Huddersfield is in the metropolitan borough of Kirklees in West Yorkshire in England. This article covers the town of Huddersfield, and the district around it including the Colne and Holme valleys. Historically a textile town, the area is now re-inventing itself as a residential and tourist centre.
John Betjeman described Huddersfield Railway Station as having 'The finest façade of any such building in the country'. Make up your own mind when you visit as there is no better way to arrive than by train from Manchester or Leeds. Huddersfield has the third largest number of listed buildings in the country after Westminster and Bristol.
In the 1920s Huddersfield Town F.C. became the first football club to win the English League Championship three times in a row, a feat only matched by Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United.
Huddersfield can be considered a university town as the University of Huddersfield, formerly Huddersfield Polytechnic, is one of the town's largest employers and much of the local economy now depends upon it.
Famous connections include former Prime Minister Harold Wilson and actors James Mason and Gordon Kaye.
- Leeds/Bradford International Airport (LBA IATA) is the nearest airport, by road. It can be reached by taking a train to Leeds and then a bus to the airport departing from the train station.
- Manchester Airport (MAN IATA) is the easiest and quickest to access. It is the UK's busiest airport, outside London, with many European and inter-continental flights. There is a rail station within the airport complex, with services running through Huddersfield to Newcastle, at least half hourly throughout the day (see by train below).
- London Heathrow Airport (LHR IATA) or London Gatwick Airport (LGW IATA). From there, frequent flights operate to Manchester, or you could travel from London to Huddersfield by train (see by train below).
The principal 1 Huddersfield station is in the town centre and is served by trains to and from Hull, York, Newcastle, Middlesbrough, Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool, as well as a local services to Barnsley, Wakefield, Halifax and Sheffield. When passing through, keep an eye out for station cats Felix and Bolt, who have become internet famous. There are several smaller stations within the Huddersfield area, served only by local trains.
From London, you can travel from London Kings Cross and change at either Wakefield Westgate or Leeds. Or you can use London Euston, and change at Manchester Piccadilly. Alternatively, there are less frequent services operated by Grand Central Rail from London Kings Cross where you can change in Wakefield, Mirfield, Brighouse, Halifax and Bradford Interchange.
Train times for these and other journeys can be found on the National Rail Planner or by calling 08457 484950 from anywhere in the UK.
- National Express serves Huddersfield with express coach service from around the country. They serve the main Huddersfield bus station in the town centre.
- Megabus Plus[dead link] serves Huddersfield with London daily. It is quicker to get off the bus at East Midlands Parkway, as it shows in the timetable.
- First West Yorkshire[dead link] serves the West Yorkshire area.
Arriva Bus 229 runs from Leeds every 15 min, taking 90 min via Heckmondwike, Birstall Retail Park and Wortley.
Arriva Bus 232 runs hourly from Wakefield, taking 70 min via Lupset, Horbury, Netherton, Grange Moor and Lepton.
First Bus 503 runs every 15 min from Halifax , taking 45 min via Elland.
- M1. Huddersfield is served by the M1 motorway which runs from London to Leeds. It is between 3 and 4 hours drive from central London. The best junction to use is junction 38 and then follow the signs.
- M62. Huddersfield is also served by the M62 motorway which runs east-west from Hull and Leeds to Manchester. The best junction to use is junction 24.
For the main shopping streets and everything inside the ring-road, it is best to explore on foot. Many of the shopping areas are pedestrianised anyway, and there is not much car parking space inside the ring-road.
Many bus routes run from the central bus station to the surrounding towns and villages. This is on the north side of the town centre off Westgate. Most buses operate on repeating hourly timetables up until 11PM. Taxi services are mainly available from outside the train station.
- 1 Castle Hill. From all around the area, Castle Hill can easily be picked out, crowned with the Victoria Tower, built to commemorate Queen Victoria's silver jubilee. It can be reached by car and taxi, just beyond the suburb of Almondbury, and gives wonderful views in all directions, including that at the top of this article. Victoria Jubilee Tower is open to the public at weekends during the summer.
