5 Iconic Filming Locations in Halifax, West Yorkshire

8.4.24
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Nestled in the heart of West Yorkshire, Halifax is a town with a rich cinematic heritage. Its charming streets and picturesque landscapes have served as the backdrop for numerous renowned TV shows and films. We’ll take you on a journey through five iconic filming locations in Halifax, West Yorkshire, where you can immerse yourself in the magic of the screen. Whether you're a fan of crime dramas, romantic comedies, or historical series, Halifax has something for everyone!

Happy Valley

One of the most gripping crime dramas to emerge in recent years, BBC One’s "Happy Valley" has captured viewers' hearts worldwide. The popular show is a crime drama that masterfully combines suspense, emotion, and complex characters.

This will be a fan favourite if you’re into British crime drama! This critically acclaimed TV series starring Sarah Lancashire as Catherine Cawood was predominantly filmed in Halifax. Step into Catherine's world by visiting the Hebden Bridge area, where you'll find familiar sights like the picturesque Hebden Bridge Railway Station and the scenic Calder Valley.

Gentleman Jack

Set in the early 19th century, "Gentleman Jack" is a period drama based on the extraordinary life of Anne Lister, played by the talented Suranne Jones. Anne’s story unfolds against the backdrop of Shibden Hall, her ancestral home in Halifax. The series explores her struggles, triumphs, and complex relationships, providing a fascinating insight into a woman far ahead of her time. Halifax played a crucial role in Anne's story, as she resided at the exquisite manor house that has become a prominent filming location. Explore the beautifully preserved Shibden Hall and its stunning grounds, where you can immerse yourself in the history and intrigue of the series.

If you're a fan of the show, make sure to visit our Gentleman's Suite, which draws inspiration. The suite's design respectfully honours the opulence of the Victorian era as portrayed in "Gentleman Jack," seamlessly blending it with a modern flair.

Ackley Bridge

Channel 4’s "Ackley Bridge" is a captivating TV drama that delves into the lives of students and teachers at a newly merged school in a diverse Yorkshire town. The series aims to reflect the multicultural reality of many British towns, exploring its characters' diverse backgrounds and experiences. Halifax's Trinity Academy is the backdrop for the fictional Ackley Bridge College. The iconic Halifax town centre, Electric Bowl and Channel 4 camera's favourite Hayley Hill flats were also constant locations through the seasons!  Take a stroll around the iconic sites, and you'll feel the energy and excitement of the series come to life!

Last Tango in Halifax

For fans of heartwarming romance, Last Tango in Halifax on the BBC One offers a delightful tale set in the rolling hills of West Yorkshire. Halifax's cobbled streets, Victorian architecture, and surrounding countryside provide a picturesque setting for the unfolding story the show’s characters live. The Shibden Valley and Ripponden areas featured prominently in the series, providing a perfect blend of natural beauty and compelling storytelling. If you’re into architecture, then Halifax Minster, a beautiful medieval church, and Piece Hall, a magnificent Georgian cloth hall turned cultural centre, are just a few examples of the gems in the series. At its core, Last Tango in Halifax is a celebration of family and relationships, a running theme through the town of Halifax.

The Full Monty

A comedy classic in 1997 that took the world by storm, "The Full Monty" showcased the humorous journey of six unemployed steelworkers turned strippers. While the film was primarily set in Sheffield, they returned the iconic film into a miniseries in 2023. They brought back most of the original movie's cast, including the famous Hollywood star Robert Carlyle! The production team of the eight-part series, The Full Monty, chose the vibrant setting of Halifax town centre for filming, specifically Alexandra Street, spanning from Commercial Street to Wards End.

Halifax, West Yorkshire, has a treasure trove of iconic filming locations that have brought some of the most beloved TV shows and films to life. From the gripping crime drama of "Happy Valley" to the historical charm of "Gentleman Jack," there's something for every film and TV enthusiast to explore. Immerse yourself in the magic of the screen by visiting Halifax and discovering these iconic locations, where the beauty of the town intertwines with the captivating stories that unfold on the screen. Don’t forget we’re amongst all the fun whilst being moments away from iconic locations. Make sure to book your home away from home with us!

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