Huddersfield is in West Yorkshire in England. This article covers both the town of Huddersfield itself, and also the district around it including the Colne and Holme valleys. Historically a textile town, the area is now in the process of 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 amount 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, past and present, include former Prime Minister Harold Wilson and actors James Mason and Gordon Kaye.
Leeds/Bradford International Airport, . This 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. The number of flights from Leeds Bradford airport continues to increase.
Manchester Airport, . This airport 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,  or London Gatwick Airport, . From there, frequent flights operate to Manchester, or you could travel from London to Huddersfield by train (see by train below).
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.
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.
Marsden Moor Estate, 847016, . An area of 2400 hectares (5600 acres) of unenclosed common moorland, almost surrounding the village of Marsden, with valleys, reservoirs, peaks and crags, as well as archaeological remains dating from pre-Roman times to the great engineering structures of the canal and railway ages. Owned by the National Trust, there is a visitors' centre near to Marsden rail station. Accessible by train to Marsden station, or by buses 183, 184 & 185 from Huddersfield; car parking available at various locations through the estate. Estate open every day at all times; visitors centre open every day 9AM-5PM. Free.
Marsden and Standedge Tunnel End. Beautiful moorland scenery and historic industrial archaeology. Includes the chance to take a boat ride into the UK's longest canal tunnel. This is possible as a trip by train to Marsden & Standedge or you can drive to Marsden. Open every day. Free.
Rugby League Heritage Centre. The national rugby league museum is in the basement of the George Hotel where the Northern Rugby Football Union was founded in 1895.
Huddersfield Giants are a rugby league team who play in Super League, the highest level competition in Europe. 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. These days, they play at the Galpharm Stadium.
Huddersfield RUFC, Lockwood Park, ☎ 01484 469801, . Huddersfield Rugby Union Football Club We was founded in 1909 and celebrated our centenary season with promotion to National League 3 North, the highest level ever achieved in our history,one of the oldest clubs in the world, founded mini-rugby in England in 1969. After playing many years at Waterloo, HRUFC bought Lockwood Park in 1997 where we have four rugby pitches plus an all-weather Astroturf pitch with parking for 300 cars. The main floodlit pitch has a capacity of 1500 with seating for 500. Additionally HRUFC has subsidiary clubs catering for mens and ladies hockey, road running, squash and a bowling club that has now become a major venue for Yorkshire county matches. Tucked away too within the huge clubhouse is the Borough Club for the town's serious snooker players and we also rent out property to Fitness First plus our local radio station 107.9 Pennine FM. edit
Kite flying is practised extensively here with local council backing. The local electrical company, Npower, 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.
Huddstock Festival, PO box 1542, Huddersfield, HD1 9LG (see website), . The Huddstock music festival is held annually on the first Saturday in June, with 2009 being the 3rd event it is shaping up to be a fantastic place to go for all the family with over 70 live acts consisting of Bands, Dj's, Acoustic and solo singers, fairground rides, stalls bouncy castles food and bars.edit
University of Huddersfield, . A former polytechnic which applied for and achieved university status in the early 1990's. Its main Queensgate campus is situated just outside the ring road. Follow the signs from main arrival points. A new students' union building opened in 2005 in the centre of the campus.
The Huddersfield area has many restaurants of different types and costs. The following small selection are restaurants which have been visited and recommended by Wikitravellers:
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, tel. 01484 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, 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. 8 Railway Arches Viaduct St, tel. 422411, .
Laxmi, Woodhead Road, Berry Brow, tel. 01484 666555, . Excellent Indian restaurant. Tu-Sa 5.30PM-11PM & Su 5.15PM-10PM. Two course meal £~15 (per-person including drinks).
Lodge Hotel, Birkby Lodge Road, tel. 01484 431001, . Built in 1847, this distinguished old house had many roles in its life, was a high quality family run hotel and restaurant, with an AA 2-star rosette and an innovative menu. £~40 (per-person including wine and tips). BUT Currently (Feb 2006) is closed!
Mustard and Punch, 6 Westgate, Honley, tel. 01484 662066, fax. 01484 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 Charleda, 5 St. Johns Street, Huddersfield, tel. 01484 450159, . Good Thai food with a large menu.
Tunnel End Inn, Waters Road, Marsden, tel. 01484 844636, . With a very welcoming team of owners, this pub provides a good selection of food and, for the beer connoisseurs, sells the famous Black Sheep beers. Close to the tunnel end complex and the Marsden Moor Estate, this pub is well situated for a visit before or after a trip into the canal tunnel (see 'See' above) or when walking the moors. Open M 8PM-11PM; Tu-W 5PM-11PM; Th-F noon-3PM & 5PM-11PM; Sa noon-11PM; Su noon-10:30PM.
The Weavers Shed Restaurant With Rooms, Converted C18th 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. Address: Knowl Road, Golcar. Tel. +44 1484 654284, .