- 2 Tolson Memorial Museum, Ravensknowle Park, Wakefield Rd HD5 8DJ, ☏ +44 1484 223240. Tu-Th, Sa Su 12:00-17:00. Wool magnate's mansion with a local history museum.
- 3 Colne Valley Museum, Cliffe Ash, Golcar HD7 4PY, ☏ +44 1484 659762. Apr-Oct Sa Su 14:00-17:00, Nov-Mar Sa Su 13:00-16:00. A row of weavers' cottages, from the "cottage industry" era with the looms on the upper floor and living quarters on the lower.
- What's on? Listen to Pulse of West Yorkshire on 102.5FM or Pulse Classic Gold on 1530AM.
- Kite flying. Kite flying is practised extensively here with local council backing. The local electrical company, Northern Powergrid, has also moved power lines underground to prevent kites getting tangled up in cables. This has also encouraged the users of powered hang-gliders to also use the site as a take off point.
- Watch football at Huddersfield Town. They were relegated in 2019 and now play soccer in the Championship, England's second tier. They play at the 24,000-capacity Kirklees Stadium, Huddersfield HD1 6PG, about a mile northeast of town centre. The stadium, now called "John Smith's Stadium" (and you may see old signs for Galpharm or even McAlpine stadium), is shared with the rugby league team.
- 1 Huddersfield Giants, Kirklees Stadium, Stadium Way HD1 6PG. They play rugby league (13 a side) in Super League, Europe's top tier. They were one of the founding members of the break-away Northern Union who created the sport of rugby league. Nicknamed "Fartown", they were the dominant team in the early history of the game. In 2022 the stadium hosted matches of the Rugby League World Cup Finals, postponed from 2021.
- 2 Huddersfield RUFC, Lockwood Park, HD1 3UR, ☏ +44 1484 469801. Huddersfield Rugby Union Football Club was founded in 1909 and celebrated its centenary season with promotion to National League 3 North, the highest level it has achieved. It founded mini-rugby in England in 1969.
- 3 Showcase Cinema, Birstall.
- University of Huddersfield. A former polytechnic which applied for and achieved university status in the early 1990s. Its main Queensgate campus is just outside the ring road. Follow the signs from main arrival points. A students' union building opened in 2005 in the centre of the campus.
- 1 Kingsgate Shopping Centre, ☏ +44 1484 542777. The usual assortment of shops contained in a light and breezy atmosphere. Open 7 days a week.
- Huddersfield Open Market - offers a range of high quality goods from the continent - mainly France - and tours the area stopping in different towns each weekend.
The Huddersfield area has many restaurants of different types and costs. The following small selection are restaurants which have been visited and recommended by Wikivoyagers:
- Fenay Bridge, Penistone Road. This place can be excellent but sometimes awful. They have a 2-for-1 deal on all year which is a big serving. But sometimes the food can take a while and isn't up to scratch, but other times its top notch. Give this place a try you might like it. It is on Penistone Road going towards Kirkburton you can't miss is!
- Balooshai, 3 Viaduct St, ☏ +44 1484 559055. Balooshai is one of a number of excellent Indian restaurants in Huddersfield. There are an increasing number of restaurants on this small street.
- Gringo's, 8 Railway Arches Viaduct St, ☏ +44 1484 422411. Possibly one of the best restaurants in W. Yorkshire. They serve a wide array of great tasting, affordable Mexicans food. Their drinks, however, can be rather expensive though. Tip: Go for the 'early-bird' special food offers for the best deal - order before 7PM.
- Laxmi, Woodhead Road, Berry Brow, ☏ +44 1484 666555. Tu-Sa 5:30PM-11PM & Su 5:15PM-10PM. Excellent Indian restaurant. Two course meal about £15 (per-person including drinks).
