Once a trading place for handloom weavers, The Piece Hall in Halifax is yet another iconic structure to enjoy in Yorkshire. A Grade I listed building, The Piece Hall opened back in 1779 and has since been transformed into a modern-day public square, replete with shops, bars and restaurants to enjoy. It’s one of the most extraordinary retail and leisure locations in the country, surrounding a 66,000 square foot courtyard that is used for music performances and other events. Recognised as one of Europe’s great public squares, The Piece Hall is the only intact surviving cloth hall in the UK, a link to our Georgian past, and a stunning architectural gem that takes its deserved place among Yorkshire’s most recognisable landmarks.
Cat, from the travel blog Flying Scots Girl, is a big fan of The Piece Hall, sharing with us: “Walking into The Piece Hall feels like you might have been transported across Europe to Italy and its charming market squares. Imagine the hustle and bustle that would have emanated from here as traders made their deals for ‘pieces’ of cloth when The Piece Hall opened in the 18th century! Today you can visit plenty of independent shops and cafes that have found a home inside the revamped building. I love that there are so many things to uncover and enjoy heading over to The Piece Hall to spend time looking through the shops for gifts in one of the most incredible gems of Georgian architecture in the country!”