About Batley & Dewsbury

Batley and Dewsbury are neighbouring towns located in the heart of Kirklees in West Yorkshire. With a strong textile history, both towns boast grand Victorian architecture with award-winning markets and historical connections to the Brontë family.

Events in Batley and Dewsbury run throughout the year with continental markets, fairs and street theatre festivals. Both towns have spectacular Town Halls which today host music concerts and theatre productions.

The Brontë family have strong connections to the towns � Patrick Brontë, father of the famous sisters, was curate at Dewsbury Minster 1809-1811 and local attractions Oakwell Hall and Red House Museum were both featured in Charlotte Brontë’s ‘Shirley’. You can visit all of these places to retrace their steps, visit the attractions page for more details.

Running between the two towns is the Yorkshire Mill Mile. Beautifully restored mills, such as The Mill Village and The Red Brick Mill on the A652 Bradford Road are home to a huge range of quality home furnishings and discounted designer goods. Check out the shopping pages on this site for details of where to go in Batley and Dewsbury.