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About Halifax

The minster town of Halifax in West Yorkshire is home to more than 80,000 people, and has been inhabited since at least 1081, although unusually Halifax is not mentioned in the Domesday Book.

The town was an important centre in the wool trade from the 15th century. Confectionary is another major Halifax industry thanks to Mackintosh’s chocolate, makers of the Quality Street and Rolo brands.

Today Halifax may be best known for the Halifax Building Society (now Halifax plc) which is a major financial business founded in the town.

There’s lots for visitors to Halifax to do, including Eureka! The National Children’s Museum, visiting beautiful Halifax Minster, or a trip to historic Shibden Hall.

In keeping with Halifax’s historical importance in the textile trade, the town is now home to Bankfield Museum which houses one of the UK’s best textile and costume collections from around the world.