Halifax Area Guide

As Estate Agents in Halifax we know a thing or two about the local area and why so many people want to call it home. Halifax is a vibrant town full of charm and character, home to market towns and rolling countryside, this makes Halifax a popular place to live. If you're looking to move to the area check out our top places to live in Halifax.


Things To Do in Halifax

For a family fun-packed day out you can visit Eureka! The national children’s museum is interactive and educational, and they hold frequent events and temporary exhibitions.

Shibden park is a great place to unwind, in the summer months, there is something for everybody including a boating lake, a miniature railway, walking trails and playground areas. Afterward, you can visit Shibden Hall, a beautiful Tudor building at the centre of the park, here you can learn about the local area. Just a 10-minute drive from the city centre is Ogden Water Country Park, with stunning lakeside views and a trail, it makes the perfect spot for a picnic.

Check out one of the most visited places in Halifax, Piece Hall, this stunning building is Grade 1 listed and used to be the main centre of the textile trade in England. It is now surrounded by independent shops, perfect for browsing and purchasing small unique gifts. Just a two-minute walk from the hall, you’ll find Halifax Borough Market, the Victorian market sits in the centre of Halifax and provides an array of stalls.

If you’re a sports lover you can watch Halifax Football Club play at The Shay Stadium. There are numerous local football and rugby clubs like Heath, Siddal and Brighouse.

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Things You Didn't Know About Halifax

The Town Hall was built in 1863 by Charles Barry who built the Houses of Parliament


Halifax has a variety of Infant and Secondary Schools;

  • All Saints’ CofE VA Junior and Infant School
  • Copley Primary School
  • The Crossley Heath School
  • The North Halifax Grammar School
  • Northowram Primary School
  • Ravenscliffe High School
  • Trinity Academy and Trinity Sixth Form


Halifax has a vast amount of transport options to get around the city and for trips further afield. Halifax bus station is the key gateway for people arriving in the town centre. The train station runs both eastbound and westbound trains for easy commutes to Bradford, Leeds, Manchester, and Huddersfield, to name a few. Halifax is served by the M62 motorway which spans the length of the Pennines and runs between Hull and Liverpool.


Halifax was an economic hub back in the 15th century, cloth merchants would display their pieces of cloth for sale at the Piece Hall. The area established its wealth in the 19th century with its flourishing textile and engineering industries. Halifax is a popular location for filmmakers to shoot their films. Most recently, the Marvel series ‘Secret Invasion’ starring Samuel L Jackson and Amelia Clarke. As well as ‘Happy Valley’, ‘A Boy, A Girl and A Bike’ and ‘The Dresser’.

Eating & Drinking

Pride and Provenance is a wine bar offering cheeses, cakes, coffee, wines, and beers sourced from local suppliers. This is the ideal spot for a bite to eat with friends, conveniently located a short walk from the train station. For a traditional Sunday dinner, head to the cosy Winterburn pub providing panoramic views of West Yorkshire. For the largest selection of gins in Calderdale head to Gin Lane. The Old Victorian Craft House is full of charm and has a great selection of vintage ales. If your after a club night, Town House has your whole party covered with a four-floor themed bar with a sports bar and rooftop garden deck.


You won’t be short for some retail therapy in Halifax, you can find all the high street favorites at the Halifax Shopping Centre. Head to Subway or Starbucks for a reset after your shop. You can find a post office, hairdressers, and coffee shops in the city centre. For your weekly food shop, there is a choice between Sainsbury’s, Marks and Spencer and Tesco Superstore.