Welcome to Hebden Bridge’s web site. We hope you enjoy the information we have brought together on what is officially the funkiest town in Europe and the best town in Britain for independent shops!

In 2005, Hebden Bridge was named the most creative and artistic places to live in Europe by British Airways’ in-flight magazine, “High Life”. This is unsurprising to those who know the town as a fascinating and vibrant place. Its tremendous character is enhanced by the sweeping hills and open countryside around.

Taking its name from the packhorse bridge over Hebden Water, which was the scene of the famous battle of Heptonstall between the Roundheads and Cavaliers in 1643, the town remained a tiny settlement at the junction of packhorse routes until the Industrial Revolution when the town came into being in a form we recognise today.

Hebden Bridge enjoys a national reputation as a liberal, artistic and creative community with a cosmopolitan atmosphere more akin to larger towns.

The Rochdale Canal runs through the centre of the town and following extensive restoration works now links through to Manchester and Leeds winding its way through the dramatic scenery of Calderdale.