Welcome to Huddersfield

Home of the Rugby League and former Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson, Huddersfield is a vibrant market town in the West Riding of Yorkshire. Settled behind a stunning backdrop of the Peak District and the Pennine Moors, Huddersfield showcases impressive architectural heritage including many Victorian-era buildings and the famed Castle Hill monument. However, Huddersfield is far from being stuck in the past – offering a modern injection of nightlife, festivals and family fun, Huddersfield has cemented its status as an up-and-coming Yorkshire town.

History of Huddersfield

Huddersfield boasts a rich and colourful past, and showcases landmarks dating back to the early Iron Age, the Roman era and the industrial nineteenth century. Indeed, Almondbury’s prized monument Castle Hill is a site that has undergone modification throughout many past eras, and as a result is immersed with a fascinating history. During the Industrial Revolution, Huddersfield was a huge producer of woollen textiles, and thus became an integral cog of the manufacturing industry in Yorkshire. Huddersfield, known as Oderesfelt and Odresfeld in the Domesday book of 1086, has been a thriving market town since 400BC, and maintains this reputation to this day.

Geography of Huddersfield

Settled in the eastern foothills of the Pennines, Huddersfield is the largest urban area in the borough of Kirklees. Its idyllic setting within the historic West Riding of Yorkshire boundaries contrasted with its colourful and vibrant town centre makes Huddersfield the perfect location for families and retired couples.

The M62 also runs through Huddersfield, making it easily accessible to nearby towns and cities such as Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield, Barnsley, Sheffield and Manchester.

Things to do in Huddersfield

Whether it’s attending a Huddersfield Town match day at John Smith’s Stadium or enjoying a relaxing drink to unwind after an afternoon of retail therapy at Kingsgate Shopping Centre, Huddersfield is brimming with entertainment.

Keep the kids happy with activity centres such as Hide & Shoot and Project Breakout, or for a more relaxed day out, venture onto the picturesque moors of the Pennines and the Peak District. Kingsgate Centre is set to open a multiplex cinema on its top floor, and Eureka! is a fantastic interactive children’s museum that feeds their creativity and inspires their minds.

Looking for something a little more sophisticated? Head to King Street in Huddersfield town centre and immerse yourself in a hub of on-trend bars and restaurants offering a tantalising array of exciting cuisines and drinks.

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Schools and Education in Huddersfield

Education in Huddersfield has seen excellent improvement in recent years. Most prominent is The University of Huddersfield, which in the past year has won awards for teaching, research and collaboration work and whose alumni includes BBC journalist Sally Nugent and comedic actor Adil Ray.

Huddersfield is also home to Greenhead College, one of the UK’s best sixth form colleges in the country, and an array of excellent primary and secondary schools across the town.

Transport in Huddersfield

With the M62 easily accessible from the town centre, Huddersfield is well connected to its suburbs and nearby towns and cities such as Wakefield, Leeds, Bradford, Barnsley and Manchester. Huddersfield boasts a range of public transport services (including river boat!) and is close to three nearby airports; Leeds Bradford Airport, Manchester Airport, and Doncaster Sheffield Airport.

If you prefer to travel by rail, Huddersfield’s train station offers direct lines to Manchester and Liverpool in the North East and Newcastle and Middlesbrough in the North East. Home to a showstopping Victorian-era Grade I listed building, Huddersfield train station has been hailed as ‘the most splendid station façade in England’ and employs two station cats!

Arts and Culture in Huddersfield

Whether you’re wanting to dig a little deeper into Huddersfield’s rich history or to immerse yourself in a tirade of festivities, this unique town has something to offer everyone. Tolson Museum and Oakwell Hall are perfect destinations for families in summer, offering acres of green parks and woodland areas. Prefer something with a more creative streak? If you don’t fancy visiting Leeds’ Henry Moore Institute, you can still find some of his work at home in the Huddersfield Art Gallery, alongside world famous artists such as L.S. Lowry and Francis Bacon.

Huddersfield welcomes a multitude of live art every day, from contemporary performance theatre at the Laurence Batley Theatre or world-class touring comedians at Kirklees Town Hall. Not one to be overshadowed by Leeds’ thriving festival scene, Huddersfield’s Contemporary Music Festival takes place in November and is the largest festival of new and experimental in the UK!

Demographics of Huddersfield

Huddersfield showcases a diverse population of 170,000 people and welcomes many different religious faiths. Huddersfield also boasts a small student population, with approximately 20,000 students from across the UK and overseas in higher education living in the town.

Economy of Huddersfield

One of the largest economies in the Leeds City Region, the economy of Huddersfield is reportedly with £5.7 billion. This is largely due to Huddersfield’s successful evolution from a historical industrial town to a modern manufacturing epicentre producing electricals, textiles and chemicals. The University of Huddersfield is the largest single employer in the town, and the economy thrives on input from the public service sector and the manufacturing industry.