An action-packed getaway filled with culture, nature and tasty eats!
This past August bank holiday weekend provided the perfect opportunity for a quick family trip. We decided to venture up north to the historic town of Halifax in West Yorkshire. Little did we know the incredible adventures that awaited! Over the course of the weekend, we explored interactive museums, feasted at a 17th century pub, took in the sights of a grand architectural wonder, and finished it off with a delightful jaunt through a quaint country village.
Through all the fun family activities, we also soaked up the rich history and culture of Halifax and its surrounding areas. It was a trip filled with laughter, learning and making priceless memories together.
Here’s a recap of our jam-packed weekend itinerary and recommendations for your own Halifax holiday!
Day 1: Eureka! Children’s Museum and The Piece Hall
To kick things off, we headed to the Eureka! The National Children’s Museum, an interactive paradise perfect for curious young minds.
Our Visit to Eureka!
With six zones covering everything from music to health, there were tons of hands-on exhibits to capture the kids’ imagination. Some highlights included:
- The hospital role playing area with pretend x-rays
- Building structures and racing cars down ramps in the construction zone
- Composing melodies in the musical studio
We easily spent over 5 hours exploring Eureka! The vibrant, energetic environment had activities catering to all interests. (See our full review of Eureka! Children’s Museum for more details on prices, parking, food and planning your own visit!)
On To The Piece Hall, Halifax
Next we walked over to the nearby Piece Hall, a Georgian landmark that has been thoughtfully restored into a heritage and cultural hub.
Inside we discovered:
- Over 40 shops – from handmade crafts to stylish boutiques, there was plenty of diverse and independent retail therapy!
- Interactive exhibits – helped the kids visualise Halifax’s textile history through engaging displays and artefacts.
- A vibrant ambiance with street performers and regular special events
While the Piece Hall doesn’t offer enough on its own to occupy young ones for a full day, it made for an excellent add-on to our Eureka! adventure.
Overall, day one gave us a perfect blend of children’s entertainment and cultural immersion!
Dinner: Long Can Hall Pub and Countryside Explorations
For dinner, we continued our historical discoveries with a trip to Long Can Hall – a delightful family pub rich with over 300 years of heritage!
Long Can Hall Pub
Dating back to 1637, Long Can Hall enveloped us in its tastefully preserved 17th century charm. From the exposed beams to the roaring log fire, this countryside pub overflowed with character.
Some of our favourite elements included:
- Kid-friendly dining – with smaller portions of adult meals available upon request
- Warm, welcoming staff – who ensure families have a comfortable experience
- Pet-friendly outdoor area – perfect for those visiting Halifax with their furry friends!
And most importantly – the food was outstanding. My mouth is watering just reminiscing on their epic filled Yorkshire pudding!
Exploring the Countryside
After our decadent meal, we took a drive through the lush countryside. Rolling hills and vibrant green pastures unfurled around us as we made our way to our accommodation at nearby Dean Clough Travelodge.
Overnight Accommodation: Dean Clough Travelodge
Of course, no family trip is complete without comfortable lodging! We booked a stay at the Dean Clough Travelodge located inside Halifax’s converted industrial complex.
This budget-friendly hotel proved an excellent home base, with amenities and service catered towards families, including:
- Spacious family rooms to comfortably fit two adults and two children
- Quality beds and beddings so even the little ones sleep soundly
- Friendly customer service making check-in and check-out smooth and hassle-free
And while the Travelodge itself doesn’t have dining options, the location provides easy access to Halifax’s many cafes and restaurants.
See our full review on the family-approved Dean Clough Travelodge for more details on the rooms, parking, tips for staying and nearby Halifax attractions!
The central site and comforting rooms made it the ideal accommodation after action-packed days exploring Halifax with kids.
Day 2: The Captivating Town of Hebden Bridge
Our last day was spent wandering the postcard-perfect streets of a village that has stolen our hearts. Enter Hebden Bridge – a creative community cradled within verdant valleys and calming waterways.
During our day trip we uncovered:
- Vibrant arts scene – independent shops, galleries and community events infuse Hebden Bridge with colour and soul
- Breathtaking trails – with ample options for hikers, nature lovers and families to explore the great outdoors
- Delectable local eateries – whether you crave traditional English pub fare or a Mediterranean bite, the village offers something to tantalise every palate
And while walking along the atmospheric canal paths and stone bridges crossing gentle streams, we understood why so many artists and free spirits have called this special place home.
Hebden Bridge’s etheral beauty and funky culture make it an ideal getaway to complete your West Yorkshire family adventures.
Would We Recommend A Halifax Weekend Escape?
Without a doubt! For families interested in more than just children’s attractions, Halifax and its surrounding villages offer culture, cuisine and camaraderie perfect for a quick weekend escape.
Whether you’re looking to learn about history in an interactive setting, dine at a 300 year old countryside pub, or lose yourself in the winding cobblestone streets of Hebden Bridge’s artsy community – Halifax has something to ignite your whole family’s imagination.
So if you ever find yourself dreaming up a weekend adventure to enjoy with your little ones, we wholeheartedly endorse making Halifax your destination!