Visiting Us

MAP

By Road: Follow signposts for Halifax from M62 J24 (Ainley Top) along the A629 Huddersfield Road. Continue towards the town centre passing the hospital on the left hand side. At the traffic lights immediately after Spring Hall Registry Office on the right hand side, turn right following the brown tourism signs for Eureka.  Continue straight on over two mini roundabouts, and pass the train station on your right hand side before turning right onto Church Street.  The Minster is on your left.  From M62 J26 (Chain Bar) follow the A58 through Hipperholme. After passing the entrance to Shibden Park the road drops down a steep hill towards the town centre.  Turn immediately left (do not go onto the flyover) and left again onto Charlestown Road towards Sainsbury’s supermarket.  Continue past Pizza Hut and Next.  The road curls round to the right, at which point the Minster Church is directly opposite you at the junction with Lower Kirkgate/Cripplegate.

Parking: is available on street or in several local authority car parks in the streets surrounding the church.

By Train & Bus: The Minster is a short walk from both Halifax Train Station and Halifax Bus Station.  From the train station on foot exit the station yard, turning right.  Follow the footpath immediately to the right towards the Ring O Bells pub – the Minster is directly behind the pub.  From the bus station on foot, turn left down Wade Street then right onto Winding Road/ Smithy Street. Turn left onto Dispensary Walk after 100 metres – the Minster’s west end is immediately in front of you through the stone arch.

Facilities The church has toilet facilities, including a toilet with disabled access; there is wheelchair access to the majority of the building. Our Access Statement is towards the bottom of this page.

Guided tours and educational visits available by prior arrangement with the Minster Office.

Planning your visit The Minster is open between 10am and 4pm throughout the summer months (BST) and between 10am and 2pm through the winter (GMT).  The Minster is also a very busy venue both for worship and other events, and access to the building may be restricted at some times because of this.  We recommend contacting our office when planning your trip to ensure you can get the best out of your visit to us.

Local Attractions Make the most of your time in Calderdale: please have a look at the links listed below to explore the other visitor attractions within a short walk of the Minster and right across Halifax and Calderdale.

A detailed Access Statement can be obtained on request from the Minster Office.

About Us

WELCOME to The Minster Church of St. John the Baptist Halifax, one of the Greater Churches of England and one of the jewels to be found in Halifax, here in the heart of Calderdale.

These ancient stones have stood for over 900 years bearing witness to the story of the people of West Yorkshire and as a testimony to their Christian faith.

The Minster is steeped in history, and today remains a place of worship and prayer, a place of hospitality and learning and a centre for mission and pastoral care.

Halifax Minster is an important gathering space for people of all faiths and none; we offer a warm welcome to everyone and hopefully an experience of God’s presence in our world.

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Welcome

Welcome to Halifax Minster!

The Minster was built some 900 years ago by Benedictine monks from Cluny, and it is that Benedictine tradition which shapes its ministry today: with daily worship; a place for education, culture and civic engagement; and a place of hospitality.

The Minster belongs to the whole community: to the Christian community; to those of the other faith communities; and to those who have no faith. Everyone is welcome to come and experience the rich depth of heritage and spirituality. Visitors and new members looking for somewhere to worship regularly are both invited to come and join us for quiet services during the week, and to hear the Minster choirs and organs perform at weekends, as we join the Saints and Angels in the eternal hymn of praise to God the creator.

The Minster serves Halifax and the borough of Calderdale, but we are also part of the worldwide Christian community. We are part of the Anglican Diocese of Leeds and particularly the Huddersfield Episcopal Area, and we have international links with Halifax's twin town of Aachen, in Germany, and our mission partner, the Cathedral Church of St Peter, Kowak, in the Diocese of Rorya in Tanzania. The Minster is also the spiritual home to the Duke of Wellington Regiment and Association, now subsumed into the Yorkshire Regiment.

Welcome!

The Revd Canon Hilary Barber

Vicar of Halifax Minster

 

Hilary


AVAILABLE from Halifax Minster – “Hali-Facts: A Heritage Discovery Trail of Halifax for all Ages”.

Take a family visit around Halifax using this booklet learning about some unusual facts along the way. This booklet is available from other wonderful buildings in Halifax Town centre, or you can download here.

  

Watch the video of the Choir Trip to Aachen - August 2017

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