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Shibden Park

Shibden Park Estate is one of West Yorkshire's most important heritage sites. A jewel in the crown of Calderdale's cultural resources.

Note: Dog Control Orders are in force in Calderdale's parks.

Shibden Hall and Park is one of West Yorkshire's most important heritage sites. It is a jewel in the crown of Calderdale's cultural resources.

Shibden parkland

Explore Shibden's beautifully restored grounds. These were commissioned by Anne Lister and influenced by the picturesque landscape movement of the early 19th century.

  • Experience the tranquillity of the Wilderness Garden, cascade and pools and Cunnery Wood, the site of the old kitchen garden.
  • Visit the fruit garden with its collection of heritage fruit trees. These were planted to reflect what has grown at Shibden over 200 years ago.
  • The Mere was designed to resemble a large river flowing through the Shibden valley. It has rowing boats, an island and many wild birds.
  • There is the permanent and unique exhibit that shows off the skills of the Master Craftsman dry stone waller. For more about this, please see: Dry stone walling exhibit.

For more about the Hall and its most famous resident Anne Lister (Gentleman Jack), please see:

Discover more places connected to Anne Lister, "Gentleman Jack" of Shibden Hall and local places to stay at: Visit Calderdale.

For details of things to do at the Hall and grounds, see: What's at Shibden?

Park opening times

Month Time
November to February 8am to 5pm
March 8am to 6pm
April 8am to 7pm
May to August 8am to 9pm
September 8am to 7pm
October 8am to 6pm

Location details

  • Godley Lane, Halifax. HX3 6XG.

The estate is on the A58 Leeds/Bradford Road (Godley Lane), east of Halifax town centre. It is about a 20 minute walk (uphill) from the bus station and 25 minutes from the train station. It is also a 20 minute car ride from the M62 motorway (junction 26).

You can get there by bus from Halifax, Bradford, Brighouse, Huddersfield and Leeds stations. For more about the buses and trains, visit: West Yorkshire Metro.

Car parks

There is plenty of space for parking.

  • The main car park (Mereside) is accessed off Godley Lane. Enter the park gates and follow the road down to the bottom of the park.
  • After you enter the gates, you will notice a smaller car park on the left.
  • Shibden Hall Upper car park is accessed off Shibden Hall Road.
  • Enter the upper car park and follow the road down to the museum car park. Reserved for Permit Holders and Blue Badge Holders.

Pay and Display charges apply (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day):

  • April to October from 9am to 6pm.
  • November to March from 9am to 5pm.

For current tariffs, please see:

Shibden Parking Permit

For regular park visitors there is an annual permit available that can offer large savings against pay and display prices. For more details, please see: Shibden Park permits.

Blue Badge holders benefit from free parking.

Note: For an emergency or First Aid, phone: 01422 288000.

Access

We have tried to make the estate as accessible as possible. All facilities meet this need, but some terrain is steep or uneven and not suitable for wheelchairs.

  • The hall is accessible on the ground floor.
  • There are steps at the main front entrance.
  • There is a bell on the approach to the hall so staff can provide level access.

Contact

Green Spaces and Street Scene: Contact us.

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