Holmfirth is located in West Yorkshire and sandwiched between Saddleworth Moor and Huddersfield, Holmfirth is an old mill town that many are familiar with because it was used as the filming location for Last of the Summer Wine.
The buildings here are very old and the hills surrounding the town make the place look very scenic. You can pay £4 for a bus trip to tour Holmfirth, or £2 to tour the town by foot. There are also lots of places to walk within the local area, so this is a great location for hikers to visit.
There are a number of nice pubs, cafes and restaurants in Holmfirth. Sid's Café is a personal favourite of mine, as it appears in Last of the Summer Wine and you can purchase lots of memorabilia in there, as well as a cup of Yorkshire tea and a toasted tea cake!
You can pick up local produce from the butcher's, bakery and farmers' market. The town also has a cobbler's, a jewellers and lots of other independent stores. It makes a change to find a town that isn't dominated by superstores.
I don't think this is a place to take young children because there is no beach, or swimming pool to entertain them, but Holmfirth is a lovely place for a couple to visit for a weekend away from it all.
Living extremely close to Holmfirth myself, I fail to see the attraction of three old men sliding down a field in a bath tub, but there ya go. There's nowt so queer as folk, as we quaint little villagers like to say as we potter about in our wellingtons, eat fish and chips and say 'ey up chuck' in a broad yorkshire, rough inbred kinda way. I've lived in close proximity to this tourist honey trap for the best part of twelve years now and before that in the also lovely little town of Huddersfield so i feel i am qualified to comment. I feel there are a hell of a lot of people who need to realise that we don't all look like Compo, or dress like Nora Batty or sleep with our siblings. I've haven't liked 'Last of the Summer Wine' since I was able to form my own opinions and I have to admit that however harmless it may seem to naive outsiders, I despise it. No really, talk about flogging a dead horse? But for all it's failings, old people in baths and hilarious bum-pinching gags, it has to be given credit for putting Holmfirth on the map. Be it a very small ordinance survey map, but a map nevertheless. It was this long-running, attempted comedy that has drawn people in their...erm, dozens, to our picturesque town hoping to see Compo look-a-likes running about and thus bringing in much-needed trade. But it needn't have been this way. Little known is the fact that Holmfirth could have been the Hollywood of England...well, that may be stretching it a bit, but the very first silent films were produced and filmed in our ickle town and if it weren't for the appalling weather, then who knows what might have been? But no point dwelling on the past, the point is that sad as it may seem, 'Last of the Summer Wine' is what made Holmfirth what it is. But those peoiple who flock every year in wind and rain hoping to catch a glimpse of quaint local folk will be severely disappointed. Enlightenment follows: read
on if you can... Ok, so sure, there are still some 'characters' here to please those expecting jolly country people, like the bloke who runs the tour service on foot and the sweet old ladies behind the counter in most shops, but the truth is that Holmfirth is developing. It is already home to some unique restaurants spanning the globe in their cuisine - French, Italian, Austrian (go there - kerching!!) et al, there is a supermarket, the Picturedrome: which may have films a couple of weeks after other cinemas, but is cheap and friendly, the newly opened 'Pippa Nik' boutique, which has added a much needed injection of fashion to a mainly 'Holmfirth Mills' dominated area and basically although maintaining the outward appearance of a sweet little town in Yorkshire, is actually home to a needle bin. Unfortunately I have to burst your little bubbles here - Holmfirth has a disgusting underground drugs culture and a mafia-type heirarchy between families...it is immensely sad people, but there it is: Holmfirth may not have the glitter of Hollywood, but it has all the dirty habits. Even 'Last of the Summer Wine' country has been tainted by junkies...d'oh But I love it. Not least because of the beautiful scenery, which i have to admit it spectacular and the only reason i ever forced myself to watch 'Last of the Summer Wine' was to identify the fields around my house. Honestly, it's so difficult to believe that you come a few miles out of Huddersfield town centre and hit so many gorgeous sights. The Valleys and fields are particularly amazing in winter when covered in three foot of snow but at the same time, a total b*tch to get out of my drive in. I've rambled for quite a bit now, but i think you get my point. Holmfirth is a tourist town, no denying it, but look a little closer and it is a whole lot more. And we don't all have unsuitable relationships with farm animals. Ok??
