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Square Chapel Arts Centre

Square Road, Halifax

West Yorkshire

HX1 1QG.

Box Office 01422 349 422. Admin 01422 353 073

About Us

About Us

We believe in the magic that is created when people, ideas, creativity and stories come together. We believe that groups of people, however small, can change the world for the better.

In the 80’s six local people broke into the then derelict building and bought it for £25, saving it as an arts centre for the community.

As the building work got underway and eventually the structure was deemed safe, concerts took place where audience and performers wore hard hats and blankets as the building had no heating or glass  in the window frames.

Arts, culture and creativity play a critical role in people’s lives. We’re committed in bringing people together in a space that is safe, exciting, welcoming and experimental.

As a registered charity, we do this through our excellent programme of workshops, film, live performances and our fabulous food and drink offer.

Square Chapel Arts Centre is a cultural community, with an amazing story of hard work and determination, which still continues.


The History of Square Chapel 

You can find out more about our history

Opening times

Box Office
Sunday & Monday: 10am – 6pm
Tuesday – Saturday: 10am – 8.30pm

Sunday & Monday: 10am – 6pm
Tuesday – Saturday: 10am – until late

Food served
Sunday & Monday: 11.30am – 2.30pm
Tuesday – Saturday: 11.30am – 2.30pm & 5pm – 7.30pm

Drinks and cakes available all day, every day!

How to get here:

You will find our main entrance via the copper building, next door to The Piece Hall’s Southgate entrance on Blackledge.

By Car: 
Follow signs for the ‘Piece Hall’ or ‘Eureka’. We suggest parking in the Woolshops or on Horton Street nearby.

By Public Transport: 
Halifax railway station is directly linked to Leeds, Huddersfield, Bradford and Manchester railway stations (Tel 0845 7484950 for timetable details). Grand Central Rail operate a regular service between London and Bradford. Square Chapel is a 10 minute walk from the Bus Station (Tel 0113 245 7676 for timetable details).


Seating plans

Access & parking

Access: Our building access provisions include:

  • Drop off point on Blackledge*
  • Seating spaces for wheelchair users in our auditoriums
  • Accessible toilets
  • A changing places room (please ask a member of staff for more information and access to this facility)
  • Improved level access into the main entrance of the building
  • Lifts inside the building
  • Loop hearing systems in place in our auditoriums (ask at Box Office for more information)
  • Concessions are available for patrons with disabilities.

*Drop off point: We have a drop off point at the bottom of Blackledge (the cobbled lane leading up to Square Chapel.

Please call us on 01422 353 073 if you need further advice and information about our accessible facilities.

We are also surrounded by on street parking:

  • There is on street parking available at Horton Street and at the Woolshops.
  • There are two Council pay and display car parks on Prescott Street and also parking available by the Minster (50p per hour or £3 for over 5 hours. Between the hours of 8am – 6pm)
  • 2 private car parks on Union Street (£3.50 between 3 and 10 hours)
  • Parking by Orangebox young people’s centre (£1.00 an hour and up to £8.00 for 10 hours.


Accessible parking: We currently have four spaces than can be booked via our Box Office on a first come first served basis. Tel: 01422 349 422.

Drop off point: We have a main drop off point at the main entrance.

Please call us on 01422 353 073 if you need further advice about accessible parking and other general parking options.


Tickets & Pricing

We reserve the right to refuse admission or ask patrons to leave the premises and any of its venues.

Latecomers may be asked to wait until a suitable break in the performance before admission.

If you are unable to attend a performance tickets can be exchanged or credited for a refund, minus a £1 Theatre Support Fee, only if notice is given to the Box Office more than 48 hours before the performance start time.

Named artists, ticket prices, venue and seating arrangements can change from original publication and as previously advertised without notice.

Mobile phones and other devices must be turned to silent or switched off when entering the performance space. The unauthorised use of photography, cameras, mobile phones, video or other forms of audio or visual recording equipment is strictly prohibited.

