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An expansive market town in the West Yorkshire borough of Kirklees, multicultural Huddersfield has a population of 146,234 at the latest count and it’s conveniently located 19km west of Wakefield, 23km southwest of Leeds, and 39km northeast of Manchester. A bustling town with a proud industrial heritage, it’s also a friendly contemporary community with a university and three colleges which support a dynamic and diverse student population. This birthplace of former UK Prime Minister Harold Wilson and the sport of rugby league, it’s placed on the periphery of some stunning countryside which is ripe for exploring by car. If you’re hiring a car in nearby Leeds Bradford Airport and then rolling out to Huddersfield, prices start at just £14.43 (€15.81) per day for a mini-sized car like a Toyota Aygo is you book a head of time.
Alternatively, an economy car like a Ford Fiesta costs £15.19 (€16.64) a day and a Ford Focus ̶ compact but spacious enough to seat five ̶ is only £15.95 (€17.47) per day. Furthermore, don’t forget that if you’re travelling in a large group, hiring a large vehicle can be good value for money if you’re sharing the cost ̶ for instance, a roomy Vauxhall Zafira Tourer costs just £39.49 (€43.27) a day. Enjoy partners with reliable car hire providers like Enterprise, Alamo, Europcar and Keddy in Yorkshire, so you can hit the road in Huddersfield and beyond feeling completely safe and confident.
Guide to Huddersfield
A handsome town with notable architecture and a packed cultural calendar, Huddersfield surprises many visitors with its vibrancy. From the noble Neoclassical architecture which radiates out from its expansive town centre, to its lively nightlife, award-winning university and proximity to the Peak District, this is always a fascinating and fun place to visit.
Several iconic buildings and sites around Huddersfield chart the terrific twists and turns of the town’s history, so a simple stroll can provide some inspirational insights. For starters, the suburb of Birkby boasts several buildings of note, including the Grade II listed St John’s Church, an outstanding example of American Gothic Revival architecture with a sky-scraping 220ft spire, and the Britannia Works at Wheathouse Road, former home of boiler components manufacturer Hopkinsons, which employed a workforce of 2000 in Huddersfield at its peak in the 1960s before being redeveloped for housing after it closed in 2005. However, nowhere better showcases Huddersfield’s historical ambition and national influence better than St George’s Square in the town centre. The building facades are based on Italian Renaissance palaces although in earthy Yorkshire style they’ve always been used for practical purposes. For example, the Neoclassical Railway station was designed by JP Pritchett as a ‘stately home with trains’ and built between 1846-50, while the Lion Buildings are resplendent with their regal, Leonine frontispiece, and the gorgeous George Hotel designed by Wallen & Child is the site where Rugby League was founded in 1895. Last but not least comes the statue of former PM Harold Wilson striding confidently across the square, a fitting tribute to a political heavyweight who won four general elections for the Labour Party.
Huddersfield’s culture has a little something for everyone, from its colourful wrought-iron open market to its elegant Art Deco Library & Art Gallery and an arts scene that reflects every facet of its fabulous multicultural populace. For the smell of the greasepaint and roar of the crowd, the Lawrence Batley Theatre and Town Hall hosts plays, live music, dance, comedy and cabaret throughout the year, while there are a number of fab festivals, including the Huddersfield Literary Festival, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, and the Afro-Caribbean Huddersfield Carnival. The town’s contemporary culture has been greatly enriched by locals with Jamaican roots and at one point in the 70s and 80s its has the UK’s biggest Soundsystem scene, attracting reggae legends like Dennis Brown, Desmond Dekker, Burning Spear, Jimmy Cliff and Gregory Isaacs.
Like many English towns, the sports scene in Huddersfield is dominated by football and rugby. As mentioned, the town is the birthplace of the Rugby league code and local stalwarts Huddersfield Giants are one of the original 22 teams which comprised the Northern Rugby Football Union. In a stellar history, the Giants have won seven championships and six challenge cups. However, it’s football (soccer) team Huddersfield Town FC (which shares John Smith stadium with the Giants) that has grabbed the headlines in recent years, gaining promotion to the Premiership for the first time in 45 years in 2017 and remaining there for two seasons. Nicknamed ‘the Terriers’, their fiercest rivalry is with fellow Yorkshire outfit Leeds United.
