in case

    Boots or wellies if you are going shooting.A warm coat may be required.This is England, always expect rain. DON'T FORGET YOUR CAMERA.

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  • Pack it all, you'll need it!

    Make sure you bring some! LOL It can be changeable so pack the lot - from sun cream to anorak!! You can get them all in town. Lots of photo Centres in town, no need to bring it.

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Halifax Off The Beaten Path

  • Climb to the top of Wainhouse Tower!

    Climb the internal staircase of the ornate Victorian chimney for fabulous views of Halifax and Calderdale district.It is 253 feet high, was completed in September 1875 and, well, you tell me how many steps there are up to the top! I counted but didn't arrive at the 'correct' number even though I counted in sets of twenties!!It is open a few times...

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  • Norland Scarecrow Festival

    We went to Norland on the Sunday morning of the meeting weekend, to see another (more recent) local tradition, the Scarecrow Festival. And it really is as odd as it sounds, and very English, to my mind. Unlike many such traditions, it only dates back a few years; it was started in 2000 as a millennium celebration and proved to be such a popular...

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  • Little Valley Brewery

    On the Saturday morning of our meeting we visited this small brewery located in an old pig shed (yes, really!) high on the moors near Hebden Bridge. We drove through some wonderful, if bleak, scenery to get here – it’s really an amazing location in which to find such a thriving little business.We were welcomed by the joint owners, Wim and Sue, and...

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Halifax Sports & Outdoors

  • Traditional English Cricket Club

    I've visited Triangle Cricket Club a couple of times, but not seen a Cricket Match! It's one of the venues for The Rushbearing cart to arrive, on the Sunday afternoon, which is when I first visited. Recently, I visited to join in the Duck Race - a FUNd raiser for the Cricket ClubWhile I can't vouch for the standard of the cricket played here - my...

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  • Clay Pigeon Shooting- Crow Nest Park Gun...

    Sunday mornings, Ricky 52 can be found, blasting innocent pieces of orange plastic from the skies (unless he's shooting with his right hand, then they're quite safe!!) at the Crow Nest Park Gun Club. As an extra part of the 'Fish, Chips and Mushy Peas weekend' he'd arranged for us to join him and his club members.So Sunday morning, after a hearty...

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  • Under construction

    No really... The Shay has been under construction for as long as I can remember! As you all know, I'm actually a Manchester City fan, but Halifax is my hometown and I go along an watch when I can. Halifax Town are a Conference side who currently languish the wrong half of the division, after a good season last year they're not having much luck in...

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Halifax Favorites

  • HALIFAX PARISH CHURCH

    Robert Holdsworth, the son of a rich Halifax man, became Vicar in 1525 and at the request of his father, built the Chantry Chapel on the south side of the Church. Old furnishings have been collected from different parts of the Church for this Chapel, known as the HOLDSWORTH CHAPEL (pic 1). One of the prayer stools is a 17th century coffin stool....

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  • HALIFAX PARISH CHURCH

    The Chapel at the south east corner of the Church was adopted by the Duke of Wellington's Regiment and dedicated in 1951 as the DUKE OF WELLINGTON CHAPEL. (pic 1). Some colours of the Regiment (note the flags on the far left side) are laid up in this Chapel. The blue carpet was specially woven and presented by John Crossley & Sons, the local and...

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  • HALIFAX PARISH CHURCH

    St. John the Baptist or HALIFAX PARISH CHURCH as it is affectionately called, was right across the street from the Wool Merchant Hotel. Hans and I walked by it many times and one afternoon the doors were open so we thought we would have a look inside. It was absolutely beautiful. Despite the stained glass windows not looking so great from the...

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Great company, great food
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Sowerby Bridge
Off The Beaten Path
Huge portions and pretty tasty
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Rushbearing in Triangle
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Friendly Family Run Mediterranean
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Mediterranean cuisine
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DON'T LOOSE YOUR HEAD!!!!
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VICTORIA HALL, HALIFAX TOWN HALL
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HALIFAX TOWN HALL
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Wainhouse Tower
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Eureka!
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Huge Portions! Small Prices!
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JUST PASSING THROUGH
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NEW TEA ROOM !
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My Favourite coffee shop
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GOLD POST BOX
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Wainhouse Tower - A folly!
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The Halifax Gibbet
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THE BEST GREEK EVER
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WHOPPING BIG FISH
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Good old Wetherspoons
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Old Tristram
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Triangle
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The Square Congregational Church
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The Square Chapel
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Halifax Visitor Centre & Art Gallery
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The Union Cross
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The Parish Church of St John The Baptist
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Shibden Hall Mansion
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The Piece Hall
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The Shibden Valley
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Halifax Central Library
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Shibden Park
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THE INVENTOR OF CAT'S EYES
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The Town Hall
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Halifax old railway Station
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Halifax Minster
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Good delivery service.
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Still the best Pizza's
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KFC 1.
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