Our Top Things to do in Halifax

As Estate Agents in Halifax, our feet are firmly rooted in Halifax’s local community, which means we know a thing or two about the Halifax area. From hidden gems to iconic landmarks, we're excited to unveil the 10 best things to do in Halifax. We’ll cover the places that make this town a cherished place for both residents and visitors alike. Get ready to explore Halifax like never before!

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1. The Piece Hall

Piece Hall in Halifax

Known as the heart of Halifax, this spectacular grade 1 listed building began its life as an 18th-century cloth hall. This architecturally impressive building is now sprawling with shops, bars and restaurants. Throughout the year, The Piece Hall hosts an array of events, including concerts, workshops, street theatre performances, and the famous Christmas markets.

2. Halifax Borough market

Food stall in Halifax Borough Market

Just a short stroll from The Piece Hall, you'll find the historic Halifax Borough Market. Established in 1896, this Victorian market is a treasure trove of local produce, crafts, and unique finds. With 125 market stalls, it's the perfect place to immerse yourself in the local culture and sample delicious treats.

3. Shibden Park

People walking through Shibden Park in Halifax

Spend the day at Shibden Park, one of West Yorkshire’s world heritage sites where there is no shortage of things to do. The estate has a number of walking routes, passing the beautiful lake and grand gardens. Aside from walking, there are plenty of activities such as renting a rowing boat or pedalo on the boating lake. The park also offers a children’s adventure play area, miniature railway, children’s rides and a café. Don’t miss out on the events which Shibden Park holds throughout the year such as outdoor cinema screenings, circus events and outdoor activities for all ages.

4. Shibden Hall

Exibhit in Shibden Hall Museum in Halifax

Within Shibden Park, you’ll find Shibden Hall. This makes for a great day out if you’re searching for some history, with the hall now being home to a museum. With its Tudor half-timbered frontage dating back to the 1420s, the hall is known for its appearance in the historical TV drama Gentleman Jack.

5. Ogden Water Country Park

Person walking along the water in Ogden Water Country Park in Halifax

Nature lovers will appreciate a trip to Ogden Water Country Park. This popular destination offers a large nature reserve with numerous walking trails to explore. Enjoy scenic picnic spots, observe birdlife, and make use of the on-site toilet and café. For those seeking a challenge, embark on the 3.8-mile hike with an elevation gain of 525 feet.

6. The Halifax Minster

Stain glass window in Halifax Minster

This 900-year-old Grade I listed church is another hidden gem which is situated off the main road, known as the ‘Mother Church’ of the district. Its stunning historic interior with its remarkable stained glass and wooden ceiling panels. Its stone arches also enhance the traditional design of this Parish Church. There is plenty to keep the kids busy with its eye spy guide to the 16 stained-glass windows as well as stationary to make drawings of their surroundings. The minister holds live choir performances and other events throughout the year and summer festivals in June and July. Entry into the minster is free with donations welcome.

7. The Escaporium

Person using key to escape from the Escaporium at Halifax

Put your problem-solving skills to the test at The Escaporium, an immersive escape room experience. Can you solve the clues and escape from a prison-themed room within 60 minutes? Gather your friends or family for this exciting challenge.

8. Halifax Electric Bowl

Bowling bowls at Halifax Electric Bowl

For a rainier day, the electric bowl is a popular destination for families and friends. Take your pick of a range of sports games including bowling, snooker, pool, darts, F1 simulators and Galactic Golf. Open to all ages, it is a great day out with an onside restaurant and an arcade for hours of entertainment.

9. The Everybody School of Art

Paint at the The Everybody School of Art in Halifax

The Everybody School of Art offers something for everyone with its range of art classes suited for a host of ages and abilities to develop your artistic skills. This former textile mill on the outskirts of Halifax town centre provides a wide selection of classes to choose from, these range from painting and drawing to pottery making, and textile workshops. Many of these activities include kids classes which are an ideal rainy day activity during the school holidays. So come along to the Artworks this summer and find out what they have in store!

10. Eureka

Children learning at Eureka in Halifax

Learning made fun at this award-winning children’s museum which is always a fun-packed day out for families. With over 400 interactive exhibits designed to stimulate these young minds, the children can learn more about the world around them. This museum offers all-day entertainment for children ages up to 11. The children can discover the 6 unique zones – stepping into giant body parts, making noise in the music zone and using all the different senses in this immersive experience.

11. Manor Heath Park

Terapin at Manor Heath Park in Halifax

Enjoy the great outdoors at Manor Heath, a green flag award-winning park. Take leisurely walks through the woodland, cool off in the water parks, and let the kids have a blast in the sand pits. Additionally, the Jungle Experience (charges a small entry fee) transports you to a tropical oasis with various species of fish, terrapins, butterflies, and plants from around the world.

Halifax has something for everyone, from architectural wonders and historical sites to outdoor adventures and family-friendly attractions. For more about Halifax, check out our Halifax Area Guide, or if you’re thinking about moving to the historic market town, contact our Estate Agents in Halifax.

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