St John's Church and BirkbyNorman Park, BirkbyBirkby and Fartown Community CentreWheathouse Road, BirkbySt John's Road BirkbyBirkbyBirkby is the largest district of Huddersfield and is centred about a mile north-north-west of Huddersfield town centre.

It had already become a large district in the Victorian era as new housing was provided for the expanding industrial town, but in recent years it has been extended even further, for more than a mile, by modern housing development along the Grimescar Valley.

Historically Birkby was the location for some of Huddersfield's best known businesses including soft drink manufacturer Ben Shaws and valve-making company Hopkinson's, later taken over by the Weir Group.

The former Hopkinson's industrial site has now also been put to housing use.

There are still industrial premises and business headquarters in parts of the area and a vibrant shopping area.

Around Birkby

Blacker Road, Birkby Birkby has a busy shopping area centering on the northern end of Blacker Road and around St John's Road near to its junction with Blacker Road. There are also many other local shops scattered around the area. Among the shops in the area are several convenience stores, grocery and greengrocery shops, halal butchers, Asian fashions, jewellers, Polish food, Asian sweets and cakes, newsagents, travel and letting agencies, a plumbers merchant and florists.

Birkby has a pharmacy in Grimscar Avenue.

Birkby has a wide selection of takeaways catering for all tastes.

Birkby has an Asian restaurant. Pub food can also be found.

The Spinks Nest is in Blacker Road.
Magic Rock Tap is at the Willow Park Business Centre, Willow Lane.

Birkby and Fartown Community Centre is in Wasp Nest Road, Fartown. Birkby Children's Centre is also located there.

Birkby and Fartown Library Birkby and Fartown Library is in Mead Street.
To find out more about this library try  Kirklees Council - Libraries web pages

Norman Park is a small and secluded park with playing field, play equipment and war memorial between Birkby Hall Road, Norman Road and Halifax Road.

Oakfield Tennis and Bowling Club is in Beechfield Road.

 Oakfield Tennis and Bowling Club social media page

Birkby Junior School is in Mead Street, Fartown.  Birkby Junior School website

Birkby Infant and Nursery School is in Blacker Road North, Birkby.  Birkby Infant and Nursery School website

St John the Evangelist Church, built between 1852 and 1853, is in St John's Road.  St John's Birkby website

St Cuthbert Church, Birkby, founded in 1913, is in Grimscar Avenue and has facilities for worship and community events.  St Cuthbert's Birkby social media page

Vajrapani Kadampa Meditation Centre (Buddhist) is in Wheathouse Road in a building previously used by Birkby Baptist Church.  Vajrapani Kadampa Meditation Centre website

Markazi Jamia Masjid Riza Islamic Centre is in Halifax Old Road.  Markazi Jamia Masjid Riza website

Local government

Civil parish council

There is no civil parish council for this area, which prior to 1974 was in the Huddersfield County Borough.

Metropolitan district councils

Birkby is in the Greenhead ward of Kirklees Council.
 Kirklees Council website


Bus services


360 Huddersfield Royal Infirmary - Marsh -
Huddersfield - Birkby Wheathouse Road, Birkby Hall Road - Fartown Spaines Road, Fartown Green Road, Woodhouse Hill - Sheepridge Sheepridge Road, Wiggan Lane, New House Road, Bradley Boulevard

No service to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary on Saturdays and Sundays. Huddersfield town centre - Sheepridge only.

Timetable at  Metro     Timetables and information at  Team Pennine

384 385 Monday to Saturday daytime

↓ 384 ↑ 385
Huddersfield Bus station -
Birkby Birkby Lodge Road, Birkby Hall Road, Grimscar Avenue, Norwood Road -
Fartown Spaines Road, Greenhouse Road, Cawthorne Avenue, York Avenue -
Cowcliffe Cowcliffe Hill Road, Southlands Drive - Netheroyd Hill - Fixby The Fairway, Broomfield Road, Fixby Road - Bradley Bar
Brackenhall Asda store, Long Hill Road -
Sheepridge Wiggan Lane, Sheepridge Road - Fartown Woodhouse Hill, Abbey Road, Hammond Street - Hillhouse Bradford Road -
Huddersfield Bus station

385 is reverse of 384 route above.
Timetables at  Metro - 384  Metro - 385     Timetables (.pdf format) at  Stotts Coach Travel


549 at St George's Square, HuddersfieldHuddersfield Bus station - Birkby Wheathouse Road, Grimscar Avenue, - Cowcliffe Cowcliffe Hill Road, Netheroyd Hill Road - Netheroyd Hill - Fixby Lightridge Road -
Rastrick - Brighouse - Hipperholme - Halifax

Timetable changes from Sunday February 18, 2024, involving replacement of 547 with 549 journeys.

Timetable at  Metro    Search for operator's information at  First

Other places near Birkby: Cowcliffe Edgerton Fartown Hillhouse

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