I have been to Holmfirth a number of times over the years when the Folk Festival has been on. The place itself is charming - lovely scenery, friendly people, plenty of cafes' pubs and eateries for those people visiting for the day or weekend. The town itself is extremely hilly, the archiecture is delightful and when the Folk Festival is on the town is really vibrant. You can visit the cafe which appeared in Last Of the Summer Wine of course, and many references are made to the program wherever you go in Holmfirth. There's 'Summer Wine' this and 'Foggy's' that - it'scharming more than irritating though. If you like painting, you can visit Ashley Jackson's watercolour studio or buy craft at the fair which is held very regularly on the merket stalls near the town hall. Ther's a good range of pubs catering for every taste and one or two decent designer shops. A lovely day out really and something for everyone.
Holmfirth is a pleasant, small Yorkshire town. Its only claim to fame is that Last of the Summer Wine is filmed here, so if the thought of visiting Nora Batty’s house has you leaping about with excitement, it’s probably the prefect destination. The architecture is traditional but the presence of hectic traffic makes it much like any other English rural settlement. It takes ages just to get across the road, and any interesting buildings or quaint alleyways are viewed to the accompaniment of roaring motorbikes, white van horns and thundering lorries. Holmfirth luckily hasn’t developed the archetypal town centre with M & S, C & A et al. – it isn’t quite big enough. The shops are individual and interesting, particularly the large second-hand bookshop. One of the main attractions is “Sid’s Cafe” of LOTSW fame, but it seems to spend a great deal of time shut. If you’re staying in Holmfirth, it is nicer to spend the time walking in the surrounding countryside rather than in the place itself. It is more green and wooded than some of the surrounding moorland areas, nevertheless with some very steep hills. Holmfirth is perhaps worth a look if you’re in that part of the world anyway, and especially if you’re a fan of Last of the Summer Wine. In my opinion, however, it is just a sad reminder of the homogenisation of rural Britain by traffic – you’re more likely to get run over than meet Nora.
This is a nice place to visit. It as a nice market and is on the side on a river. They have lots of tourist shops and is near to the moors. It is near to Huddersfield and barnsley which are good shopping places. Though what holmfirth is best known for is the last of the summer wine, which there are tours and gifts to buy. The only problem with this place is that there is no beach, so you cant take your bucket and spade. Overall this is a nice place to visit for a day or a weekend but no longer
Holmfirth is the location used for the filming of Last of the Summer Wine, and we had a look round whilst we were in the area on our hols. You can visit the Tourist Information centre for details on the towns attractions...but quite honestly EVERYBODY visits Holmfirth for the same reason...to see the actual places which are so familiar on TV. But the strange thing is, few of the places DO look familiar. Nora Batty's house is opposite a stream (which could do with a clean-up), and surrounded by signs ("Cafe", "Museum", "Gift Shop" etc), Auntie Wainwright's shop is actually a bookshop (which we went into without realising it was Auntie Wainwright's!) and Sid's Cafe (which I did recognise) is on a small square only metres from a busy main road. The BBC, with a bit of jiggery-pokery, manage to make the locations look a lot more rustic than they really are.None of this makes Holmfirth any less interesting to visit, but it is well worth participating in a guided tour so that you don't walk straight past the places you are looking for! (Theres a £4 bus tour and a £2 walk, take your pick) As a local confided...if it wasn't for the TV series Holmfirth would have died as a town years ago. Locally there used to be 600 mills and 9 mines. Now just 2 mills and no mines remain. And like Compo's death, that's really sad.