Halifax is situated in West Yorkshire. A fairly large market town, Halifax is known as a woolen manufacturing centre. Today it is also known for manufacturing Mackintosh toffee and coffee. Sights to see while in town include the Halifax Parish Church, Halifax Piece Hall, Halifax Town Hall, Wainhouse Tower, Halifax Gibbet and Eureka, an interactive children's museum. In addition to the sights, visitors can also browse in several shops in the local area. There are also ample dining and hotel accommodations in Halifax and the immediate area. The town is easy to reach from nearby villages and towns.
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Halifax is a large town located in West Yorkshire, England. The town is famous worldwide for their Mackintosh chocolate and toffee (owned by Nestle). Halifax is said to be derived from the words Holy and Face, due to local legend that the head of John the Baptist is buried here. Halifax was once a striving industrial town with its main products being wool, carpets, machine tools, and beer. John and Violet Mackintosh opened a toffee shop in 1890, which only grew over the years. The Mackintosh brand was sold in 1969 to a company which is now owned by Nestle.
Halifax was well known for its harsh punishment in the 15 and 16 hundreds. They had their own decapitation device known as the Halifax Gibbet. You can see a replica of the gibbet on Gibbet Street and the original gibbet blade can be seen in the Bankfield Museum. Also in the museum are many textiles and strange objects from around the world. There are a variety of other museums to be seen and experience in the area including Eureka! The Museum for Children. This museum is educational, entertaining, and interactive.
There are a variety of theatres to entertain those who have a love for fine arts. The Victoria Theatre is home to the longest running amateur choral society. The Halifax Choral Society, founded in 1817, has an unbroken record of performances. Though the original theatre has undergone some much needed renovations, the Choral Society continues to perform there with a full orchestra and brass band. There is always something in the way of theatre, plays, and musical theatre going on thanks to the various groups and societies that work hard to keep art alive. Halifax is a more modern town, but the history lives on through its theatres and museums.
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