Halifax’s history and heritage
When it comes to Halifax’s history and heritage, one of the most iconic and important structures is the Grade I listed Piece Hall. Opened in 1779, it was once a former cloth hall where trading would take place. Today, it stands in isolation as the only Georgian cloth hall still surviving in the world, and is easily one of Britain’s most outstanding examples of Georgian architecture. Today, members of the public can explore each of the former trading rooms and discover unique homewares, gifts, books and stationery. There’s also several cafes to grab a bite to eat, as well as bars and restaurants to check out too!
Just one mile from Halifax’s centre and set in the picturesque Shibden Valley, you’ll find Shibden Hall. In easy walking distance of Halifax’s bus and train station, the house dates back to 1420 and is a mix of architectural styles reflecting the house’s interesting and varied history. Without a doubt though, the Tudor half-timbered frontage has remained as its most recognisable feature. Visitors can explore the house and its rich history, as well as visit the beautifully restored gardens and estate, which form Shibden Park. There’s play areas for children, walking trails and woodland to explore, as well as cafes and visitor facilities.
Another impressive example of architecture to be found in Halifax is Wainhouse Tower. At 275 feet tall, the tower was originally commissioned as a chimney for the local dye works. However, it never was used as a working chimney and as such, is often regarded as one of Britain’s finest follies and best examples of folly architecture. Visitors can head up 369 steps to take in the stunning views that the top of the tower offers.