Huddersfield

Huddersfield from Castle Hill

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.

Understand

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, past and present, include former Prime Minister Harold Wilson and actors James Mason and Gordon Kaye.

Get in

By plane

By train

The principal 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. 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 or Leeds, alternatively you can use London Euston, and change at Manchester Piccadilly.

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.

By bus

By car

Get around

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.

See

Do

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.

Learn

Buy

Eat

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:

Drink

There are plenty of pubs in Huddersfield, many of which get packed with people on Friday and Saturday nights.

Sleep

Stay safe

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, 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.

Connect

Phone

Internet

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.

Radio

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