Shibden Hall
Shibden Hall
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Set in the picturesque Shibden valley, a mile from Halifax, Shibden Hall dates back to 1420 and offers visitors a fascinating journey through the lives of the people who lived and worked here. Shibden Hall's architecture is a mix of styles reflecting its interesting and varied history. The adjacent 17th century aisled barn and workshops house a carriage collection and displays relating to different crafts, including a blacksmiths, coopers, wheelwrights and saddlers. Shibden even has a recreated brewhouse and inn. The Hall is surrounded by the beautifully restored gardens and estate that forms Shibden Park. There are a range of features and attractions, including a cafe and visitor facilities, miniature railway, boating lake, pitch & putt course as well as trails, play area, orienteering course and woodland in which to roam.
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PCRigleyBell
Roche, UK67 contributions
Couples
Visited Shibden Hall to see where the infamous Anne Lister once lived after watching the Gentleman Jack series. The Hall is beautiful and although I thought it looked bigger in person my partner felt it was smaller. There was plenty to see and read about and found the whole house very interesting, especially seeing some original features which dates back many centuries. Theres so much to take in and you come out even more knowledgable. There wasn’t just the hall but the stables and other out buildings to explore too. You have to see it to appreciate its beauty and history. The only downside, which has nothing to do with the hall itself is the parking. The satnav will only take you part way and if you’re not from around the area it can be difficult to navigate. We ended up in a small gravel car park the the top of Shibden hall (£1.50 over 2 hours) and then decided to come back and take the dog later on in the day to walk the lake and grounds and we parked at the bigger car park at the bottom (with the same ticket). If you’re thinking about visiting then a highly recommend it. It’s cheaper to turn up as it’s £8pp but if it’s busy they’ll accept those who pre book first, so if you’re planning on visiting during the peak times then I suggest pre booking to save yourself being left disheartened.
Written June 29, 2022
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Amy F
Leeds, UK108 contributions
Friends
Shibden Hall is great to visit if you're in the area. The house itself is very well preserved and the panels/boards in each room were very informative. There's also the added bonus of the folk museum outside which is well worth a visit.
Written July 28, 2022
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Julie M
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We visited Shibden on Ann LIsters birthday, there was an event on to celebrate her life, with artists market stalls and hot food, the atmosphere was fabulous.
Shibden Hall had such an impact on us, a beautiful building steeped in its own history and of course for anyone like us wanting to explore the history of Ann Lister.
The hundreds of years of history seeps out, so many stories to be told
As a fan of TV’s Gentleman Jack we were WOW’d by the whole experience.
Walking around the rooms, having a wander in the gardens, then step into Halifax it was a memorable day out. We will definatly be back
Agree with others. The staff were very friendly and keen to talk and answer our questions. 💯 recommended for a day out, we even fitted a bit of geo-caching in while exploring the lovely grounds 🤓
Written May 23, 2022
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Julie P
United Kingdom1,631 contributions
Having seen Gentleman Jack it was an obvious choice to go and see the real thing. The hall sits withing parkland. There are two car parks - both pay and display - one up at the top and one at the bottom of the park. At the lower one is a cafe, the mere with birds on it and a small boating lake (not in use when we were there) and plenty of seating for picnics. A little land train may also be running.

The hall itself is small and homely. We were the only ones there so were able to spend time talking to the very knowledgeable guide, who also showed us a few tricks of the filming trade. The furniture is of the period, but not original.

Outside to the rear is an aisled barn and a small folk museum from the 1950s. On the front a couple of S shaped flower beds which sadly were not in bloom.
Written June 14, 2021
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PandFB
wirral360 contributions
Couples
We had been into Halifax to view the Piece Hall and came on here and lovely Shibden Park. The house was a revelation and the tour was really worth it. The Hall has a fascinating history and not having seen the TV show, unknown to us. Rest assured though, we will be watching “Gentleman Jack”!
The Hall is within the park but also set in its own picturesque gardens so well worth the visit. As well as the Hall itself you are able to wander around the out buildings which housed the crafts necessary to keep a house of that time functioning. Do go if you get the chance!
Written August 31, 2021
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Den B
Norwich, UK69 contributions
This is a lovely building, well maintained and furnished. The rooms are surprisingly small, but it would be practical in their day as heating such an enormous building would have been difficult. Nice to see all the history related to its former owners, especially, of course, the two ladies. The 'Gentleman Jack' TV series has certainly done the Estate a service, and brought to the public's attention such an important part of life and times of Halifax.
Written September 6, 2022
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Dawn B
Swadlincote, UK40 contributions
Family
Great value & interesting trip.
Visited with family spanning three generations and all enjoyed the day. The grounds are hilly for the elderly/disabled but there is disabled parking outside the hall if just visiting there.
Enjoyed a nice walk round, trip to the cafe, the dry stone wall exhibition and of course the hall itself, learning about the fascinating life of Anne Lister.
Dogs welcome in the grounds but not in the Hall.
Written July 5, 2022
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Jordan H
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Shibden Hall is beautiful, with knowledgeable volunteers to answer questions and lots of information in each room. It's brighter and bigger than I imagined, and every room is beautiful and has charming views, antiques, and quirks. A lot of the house is owed to its most famous occupant Anne Lister, and there is a lot of info about her too. The gardens and grounds are beautiful for a walk. Behind the house in the barns and outbuildings is another museum, showing carriages, a cottage, pub, apothecary, tack room, brewery, cooper's, basket weaver's and blacksmiths. You get a lot for your money here and everything is beautiful and fascinating
Written June 24, 2022
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HTWales
Semington, UK120 contributions
A treat for Gentleman Jack fans, but well worth a visit even if you've never heard of Anne Lister. Shibden Hall is unusual and very atmospheric, and the outbuildings have a wealth of interesting displays. The staff are great and obviously love the place as much as the visitors do.
Written May 16, 2022
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david h
Tynemouth, UK266 contributions
Couples
We were having a weekend away in West Yorkshire and decided to pay a visit, as we’d really enjoyed the Gentleman Jack tv programme.
Until we got there, we hadn’t appreciated how expansive the grounds were. There is a large area for the public to enjoy, with lakes and picnic areas, plus a cafe. We were there in March, so some areas were still a bit muddy, but we still managed to walk around most of the outdoor areas, which are free to enter.
The hall itself is fantastic. There is a charge to enter, but it’s worth it. I would strongly recommend watching the film in one of the first rooms, as this provides a fantastic insight into the life of Anne Lister, who was obviously a very unique person.
We particularly enjoyed the various rooms within the hall and the associated outbuildings.
There is a small charge for car parking.
This place is definitely worth a visit.
Written March 17, 2020
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