Brighouse has all the hallmarks of a thriving and successful town centre, particularly in comparison with other centres similarly positioned between larger towns and cities and where large supermarkets have moved in.
The town is well-loved by locals and visitors from further afield who prefer small town shopping to visiting the nearest larger towns of
It has an amazing range of independent shops and good quality restaurants and cafes catering in just about every cuisine.
The town is particularly busy during theme and market weekends which it holds around the year, including a 1940s Weekend, Canal Festival and Victorian Christmas Market.
Brighouse was once a centre for textile and flour mills. In recent years former textile mill buildings have been converted to apartments while former flour silos now house the UK's highest man-made climbing wall.
Industrial estates stretching along the River Calder downstream from the town centre now house a diverse range of industries.
The town is on the River Calder
Brighouse is on the Calder and Hebble Navigation.
The town has a range of shops and supermarkets.
Brighouse holds occasional outdoor markets - on event dates.
The town has a Post Office.
Brighouse has bank and building society branches.
The town has pharmacies.
Brighouse has several pubs.
Brighouse has a great selection of places to eat.
A wide range of takeaway food outlets can be found in Brighouse.
The town has a library.
There are public toilets in the town(20p entry)
Brighouse stationManaged by: Northern
Operator/s: Grand Central - Northern -
Northern - Brighouse Station and departure information at Northern website.
Bus travelThe town has a bus station.
Road travelBrighouse can be reached via the (M62) A641 A643 A644 A6025
Places to Visit
The hall, dating from 1420, is located alongside Shibden Park, which was formed from its estate. Exploring the house reveals a variety of architecture from the various periods of its history and an insight into the people who lived there over the years. One of those was Anne Lister, whose diaries in the early 18th century were the inspiration of the recent BBC period drama series "Gentleman Jack", written by Sally Wainwright. Much of the series was filmed in the real-life location at Shibden Hall. The house also has a 17th century barn housing a carriage collection. Shibden Hall is managed by Calderdale Council museums.
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Hardcastle Cragsoff Midgehole Road, Hebden Bridge
Hardcastle Crags is a delightful wooded valley about 2 miles north of Hebden Bridge with beautiful streams and more than 15 miles of footpaths. A visitor centre, cafe and shop is based in Gibson Mill, a former textile mill built around 1800, in the heart of the valley. The centre gets its power entirely from water turbines, solar panels and a biomass boiler, has a filtered spring water supply and recycles all waste. Hardcastle Crags is managed by the National Trust.
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Eureka! The National Children's MuseumDiscovery Road,
This modern museum near to Halifax railway station is full of interactive exhibits in themed galleries aimed at inspiring younger children to learn.
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Wainhouse TowerWakefield Gate, off Skircoat Moor Road, King Cross
This facscinatingly ornate 77 metre (253 foot) tower overlooks the Calder Valley in the King Cross area of Halifax, 1.5 miles south-west of the centre. Although many legendary tales have developed about its construction, it was started as an elaborate mill chimney but finished as a folly. On bank holidays it is open to vistors, who can pay a small fee to climb its internal spiral staircase.
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Emergency servicesWest Yorkshire Police
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust
Metropolitan district council
Calderdale Council is centred in
Part of the district includes seven civil parish councils, four of which are small single ward councils.
Calderdale has 51 elected councillors, 3 per ward across 17 wards. Each councillor serves a 4-year term with one councillor per ward elected each year in 3 out of 4 years. An election of one-third of the council due to be held in 2020 has been postponed to 2021.
Calderdale Council website.
Political composition after the May 2021 election:
County strategic authority
West Yorkshire Combined Authority
Covers some combined services of the five metropolitan district councils of
Will work with an elected mayor as chairman and as decision-maker for some responsibilities after May 2021 election.
Police and Crime Commissioner
The Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire
Role will become one of the responsibilities of a West Yorkshire elected mayor after the May 2021 election.
West Yorkshire Fire Authority
The fire authority is made up of elected members of each of the five metropolitan district councils of West Yorkshire - Bradford, Calderdale, Leeds, Kirklees and Wakefield.
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