The village is a residential area with a pub, The Nags Head, but has become sandwiched between modern transport routes.
Even going back to Georgian times, what was then a small hamlet had begun to be reshaped by new road routes.
In the 1770s a new Huddersfield to Halifax turnpike road came from Huddersfield via the Grimescar Valley through Ainley Top and by the 1820s it became the merging point of a more direct turnpike branch from Huddersfield along the Halifax Road we know today. By the mid-19th century there was already a cutting and bridge arrangement by-passing the hamlet and taking the road over the edge of The Ainleys towards Elland.
The building of the motorway in the 1970s caused even more changes to the village, creating some of its more dominant features, including its large roundabout and curving tunnel beneath the motorway.
Newer development in the village has also reflected the needs of the road traveller, including hotels and a pub eatery. Beyond the roads, though, there are still areas of green agricultural land.
Around Ainley TopThe Nags Head, a pub in what were originally two 17th century cottages, is in New Hey Road, Ainley Top.
Toby Carvery is in Brighouse Road, Ainley Top.
Food is served at The Nags Head, Toby Carvery and the Cedar Court Hotel.
The Cedar Court Hotel is a 113-bedroom hotel with health club, conference and banqueting facilities at Lindley Moor Road, Ainley Top.
A travel hotel is situated next to The Nags Head.
Civil parish councilAinley Top is in an unparished area
Metropolitan district councilsAinley Top straddles the boundary of the metropolitan districts run by Kirklees Council and Calderdale Council.
Daily, evening service (from late afternoon Sundays)
Daily until early evening (until late afternoon Sundays)
Monday to Saturday, daytime
Road travelThe large Ainley Top roundabout provides a junction between the busy
As there is no westbound exit from the
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