The culture-rich Pennine town is located in Yorkshire and its industrial importance became prominent when the 2nd Earl of Halifax became involved in the promotion of trade in 1748. He assisted in founding the Canadian capital of Nova Scotia, which was named Halifax in his honour.
Lying in close proximity to Bradford and Rochdale, Halifax is on the Caldervale railway line, which offers commuters convenient access to Manchester, York, Selby and London. The villages of Sowerby Bridge, Luddenden Foot and Southowram are nearby; the latter being best known as the village where Emily Bronte, author of 'Wuthering Heights', taught at Law Hill House.
The Northbridge Leisure Centre, in Halifax, is operated by Calderdale Council and organises a five aside football league, beginning in October, as well as a full complement of indoor sports programmes. The new Brighouse swimming pool and fitness centre, on Woodvale Road, is a purpose-built facility and features a state of the art technogym as well as two pools, one of which is a teaching pool.
Halifax owes much of its architectural style to the wealthy wool barons of the industrial revolution and Piece Hall is a superb example of the flourishing textile industry that used to take place here. St John's Parish Church and Shibden Hall are steeped in history and are popular tourist spots. The Duke of Wellington's Regiment Museum, in Akroyd Park, offers a fascinating insight into the military pride of the famous duke and provides educational activities centred on the various collections. 'Eureka' The National Children's Museum celebrates its 20th birthday in 2012 and has a busy schedule of events to entertain the family, with over 400 interactive exhibits.