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A day in Huddersfield

Whatever you’re into, Huddersfield is full of things to do with awesome shopping, quality food and drink and a great range of cultural destinations. We’ve put together a 24 hour itinerary to help you make the most of your day.

Northern Tea House Cafe in Huddersfield
Northern Tea House Cafe in Huddersfield


Get your morning coffee fix in one of Huddersfield’s many cafes and coffee shops. For top notch coffee and great food in a stylish setting try Arcade Coffee in Byram Arcade or try Coffeevolution on Church Street, Huddersfield’s first espresso bar. If tea is your thing then pay a visit to Northern Tea House on King Street. Those looking for something more traditional won’t go far wrong with Merrie England, there are four branches in the town centre selling tea, coffee, sandwiches and baked goods. 

Work off your breakfast with a quick tour of the town’s heritage buildings and landmarks, our town centre heritage tour can be found HERE

Record collectors should not leave Huddersfield without calling in at Vinyl Tap, one of the North’s best known independent record shops and a treasure trove for collectors and fans of new, alternative music. Other independent shops well worth a visit include Ka-Pow Comics, La Fleur, Hidden Wardrobe, Yarntelier Studio and The Left Bank.

Finish off the morning with a browse around Huddersfield’s famous Open Market. The second hand market on Tuesdays and Saturdays is one of the best in Yorkshire for collectors, antique dealers and the avid bargain-hunters. On Monday and Thursday a general market stocks everything from fabrics to fashion, hardware and household goods.

Victoria Tower and Castle Hill, Huddersfield
Victoria Tower and Castle Hill, Huddersfield


Use the afternoon to venture out from the town centre and take in some of Huddersfield’s famous sights and attractions. Perhaps the most iconic of all these is Castle Hill, a hilltop Victorian tower built on an Iron Age fort site that’s open to the public during weekends and school holidays. It offers fantastic views over the town and the surrounding countryside of the Holme Valley. You can easily walk from the car park located at the top of the hill or from the nearby Berry Brow Station, if you are arriving by train. You can follow the Holme Valley Circular Walk from the station to the hill which is about a one mile climb.

If it’s galleries that you are interested in then Tolson Museum holds plenty of heritage and collections for you to look at. You can learn about The Story of Tolson and visit Ravensknowle Park. Located just over a mile out of town on Wakefield Road it is easily accessible by bus, car or bicycle. 

Sports fans can take a short trip out to the John Smiths Stadium, home of the Huddersfield Giants and Huddersfield Town FC. Catch a game if you’re lucky or just take in one of the countries most distinctive sporting stadiums.

Head back into the town centre in time to grab an evening meal at one of Huddersfield’s many quality restaurants.

Lawrence Batley Theatre Huddersfield events
Lawrence Batley Theatre Huddersfield events


Eating out in Huddersfield is a real treat with plenty of restaurants providing options for varying tastes and budgets. Head to our food and drink page for recommendations.

The town is also famous for its beer scene and is home to some fantastic real ale and craft beer pubs. Highlights include The King’s Head on St George’s Square, The Sportsman on St John’s Road, The Grove and Head of Steam, located within the railway station building. 

Magic Rock Brewery, one of the most popular indie brewers in the UK are also based in Huddersfield and you can visit their 1700sq ft brew bar which includes ten taps and five cask lines of the freshest Magic Rock beers anywhere and a view directly into the working brewery.

If you’d prefer to stay sober then there’s plenty more to do in Huddersfield on an evening with a packed calendar of events year round. Lawrence Batley Theatre and Huddersfield Town Hall are two world class theatre venues hosting a healthy programme of live music, theatre and performing arts. Find out what’s on in Huddersfield on our Events page.

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