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Huddersfield in General
Member Name: jo1l
Huddersfield in General
Date: 06/03/01, updated on 17/09/04 (313 review reads)
Advantages: I live here!
Now you could be forgiven for thinking that I do not like living here in Huddersfield - you'd actually be further from the truth its a great little town!
After several years of sitting on a train and feeling incredibly sorry for the mates I had, who actually lived here I got off the train and feel in love with the place and the chap who was to become known as Himdownstairs!
Now your probably thinking ok where is the place, before you start loking it up on a map I'll tell you! Huddersfield is about 20 miles from Leeds, 25 miles from Manchester and about 30 miles from Sheffield. With easy acess via train or road to all of these places. If you fancy a night out in either Manchester or Leeds then the Manchester Airport trian runs throw out the night and will get you home safely.
Shopping in Huddersfield Town centre is reasonable much like any small town with the usual high st shops ie Next, Dot perkins, Principles, M&S and BHs to name a few. This is going to change when they finally open the new Kingsgate shopping centre on the edge of town then the wonders of a proper department store and A TK Maxx will be with us.
For a better retail ther
apy experience jump on the train to either Leeds or Manchester, or get on the M62 and head for the delights of the Trafford centre which takes about 45 minutes to get to. Word of warning if you do go to the Trafford center make sure that Man U are not playing a home or the journey time can be extended some what due to all the Essex boys coming up to see their home team!
Out side of the town centre there are the usual run of the mill retail parks with DIY superstores, PC world and the electrical warehouses all fighting to part you with your hard earnt cash!
The markets in Huddersfield include the covered market just off the Piazza and the out door market which is open several times a week. Great second hand market on a Saturday
Out and about in Huddersfield at night is a relatively safe experience, unlike some bigger towns the town centre does not develope a siege mentality on a Friday and saturday night! The pubs in the town centre cater for a wide age group, so if you are not an under 21 you can still find some where to drink.
Eating out in Huddersfield is a little bit limited. The town centre has two curry houses that should only be entered if you've consummed vast quantities of alchohol and want food poisioning! But should you want to actually eat then you could try the Italian in Imperial arcade - very busy on a Friday and Saturday night! The Nawaab housed in a converted bank is a truely wonderful culinary experience with a wide variety of indian dishes catering well for vegetarians, again very busy on a friday and saturday night. Other resturants include a French bistro which has not quite got the ambience or food right or a Greek resturant.
Huddersfield offers several Pubs and clubs which hold late licensces notably the Head of Steam next door to the station. Night clubs include Johnny's, Ethos and Visage. Eden which is housed in the University of Huddersfield student Union is a good night out if you can ga
in entry. Read Assethounds op on it for more information.
Every town has it landmark, when I lived in Hull I used to sigh with relief in the early hours of the morning when we finally spotted the Humber bridge lit up in the distance. Hudersfield's landmark must be the Victorian folly a tower built on Castle Hill. Next door to the tower is a pub so it's well worth a trip up there!!!
Greenhead park just outside the town centre is a large park with a spectacular war memorial - reminicent of a greek temple. The park itself is home to many events during the summer months including the Afro cariaben carnival, Asian mela, Jazz concerts and and in recent years an anti racist festival organised by the Students union. The park does get busy when the sun comes out (- Yes it doesnt always rain here!!!) but it is big enough to find a nice corner to soak up a few ultra violet rays in relative peace.
Huddersfield also offers a range of cultral experience most of which are held in the refurbished Lawrence Batley theatre with regular plays, ballet etc being held in the main theatre.The cellar bar host's comedy club and film society. The old flea pit was closed down about 3 years ago and turned into a theme pub! But in the McAlpine stadium - home to Huddersfield Town footy club the is a multiplex cinema. If your film isnt showing there you can make the 15 minute journey down the A62 to Birstall which is home of Ikea Leeds and yet another multiplex.
The countryside around Huddersfield is ideal for gentle works along the Leeds to Liverpool canal being a favourite of mine. Last of the Summerwine country can easily be found by making the 15 minute car journey into Holmfirth. Word of warning - gets very busy in the summer and Sid's cafe does a lousy cuppa!! To be honest Holmfirth is very much like any other small yorkshire village and so isn't very special!! But one thing in its favour is that it is home to a monthly farmers market
so if you fancy a wonder round of a sunday morning go when the market is on!
With any small town there is a limit to what can be offered but given that Huddersfield is located so close to a variety of cities then its actually an ideal place to live!!
Now your probably wondering why I called this opinion Wi'bits? This is a strange Huddersfield expression which took me a while to cotton onto - I just thought they were a wee strange up here when I first moved up! Picture the scene you're queueing in your local chippie and most people politely ask for fish n chips wi'bits love! this quaint expression basically means they want the batter scraps on their chips! Strange but true!!!
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