Relive the Industrial Revolution

Calderdale, West Yorkshire

Mills, canals, tunnels and follies in steep-sided valleys and rolling hills tell the tale of Calderdale’s key role in the Industrial Revolution.

You’ll find the biggest mills, the first trans-Pennine canals and railways and some of the longest tunnels of their day in Calderdale. It’s an area steeped in history, from the 900-year-old pillars in Halifax Minster to the 30-metre (100 foot) magnificence of Stoodley Pike Monument. Wainhouse Tower in Halifax is said to be one of the largest follies in the world. When you get close to these majestic monuments, explore the rugged rural landscape with its powerful mills, you’ll be sure to appreciate the importance of Calderdale’s heritage. 

A highlight is Piece Hall, built in 1779; it’s the oldest remaining cloth hall in Britain and was an important part of the Industrial Revolution. The iconic building is currently undergoing an amazing transformation and will re-open in Summer 2016.

Calderdale is in West Yorkshire. Local train station Halifax is approximately 3 hours north of London by train.

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CGI of the redeveloped Piece Hall  CGI of the redeveloped Piece Hall © Calderdale Council Tourism Team

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