Kirklees Attractions top the Trip Advisor list
It’s official, you are guaranteed a good day out in Kirklees, 4 of our fantastic visitor attractions have been awarded the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence.
The award celebrates hospitality excellence and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor. Winners of the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website, with only the top 10 percent receiving the prestigious award.
To qualify for the Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travellers on TripAdvisor. Additional criteria includes the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.
The winning visitor attractions are: Greenhead Park in Huddersfield, Castle Hill in Huddersfield, Tolson Museum in Huddersfield, and Oakwell Hall Country Park in Birstall.
Each of the sites that received the award has its own unique charm, and in addition to the day to day activities at each site they are also the location for an eclectic mix of activities.
Victoria Tower on Castle Hill is a local landmark that can be seen from miles around. The hill itself is a favourite with dog walkers and nature lovers.
A ranger leads regular walks from Castle Hill – providing visitors with an ideal opportunity to make the most of the panoramic views, meet new people and learn about the surrounding area.
The Green Flag winning Greenhead park has tennis courts, playgrounds, a paddling pool and a mini steam train. It’s meandering paths and manicured lawns are ideal for exercising away from traffic.
The park is also home to a thriving park run every Saturday and Sunday (under 16’s), buggy fit classes for new mums and Nordic walking sessions. Greenhead also holds a range of live entertainment events each year which attract new visitors from near and far.
Tolson Museum is Huddersfield’s history book – from Roman finds to textiles; from birds to transport, Tolson is a treasure house of the fascinating, the curious and the amazing. It is also home to the Tolson Half Pig – this rather strange creature even has his own twitter account.
The museum has recently opened a war memorial garden, and held events to mark the centenary of the end of WW1 – drawing on the history of its former owners the Tolson family, including opening a new gallery.
Oakwell Hall is a stunning 17th century historic house with period gardens – it is currently featuring as a set on the BBC drama Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell which is just one of its many claims to fame.
Oakwell will be holding the Oakwell Music Festival on 12 July – a day of live music, food, drink and family entertainment. And, in just the last few months it has hosted a classic car show, an artisan emporium, and a mayday celebration to name but a few.
In fact there is something happening most weekends in the Summer, but even on quiet days the park itself is well worth a visit with miles of paths, woodland, children’s playgrounds, a café, shop and visitor centre to explore, and a fields that are ideal for a kick around and a picnic.
Cllr David Sheard, Leader of Kirklees Council said: “Our parks and museums offer a combination of beautiful architecture, stunning grounds and a range of activities and events for local people and visitors to enjoy. I am delighted, but not surprised, that visitors have rated these sites so highly. This achievement is thanks to the hard working staff and volunteers that make these great places to visit. It is a fantastic accolade for the council and Kirklees as a whole.”
Information about all of the council’s parks and museums can be found on the website www.kirklees.gov.uk