- Mustard and Punch, 6 Westgate, Honley, ☏ +44 1484 662066, fax: +44 1484 660742. A small friendly restaurant; Mustard and Punch is expensive when compared to other restaurants in Huddersfield. £35 per-person including wine and tips.
- Thai Sakon, 5 St. Johns Street, ☏ +44 1484 450159.
- [formerly dead link] The Weavers Shed Restaurant With Rooms, Knowl Road, Golcar, ☏ +44 1484 654284. Converted 18th-century Woollen mill - a Modern British restaurant specialising in home-grown, locally-sourced produce (the restaurant has its own farm) Voted 'Best Restaurant With Rooms' Good Food Guide 2006, Restaurant of the Year and Chef of the Year 2007, Yorkshire Life.
- Azeem Takeaway, 325 New Mill Road, Brockholes, ☏ +44 1484 667471. M-Sa 5:30PM-11:30PM.
- 1 Three Acres Inn, Drinker Lane, Shelley HD8 8LR, ☏ +44 1484 602606. Daily 12:00-14:00, 18:30-21:30. Upscale restaurant in the hills, also has 17 rooms. No dogs. B&B double £80.
There are plenty of pubs in Huddersfield, many of which get packed with people on Friday and Saturday nights.
- Coffeevolution, Church Street - the best coffee in town can be found in this unpretentious, fiercely independent coffee shop which is licensed and open late at weekends. Light but pricey meals available.
- Head of Steam, St Georges Square, ☏ +44 1484 454533. Popular real ale pub in the train station. Good blues on a Monday night. Great Jazz on a Wednesday night.
- Revolution, Cross Church Street - Vodka bar from very popular chain which attracts a large, diverse crowd most nights. Outdoor area & DJs at weekends.
- The Vox Bar, Church Street, ☏ +44 1484 452229. Good music and good drink, young crowd. Resident DJ Friday and Saturday nights. It's down a back alley near the train station.
- Verve, Church Street - a slightly older crowd than Vox, with pre-club cheesey dance pumped out over the weekend. By day, it's a cafe selling reasonable paninis, coffee and smoothies.
- Warehouse - Large pub. Charges entry on F Sa. Part of the scream chain. Young crowd.
- Zephyr, King Street - Small, trendy. Good range of foreign beers.
- Northern Tea House, 36 Kings Street - A small tea shop offering afternoon tea with gluten free and vegan options.
- The Sair Inn, Take a 183, 184 or 185 bus about 4 miles out of the town centre, alighting at the bottom of Hoyle-Ing in Linthwaite on Manchester Road, after the "Royal Oak" pub. There's a sign advertising "The Sair Inn". After a five minute climb up the hill you'll find this gem of a hostelry, selling its own beers brewed on the premises that can be enjoyed in a uniquely authentic, old pub atmosphere. Popular among locals, students and real ale tourists, you may become a regular.
- Bar 1:22, 120 New Street (opposite Lidl on the ring road). Live music venue with a range of genres seven nights a week. The original and best live venue in town, beware of cheap imitations. Featured The Feeling, The Pigeon Detectives and Enter Shikari before they all went on to be Top Ten Album selling bands. The home of live music in Huddersfield
- Have a drink in The Founders Bar of the George Hotel where the finer points of the game of Rugby League were hammered out. The bar is considered the birthplace of the game.
- The Bridge at Longroyd Bridge. A few hundred yards out of the centre of Huddersfield. A great live music venue. Live bands Friday night and Sunday afternoon. A great DJ on Thursday and Saturday nights.
- The Riverhead Brewery Tap, 2 Peel Street (Marsden), ☏ +44 1484 841270.
- The Rat and Ratchet at the junction from Lockwood onto the ring road has a large selection of cask ales on tap and the staff are usually quite knowledgeable. Nice atmosphere.
