The town is bustling with smart shops, boutiques, pubs and restaurants, while stone-built cottages and houses seem to cling to the steep sides of the valley, some reached by cobbled streets.
Holmfirth was the principal location of TV's longest-run comedy series Last Of The Summer Wine and tourists visiting the town still head for Sid's Cafe, Nora Batty's steps or take a scenic trip around some of the other famous locations.
Holmfirth was first famous for film-making much earlier than this. Back in the early 1900s, even before Hollywood, Bamforth & Co were behind pioneering film-making work, but later became better known for their saucy seaside postcards.
The town hosts a Folk Festival in May and also a two-week Arts Festival in June, featuring art, music, theatre and performance from local and national talent.
The edge of the
The tremendous scenery of the area continues to be placed under pressure with an increase in house-building, often providing homes for people who wish to commute to other towns and cities to work.
For more than 100 years, Holmfirth had a railway station, hence the Station Road in the town. It was at the end of a branch stretching for nearly two miles from the Huddersfield-Penistone-Sheffield line at Brockholes. It was opened in 1850 but closed to passengers in 1959 and freight in 1965. Buses now provide connections to neighbouring towns, including
A former car showroom with access from Huddersfield Road and Hollowgate is the location of Holmfirth's indoor market. Thursday is the regular market day. There are craft and food markets on Saturdays and Farmer's Markets usually on the third Sunday of the month.
Supermarkets are represented by a large Co-operative, Lidl and a Sainsbury's Local.
Holmfirth has chemists at Huddersfield Road and at the Elmwood Health Centre.
A variety of pubs and bars can be found around the town centre.
Places to eat around the town include pubs, restaurants, tea and coffee shops, some of these at famous TV locations, and an ice cream and coffee shop run by a local dairy.
The town has fish and chip shops and a selection of takeaway food outlets.
The town has a library in Huddersfield Road.
Holmfirth has a Tourist Information Centre at the library.
There are public toilets at Town Gate near to the bus station.
The River Holme flows through Holmfirth, where it is joined by the River Ribble.
Holy Trinity Church is the parish church of Holmfirth and is in the heart of the town. The present church dates from 1788.
Built as a cinema more than a century ago and first named the Holme Valley Theatre, The Picturedrome now offers an exciting live music venue.
Holmfirth Civic Hall offers a popular traditional venue for shows, choral concerts and exhibitions.
The exhibition is situated at the famous steps of TV's longest run comedy series Last of Summer Wine on which Compo had many a hilarious battle with Nora Batty. Inside is a Compo-style treasure trove of show memorabilia, photographs and videos and the tour starts and ends in a souvenir gift shop.
Places to Visit
Peak District National ParkThe vast area of the Peak District National Park starts at Holme, around 3 miles south-west of Holmfirth. Buses run from Holmfirth into the National Park, which stretches from Yorkshire into Derbyshire and beyond. For more details see our
formerly Kirklees Light Railway
Whistelstop Valley is a rebranding of the Kirklees Light Railway, a 15-inch-gauge light railway on the trackbed of the former Clayton West branch line from the Huddersfield-Penistone-Sheffield line. The branch had survived the Beeching axe of the 1960s but eventually closed to coal traffic in 1979 and passengers from the large commuter villages of
More information at the
TravelHolmfirth bus station is in Towngate. There are regular services to
Holmfirth is the crossing point of the
Emergency servicesWest Yorkshire Police
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust
Civil parish councilHolme Valley Parish Council
Holme Valley Parish Council, based at the Council Offices in Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth, is a civil parish council of 23 councillors and provides a limited range of services in the Holme Valley, grants and local input into the planning function of the district authority. The council elects a chairman annually.
Link to council website
Holme Valley Parish Council
Metropolitan district council
Kirklees Council covers a large metropolitan district based in
They include those in the former county borough of
Kirklees Council is made up of 69 councillors with three councillors per ward in 23 wards. Councillors are elected for four-year terms with one-third involved in elections in three out of four years. Councillors elect a Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Kirklees each year.
Kirklees Council website.
Political composition after the May 2022 election:
County strategic authorityWest Yorkshire Combined Authority
Covers some combined services of the five metropolitan district councils of
Operates with elected mayor Tracy Brabin as chairman and as decision-maker for some responsibilities after May 2021 election.
Police and Crime CommissionerThe Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire
This role has become one of the many responsibilities of the West Yorkshire elected mayor since May 2021.
Fire AuthorityWest 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.