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Life in Calderdale

Calderdale is at the Heart of the Pennines!

Calderdale is located almost exactly halfway between Manchester and Leeds, at the heart of the Yorkshire Pennines. Working in the midst of striking scenery at the historical crossroads between Lancashire and Yorkshire.

  • We have more public rights of way than roads that serve to link our breath-taking countryside.
  • Also, we are only a short trip away from the two great Northern cities of Leeds and Manchester.

It is a place that has inspired poets, novelists, painters and musicians. Yet, it has also been called the cradle of the Industrial Revolution. It is a place of contrasts and great diversity, but there is still a real sense of community.

Calderdale is a place where we are proud to say: 'everyone different, everyone matters'.


What does Calderdale have to offer?


This is the largest town Calderdale and one of the most complete Victorian townscapes in Britain. Dean Clough Mill (Halifax), once the world's largest carpet mill, now hosts businesses, restaurants and an extensive art gallery.

Hebden Bridge

This town had been home to over twenty mills. It has since become world famous as a unique and highly unique town with a thriving arts scene.


Here there is the glorious Grade 1 listed Town Hall. It is highly prized as a venue for festivals and a great music performance venue.

Sowerby Bridge

Now home to a wealth of restaurants with something to suit all tastes.


Renowned for its extensive shopping, with local firms rubbing shoulders with national chains.


Over one hundred businesses, many of them household names, have been established in the Lowfields Business Park.

Excellent quality of life

Todmorden street

Today, Calderdale is a place where you can expect an excellent quality of life.

  • There is plenty to do, with a great choice of restaurants, bars, theatres, cinemas, museums and art galleries to visit.
  • Our beautiful countryside also means that the chance to walk, ride and cycle are right on your doorstep.
  • Water sports, where you can sail, canoe and narrow-boat up and down the Calder Valley.
  • With five Council sports sites, swimming pools, gyms and an athletics track, keeping fit here has never have been easier. It is a great place to be active.

Calderdale has some of the best known landmarks in Britain. It has been featured in the BBC's "Last Tango in Halifax" and many other programmes.

  • You may also have seen the Piece Hall. This is our Grade 1 listed masterpiece in the film "Brassed Off", as well as TV programmes. It was built to provide a marketplace for Halifax's hugely successful trade in cloth. It is now home to a host of shops, cafes, the Halifax Visitor Centre and Art Gallery. It also offers an exciting events and live shows.
  • Shibden Hall, Halifax's exquisite Tudor mansion house. This is one of West Yorkshire's most important heritage sites and was featured in Emily Bronte's 'Wuthering Heights'.
  • There is also Wainhouse Tower, a splendidly ornate Victorian chimney with 403 steps and stunning views of the Calder Valley.
  • Our amazing landscapes and many of our 4,000 listed buildings, have featured in film/TV many times and rightly so.

A major retail plaza has recently been developed in the centre of Halifax and features:

  • A cinema;
  • multi-storey car park;
  • a variety of bars and restaurants;
  • as well as Grade A office space.

Our future

We are excited about Calderdale's future. We have invested in:

  • Better transport links, which includes a direct train service from Halifax to London.
  • Also, a new libraries, leisure facilities, housing and schools, so that our children will have a brighter future.

We think Calderdale is a great place to live today, but we hope that tomorrow it will be even better.