Commonly considered one of Yorkshire’s hipster hotspots, Hebden Bridge has quietly become a haven for independent businesses – making it the perfect place to not only get a taste of the city, outside of the city, but try a little something new while you’re there.
From quirky little shops to bustling market days, there’s plenty to explore when visiting this stunning canal-side town, which is exactly why you’ll want to bookmark our guide to the best things to do in Hebden Bridge this year.
Things to do in Hebden Bridge: by day
Enjoy locally-brewed craft beers at Vocation
Fancy trying out the local tipples? Vocation is the perfect stop-off for a proper pint. Born and brewed in Hebden Bridge, the local brewery not only creates beers in the town, but has its own lovely taproom – where guests can enjoy a few pints and a bit of grub courtesy of Slap and Pickle.
Whether it’s a classic lager you like or a flavourful IPA, they’ve got you covered with a huge range of Yorkshire brews. Vocation, 10 New Rd, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8AD.
Potter down to Gibson Mill and Hardcastle Crags
Just a short stroll away from the town centre is one of Hebby B’s hidden gems, Gibson Mill. Found by Hebden Beck, the former cotton mill still stands to this day, giving visitors a little glimpse into what life was like in the Yorkshire town during the industrial revolution.
At the Hardcastle Crags site itself, there are over 15 miles of footpaths to explore, making it the perfect spot for a scenic summer dog walk.
Treat yourself on market day
The Hebden Bridge market takes place every week Thursday-Sunday, with over 30 stalls selling the best local produce, gifts, crafts and more. It’s the perfect spot to pick up a little treat or a gift for someone – particularly if you’re on the hunt for something a little different.
Take a quiet walk down the canal
Fancy a bit of peace and quiet? Head canal-side for a lovely stroll by the water. It’s particularly beautiful during the summer months, and you’ll see tons of boats docked up and going about their day.
Potter around the quaint shops
Packed full of wonderful, independent shops, Hebden Bridge isn’t short of places to potter. From lovely little book shops and wine shops to vinyl stores, antique shops and vintage stores, there’s a little bit of something for everyone.
Things to do in Hebden Bridge: by night
See live music at The Trades Club
A local icon when it comes to places to drink in Hebden Bridge, The Trades Club started back in the 20s – run and owned by its members. Today, it’s one of the best spots in town for a bitta live music and retains its reputation as a Socialist, not-for-profit local legend, with a constant roster planned all year long. The Trades Club, Holme St, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8EE.
Indulge in pizza and cocktails at The Old North
If cocktails are more your vibe, The Old North is the cosiest place in town for a classic ‘tini, with tons of fruity and fragrant cocktails to work your way through during your visit.
If that wasn’t all, the chilled-out spot also serves up delicious wood-fired pizza, boasting traditional toppings such as pepperoni, capers, mushrooms and more. The Old North, 2 The Courtyard, Bridge Gate, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8EX.
Cosy up in a traditional pub
A visit to Yorkshire isn’t complete without an afternoon at the pub – and luckily for us, Hebden Bridge is full of quaint, proper traditional-style watering holes.
From the popular Shoulder of Mutton (which you’ve likely seen in photos of the town before), to the cosy White Lion coaching inn and the locally loved The Albert, you’ll be pretty spoiled for choice.
Try out stunning wines at Nelson’s
Fancy hiding away with a glass of vino? We’ll see you at Nelson’s. Bright and airy in the day and low-lit and intimate by nightfall, guests can enjoy an array of organic and natural wines at Nelson’s, as well as plant-based cakes, small plates, and beautifully presented bistro-style dishes. Nelson’s Wine Bar, Crown St, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8EH.