Todmorden is ideally situated near to many of the most interesting attractions in Yorkshire and Lancashire. Explore the Brontë's Haworth, Pendle Witch Country and historical sites of the Industrial Revolution. Local tours and walks around the Todmorden area are often available from the Tourist Information Office and the town's Hippodrome Theatre offers great entertainment throughout the year. Todmorden's bustling town market is open Wednesday-Sunday offering unique items and fresh local produce.
Further afield, Manchester, York, and Leeds are all easily accessible for day-trips by road and train from Todmorden.
Here are three local attractions not to be missed:
Centre Vale Park
The town's Centre Vale Park and Buckley Woods are well worth a visit. There is something for everyone with bowling greens, tennis courts, peaceful memorial garden, a sculpture trail and even the world-famous Lucky Dog. Together with an exciting play area for children including mini cycling routes, reptile house, crazy golf and skate ramps. Join us in the park for the annual Todmorden Carnival in May, Agricultural Show in June and popular Todstock music festival in August.
At the summit of the 1300ft Stoodley Pike hill stands the 121ft Stoodley Pike Monument commemorating the defeat of Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo. The original monument erected in 1815 was detroyed by lightning and replaced with a more durable structure in 1856. Visitors are able to climb the spiral staircase within the monument and take advantage of the amazing views across Calderdale.
Canals and Hebden Bridge
Just a couple of miles down the road is the town of Hebden Bridge, which features many craft shops, an independent cinema and a marina. If you're feeling active you can reach Hebden Bridge by taking in the scenery along the Rochdale Canal, which has recently been restored and offers a very pleasant and easy walk or cycle.
Here are three favourite suggestions for great day-trips from Todmorden:
The Brontë Parsonage
The home of the novelist Brontë sisters, the Parsonage at Haworth is a great attraction to anyone with an interest in English literature. Arrive by steam railway, and see the very rooms in which great works such as Jane Eyre and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall were written, and perhaps take a walk to "Top Withens", the real inspiration for Wuthering Heights.
At the entrance to the Yorkshire Dales national park is the historic town of Skipton and its famous 900-year-old castle. One of the best-preserved Medieval castles in the country, Skipton offers the chance to fully explore an entire castle, right from the depths of the Dungeon to the top of the Watch Tower!
The National Coal Mining Museum
Located near Wakefield, the National Coal Mining Museum is a working coal mine and provides the thrilling opportunity to travel 140 metres down to see how coal mining has changed over the centuries. The museum provides a unique and unforgettable experience!