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What is at Shibden?

For a great day out, visit Shibden Estate. Discover our history, environment, fun activities and a wide range of events.

For a great day out, visit Shibden Estate.

Discover our history, environment, fun activities and a wide range of events.

For general enquiries and events, phone: 01422 284428.

Activities

Boating lake

Rowing boats and children's paddle boats can be hired from the boathouse at the far end of the lake.

Open daily from May to September and all school holidays (weather permitting).

For more details and opening times, please contact:

  • Charles Nicholson.
  • Telephone: 07772 003443.

Land train

This carries visitors on a scenic route around the park and can be booked for private parties.

For running times, more details or to book, please contact us.

Miniature railway

This runs along the park's valley. It passes a picnic area, woodland and boating lake.

On a circular line, the train runs from the station and through a tunnel. It then goes over two bridges and through a cutting on its way around the ¾ mile track.

Open: Weekends, Bank holidays and school holidays (weather permitting). For running times or more about the railway, please contact:

  • Robert Trout
  • Telephone: 07854 658635 (mobile).
  • Facebook: Shibden Railway.

Shibden Mereside

Come and relax at 'Coffee Culture in the park'. This is our fantastic café, for tasty hot and cold meals, snacks and great coffee!

The Mereside can be booked for lunches, celebrations, weddings and a wide range of business and community occasions. For more about this, please see: Mereside Centre.

For more details and opening times, contact:

Shibden Hall and Folk Museum

Shibden Hall has over six hundred years of history. It is most famous as the residence of Anne Lister a notable lesbian, diarist, businesswoman, landowner and traveller.

For more about the Hall and visiting, see: Shibden Hall (museums).

Orienteering course

This is a permanent course by East Pennine Orienteering Club. There are courses designed to suit varying levels of ability.

The course takes you on a journey through the estate's woodland and hillside.

Events and activities

A range of corporate events, team building, functions and celebrations can be booked. These are both within the estate and at Mereside.

For more details, please contact us or info@coffeeculturecatering.com.

Play area

This is an exciting play area for toddlers. They can play on the:

  • swings;
  • cable ride;
  • covered slide;
  • and the climbing frame for the more adventurous.

The equipment is designed to be inclusive for all. Children in wheelchairs can ride on the roundabout and play amongst their peers.

Environmental Education

A series of workshops are offered in the park and other places in Calderdale.

For more about this, please see: Environmental education: Shibden Estate Workshops.

Toilets

These can be found at:

  • Shibden Mereside (lower car park).
  • The children's play area.
  • Shibden Hall car park.

There are nappy changing and disabled toilets at all locations. These are inspected twice daily.

For more about the hall (opening times, events and more), please visit: Shibden Hall (museums).

For more about the park, see: Shibden Park.

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