- The Parish, by the Parish church - Huddersfields finest alternative/metal bar and live music venue. Excellent food and drink and a great atmosphere. Well worth a visit.
- Tokyo, Queen Street - 'The club to finish off the night' Tokyo opened in June 2005 after a £2-million re-investment of a 19th-century, Grade II listed former courthouse.
- The Live Lounge, 75 Lidget Street Lindy. Old brownstone type of building with a nice lounge downstairs and dining room is upstairs. This is fine dining at it's best with great service and well known for the lamb. There is soft music and also a great place for small parties.
- Huddersfield Hotel, Kirkgate, ☏ +44 1484 421552. The Huddersfield Hotel complex was built up slowly from an early start in the 1960s by two brothers, Johnny and Joe Marsden and up until the end of 2003 was still owned and run by the Marsden family. It is now owned and run by London and Edinburgh Inns and comprises a Bistro, Pub, Cafe and Hotel. Rooms and service varies but locals are generally very fond of the family who still run the lodge and car park across the road.
- Central Lodge Hotel, Southgate, ☏ +44 1484 515551. The Central Lodge Hotel is run by the Marsden family who previously ran the Huddersfield Hotel complex across the road before selling most of it to London and Edinburgh Inns in 2003. They retained the lodge and car park and although the atmosphere is lacking in warmth, the rooms are new and relatively modern and the service traditional. Most people in Huddersfield know the Marsdens or Johnny's nightclub, or both.
- [formerly dead link] The Weavers Shed Restaurant With Rooms, Knowl Road, Golcar, ☏ +44 1484 654284. Converted 18th-century woollen mill - a Modern British restaurant specialising in home-grown, locally-sourced produce (the restaurant has its own farm) Voted 'Best Restaurant With Rooms' Good Food Guide 2006, Restaurant of the Year and Chef of the Year 2007, Yorkshire Life. 5 Deluxe en-suite bedrooms in former mill-owners' residence.
- Cedar Court Hotel.
- Castle House Farm Cottages, Castle Hill, ☏ +44 1484 663808. Idyllic holiday cottages in beautiful and tranquil countryside on the edge of Summer Wine Country. Offering stunning views of the Pennine hills and valleys. Ideally located between Huddersfield and Holmfirth in the rural south Pennine area of Yorkshire under Victoria Tower at Castle Hill, Huddersfield's most prominent landmark and ancient hill fort.
- Gilcar Farm Holiday Cottages, Emley. A collection of three former farm buildings that have been converted into luxury holiday accommodation. The working dairy farm on which they are located is ideal for exploring the beautiful countryside around Emley Moor, and for visiting Huddersfield and Holmfirth. Two of the cottages have disabled access facilities.
- The Loft, 9a Brook Street, HD1 1EB, ☏ +44 1484 312370. F-Sa 11PM till very late. Su-Th private hire only, Live DJs with all the top tunes.
Huddersfield town centre is generally considered safe as it professes "24 hour total CCTV coverage inside the ring road". In 2007 a student, Tobiasz Minski from Poland, was murdered in Slaithwaite (5 miles from Huddersfield). Walking by yourself, especially if you are female, through Fartown, Bradley, Thornton Lodge and Birkby during late at night can be quite dangerous so if you do wander out stay in groups or get a taxi home.
As of Dec 2022, Huddersfield and its approach roads have 5G from all UK carriers, though the signal from Vodafone is patchy. Wifi is widely available in public places.
- Huddersfield has good connections to the Yorkshire Dales and Peak District.
- York and Harrogate offer rewarding day excursions.
- For shopaholics Meadowhall near Sheffield, the White Rose Centre near Leeds (bus number 202 and 203 from Huddersfield) and the Trafford Centre near Manchester are all easily accessible.
|Routes through Huddersfield|
|Manchester ← Rochdale ←||SW NE||→ Bradford → Leeds|
|Oldham ← Marsden ←||SW NE||→ West Leeds → Central Leeds|