The West Yorkshire market town of Huddersfield is situated between Leeds and Manchester. It has developed into one of the largest towns in the UK and has come a long way since the civil unrest of the industrial revolution.
Victorian architecture is omnipresent and Huddersfield lays claim to many listed buildings. Standing proudly atop Castle Hill is Victoria Tower, constructed in honour of Queen Victoria's 60th Jubilee Year. Huddersfield railway station has retained its grand ambiance and supports commuters with comprehensive train schedules; express services exist for travel to and from Leeds and Manchester, along with regular trains to Darlington, Hull, Liverpool and many other destinations.
Local amenities abound, with three main shopping outlets, Kingsgate, Piazza and The Packhorse Precinct and the well-supported Lawrence Batley Theatre. The Parish pub has been trading since 1720 and adds to the large selection of restaurants and night clubs available in in the town centre. November sees the opening of the Huddersfield Festival of Light; there is also the light-hearted take on all things tropical at the Caribbean Carnival, which is held in July.
Sports fans have a wide choice of venues to attend that all-important match; John Smith's Stadium provides many sporting facilities, such as a fully-equipped gym, swimming pool and a range of fitness programmes. Rugby league originated here and for dedicated followers of the sport, the Rugby League Heritage Centre, in the basement of the George Hotel, offers a detailed insight into the game with a great collection of memorabilia.
Huddersfield is a manufacturing town, with chemical, engineering and textile industries. The University of Huddersfield employs a large proportion of the local workforce.