Millions flock to restored heritage attraction

Credit: Simon Dewhurst

Halifax’s historic Piece Hall has welcomed five million visitors since it re-opened exactly two years ago – soaring past its original target of 1.6m visitors per year.

The Piece Hall Trust, the independent charity which manages the building for the public, is celebrating this milestone for the attraction.

With its distinctive and fully accessible grand courtyard, The Piece Hall has featured as a backdrop to internationally televised events, BBC One’s Antiques Roadshow and the Tour de Yorkshire which has helped to put Halifax on the map.

The trust said the Grade I Listed Georgian heritage property is now drawing visitors to Halifax from all over the UK and from overseas to events including this summer’s sell out concerts by Embrace and Elbow.

To commemorate reaching five million visitors, the trust has created an image to help it thank everyone who has supported The Piece Hall and the businesses trading there.

It is hoped that with the help of social media, the ‘5 million thank yous’ will reach all of these visitors.

Nicky Chance-Thompson, CEO of the Piece Hall, will be the speaker at tomorrow afternoon’s summer networking BBQ in Leeds, organised by

More than 60 delegates are already signed up to attend. Guests will receive a welcome drink on arrival at The Lock, on the ground floor of the Hilton Doubletree in Leeds, where a BBQ lunch is included.

At the event, which is sponsored by CityFibre, Chance-Thompson will talk about why and how Yorkshire is doing well in promoting itself to draw businesses and large events to the region.

The occasion runs from noon to 3pm tomorrow (Friday August 2). Book tickets online now.