Halifax grew to prominence during the Industrial Revolution when the textile industry boomed.
One of the town's most notable buildings is the Piece Hall, dating from 1779. In this quadrangled hall, boasting 315 rooms, merchants displayed pieces of cloth on market days.
Halifax has many magnificent Victorian buildings including the Town Hall, designed by Sir Charles Barry (who created the Houses of Parliament), and the church of All Souls, built by Sir George Gilbert Scott.
Other attractions include the Wainhouse Tower, an elaborate chimney built in 1871 for a dye house but never used, and the Halifax Gibbet, where 50 people were executed for stealing cloth between 1550 and 1650.
Visitors to the local Bankfield Museum, located in a wonderful Victorian mill owner's house, can view an internationally important collection of textiles.
Other museums include the Calderdale Industrial Museum, the Duke of Wellington's Regiment Museum, and for younger ones, the Eureka Museum for Children. Galleries to explore include the Smith Art Gallery and the Piece Hall Gallery.
Halifax is a bustling town noted for its shopping arcades and markets. The Piece Hall, now closed until 2016, holds a general market every Friday and Saturday.
There are also plenty of parks and open spaces and a spectacular section of the Rochdale Canal runs through the Calder Valley.
Piece Hall Gallery View the art works in this historic, and impressive, hall.
Smith Art Gallery A lovely gallery to browse around that is also a library.
Shibden Hall A timber-framed house with a stone extension, and restored facade. Formal gardens. Owned by Halifax Corporation. At the rear of the house are farm buildings which have been converted into a folk museum.
Bolling Hall & Museum 6.2 miles Large stone house with a mixture of many architectural styles. Towers and reception rooms. Now a museum with collections of furniture and paintings from the Bradford Museum Service. Formal garden.
Calderdale Industrial Museum A museum on the industrial past of the area.
Eureka! The National Children's Museum Great fun for children and families, learning through play.
Duke of Wellington's Regiment Museum Find out more about this famous regiment.
Bankfield Museum Discover the history of Halifax and it's area.
Colne Valley Museum 5.8 miles Look inside these traditional weavers cottages to find out about the textile industry.
National Media Museum 6.3 miles One of the UK's premier media museums complete with cinemas.
Towns Near Halifax To Visit - straight line distance:Huddersfield (6.18 miles) Bradford (6.56 miles) Leeds (13.88 miles) Rochdale (14.14 miles)