By purchasing tickets, you give consent to you and your party being photographed or filmed as a member of the audience by a professional photographer.

Tickets are required for each child attending a performance. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult to all live performances and venue staff accept no responsibility for any unaccompanied children under 18.

We offer concessions and discounts to some performances and reserve the right to check proof of eligibility at any point.

Theatre Support Fee

Built in 1772, our beautiful, grade II listed, red brick Georgian Chapel is one of only a handful of square churches ever built. It costs thousands of pounds each year to keep this historic building in a good state of repair that enables us to continue serving the community with a strong film, cultural and outreach programme. To ensure the future of this iconic piece of Halifax’s heritage, we have introduced a small theatre support fee of £1 per ticket. The prices advertised in the brochure and online are inclusive of this fee. We do not charge any other booking fees.

*Age Restrictions

We are required by the BBFC to refuse admission to those who do not meet the minimum age required by the classification. Photo ID may be required for entry to age restricted films.

  • Anyone can be admitted to films classified as U or PG
  • Children under 12 can be admitted to films classified as 12A but only if accompanied by an adult (i.e. someone over the age of 18)
  • Nobody under the age of 15 can be admitted to films classified as 15
  • Nobody under the age of 18 can be admitted to films classified as 18

Concessions are available for most shows, please call our Box Office team to check availability when booking. Concessions include people with a disability, retired, under 16s, Passport to Leisure card holders and full time students. Discounts are also available via the Square Chapel Membership scheme. Proof of eligibility is required when purchasing/collecting tickets.

Tickets for events at Square Chapel can be reserved for seven days; if they are not purchased in this time, they are automatically released and may be released without informing the customer.

Reservations can’t be made in the seven days before an event.

Halifax Culture Hub has been set up by Square Chapel Arts Centre and The Piece Hall to create and operate a joint Box Office system.

It’s a joint initiative and exists to promote the wonderful cultural and heritage events happening in our little corner of Yorkshire.

Upon creating a Box Office account with Square Chapel or The Piece Hall you will be able to choose to receive information from one or both organisations.

When signing in to your account on either the Square Chapel or The Piece Hall websites your password will remain the same for both venues and you will be able to manage your bookings from both websites.

We are committed to ensuring all customers can participate and enjoy our events equally.  Customers who need someone to be with them to access an event can get a free carer ticket for their companion. We also accept CEA cards for our cinema screenings. These cannot be booked online but all you need to do is call our Box Office team on 01422 349 422 to request the ticket.

Group booking discounts for 10 or more people are available for some shows. Please call the Box Office on 01422 349422 for more information.

Our audiences are key to ensuring we bring the most exciting and engaging performance and film to Square Chapel.

Our membership is  designed to enable you to support our artistic programme and bring you that bit closer to the action through ticket discounts and a range of other advantages.

Find out more about Square Chapel Membership.

People aged 14-24 and can take advantage of tickets for just £6 each – great value, great entertainment and a great night out for you and your friends, who can sign up too.

To find out more, or book £6 tickets contact Dave Garratt, Sales & Audiences Manager on 01422 353 073 or email

Terms: We have a limited number of £6 tickets per show… and some restrictions apply. Contact our Box Office.

Pay What You Can is about trust and affordability. It’s about you, trusting us in the quality of our programming; and us, trusting you to make a judgement for yourself about what you can afford to pay and take a chance on something new for whatever price will encourage you to come along. In return, we promise a warm Square Chapel welcome and a cracking experience.

Things you need to know…

We won’t ask for any validation or proof of income. We will offer some guidance based on what your ticket might have cost under our normal pricing structure – but that is only there for those who want it. Perhaps you might like to contribute at a higher level to subsidise a ticket at a lower cost for someone less fortunate? You can choose to pay anything from £16 right down to £5. You set the price, we’ll set the stage.

