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If you thought Huddersfield was just a grimy northern post-industrial town, think again. In addition to a thriving university, it also boasts a rich music scene and has a reputation for doughty Victorian architecture, genuine friendliness and a strong sense of community.
One of Britain's largest towns, and with a diverse population, Huddersfield is an easy commute from Manchester and Leeds, yet offers easy access to some of Britain's most dramatic scenery - from Peaks, Pennines and Dales to Bronte Country.
Property in Huddersfield is another big draw. There are some truly impressive homes to be found at excellent prices. The town's south, west and north-west offer everything from vast villas to stone cottages and there are some pleasant central areas with a villagey feel.
Every size of detached home is available in the locality - ranging from compact to standard to substantial - along with Victorian villas and a wide range of terraces and period cottages.
With one of Britain's highest concentrations of listed buildings, Huddersfield is well-known for its Victorian architecture.
Victoria Tower, on Castle Hill, marked the Queen's Diamond Jubilee year, while the colonnaded train station has been dubbed "a stately home with trains." The imposing town hall was built in the nineteenth century.
Anyone who loves a spot of retail therapy will enjoy Huddersfield's diverse retail area, incorporating the Kingsgate, Packhorse Precinct and Piazza shopping areas.
The Lawrence Batley Theatre opened in 1994 in what used to be the world's largest Wesleyan chapel. Huddersfield is also home to a good range of local leisure amenities and a lively nightlife.
Its strong music scene includes a well-known choral society (claiming to be one of the UK's best) and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. Other annual festivals include the Festival of Light and a Caribbean carnival. Open spaces include two canals and Beaumont Park, two miles from the centre.
And with some cracking restaurants and cafes, this is a real foodie town, from the artisan bakers to the strong local grow-your-own community movement.
The M62 swings by and the M1 is less than half an hour's drive away. Manchester is 40 minutes by train, Leeds just 25 minutes. There are also services to Barnsley, Sheffield, Bradford and Halifax, along with direct trains to York, Scarborough and Liverpool. There is also easy access to Manchester Airport, while the local bus station is West Yorkshire's busiest.
Ofsted reports on Huddersfield's schools tend to fall into two categories: "good" and "outstanding". Independent Huddersfield Grammar is well regarded and there are two sixth form and one further education college, in addition to the university.
With all this going for it, Huddersfield is surely one of the best places in which to be a northern soul!
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