Life in Calderdale

Calderdale is located almost exactly halfway between Manchester and Leeds, at the heart of the Yorkshire Pennines. It's a place that has inspired poets, novelists, painters and musicians. Yet it's also been called the cradle of the Industrial Revolution. It's a place of contrasts, and of great diversity, but still a place where there's a real sense of community. Calderdale is a place where we're proud to say: 'everyone different, everyone matters'.

What does Calderdale have to offer?

Halifax is Calderdale's largest town and still retains one of the most complete Victorian townscapes in Britain. Halifax's Dean Clough Mill, once the world's largest carpet mill, now supports a host of businesses, restaurants, and an extensive art gallery. Hebden Bridge, previously home to over twenty mills, has become world famous as a unique and highly original town with a thriving arts scene. Todmorden's spectacular Grade 1 listed Town Hall is highly prized as a venue for festivals and a great music performance venue. Sowerby Bridge is now home to a wealth of restaurants with something to suit all tastes. Brighouse is renowned for its extensive shopping, with local firms rubbing shoulders with national chains; while over one hundred businesses, many of them household names, have been established in Elland's Lowfields Business Park.

Calderdale today is a place where you can expect an excellent quality of life. There's plenty to do, with a great choice of restaurants, bars, theatres, cinemas, museums and art galleries to visit. Our beautiful countryside also means that opportunities for walking, riding and cycling are right on your doorstep. Watersports, including sailing, canoeing and narrow-boating are also available up and down the Calder Valley. With six Council sports sites, not to mention the numerous swimming pools, gyms and an athletics track, keeping fit in Calderdale has never have been easier. It's a great place to be active.

Calderdale also has some of the best known landmarks in Britain and has recently been featured in the BBC drama “Last Tango in Halifax”. You may also have seen the Piece Hall, our Grade 1 listed architectural masterpiece in the film “Brassed Off” as well as various TV documentaries. Built to provide a marketplace for Halifax's hugely successful trade in cloth, the Piece Hall is now home to a host of shops, cafes, the Halifax Visitor Centre and Art Gallery and offers an exciting programme of events and live entertainment throughout the year. Shibden Hall, Halifax’s exquisite Elizabethan mansion house is one of West Yorkshire's most important heritage sites and was featured in Emily Bronte's 'Wuthering Heights'. There is also Wainhouse Tower, a fabulously ornate Victorian chimney with 403 steps and stunning views of the Calder Valley. Our exceptional landscapes, as well as many of our 4,000 or so listed buildings, have featured in film and TV innumerable times and rightly so.

A major retail plaza has recently been developed in the centre of Halifax and features a cinema, multi-storey car park, a variety of bars and restaurants, as well as Grade A office accommodation.

Our future

We're excited about Calderdale's future. We have invested in better transport links, including a direct train service from Halifax to London. We're also investing in our libraries, leisure facilities, housing and schools so that our children will have a brighter future. In short, we think that Calderdale is a great place to live today, but we hope that tomorrow will be even better.

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