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At just 30 minutes from Leeds and an hour 15 from Hull there are lots of reasons to head to Huddersfield. It’s one of England's biggest towns and has the third highest amount of registered buildings in the whole of the UK. It also has an art gallery that competes with some you’ll find in cities and is home to a very famous feline.
On arriving at (the frankly beautiful) Huddersfield Station (and, if you’re lucky, saying hello to celebrity station cat Felix) there are a couple of bus options for onward travel from both Metro and FirstGroup and also a free bus linking the town to the university. Plusbus is also available for £3 per day.
With the Huddersfield Art Gallery, this town punches above its weight with works by Francis Bacon, LS Lowry and Henry Moore alongside offerings by significant local artists. There is also a programme of exhibitions. Victoria Tower lets you survey the town from 900 feet up on Castle Hill and is well worth a wander on a clement day. At Colne Valley Museum you’ll discover what went on in weavers’ cottages in the 1850s and how it transformed this region.
If you’re eating in Huddersfield you want to be eating at Erics. With a mention in the Michelin Guide, a top 10 spot in the Sunday Times’ guide to Yorkshire and the North East the food here is seriously good. And if Erics isn’t enough, you can also try the chef’s latest venture: Pax Burger, a gourmet burger joint a couple of steps down the street. For a local favourite try Chilli Lounge – just a hop and a skip away from the station.
Just two miles from the station you’ll find the Cedar Court Hotel. A 4-star establishment with a gym, heated pool with children’s area, sauna and steam room. They also offer day passes for non-guests. Just 6 minutes from the station you’ll find the Huddersfield Central Lodge, in the centre of town with easy access to just about everything. The Cambridge Hotel is also central – just a short walk from the John Smith’s Stadium.
The John Smith's Stadium is the hub of lots of the activities in Huddersfield. Here you can watch Huddersfield Town in the Championship and/or Huddersfield Giants in the Super League. You’ll also find a stadium sports centre with a gym, 9 pools and a health spa. And next door to that there’s the cinema. It’s always worth keeping up with what’s on at Kirklees Light Railway which has regular scenic trips along their narrow gauge rail.
There’s plenty of retail fun to be had in Huddersfield and your first stop should be Kingsgate Shopping Centre in the centre of town. It contains all your high street favourites including TK Maxx, Body Shop and more. If you’re looking for something a little more eclectic then make a beeline for Revival Vintage – a great little independent shop where you might finally find that elusive and original Fair Isle jumper. Another little gem is Huddersfield Market, every Saturday it hosts one of the largest second-hand markets in the North.
For more ideas on what to do in Huddersfield, visit Welcome to Yorkshire.