“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come into his presence with singing” (Psalm 100)

Services at the Minster involve a range of elements such as listening to God’s word, praying together in silence or aloud, sharing in the Eucharist, listening to someone preach, and singing hymns and psalms of praise. All are welcome to join us in worship.

Visiting Us


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

Halifax Minster is a short walk from both Halifax Train Station, Halifax Bus Station and The Piece Hall. From Halifax train station on foot exit the station yard, turning right. Follow the footpath immediately to the right towards the Ring O Bells pub – Halifax Minster is directly behind the pub.

From Halifax Bus Station turn left down Wade Street then right onto Winding Road/ Smithy Street. Turn left Causeway after 100 metres – Halifax

Minster’s west end is immediately in front of you through the stone arch.

From The Piece Hall north: (Woolshops) entrance on foot turn right onto Hatter’s Fold. Follow the footpath down to Charles Street / Square Road and cross using the traffic island opposite Burger King. Turn left and follow the footpath, turning right onto Causeway. Halifax Minster’s west end is immediately in front of you through the stone arch.

From The Piece Hall east: entrance on foot follow the steps down past the Halifax Central Library. Turn left on the footpath at the bottom, walking past Calderdale Industrial Museum on your left. Cross the road using the traffic island opposite Burger King. Turn left and follow the footpath, turning right onto Causeway. Halifax Minster’s west end is immediately in front of you through the stone arch.

From The Piece Hall south: entrance on foot turn left and walk down Blackledge, past Square Chapel Centre for the Arts on your left. Turn right at the bottom of Blackledge and cross the road using the pedestrian crossing at the traffic lights. Turn left and follow the footpath to the right where it forks. Continue towards the Ring O Bells pub – Halifax Minster is directly behind the pub.

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 visit

available by prior arrangement with the Minster Office.

Planning your visit The Minster is open between 10am and 4pm throughout the year. 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.


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.


The Revd Canon Hilary Barber

Vicar of Halifax Minster

Coronavirus Update 


Thanks to Trinity Academy for the artwork

If you need to contact theMinster,  please call our usual number 01422 355436.

PLEASE DONATE: Because we are closed, our income from services, visitors and events has stopped. We will have ongoing expenditure, including our Parish Share commitment to support our brothers and sisters in the Church of England. If you can help us meet these commitments, please use the Donate button at the bottom of the page. You can make a one-off donation or set up regular payments. Thank you. 

We have setup an online shop. Please scroll to the bottom of this page and click on 'Shop'

The Minster clergy are celebrating the Eucharist at home on behalf of the congregation and we are experimenting streaming Compline. If you wish to join in, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information.

Much of our work appears on the Minster Facebook page. You do not have to be a Facebook user to see it. If you scroll to the bottom of this page you can see all our Facebook posts on the right hand side!

A new pilgrimage resource developed by Rev Jane Finn called 'Anne Lister Way of the Setts' is now available on the British Pilgrimage Trust website. You can access it by clicking here.


Exciting New Minster Project:
Halifax Minster is delighted to to be launching a new project with York University and the Church Buildings Council in working towards the creation of a Conservation Management Plan for the Minster. As part of this process York University want to hear peoples views about the Minster, whether you are a regular member of the worshipping community, a visitor from the UK, or someone from abroad who is planning on a visit to England and wants to come and see the Minster for the first time. This survey is really short and quick and will provide us with a snap shot of peoples views of this place of heritage and spirituality. 

You can take part in the survey by clicking here.


There is a link here to a Daily Prayer resource provided by the Brothers of the Community of the Resurrection

  Safeguarding statement

The Parish of Halifax Minster is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults.We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer, PSO. Our PSO is Kathy Kershaw, contactable on 07772 851126. 

The Diocese of Leeds safeguarding pages contain vital links and information, including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs. There are also links to the 'Safer Church' guidance for churches and safeguarding polices. This can be found here

If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adult Services.

82331793 E55A 48BC B2CE D99B123969FFA new experience. Walk in a pilgrim way from Halifax Minster to Bradford Cathedral.

Click below for details.

Halifax Minster to Bradford Cathedral Pilgrimage


Take a family visit around Halifax using the 'Halifacts' learning about some unusual facts along the way. You can download here.



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.

Audio Library

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