Days Out: Piece Hall, Halifax

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Explore one of the most extraordinary buildings in Britain - a unique Grade I listed modern day shopping mecca set in a stunning public square, right here in Yorkshire.

The Piece Hall in Halifax was originally built to support the trading of ‘pieces’ of cloth and dates back to 1779.

Set in the heart of the city, it was a point of Halifax’s commercial, civic and cultural life for almost 250 years.

This year, it reopened following a multi-million pound restoration which has transformed it into a 21st Century town square for residents and visitors.

It’s a totally unique venue - the only surviving intact cloth hall in the UK and an iconic symbol of the important role played by Georgian Halifax at the booming centre of the world’s woollen trade.

The huge open square is a fantastic stage for a wide range of events, entertainment and markets – currently hosting a Christmas market compete with 30ft tree and stalls selling festive fayre.

There’s also the cosy Hygge Tipi serving signature winter-themed food where you can snuggle up with the flicker of a real flame fire and a hot chocolate or mulled wine with friends and family.

Lining the square is a mix of independent bars, restaurants, shops and cafes as well as specially-created exhibition spaces and an art gallery hosting visual art exhibitions.

There’s a fantastic buzz in the Piece Hall, with people of all ages exploring, socialising and soaking up the atmosphere.

Offering something for everyone, it’s a venue that was treasured in the past and one which will be cherished in the future.

FACTFILE - PIECE HALL, HALIFAX

Opening times: Gates open: Monday - Saturday at 7am, Sunday at 10am. Shops Open: Monday - Saturday 10am - 6pm, Sunday 11am-4pm. Restaurant, cafés and bars ‘til late.

Website: www.thepiecehall.co.uk/

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