Halifax is a solid and traditional West Yorkshire town with a history steeped in the woollen mill and weaving sector going right back to the 1400s. The town centre is the epitome of the Victorian style civic buildings for which Yorkshire is renowned, and the town is very close to the tiny moorland village of Haworth, where the Bronte family lived. Visitors to Halifax will discover it is an excellent base for exploring the Yorkshire Dales, the Pennines and the Derbyshire Peak District. There is no airport in the town of Halifax; however, Leeds Bradford and Manchester International Airports are both very close and easily accessed by public transport.
Halifax does not have its own airport, but the international airports of Manchester and Leeds Bradford are very close to the town. It's easily possible to travel from either Manchester or Leeds Bradford using speedy, affordable public transport, or passengers can opt for a local taxi or chauffeur service for direct journeys to any Halifax destination. Halifax is 30 miles away from Manchester Airport and 13 miles from Leeds-Bradford Airport.
Domestic passengers in the UK can source a variety of flights to Halifax, from regional airports or the main London airports. British Airways provides affordable round-trip flights from London to Leeds and Manchester, with flight times of around one hour each way. Some of the other airlines offering flights from regional hubs to Leeds or Manchester include Flybe from Newquay and Belfast, and Ryanair from Dublin. International travellers can also source great deals on flights to Halifax with a variety of budget airlines.
Halifax is still a major commercial player in the UK, home to the Mackintosh confectionery brand and the Halifax Bank of Scotland banking brand. This makes it an important destination for business travel, from within the UK and overseas. The Yorkshire Dales, Lake District and Peak District are also readily accessed from Halifax town centre. Affordable and speedy flights of around one hour from UK airports means flying into Leeds or Manchester airports is definitely the quickest way to travel to Halifax from destinations such as London, Newquay, Birmingham, or Edinburgh.
The main train station in Halifax is located in the centre of the town, and services operate from Manchester and Leeds/Bradford. Public bus services are operated by First, Yorkshire Tiger and Arriva Tiger. Some of the hidden visitor attractions that make Halifax so special include Shibden Hall and Museum which can be accessed by scheduled buses, the cobbled streets and alleyways of the Old Town area and the craft beers and local music gigs that are so popular with locals.
Leeds Bradford Airport is less than 20 kilometres from the city of Leeds. It is well connected to the city of via bus and other public transport including taxi. Car hire is also an option for those who prefer. Flights to Leeds connect the city to domestic destinations such as Dublin, London, Aberdeen, Glasgow, and Belfast, while major European destinations include Paris, Vienna, Rome, Munich, Amsterdam, and Barcelona. There are flights to and from New York as well. Besides this airport, the closest international airport is at Manchester, 70 kilometres away.
While the ancient heritage of the city is in evidence by its numerous monuments - such as the Lotherton Hall notable for its parks and gardens and the Temple Newsam built in the Tudor era - Leeds also has modern attractions such as a vibrant nightlife. Visitors can spend a relaxed evening at the smaller pubs, or explore the more happening places at Oporto, Mint Club, and The Wardrobe. Shoppers can tour the Leeds Corn Exchange, notable for its picturesque old setting as well as the many retail outlets it houses. The Wetherby Racecourse features exciting races and events. The city is also home to the football club Leeds United.