Azeem Takeaway, 325 New Mill Road, Brockholes, Tel. 01484 667471. Open 6 days a week M-Sa 5.30PM-11.30PM.
Gurkha Thali, 1 Cherry Tree Centre, Half Moon Street, ☎ 01484 517457, . Every day 12-2.30 and 6-11. Nepalese style food. Welcoming and friendly, with an excellent menu near the bus & train station in Huddersfield.edit
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, tel. 01484 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 & DJ's at weekends.
The Vox Bar, Church Street, tel. 01484 452229 - Good music and good drink, young crowd. Resident DJ Friday and Saturday nights. Situated 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.
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 Fri night and Sun afternoon. A great D.J on Thursday and Saturday nights.
The Riverhead Brewery Tap 2 Peel Street, Marsden. 01484 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 pound re-investment of a 19th century, grade two listed former Courthouse.
The Live Lounge, 75 Lidget Street Lindy, Huddersfield. 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 world known for the lamb. There is soft music and also a great place for small parties. edit
Chads Bar, 9 Brook Street, ☎ 01484312370. What’s On At Chad’s Bar Food Served 9.00AM till 6.00PM Monday To Thursday (last order 7.30) Friday and Saturday 9.00AM till 6.00PM (last order 5.30) Sunday Lunch 12.00PM till 6.00PM (last order 5.30) MONDAY Recover From The Weekend Chill Out With A Few Beers and Your Mates TUESDAY Top Tunes for our friendly barman Ashley WEDNESDAY Wacky Wednesday Fun night with Dolly and Gina, cash accumulator Bingo, Open the box and much more ( Alternative Wednesdays TV/TS night with changing facilities available and buffet) THURSDAY Free Pool FRIDAY Chad’s Bar Live Entertainment From 10PM with Supertrashy Karaoke SATURDAY Chill at Chad’s Bar SUNDAY Jumping John's Karaoke from 6PM till Closeedit
Lodge Hotel, Birkby Lodge Road, tel. +44 1484 431001, . Built in 1847, this distinguished old house has had many roles in its life, but now it is high quality family run hotel and restaurant, with an AA 2-star rosette. £60 (single room); £70 (double room).
The George Hotel, Main Square, Telephone: +44 1484 515444 Fax: +44 1484 435056, . Entering the square from the train station, you cannot fail to miss this hotel. The Founders bar (q.v.) is part of the complex.
Huddersfield Hotel, Kirkgate, tel. +44 1484 421 552, . The Huddersfield Hotel complex was built up slowly from an early start in the 1960's 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 of 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, tel +44 1484 515 551, . 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.
The Weavers Shed Restaurant With Rooms, Converted C18th 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. Address: Knowl Road, Golcar. Tel. +44 1484 654284, .
Castle House Farm Cottages, Castle Hill, tel +44 1484 663 808, . 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.
The Loft, 9a Brook Street Huddersfield HD1 1EB, ☎ 01484312370. F-Sa 11PM till very late. Su-Th private hire only, Live DJ's with all the top tunes. edit
Gilcar Farm Holiday Cottages, Emley Old Hall Farm, Emley, . A collection of three former farm buildings that have been converted into luxury holiday accommodation, including two cottages with disabled access facilities. Located on a working dairy farm, the self-catering holiday homes are set in the rugged West Yorkshire countryside and are within easy travelling distance of both Holmfirth and Huddersfield.edit
Huddersfield town centre is generally considered safe as it professes "24 hour total CCTV coverage inside the ring road". In November 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,Deighton, Sheepridge, 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 or arrange for a relative to pick you up.
If you are travelling with a laptop then you will find broad-band internet access in the rooms of most, but not all, medium to high end hotels. If this is important to you check before booking. Alternatively there are many WiFi hot spots in and around Huddersfield.
There are also several places that offer web and other internet access if you are travelling without a laptop.
Vox bar. Offers internet access to wireless laptop owners at no additional charge.
Coffeevolution. Open wifi hot-spot for customers at no charge.
EasyInternet Cafe. Situated above KFC on New Street. However, the general cleanliness of the terminals leaves much to be desired.
BT phone booth. Situated in the main square has broadband access however this is expensive and best reserved for only basic internet use such as checking emails.
The Pulse of West Yorkshire 102.5FM and Pulse Classic Gold 1530AM the local radio stations for the area, including Huddersfield (and the wider Kirklees district, plus neighbouring Calderdale and Bradford). 'Pennine FM', 107.9, was a small scale local radio station for Huddersfield up until April 2010 when the company went into administration for the final time. The university sometimes broadcasts a student radio station during term time from its media centre. Regional radio stations include Real Radio and BBC Leeds.
Huddersfield has good connections to the Yorkshire Dales and Peak District.
York and Harrogate both 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.
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