What to do in Huddersfield?
From lively pubs and bouncing clubs where you can slake your thirst and bust a few moves, to gorgeous green spaces where you can tree bathe and picnic for a few cathartic hours, and shops and markets where you can pick up everything from local crafts to international foods, you’ll never be bored in Huddersfield.
A combination of a robust student population and locals who love to party means that Huddersfield’s complement of pubs and clubs is disproportionate to its size, which is always good news on a night out. You’ll find a cracking selection of locally-brewed beers and ciders at The Head of Steam located in the train station building, The Sportsman is an award-winning real ale bar and you’ll find cocktails, imported beers and shots aplenty in contemporary bars like Zephyr and The Warehouse. If you feel like dancing, Tokyo is probably the town’s biggest nightclub, has hosted renowned live acts like Green Velvet and also runs regular club nights like Twisted Disko. The Picturedrome in nearby Holmforth is also worth checking out ̶ as well as screening independent and cult movies, it’s an intimate live music venue that’s a superb space to see bands play.
When the weather’s nice in Huddersfield, there’s nothing more pleasant than taking a relaxing stroll in one of the town’s terrific parks, and there are several to choose from. Beaumont Park is a lovely Victorian leisure space where you’ll discover delightful features like cascades, grottos and cliffs amidst the forest glades and well-tended walkways. There are also outdoor adventure play areas for kids of all ages and a café serving drinks and snacks so that you can refuel after all the activity. Alternatively, Greenhead Park is another great green space which is located near to Huddersfield town centre and has been offering locals sanctuary since it opened in 1884. There’s an enclosed area for kids with sandpits, slides and swings, zip line and more. But that’s not all ̶ Greenhead Park also has a lovely ornamental lake, fountain and paddling pool, and a marvellous miniature railway that chugs around the park on a track measuring a third of a mile!
Yearning for some retail therapy? You’ll find a little something of everything in Huddersfield’s rich and varied shopping scene. The Kingsgate Shopping Centre in the middle of town hosts favourite high street brands like H&M, Office, Topshop and a licensed Apple reseller where you can bag some bargains from this big tech brand. Meanwhile, the Byram Arcade is a vibrant Victorian building in the town centre where you can find artisan coffee, craft beer, hair salons, vintage fashion and even a theatre company. Special mention also goes to Mackinley’s Caribbean & African foodstore on Byram Street ̶ here you’ll find authentic Caribbean dry goods like yam, breadfruit and plantain, tinned goods and snacks, and a superb selection of imported Jamaican drinks and spirits. If you’re a fan of Caribbean food, the choice here is astounding and superior to similar establishments you’ll find in many large UK cities.
Eating out in Huddersfield
Huddersfield is a fab place for foodies and its annual summer food and drink festival showcases local firms who specialise in everything from traditional English fare like roast beef and Yorkshire puddings to Jamaican jerk chicken and curry goat, and spicy Mexican fajitas to lip-smacking Thai treats. But from street food to fine dining, you’ll find something special to treat your taste buds here any ̶day of the year.
Located in Byram Arcade, Med-one is a legendary Mediterranean and Lebanese restaurant serving freshly prepared dishes from an eclectic menu featuring vegetarian and vegan dishes as well as meat-based ensembles. For a starter with a difference, try the Labneh ̶ yoghurt mixed with mint, garlic, cumin, chili flakes and olive oil and served with fresh flatbread. Follow this up with a fab veggie main course like the vegetarian moussaka, which comprises beautiful bakes aubergine stuffed with a vegetable medley, topped with cheese and garlic sauce and accompanied by rice, pickles, salad and a terrific tzatziki dip. Main courses cost around £5-£7 and mains are £11-£20.
