Home of the TV series 'Where the Heart Is', Slaithwaite will once more
become an attractive waterfront village with the reconstruction of the
canal along its original line. It has the only working guillotine gate
on a narrow canal in the country. Magnificent mill buildings, Georgian
church and 16th century Slaithwaite Hall (external viewing only).
Floating Tea Rooms, Slaithwaite: Refreshments on the waterway
close to Lock 23 East just below the guillotine gate, open daily except
Tel. 01484 846370
Valley Museum, Golcar: Experience the intimate atmosphere of
these former weavers' cottages and the working life of the mid-1800s.
Visit the loom chamber, spinning room and the gas-lit clogger's shop
and see frequent demonstrations of traditional crafts. Open Sat, Sun
and Bank Holidays 2pm - 5pm. Small admission charge.
Tel. 01484 659762
Valley Circular Walk: The walk allows you to explore this valley
of stark scenic beauty and imposing industrial architecture. The 12-mile
route can be split into a number of shorter sections linking with public
Way: The Kirklees Way provides a challenging 72-mile route that
circles the district, taking in the best of the landscape, scenery,
history and unusual features including the Upper Colne Valley. The route
maps are available, divided into 12 manageable sections, from Huddersfield
Tourist Information Centre.
Much outstanding architecture from Victorian grandeur (over 200 listed
buildings) to award-winning new designs. Media centre with cyber-cafe
and exhibition space. A town trail highlights the most interesting buildings.
Markets: The outdoor market is covered by a stylish Victorian
glass and cast iron structure. General market days are Monday, Thursday
and Saturday, or try the famous second-hand market on Tuesday and Saturday
where many interesting bargains can be found. The indoor Queensgate
Market Hall has over 150 stalls.
Batley Theatre: A magnificently refurbished listed building,
once the largest Wesleyan mission in the world. The main and cellar
theatres offer drama, dance, alternative cabaret, folk, jazz, rock and
Art Gallery: Displays from Kirklees' excellent permanent collection
of British art including works by Lowry, Bacon, Moore, Sutherland and
members of the Camden Town group. Open Mon - Sat 10am - 5pm. Admission
Tel. 01484 221964
Basin, Huddersfield: The Huddersfield Narrow and Broad Canals meet at
Aspley Basin near the University of Huddersfield. Aspley Warehouse is
thought to be the oldest surviving canal warehouse in the north of England
(now converted into luxury flats). Small marina and canalside pub/restaurant.
Stadium: Award-winning rugby/football stadium of striking design
situated a short walk from the town centre. Home of Huddersfield Town
FC and Huddersfield Giants. Golf school with driving range plus adjacent
Hill and Victoria Tower: Dominating the Huddersfield skyline,
and situated off Lumb Lane Almondbury, Castle Hill has been occupied
since the Stone Age. The Victoria Tower was built in 1898/9 to celebrate
Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. Panoramic views over the town and
surrounding countryside. Contact the Tower for opening times. Small
Tel. 01484 223830
Museum: Huddersfield's past is revealed at the Tolson Museum
including the important West Riding textile industry. The museum is
at Ravensknowle Park, Wakefield Road, about half a mile from the town
centre. Open Mon - Fri 11am - 5pm and Sat - Sun 12 noon - 5pm. Admission
Tel. 01484 223830