Shelf area guide

A historic village within West Yorkshire, Shelf is located in between Bradford and Halifax.

About Shelf

Recorded in the Domesday Book, Shelf is a village rich in history. During the Industrial Revolution, the village gained several mills and workers cottages. The village is now home to a variety of properties including detached houses, bungalows and terraced houses.

Shelf is well situated to reach Halifax and Bradford, both are only a short drive away and offer a variety of activities and entertainment. The popular nearby villages of Northowram, Lightcliffe, Hipperholme and Norwood Green also make up the HX3 postcode.

Local amenities

The village has a range of local amenities including big national supermarkets including Lidl and a Tesco Superstore as well as a local farm shop. Home to well regarded schools, Shelf residents have options of pre-school and primary schools. Elsewhere Hipperholme Grammar School and Brighouse High School are also very well regarded locally.

In addition, pharmacies, hairdressers and barbers and a local church – St Michael’s Church – can be found along the main road of the village.

Things to do

Less than a 10 minute drive away or about a 25 minute walk from Shelf village centre, the area around the Halicki Waterfall offers a stunning location for an outdoor walk and a great place for kids to explore nature. Shibden Hall and Park with its historical links to ‘Gentleman Jack’ of BBC drama fame is also within two miles.

Shelf village has a great choice of local pubs, restaurants, cafes and takeaways. The Bottomleys Arms is a long established inn and has an extensive popular menu serving comforting foods, Denmans is a family run bistro offering fine wines and quality dishes and Totally Edible has become a go-to cafe with tasty breakfast and lunch options.

Local transport

The A6036 from Halifax to Bradford runs through Shelf and provides easy access to both places. They can also be reached by the frequent local busses that go to Leeds, Bradford City Centre and Halifax Town Centre. Both Brighouse and Low Moor train stations are also within three miles.

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