The Piece Hall in Halifax is a unique Grade I listed building dating back to 1779, originally built to support the trading of ‘pieces’ of cloth and now reimagined as a new heritage and cultural destination.
Home to one of the most striking piazzas in Europe, the stunning Georgian trading hall hosts independent shops, cafés, galleries, bars and heritage spaces. A year-round events programme attracts visitors from far and wide for concerts, street performance, spectacles, film screenings and much more.
The Piece Hall is the only surviving intact cloth hall in the UK and an iconic symbol of the important role played by Georgian Halifax at the booming centre of the world’s woollen trade
There is level access from the main entrance to:The Piece Hall StoryWelcome CentreSouth East Corner Basement Ladies Toilets and Unisex Wheelchair Accessible ToiletNorth West Corner Men's and Unisex Wheelchair Accessible ToiletEast Side Arcade Level ToiletsThe DeliThe Piece Hall Gift ShopThe Courtyard
Travel by public transport
The Piece Hall is located just five minutes walk from Halifax Railway Station, with direct links to Leeds, Huddersfield, Bradford and Manchester stations. Grand Central Rail also operate a regular service between London and Bradford, calling at Halifax. To plan your rail journey visit National Rail Enquiries.
Travel by taxi
The drop-off point is located on Blackledge by the South Gate entrance.
There are a number of designated bays for Blue Badge holders in Halifax town centre and the nearest one to The Piece Hall is on Westgate.
Others are located on Alexandra Street, Commercial Street, Corporation Street, Gaol Lane, Northgate, Old Market, Rawson Street, Thomas Street, Wade Street.
Path to main entrance
The main entrance is an open gateway, which leads directly on to the courtyard with level access. No lift or ramp is required. Please note that The Piece Hall is an historic building with uneven surfaces.
There are four entrances to The Piece Hall, The main entrance is the South Gate (off Blackledge, near Horton Street), The East Gate by the Central Library, The North Gate by the Woolshops and the West Gate leading on to Westgate and Westgate Arcade.
Getting around inside
South East Lift
West Gate Lift
East Gate Lift
Ticket/ information desk
The Welcome Centre Information and ticket desk is all at one accessible level. The staff are on hand to provide information and assistance to visitors.
Things to See and Do
The Piece Hall Story
There are three Heritage Spaces at The Piece Hall. The Piece Hall Story is accessible via The Welcome Centre. The doors to the Welcome Centre are not automatic, however a member of staff will be available for assistance if required.
The Piece Hall Story - Located at Courtyard Level
Our interactive heritage space ‘The Piece Hall Story’ welcomes you to discover this iconic building and its importance at the historic centre of the world’s woollen trade. You will be able to get up close to objects from our past – including the Halifax Gibbet blade (an early version of the guillotine that kept thieves and wrong-doers on their toes when in town) – explore exhibitions and even try on Georgian costume.
The Map Room - Located on Colonnade Level (3rd Floor)
The Map Room has interactive maps, showing how woollen cloth sold in Halifax was traded across the world. In addition, there is a young explorers’ map featuring items to discover around The Piece Hall.
The Trader's Room - Located on Rustic Level (2nd Floor)
In the Trader’s Room you will find one of the units in its original condition. Here you can experience the sights and sounds of what it would have been like to be standing inside The Piece Hall on a busy trading day back in 1779.
South East Corner Basement Ladies Toilets and Unisex Wheelchair Accessible Toilet
North West Corner Men's and Unisex Wheelchair Accessible Toilet
East Side Arcade Level Toilets
There are accessible toilets located on the Arcade Level between Gin Lane and Elder. There is a ladies and gents toilets. The direction of the toilet transfer is to the left in the ladies and to the right in the gents.
The Piece Hall Gift Shop
There are a number of shops and dining areas at The Piece Hall. Due to the nature of the size of the units, space for moving around in some units is limited. As each store is independent do contact the Welcome Centre or the individual shop for further details on accessibilty.
Place to eat and drink
There is a slight lip on the entrance of The Deli. Due to the nature of the size of the units, space is quite limited in places.
Getting around outside
The Piece Hall has four entrances, The South Gate, The East Gate, The West Gate and the North Gate. Each entrance leads in to the main courtyard area, which is a wide open space.
The Piece Hall is an oblong shape and is divided over three levels The Arcade Level (Courtyard area), The Rustic Level and Colonnade Level. There are lifts located by the West Gate and by the Welcome Centre in the South East corner. There is also the North Gate Lift, however please note that the manoeuvrability access in this lift is restricted. The lifts allow access to all levels. There is also ramped access in the Courtyard to go from the Courtyard area to the Rustic Level.
As The Piece Hall is an historic heritage site, the ground is uneven in places. Do take care when moving around.
Customer care support
Throughout the year we host different events and performances. As each performance is different, do check the website for access information and contact our box office for further details.
Emergency evacuation procedures
The fire alarm will sound and lights on all levels will flash. Guests using a wheelchair are asked to make their way to the nearest stairwell on the level they are on, and make themselves known to a member of staff. Trained members of staff will assist the guest by evac-chair if an evacuation is deemed necessary. Guests on the courtyard level will be directed by members of staff.
Customer care support
Welcome Centre staff are available during office hours, with Duty Managers available in the courtyard during opening hours.