A picturesque town located in the idyllic foothills of Yorkshire, Holmfirth offers a unique blend of traditional English countryside and vibrant city life.
Whether you are looking for accommodation, outdoor activities, pubs and bars, or simply an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, this rural borough has something to offer everyone. With an abundance of scenic beauty, historic sites, and unique attractions, it is no wonder that it is one of the most popular travel destinations in Yorkshire.
Operating right in the heart of this charming location, it should come as no surprise that Applegate Properties is well-versed in the local delights Holmfirth has to offer. So, if you’re keen to see which options are on the cards, you’re in the perfect place…
Places to stay in Holmfirth
Holmfirth is a highly-rated tourist destination, known for its beautiful scenery, charming small town atmosphere, and historic buildings. Visitors often praise its friendly locals, homely food, and selection of outdoor activities — such as hiking and cycling. Plus, it has garnered plaudits for its cultural events, including the Holmfirth Festival of Folk and the Holmfirth Arts Festival.
It doesn’t matter if you're looking for a cosy bed and breakfast, luxurious holiday cottage, or fun-filled guesthouse complete with bars and pubs nearby – you’ll find a whole host of options nestled in the stunning Pennine hills in Holmfirth. In weighing up your options between the outskirts of the town and the centre, your choice ultimately depends on whether you’re seeking convenience or tranquillity.
Staying in the centre places visitors within walking distance of popular attractions, shops, and restaurants, whereas Holmfirth accommodation in the outskirts provides a more peaceful and quiet environment, with stunning natural scenery and an authentic local charm.
One of the top-rated accommodation options in Holmfirth is The Rose and Crown — a historic pub and inn, located in the quiet countryside village of Thurstonland, offering traditional rooms with contemporary amenities, such as flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. Guests can enjoy a delicious breakfast and dine in the on-site restaurant, which serves classic British dishes. Prices start at around £80 per night.
Another popular choice is The Old Bridge Inn and Coffee House — a cosy and comfortable bed and breakfast, boasting picturesque views of the River Holme. The rooms are individually decorated and feature unique details such as exposed brick walls and original fireplaces. Plus, with offers of a warming fire in winter and large outdoor seating area in summer, guests can enjoy the property throughout every season. Slightly higher in price, but still very affordable, rooms are available from around £85 per night.
For those seeking a more premium option, The Woodman Inn is a family-owned venue which offers spacious and stylish rooms overlooking the countryside, with luxurious amenities such as jacuzzi baths and private balconies. The on-site restaurant serves gourmet cuisine made with locally-sourced produce, as well as fabulous wines and cask marque ales. Prices start at around £130 per night, with accommodation ranging from self-contained cottages, superior and deluxe suites to good-sized double rooms.
Bars in Holmfirth
With such a rural and homely charm, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Holmfirth is lacking in the nightlife department. However, the range of bars and pubs available to suit different tastes make it just as vibrant as any other location.
One popular option is The Nook Brewhouse, located in the centre of town, which offers a wide selection of award-winning beers, ciders, and ales, as well as live music and events in abundance.
Or, if you’re looking for somewhere a little quirkier, you could flock to The Picturedrome — a century-old picture house and historic music venue, which also features a bar and restaurant with a diverse menu of food and drink options.
For those seeking a more intimate setting, The Tap House is a welcoming craft beer bar and bistro located on the outskirts of the town. Serving Spanish and Yorkshire tapas plates by candlelight, it’s a real find for any foodies.
Places to stay and bars in Holmfirth
Evidently, there’s something for everyone in Holmfirth. For visitors who want to enjoy the nightlife and remain within close proximity to bars and restaurants, the best place to stay would be in the centre of town — with The Rose and Crown or The Old Bridge Inn & Coffee House both convenient options. But if a more relaxed, outdoorsy vibe is what you’re looking for, The Woodman Inn might be more suited to your requirements.
As for the best bars to visit, The Nook and The Picturedrome are both located in the centre of Holmfirth, making them easily accessible from central accommodations. The Tap House, while located on the outskirts of town, is still within walking distance from some accommodation options, and provides a more laid-back and intimate setting for those looking for a quieter night out.
Photo credit: Luke Carr.