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Tourist Information

Hebden Bridge Visitor
and Canal Centre

Butlers Wharf
New Road
Hebden Bridge HX7 8AF

Tel: +44 (0)1422 843831
E-mail: Visitor and Canal Centre

Coronavirus: Because events in may be affected by Government guidance related to the Coronavirus, please check with organisers of events to ensure they have not been cancelled or postponed. There are plenty of places around Hebden Bridge where walkers, cyclists and visitors won't come into contact with a soul. Make your own judgement and listen to advice - but a healthy day's recreation in the fresh air of our area's beautiful woods, valleys and hills can make the world of difference.

Tourism Guide

Tourism Guide 2020

New - March 2020: This year - in addition to the usual sections about places to go, things to see, eating, drinking, shopping independently, and getting and staying here - the Hebden Bridge guide takes a step forward into the digital age with the pdf version of the paper leaflet now featuring ‘live’ links to so much more online information about things to see and do in Hebden. So now it’s ‘download and click through’.

And instead of including a list of the town’s 2020 festivals and events (frozen at the date when the leaflet goes to print) there’s now a constantly updated separate and downloadable pdf, with more links to our several What’s-on sites in the main guide.

Go to this page to download the leaflet, and the Festival & Events list. You’ll also find more links related to the topics covered in the leaflet. 

The old packhorse bridge

The old packhorse bridge

Known as the Pennine Centre, Hebden Bridge takes its name from the packhorse bridge over Hebden Water. The town developed in late medieval times as a river-crossing and meeting point of packhorse routes from Halifax to Heptonstall, Burnley and Rochdale. Textiles have been important in the Upper Calder Valley for centuries, but it was not until mechanisation and steam power were introduced from the late 18th century that Hebden Bridge began to grow significantly.

Double-decker housing

Hebden Bridge

The arrival of the canal and railway attracted industry to the valley bottoms, but with limited flat land and a growing army of textile workers, dwellings were ingeniously built on the valley sides, giving the town its characteristic double-decker housing.

Hebden Bridge has seen great change in recent years. Traditional industries are no longer a major force, but buildings have been stone-cleaned and revitalised, the Rochdale Canal has been restored, and the locality has become a desirable place to live and visit. And a centre for creativity

Disability Access

  • Accessible Venues guide - a brief guide to which venues for hire, might be suitable for community groups, classes, meetings, events or activities, to be accessible to disabled people. From the Disability Access Forum
  • Step Free Access Map for wheelchair users to Shops, Cafes and Pubs of Hebden Bridge