A large town around 20 miles southeast of Leeds, Huddersfield is known for being a former hub of industrial activity during the Industrial Revolution. Today, taking advantage of its idyllic location in the south Pennines, Huddersfield is a popular destination for people who want to go shopping, watch live sport or learn about some of the local history.
What makes Huddersfield so appealing to visitors is the sheer number of impressive Georgian-era buildings. The town’s train station is a prime example, as is the George Hotel, the birthplace of Rugby League. Huddersfield has more than its fair share of cultural venues, while it’s close to a number of famous small towns and villages including Holmfirth and Marsden.
Simply to make driving uphill and downhill in Huddersfield easier, a larger car would be perfect, as it would be for getting onto the M62 and around the ring road.
Huddersfield’s two main sports clubs – Huddersfield Town Football Club and Huddersfield Giants Rugby League Club – play their home games at the 24,500-seater John Smith’s Stadium. The Giants are one of the best teams in the country.
The George Hotel, just a few minutes away from the train station, houses the Rugby League Heritage Centre. It traces the sport’s origins back to 1895 when the meeting to break away from rugby union took place in the very same building.
A local landmark of note is Castle Hill. The hill has Victoria Tower, a monument erected to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Silver Jubilee. The hill provides panoramic views of Huddersfield and some of the outlying villages.
The Lawrence Batley Theatre is the main cultural venue in the town. It’s widely recognised as one of the best places in Yorkshire to see a stage show, be it a play, opera, stand-up comedy gig or even pantomime, despite the stiff competition from venues in Leeds and Bradford.
Parking within the inner ring road is scarce. The best thing to do is park nearby in somewhere like Southgate or just north of Huddersfield train station.
Many of the roads in Huddersfield are uphill and can be difficult for smaller cars to drive on during winter, when snow and ice can cause serious problems.
The M62 motorway, which passes by the town’s northern suburbs, tends to attract large volumes of traffic during public holidays.
The nearest airport to the town is Leeds Bradford Airport, which is around 14 miles north-northeast of Huddersfield. It serves destinations throughout Europe, although Manchester Airport, which is 20 miles southeast, has a wider range of flights available.
To get to Leeds Bradford airport, take the M62 and then follow the M606 north to Bradford. Drive eastbound on the outer ring road and take the A558 and follow the signs for the airport.