Huddersfield is a large town in West Yorkshire, with a population of over 140,000 people. Huddersfield's nearest city is Bradford, which is just a short distance from the town, at a mere 10 miles away.
Huddersfield has its own University, the University of Huddersfield, which is one of the largest employers within Huddersfield. It is estimated by the university that it boosts the local economy by approximately £300 million. A high proportion of students and graduates are employed by the university, whilst the University of Huddersfield also lies within the top 10 providers of 'sandwich' courses, whereby students undertake paid work placements in their chosen industry.
Historically, Huddersfield's main industries for employment were within textiles and wool production. This has reduced in recent years and the town now has a strong presence in the chemical and engineering industries, which create many job opportunities within Huddersfield.
Huddersfield is a town with a large proportion of listed buildings as well as an abundance of Victorian architecture. Beaumont Park, which was officially opened in 1883, is also a notable example of a Victorian park, which contains a bandstand and is a very popular place to visit.
Compared to other towns of the same size as Huddersfield it has a large and varied retail shopping area. There are three shopping areas and also a covered market hall. The town centre is home to many national high street retailers and chain shops. There are also a variety of small independent specialist stores located in the Byram arcade.
Huddersfield railway station has frequent services to surrounding towns including Leeds, Manchester, Hull, Liverpool and Darlington along with many others. The railway station was built in the neo-classic style, with a columnated facade and was designed by architect James Pigott Pritchett. Huddersfield also maintains excellent transport links with the rest of the UK via main roads the M1 and the M62.
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