Brighouse, Calderdale

Situated on the River Calder, Brighouse is a vibrant market town with a rich history and heritage.

A hidden gem in the heart of West Yorkshire

A town well loved by the locals and visitors from further afield, Brighouse is home to a range of independent shops and quality restaurants. And whilst this is a much loved smaller town, its position between the city of Bradford and the larger towns of Huddersfield and Halifax give residents the best of both worlds.

Best of both

Food & Drink
Arts & Culture

Food & Drink

Brighouse is home to a variety of restaurants and cafes serving up delicious food. From Indian, Italian and Mediterranean cuisines to traditional favourites, there’s something for everyone. Voted one of the Yorkshire public’s favourite pubs, The Millers Bar with its beer garden running alongside the canal, is a firm favourite.


Brighouse’s town centre has a wonderful choice of independent shops to choose from. And whilst you can pick up gifts, food and drink, books, arts and crafts and so much more in the town centre itself, Brighouse also has great transport links through to Bradford, Huddersfield and Leeds for even more shopping experiences. The artisan markets in Brighouse are also well worth a visit when they arrive! With locally produced crafts, glassware, jewellery, ceramics and much more (including a wide variety of street food), it's the perfect place to pick up something special.


Brighouse railway station has two platforms. Platform 1 offers services through to Huddersfield and Leeds, whilst platform 2 is served by services to Manchester Victoria and Leeds (via Halifax and Bradford Interchange). There’s also regular bus services running through to Bradford and Halifax, and another service which runs hourly through to Leeds.

The A641 northward connects Brighouse with Bradford and southward with Huddersfield. The A644 road also connects Brighouse with Junction 25 of the M62.

Arts & Culture

Surrounded by beautiful parks and gardens, Smith Art Gallery and Brighouse library is home to a wide variety of artwork. From oiling paintings, photography, mixed media through to sculpture, the gallery offers something for everyone to enjoy. And earning a reputation as one of the best places to see and buy contemporary art, the Harrison Lord Gallery also boasts a wide range of styles, whilst championing the local artists.


With a great selection of pubs, bars and restaurants to choose from, Brighouse is an excellent place to head to for a night out. Villain Bar, established in 2017, offers unique and creative cocktails, whilst Jeremy’s at the Boathouse is the place to be if it’s food, drink and live music you’re after.


Brighouse has a number of primary and secondary schools serving the area, which is great news for families. The town also has one serving sixth form education. And what’s more, many of the primary schools and secondary schools in Brighouse have been rated at least good by Ofsted.

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Living in Brighouse

Living in Brighouse doesn’t just mean amazing independent shops and quality bars and restaurants. It also means there’s an impressive calendar of annual events to look forward to! Running through April to November, there are artisan markets on selected Sundays, which are not to be missed. In the summer, there’s the Brighouse 1940s weekend and the Brighouse Arts festival in the Autumn. November is also the month where you’ll find the Victorian Christmas markets taking place. And whilst there’s all this to look forward to in Brighouse itself, there’s so much more to enjoy in the surrounding areas too!

Visiting nearby Halifax, Huddersfield & Bradford

Just four miles away in Halifax, there’s the recently renovated Piece Hall, which is home to a range of independent shops selling quality homeware, unique gifts and much more. Halifax is also home to Eureka! The National Children’s Museum, which is a fantastic place to take children and engage them in learning through play. And slightly further afield in Bradford, you’ll find places such as the Bradford Industrial Museum and the National Science and Media Museum to visit too! And have we mentioned there’s also a number of beautiful parks and outdoor space to explore in the surrounding areas of Brighouse? So whilst there’s plenty going on in this vibrant town to enjoy, you’ll never be stuck when it comes to finding things to do in the surrounding areas either.