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Living And Working In Huddersfield

Huddersfield is a town situated in the Kirklees district of West Yorkshire, approximately one hundred and ninety miles from London. The nearest airport is Leeds Bradford airport which is fifteen miles away and a train journey to the capital will last on average around three hours. Huddersfield is in close proximity to several major towns and cities which are extremely well connected by road and public transport. These include Manchester, Sheffield, Halifax, Wakefield, Leeds and Bradford.
Written by
Joanna Clare
Content Manager
Published on
October 25, 2023

Huddersfield is a town situated in the Kirklees district of West Yorkshire, approximately one hundred and ninety miles from London. The nearest airport is Leeds Bradford airport which is fifteen miles away and a train journey to the capital will last on average around three hours. Huddersfield is in close proximity to several major towns and cities which are extremely well connected by road and public transport. These include Manchester, Sheffield, Halifax, Wakefield, Leeds and Bradford.

The town has a rich history that dates back centuries and evidence of occupation can be traced as far back as the Roman period. From becoming a small market town in the seventeenth century, Huddersfield then went on to experience significant growth during the Industrial Revolution, especially with the manufacturing of textiles, wool and worsted (a smooth compact yarn from long wool fibres) material playing a major role in the town’s development. The construction of the Huddersfield Narrow Canal and the Broad Canal facilitated the transport of goods and raw materials in and out of the town. The arrival of the railways strengthened Huddersfield’s industrial and commercial connections with the town’s railway station opening in 1847.

Huge and exciting investments over the next five years, costing around £1 billion have been planned for the town’s future with many projects in the pipeline for transformation. There has never been a better time to invest in Huddersfield and the region has a highly skilled and dynamic workforce along with a strong and united team of stakeholders who are supporting investment, business sustainability and economic growth. Key sectors in the area include precision engineering, advanced manufacturing, textiles, education, healthcare, retail, creative and digital, finance and professional, logistics and distribution and construction.

The University of Huddersfield is a TEF (teaching excellence framework) gold rated university and has won many awards. It offers some of the finest lecturers and specialist facilities in England, teaching students from over one hundred different countries worldwide and helping them reach their potential in addition to collaborating with many businesses and organisations.

The town is in the foothills of the famous Pennines, a range of stunning hills, moors and mountains and are popular with nature enthusiasts and those seeking outdoor adventures in a beautiful setting. The town and the surrounding area offers several beautiful places to explore which include Castle Hill where you can sample panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, Marsden Moor, Hardcastle Crags in Hedben Bridge, Emley Moor and the Holme Valley which encompass places such as picturesque Holmfirth, often associated with the TV series ‘Last of the Summer Wine’.

Several National Trust properties are within driving distance from Huddersfield and offer a variety of wonderful gardens and historic architecture. There are plenty of interesting museums, galleries and theatre, all giving opportunity to explore the arts, history and the creativity of Huddersfield and the surrounding area.

Whether you are in the mood for browsing around the shops, a leisurely meal or a quick coffee, Huddersfield can offer a diverse range of culinary and retail options. There are shopping centres, a shopping arcade and a regular market as well as streets lined with restaurants and cafes offering many international dishes. Nightlife is lively with various pubs, bars and clubs and venues catering for live music.

The town has a rich sporting heritage and is home to Huddersfield FC, known as The Terriers while the Huddersfield Giants represent the town in rugby. There are several golf courses and various athletics and sports clubs catering for different sports including cricket. The wider region offers ample opportunity for horse riding, hiking and all manner of outdoor pursuits.

Huddersfield is an affordable town and is a great choice for those seeking a well balanced lifestyle. It is also a vibrant town, offering a blend of historical charm and modern amenities which provide an attractive environment for both  professionals and families. The diverse economy has adapted to provide ample job opportunities across various sectors while the balance of natural beauty and culture makes Huddersfield an appealing choice for so many.

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