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“Facinating historic building”
Review of Halifax Minster

Halifax Minster
Ranked #7 of 37 things to do in Halifax
Certificate of Excellence
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children
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Useful Information: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children
Halifax, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Facinating historic building”
Reviewed 26 November 2013

The Minster has an incredible atmosphere and is steeped in history. You can wander round on your own, but I can highly recommend an official tour and a visit up the Minster tower.
It is a real hidden gem.

Visited October 2013
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English first
London, United Kingdom
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215 reviews
128 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
“A characterful parish church with some fine furnishings”
Reviewed 8 November 2013

Halifax Parish Church became a Minster in 2009, recognising its historical status and role in the life of the town. Completed in 1438, it was significantly restored by Gilbert Scott in 1878, which seems to have been a more enlightened Victorian restoration than usual. The dark stone and lack of natural light, together with the layout of the church as an interesting collection of nooks and crannies, contribute to its distinctive atmosphere. Features not to miss include the 15th century font cover, the 17th century box pews, the east window which won the stained glass prize in the 1851 Great Exhibition, the Wiliam and Mary altar rails, and the organ, based on the original instrument by the celebrated builder, Snetzler of 1766, and rebuilt by Harrison in 1928. This valuable instrument is currently the subject of a major appeal, and an organ recital was taking place during our visit, enabling us to enjoy the sound of its 250 year-old pipework.

Visited October 2013
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Yorkshire
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68 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Beauty and history”
Reviewed 4 November 2013

Learn about the history and see the beauty and chariictor of this minster. The carvings the windows and the feeling of being at one,

Visited September 2013
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Stone, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“A hidden gem that deserves more publicity”
Reviewed 27 October 2013

Called in on a quiet Saturday afternoon and we were mesmerised by this wonderful old church. Looks like a standard Victorian neo-Gothic from the outside, but inside it reveals itself to be a real C15th Gothic jewel, with parts of the north wall being Norman. Excellent clerical team on hand to answer all the historical questions - this lovely place of worship deserves all the support it can get to help with its upkeep.

Visited October 2013
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Halifax
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110 reviews
34 attraction reviews
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“A Priceless Gem”
Reviewed 11 October 2013

Halifax is our nearest larger town; a mere three miles away. We usually visit the Minster twice a year; on Remembrance Day and for the Christmas carol concert. The building dates back over a thousand years and is an architectural gem, with its old wood-panelled ceilings and period pews. There are many other interesting buildings in Halifax, including the Piece Hall, the Borough Market and the many well-preserved Victorian buildings in the town centre.

Visited December 2012
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