The village of Slaithwaite is located in the Colne Valley, a short distance from Huddersfield and Halifax. This quiet little town is full of history, heritage and culture. It's also surrounded by beautiful countryside with many local places of interest including hiking trails, open fields and forests to explore. And home to Acorn & Pip!

Slaithwaite, a history lesson

Slaithwaite was mentioned in Domesday Book as "Slatehilte", meaning 'hillside where slate has been cut'.[3] The name comes from Old Norse "slatr" meaning 'shining' or 'bright' with Old English "hyllt" meaning 'hillside'.

There are many interesting buildings in the village including St. Oswald's Church, which dates from 1250.

The church is a grade 1 listed building, which means it is an important part of our heritage. It was built in 1250 by monks who came from Furness Abbey and it has been used for worship ever since.

The churchyard contains many interesting monuments including one to John Peel (1752-1854), who was born at Ramsden Hall near Slaithwaite and became famous as a musician, composer and conductor. His most famous piece of music was "When Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night". The other tombstones date back as far as 1674, although most were erected during the 18th century when slabs were popular with families because they could be engraved with lengthy inscriptions about their loved ones' lives or virtues without taking up too much space on the ground!

The centre of the village is the Market Place and surrounding streets, which are packed with independent shops and pubs. There are also some great restaurants here too, so it's a great place to spend an afternoon shopping, eating out or enjoying a drink with friends after work.

Slaithwaite is a beautiful place to visit with family, let’s show you around!

The village has many things to do and see, so you can spend the whole day there. There are also many places to eat and drink anew so many lovely shops to visit. Follow the link to our IG guide where you can look around different local businesses.

Slaithwaite is a beautiful place to visit with family. There are many interesting buildings and places to see. The Market Place is a great place for shopping and eating out, while the surrounding streets have many independent shops selling unique gifts and souvenirs. If you're looking for somewhere quiet then it might be worth visiting one of our lovely parks or gardens where there isn't much traffic noise!

It’s a village thing

We’re really lucky to have some amazing local businesses in and around the village that are great for the whole family. With canal side walks and a thriving local high street, there’s plenty to do if you want to make a day of it in Slaithwaite and beyond. Here are just a few of our favourites that you might want to visit.

Anello -


The Handmade Bakery -

Om Is Where The Heart Is -

Standedge tunnel & visitor centre - 

May 04, 2023 — Lucy Estherby