5 reasons why you should move to Huddersfield
PUBLISHED: 00:00 05 November 2019 | UPDATED: 10:53 06 November 2019
Neighbourhood know-how, places and people
Huddersfield is undergoing a renaissance with this historic area of West Yorkshire starting to catch people's eye for its facilities and location. From the stunning views of Emley Moor to the bustle of the town centre to the famous Last Of The Summer Wine scenery in nearby Holmfirth, Huddersfield has much offer. Its Victorian buildings still impress, while the new university signifies a town stepping out of the shadows. The Grade 1 listed railway station in St George's Square at the heart of the town was described by Sir John Betjeman as 'the most splendid station façade in England'. Huddersfield Town's recent top-flight football adventure did wonders for the area's profile both nationally and internationally. The recently opened leisure centre is state-of-the-art, and the Lawrence Batley Theatre attracts all the big shows on tour.
Huddersfield boasts a great location for commuters. The M62 and M1 motorways pass close by so Leeds, Manchester and Sheffield are within easy reach, and there are plenty of regular trains to London and Scotland. An easy hop to airports at Manchester and Leeds Bradford.
Bag a Property
As you move out of the town centre and into the rural villages prices go up, but you still get plenty of bang for your buck. Prices start at about £150k for a terraced house in town. As you'd expect with an area on the up, new builds are popping up. A two-bedroomed apartment for young professionals starts at about £130k. Within a mile you can be in a Victorian detached house from £400k at smart Norwood Park.
Heading south towards Flockton and Emley Moor you can bag a property with land and stunning views for £500,000 plus.
As soon as you get out of town rolling hills and tiny villages dot the landscape like bees around a hive. A walk onto the Pennines offers incredible from Castle Hill or Holme Moss. Big walks and a huge sense of achievement guaranteed. You could also test your narrowboat skills with a journey on the Huddersfield Broad Canal and Huddersfield Narrow Canals.
Folk continue to flock to nearby Holmfirth, home of BBC's 'Last Of The Summer Wine'. You can still see Sid's Café and Norah Batty's home. If you're eagle-eyed, you may spot other locations from popular shows such as The League Of Gentlemen, Happy Valley and Jericho amongst others.
Café & Cocktail
The restaurant scene in Huddersfield has always been vibrant but now it's taken on a new dimension with varied and exciting eateries making the town a real foodie destination. Try Eric's in the quiet, residential area of Lindley. Eric Paxman is rooted in the town - after training at Huddersfield Tech he travelled the world working for chefs like Marco Pierre White at L'Escargot before returning home and setting up his restaurant. The Bionic Chef at Barncliife Mills in Shelley is quickly gaining a great reputation for the food it serves.
Rustic food from husband and wife team Richard and Anna Whittaker. Richard is a chef by trade but a devastating motorbike accident nearly ended that. He survived - thanks to 26 operations - so the Whittakers are seizing this opportunity with both hands. For fish and chips, Catch on Woodhead Road in Holmfirth is definitely worth visiting and Three Acres Inn and Restaurant guarantees a good menu spanning fine dining to hearty gastro. There's even a vineyard! Hardy vines grow at Holmfirth Vineyard where there's a smashing café and winemaking tours.
Look out for
A de-stress. Take it easy at the Titanic Spa - the country's first eco-spa in a beautifully restored textile mill in Linthwaite. Offering everything you've come to expect from a spa, with the added beautifully designed apartments for an overnight stay.
Alexandra House is tucked a in quiet corner of the outskirts of town and has been pampering and improving the well-being of stressed locals for over ten years now. Founders Dr Maxine Stead and partner Alan are also behind the recently opened Scullery Kitchen, and incorporate the Yorkshire Wellness Centre.
More independent shops are joining high street names. Check out the Kingsgate, Piazza and Packhorse shopping centres or venture to Lindley or Slaithwaite for a whole range of independents to tempt. From artisan bakeries to micro-breweries to textiles, the scene is vibrant. If you're a music buff, The Vinyl Tap on John William Street is an Aladdin's cave of music.