Hebden Bridge is an ideal location for a short break or a longer holiday, with access to great walking, fantastic scenery, good food and quirky, independent shops year round. The town itself has everything you need if you are planning to self-cater, including a medium sized supermarket, two late night convenience stores, bakers and butchers, as well as plenty of options for eating out. Within 10 minutes’ walk of the apartment there are a number of restaurants, bars and pubs, with plenty of child-friendly cafes during the day (see below for our recommendations for visiting with children).
The town’s Picture House has a fantastic programme of films and events, ranging from the latest blockbusters to foreign and arthouse films, and many one-off events. The Trades Club features a good line-up of live music, plus monthly quiz nights and members’ events – non-members are welcome at any time.
Hebden Bridge Arts Festival takes place for a fortnight in late June, and runs events in the town’s many venues, as well as further afield in Mytholmroyd, Hepstonstall and beyond.
The town is packed for the annual Duck Race, held on Easter Monday, and for nearby Pace Egg celebrations at Easter.
Hebden Bridge is equidistant between Leeds and Manchester, with regular direct train services to Leeds, York, Manchester Victoria, Blackpool and Preston. Within 10 miles, Halifax boasts fantastic architectural gems in its Piece Hall and Dean Clough, whilst the excellent National Media Museum can be found nearby in Bradford. Calderdale’s tourism website has lots of further information about what to see and do.
Visiting with children
The apartment is child-friendly, and we are happy to supply a highchair or cot during your stay free of charge. We can also provide socket covers on request. The main bedroom is large enough to have a cot alongside the double bed, and a cot can also fit next to the kingsize sofa bed in the living room.
There are many child-friendly options for eating out in Hebden Bridge during the day, including:
Organic House – with highchairs, toys and babychange facilities
Watergate Tearooms – with highchairs and babychange facilities
My Play Cafe – a soft play centre combined with cafe
Some other options further afield:
Grandma Pollards – legendary for its fish and chips, pies and huge vanilla slices. Worth the 15 minute drive in our opinion, and with the option of eating on their stationary bus, parked behind the restaurant.
Some suggested days out:
Eureka – the national children’s museum in Halifax
Shibden Hall – house and gardens, with a great park – in Halifax
Keighley & Worth Valley Railway – famous for being the setting for The Railway Children – but great even if you haven’t seen the film – 15 minutes’ drive from the apartment, in Oxenhope
National Railway Museum – in York, an easy day trip with a direct train from Hebden Bridge