Things to do in Huddersfield

Johnny James, Managing Editor

Surrounded by the stunning Yorkshire countryside, the market town of Huddersfield is steeped in history, from its award-winning Victorian architecture to its ancient Castle Hill monument. But alongside that rich heritage, there’s a new Huddersfield – a hotbed of culture and independent business.

Home to the UK’s largest international festival of contemporary music, an award-winning literature festival, and a Grade II listed theatre, Huddersfield more than holds its own when it comes to arts and culture. It also has a great independent shopping scene, with the architectural gem that is Byram Arcade housing a plethora of local retailers and businesses, all with their own distinctive character.

There are also plenty of options for dining and drinking, from truly authentic Thai cuisine to one of the UK’s coolest breweries to an adventurous, fine dining brunch restaurant. And if you’re looking to make your visit to Huddersfield a longer one, then places to stay include a Georgian manor house and the UK’s first Eco-Spa.

Huddersfield’s past and present have a lot to offer, and with a £100million regeneration project just around the corner, the future, too, looks bright for this understimated Yorkshire town.

Our top picks

Castle Hill and Victoria Tower

Castle Hill and Victoria Tower, Hillside, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD4 6TA - Visit now

located off Lumb Lane in Almondbury lies Castle Hill, an over 4000 year old ancient monument complete with spectacular panoramic views of Huddersfield and the surrounding district. Perched on the crest of  the Castle Hill  is  Victoria Tower, the castle’s most iconic landmark, standing 106 feet high and providing even more incredible views of Huddersfield.

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Lawrence Batley Theatre

Lawrence Batley Theatre, Queen Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2SP - Visit now

The Lawrence Batley Theatre, located in Hudderfield’s centre, is home to an array of productions including drama and contemporary dance to circus and pantomime. The theatre delivers a varied programme for and with its local community, and offers a range of ways for families and young people to get involved.

Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield
Image courtesy of Lawrence Batley Theatre.

Byram Arcade

Byram Arcade, Westgate, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD1 1ND - Visit now

In the heart of Hudderfield lies this stunning Victorian shopping and business Hub complete with three floors of independent shops, designers, cafés and restaurants. It proudly promotes some of the area’s most well-loved retailers and businesses, a great day out for people of all ages to enjoy.

Courtesy of Byram Arcade

Thai Sakon Restaurant

Thai Sakon Restaurant, 5 SAINT JOHN'S ROAD,, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD1 5AY - Visit now

Established in 2005 by a husband and wife team, Thai Sakon is a hidden gem in the heart of Huddersfield town centre, providing authentic Thai cuisine in a relaxed and friendly environment. The menu features an extensive array of traditional dishes as well as some that cater to western tastes.

Thai Sakon

Titanic Spa

Titanic Spa, Low Westwood Lane, Linthwaite, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD7 5UN - Visit now

Positioned as ‘the original pioneers of sustainability in the heart of Yorkshire’, Titanic Spa is a multi-award-winning destination spa that places equal emphasis on the wellbeing of its guests and the protection of the environment. Set against the majestic hills of the Pennines, the beautifully restored 20th Century textile mill blends stunning architecture with state-of-the-art spa facilities and apartment-style accommodation.

Titanic Spa

Magic Rock Brewery

Magic Rock Brewery, Willow Park Business Centre, Willow Lane,, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD1 5EB - Visit now

Inspired by local brewing traditions and the vibrant and growing US craft beer scene, Magic Rock Brewery produces an ever-changing line up of quality beers packed with flavours. Its shop offers the full range of beers and gin and you can also pick up some cool glassware, unique branded clothing and merchandise including hats, growlers and cycling jerseys.

Magic Rock Tap

The Bionic Chef

The Bionic Chef, Barncliffe Mills, Near Bank, Shelley, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD8 8LU - Visit now

This family-run contemporary eatery Serves up some of the tastiest breakfasts and brunches in Huddersfield .Staff at the Bionic Chef are passionate about high-quality food that doesn’t fit into one mould; the menu caters to customers’ desire for ever-changing dishes with complex flavours and interesting textures.

Bionic Chef

Om Is Where The Heart Is

Om Is Where The Heart Is, 23A Carr Lane, Slaithwaite, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD7 5AG - Visit now

Located in Slaithwaite near Huddersfield, Om Is Where The Heart is a brunch house, neighbourhood bar and yoga studio all rolled into one. This multi-purpose venue promotes health and balance in body and mind with a primary aim that anyone that steps through the door  l”eaves with their tummies and hearts full”.

OM IS WHERE THE HEART IS

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