Huddersfield was the birth place of Harold Wilson, Labour Prime Minister of the 60s and 70s, and has a strong working class tradition...
The oldest attraction in town is the Castle Hill Monument dating back to the Iron Age. As a hill fort, it is one of the most important locations in the north of England and established the town as an important centre.
The mill industry grew up in Huddersfield during the Industrial Revolution. Wool was the major source of income, mainly due to the ample supply of fresh water needed for textile production.
The town has many buildings dating back to the success of the mill owners, with the railway station one of the most famous in Britain with its columned frontage and grand design. The Town Hall is also an impressive building to view.
Huddersfield has become a centre for the creative arts, with a vibrant art gallery and many unique shops selling art and handicrafts. The gallery includes works by Lowry and Henry Moore. There are also many arts festivals throughout the year. The largest is the Festival of Light, held each December, with theatre performances and street parades. Slightly more notorious is the fact that the town is the last place in the UK that the Sex Pistols gigged before their break up.
The town's parks are also well used and developed, with Beaumont Park offering gardens, woodlands and water cascades built in the Victorian style. Lying just outside the town, it can be easily reached with your rental car.
Leeds Bradford (LBA) and Manchester (MAN) airports are the nearest to the town, reached along the M62. You can pre-book your hire car to pick up at the airports or in downtown Huddersfield. To find the best price on car rental in Huddersfield, use TravelSupermarket's search tool to the left.
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One of the most visited places is Holmfirth. Used as the setting for Last of the Summer Wine, the adventures of Compo and his gang and the infamous Nora Batty have brought visitors in their hordes to film locations in the riverside town, as well as to enjoy the quite breath-taking Pennine scenery. There are lots of local shops, cobbled streets and stones houses to explore.
Denby Dale is known as Pie Town due to its history of baking enormous pies (the largest being 12 tonnes) to celebrate events such as the Millennium. It also sits within a stone's throw of the huge stone built viaduct across the Dearne Valley.
Bradford is a short drive north of the town. A UNESCO City of Film, you can explore the museums and exhibitions dedicated to film and TV, as well as see films at the IMAX theatre in town. The cathedral is worth a visit and the city acts as a springboard to Brontë Country and the inspiration for books such as Wuthering Heights in nearby Keighley and Haworth. Saltaire is also worth a detour, with its buildings created for the local workers as part of a social model of employee care back in 1853.
Marsden is set in the Colne Valley and has canalside walks where you can visit what was one of the busiest trade routes in the country before modern roads. The longest, deepest and highest canal tunnel in the UK is here, Standedge Tunnel. Nearby Marsden Moor is a National Trust estate which is great for walking and there are lots of places for snacks and meals in the many cafes and restaurants.
And with Leeds, York and Manchester all within easy driving distance along the M62, there is much to choose from to make the most of your rental car.