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JOIN ME IN AN INTERVIEW WITH KELLY MCMANUS FROM HUDDERSFIELD, WEST YORKSHIRE!

Kelly McManus was born and raised in Huddersfield and is mum to 3 children. On her blog www.travellingmama.com she writes about veganism, travelling, homeschooling and parenting. She loves being out in nature, watching comedies, reading and travelling.

 

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Which is the best month to visit Huddersfield and why?

The best time of year to visit Huddersfield is August. August has the best weather here so there are so many more events and activities going on.

 

Which is the most convenient and favoured transport of Huddersfield?

The most convenient transport of Huddersfield is the buses. You can get a regular bus
service to different villages and neighbourhoods around Huddersfield. There is also a large train station where you can get regular trains to nearby cities.

 

Which are the top 3 must visit places in Huddersfield?

The top 3 must-see places in Huddersfield are:
Castle Hill and The Victoria Tower: You will spot Castle Hill and the tower from almost anywhere in Huddersfield, being the highest landmark for miles around, you can’t miss the huge hill which dates back 4000 years. Be sure to climb to the top of the tower where you will get a magnificent view.

 

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Victoria Tower Castle Hill Huddersfield

 

Lawrence Batley Theatre: Situated in the town centre, this attractive theatre puts on shows and concerts which are sure to entertain. There is a great coffee shop just next door too called ‘Queenies’.

 

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Lawrence Batley Theatre

 

Beaumont Park: A huge park situated 10 minutes from the town centre where you can enjoy woodland walks, a children’s play area and stunning views across the whole of Huddersfield.

 

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Beaumont Park, Huddersfield

What are the best day trips from Huddersfield ? 

You can take any of these fantastic trips if you have time to explore

The best Nature day trips are:
Knowsley Safari Park
Yorkshire Wildlife Park
North Yorkshire Moors and Whitby day trip
Hardcastle Craggs

The best culture day trips are:

York’s chocolate story (guided tour)
York Minster
Manchester Cathedral
Leeds City Markets

The best historical day trips are:
Bolton Castle
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden
The White Horse Inn, Beverley

Would you like to recommend some reliable local tour operators to tourists?

Some local tour operators are:

Abbeyways Coach Services– Huddersfield Bus Station, 6 Upperhead Row, Huddersfield, HD1 2JN
Arrow Coach travel– Riverside Works, Briggate, Brighouse, Huddersfield, HD6 1EF
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Which is the most celebrated holiday in Huddersfield?

One of the most celebrated holidays of the year in my City is Bonfire Night. Bonfire night is on the 5 th November and is celebrated throughout the UK as the night that a man named Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament in the ‘Gunpowder Plot’ back in 1605. The celebrations are for the capture of Guy Fawkes and bonfires are lit and fireworks go off. It’s a colourful and exciting night where ‘toffee apples’, ‘parking’, ‘bonfire lollies’ and ‘jacket potatoes with chilli’ are eaten whilst watching and listening to fireworks go off in the sky.

Which is the most happening area in Huddersfield and why?

The most ‘happening’ part of Huddersfield is Lindley. Just 5 minutes outside the town
centre, Lindley has a good range of bars, café’s and restaurants including the locally famous ‘Eric’s’ restaurant, The Manor House and Lindley Tap Bar and Grill.

Is Huddersfield a vegetarian friendly city ?

Huddersfield is a vegetarian and vegan friendly town. Being a vegan myself, I would highly recommend the following restaurant and bar:
Om is Where the Heart Is’ in Slaithwaite. It get’s quite busy so I would recommend visiting after the lunch time rush at around 2pm. It also opens on an evening if you prefer a livelier place. I highly recommend tasting the ‘loaded fries’. Another great vegetarian and vegan- friendly restaurant is ‘Little Chilli’ Thai street food in the town centre. You can get great lunchtime deals there if you go between 12 and 2pm. I highly recommend tasting the ‘Tofu with ginger’ dish.

Where to head for shopping? 

For affordable shopping you can check out Huddersfield’s markets (Outdoor market,
Queensgate market or Kingsgate market), for more luxury shopping you can head to
Manchester Trafford centre for a huge variety of shops and boutiques.

For more locally sourced, handmade and craft items, check out Byram Arcade in
Huddersfield Town Centre or visit Holmfirth, around 20minutes from the town centre where you will find lots of small, independent, handmade shops and cafes.

Which is the most loved local food in Huddersfield?

The most loved savoury food in Huddersfield is Yorkshire puddings. These are usually eaten with a traditional ‘Sunday Dinner’ where, each Sunday, a roast dinner is eaten (including roast potatoes, roast chicken, pork or beef, vegetables, stuffing, Yorkshire puddings and  gravy) If you want to try a traditional Sunday dinner you could head to Toby Carvery Restaurant in Huddersfield, where this type of food is served on a daily basis.

 

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Sunday Roast with Yorkshire Pudding

 

One of the most loved local sweet foods is ‘Brandy Snap’, it has a chewy texture and can be bought from most farm shops around Huddersfield, including Bolster Moor Farm Shop.

 

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Brandy Snap

 

Do you recommend any walking tours or travel photography tours in Huddersfield to the visitors?

I would recommend travelling to Marsden for beautiful scenic walks on the moors and lots of photography opportunities. You can book a group hike or go on an independent hike using free maps of Marsden moors. Try https://halfwayhike.com/marsden-area/

Would you recommend any popular local apps to tourists for transport, food and hidden gems in your city?

You can download the Examiner live app to keep up to date with the latest news and things going on in Huddersfield at www.examinerlive.co.uk/apps

 

 

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