Fancy a traditional Sicilian restaurant with a wonderful, warm atmosphere? Look no further than Trattoria Domenico in Imperial Arcade. This cosy and friendly establishment specialises in freshly prepared rustic Sicilian cuisine and also has a deli section serving Italian cooked meats and tasty desserts and drinks you can take home. There are some super starters here and some of them feel like full meals in themselves, for instance the tortino di salmone with smoked salmon, mixed crab meat fresh orange and Marie Rose is magnificent. As you might expect, there’s a super selection of pizza, but the top pick for a main here might be the filler steak dolcelatte ̶ a 10oz steak cooked to your taste with parma ham, brandy and cheese sauce and dolcelatte cheese. Starters here range from £7-£10, while mains are in the £14-£27 ballpark.
All scream for ice cream
Dixons Milk Ices has premises in Lockwood and on Leeds Road and this is a Huddersfield institution which has been delighting residents and visitors alike with authentic milk ices since way back in 1961. If you’re a fan of ice cream there’s a mind-boggling selection of flavours here which can be served in cones, sliders and wafer oysters and some of the most delicious milkshakes you’ll taste anywhere. However, you should definitely treat yourself to specialist products like the snow mountain, which contains ice cream, snowball biscuit, marshmallow, cream and your choice of sauce, or the belt-bursting seven sins, which has five scoops of milk ices, two portions of ice cream, two fudgerydoo sticks, two servings of sauce and double marshmallows ̶ whew! Ice creams and desserts here cost from £2-3 upwards, depending on how elaborate your tastes are.
Transport in Huddersfield
The nearest airports to Huddersfield are Leeds-Bradford Airport (LBA), Manchester (MAN), and Doncaster-Sheffield Airport (DSA), which are 37km, 75km and 90km away respectively. Enjoy Travel partners with trusted and respected local and international car hire providers at LBA, MAN and DSA, like Easirent, Alamo, Enterprise, Europcar and Keddy and car hire packages typically include reassuring components like third party liability, 24-hour assistance and theft protection. With such a diverse choice from firms with expansive fleets, you can choose anything from an economy Ford Fiesta, which is ideal for cruising city streets and easy parking, to a premium Mercedes C-Class wagon, a wonderful choice for exploring the rolling hills and dales in complete comfort.
Buses & Trains
As described, Huddersfield has a very grand train station, but it’s also well connected ̶ processing around five million passengers annually, it’s an en route stop for TransPennine Express trains between Manchester and Liverpool, as well as those shuttling between Middlesbrough and Newcastle, there are rapid and regular connections to neighbouring Leeds, Branford and Halifax, and you can also travel north to Scotland from here as well as south the London.
Bus services in and around the town are provided by firms like Stagecoach, First and Arriva and services are regular and fairly reliable. The bus station at Upperhead Row is the busiest in West Yorkshire and you can also catch buses for several routes from stops in St George’s Square.
You should always drive on the left-hand side of the road in Huddersfield, as is the case all across the UK. Speed limits are 70 mph (120 km/h) for motorways, 60 mph (100 km/h) for non-motorway main roads and 30 mph (50 km/h) or 20 mph (40 km/h) if you’re in busy city centre areas or close to buildings such as schools.
Seatbelts are mandatory for the driver and all passengers, drink driving is illegal, and mobile phone use isn’t permitted (unless the system is truly hands-free and doesn’t distract the driver).
There’s some lovely countryside around Huddersfield which is ideal for exploring by car. Here are just a couple of recommended trips:
Drive south from Huddersfield through Holmfirth and the picture-postcard villages of Holmbridge and Holme and the lush rolling countryside gets more stunning by the mile. Once you reach Woodhead Road the views are amazing and the photo opportunities at Woodhead Reservoir are outstanding. The while journey takes just over half an hour, but it’s packed with pretty views.
It’s rare that anyone would describe a motorway as ‘scenic’ but that’s exactly how many drivers describe the M62 stretch from Huddersfield to Rochdale. The summit of this road is 1,221m above sea level and it’s the highest point on the UK motorway network, offering inspirational views of the Pennines.
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