Dewsbury is a minster town within the Kirklees, in West Yorkshire, England. It is to the west of Wakefield, to the East of Huddersfield and south of Leeds. It lies by the River Calder, West Yorkshire and the Calder and Hebble Navigation.
After undergoing a period of major growth in the 19th century as a mill town, Dewsbury went through a period of decline. More recently there has been rapid and ongoing redevelopment of derelict mills into flats, and other projects concerned with regenerating run-down or deprived areas.
According to the United Kingdom Census 2001 the Dewsbury urban sub-area had a population of 54,341. Dewsbury is the largest town in the Heavy Woollen District, which forms a conurbation of small mill towns.

Why visit?

  • Dewsbury is a historic market town with a rich heritage, boasting a variety of independent shops, cafes, and restaurants. Take a stroll around the town centre and explore the cobbled streets, historic buildings, and monuments.
  • Located in nearby Wakefield, the National Coal Mining Museum is a great place to learn about the history of coal mining in the area. With a range of interactive exhibits, it's a great day out for all the family.
  • Dewsbury is home to a number of beautiful parks and green spaces, perfect for a leisurely stroll or a picnic. Ravensthorpe Reservoir is a particularly popular spot, with its stunning views and abundance of wildlife.