Visit Calderdale

Welcome to Calderdale!

Calderdale is in West Yorkshire. It is centrally located between Leeds and Manchester, and handy for road and rail links. Bursting with a fantastic cultural offering, amazing local food and drink, and rich industrial heritage, the friendly towns and villages of Calderdale are a fantastic place for families, couples and friends to spend a short break. The area is home to some of Yorkshire’s most spectacular landscape; from wild and rugged moors to lush valleys and leafy woodland. It’s also one of the most dog- and walker-friendly places in the UK. Learn more at:


The Piece Hall, Halifax

Dating from 1779, this spectacular Grade I listed building is the only surviving cloth hall in the UK. The immense courtyard hosts a mix of independent bars, shops, restaurants and interactive heritage spaces. Open seven days a week, The Piece Hall also has a year-round programme of events and activities.

 The Piece Hall – credit photographer Paul White

Eureka! The National Children’s Museum, Halifax

Eureka! The National Children’s Museum in Halifax is a fun-packed day out for families with children aged 0 to 11. With six unique zones to discover, it’s filled with interactive exhibits designed to inspire enquiring minds to find out about themselves and the world around them.

Shibden Hall and Estate, Halifax

Shibden Hall, in the picturesque Shibden Valley, offers visitors a fascinating journey through the lives of the people who lived and worked there, including noted diarist Anne Lister (the subject of upcoming HBO/BBC show ‘Gentleman Jack’, by Sally Wainwright, starring Suranne Jones). The Hall is surrounded by Shibden Park, with attractions including a cafe, miniature railway, boating lake, play area, orienteering course and woodland.

Dean Clough, Halifax

Once the world’s largest carpet factory, this half-mile stretch of impressively restored 19th century mills has become a leading commercial and artistic hub in the north. Dean Clough has one of the largest private galleries in the country, as well as the Viaduct Theatre, and independent bars, cafes and restaurants.

Central Library and Visitor Information Centre, Halifax; Hebden Bridge, Todmorden

Drop by the Visitor Information Centres in Halifax, Hebden Bridge and Todmorden, where helpful staff can give you ideas on things to do, places to go and where to stay. A range of local gifts, souvenirs, maps and guides are available. If you’re at the Information Centre in Halifax, admire the beautifully restored Square Church rose window and the incredible views of the church spire in this striking new library building that skilfully blends the old and the new.;

The Victoria Theatre, Halifax

The largest and busiest theatre in Halifax, this dynamic venue plays host to a wealth of live entertainment events, offering a fantastic year-round theatre experience for everyone – from ballet and opera to top class comedy and shows for children. The theatre also regularly presents live music and concerts with top class artists.

Bankfield Museum

A Museum since 1887, Bankfield’s displays cover local history, costume, art, toys, military history, jewellery and textiles, as well as temporary exhibitions. Set in Akroyd Park, at the centre of Akroydon model village, this Victorian mansion was the home of local mill owner, philanthropist and MP, Colonel Edward Akroyd.

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival

The bohemian market town of Hebden Bridge hosts a famous annual summer arts festival as well as year-round events that celebrate the town’s exceptional creativity, offering fun and interesting events for the community and visitors alike.

IOU Theatre

IOU is a producing organisation with more than 40 years’ experience making live shows and contemporary art installations that combine many art forms together with new and innovative technology. IOU has an exhibition space at Dean Clough, open Mon-Fri 12-5.


Northern Broadsides

Northern Broadsides is a multi-award-winning touring theatre company based in the historic Dean Clough Mill in Halifax. Their repertoire combines Shakespeare, European and English Classic plays and new writing. Productions are noted for their distinctive northern voice, strong musicality and clear narrative journey.

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    Tuesday - Saturday: 10am - 8.30pm

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    Tuesday - Saturday: 10am - late
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    Located centrally, opposite Halifax railway station, Square Chapel is right next door to the Piece Hall.