When The Piece Hall reopens it will be a fascinating and fun day out for families. Explore our unique historic building, discover our story and enjoy the freedom of one of Europe’s greatest town squares. Any visit to The Piece Hall will be a day full of extraordinary things to see and do.
At almost 250 years old, The Piece Hall is the last surviving building of its kind anywhere in the UK. Exploring our grand walkways, vast open courtyard and historic rooms will take you on a journey back to Georgian England – a time of mad kings, packhorse trails and family run industry. Take a journey through one of the UK’s most unique buildings, and step in footprints of characters from the past.
The Piece Hall will have activities for families to enjoy every day – with children’s trails available from our Welcome desk, and an Activity Cart popping up around our courtyard and colonnades with hands on family-friendly activities.
On selected days and weekends our story will be brought back to life with performers playing the roles of the many people who have used The Piece Hall throughout its long history.
On selected weekends and during every school holiday there will be a programme of drop-in workshops and family themed events such as Museums at Night and The Big Draw, all inspired by the unique heritage of The Piece Hall.
‘The Piece Hall Story’ will welcome you in and guide your discovery of the 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 will have interactive maps, including a young explorers map, showing how woollen cloth sold in Halifax was traded across most of the world. It’s even said that cloth sold here was used to clothe the army of revolutionary French Emperor Napoléon. There will also be a young explorers map featuring items to discover around The Piece Hall.
In The Trader’s Room you will find one of our units taken back to its original size. Here you can meet characters from The Piece Hall’s past and experience the sights and sounds of what it would have been like to be here as far back as 1779.