Shibden Park

Shibden Park, Halifax: Address, Phone Number, Shibden Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Shibden Park
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maryfabuk81
204 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
Great day out for families for a few hours. I came here today with my little girl who is 5. We had a go on the train, which is reasonably priced at £2 each.

You can hire boats too to go round the lake, although we didn't go on this. There seemed to be a lot of people here though so it's a popular thing to do.

There is also a little teacup ride and a bounce bungee trampoline thing which my daughter loved. At £4 for 5 minutes it's not bad and she enjoyed it, which is the important thing.

The only thing which let the day down was the cafe. Standing in a queue with a hungry 5 year old for ages isn't great. There were 4 people in front of us but the wait was very long to be served. Also, when I ordered my soup it took another 20-25 minutes to come to the table. Now if it were busy I could understand it but it really wasn't. There were 3 or 4 other people waiting a long time too for their food. Once it came I was disappointed with it because it was pretty expensive and all it was was a small bowl of mediocre soup with a small piece of bread. The kids sandwich boxes are good though and they are reasonably priced. I would recommend taking a picnic and saving a small fortune.

The parking charges are really cheap which was great and there is so much room to run around that social distancing isn't a problem at all.

I'll definitely be back again.
Written July 23, 2020
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Jessica E
4 contributions
Feb 2019
Incredibly beautiful a perfect place for a cheap day with the kids. A place of my childhood. The boating lake is a lot of fun and cheap for a family for an hour. The cafe is quite expensive but offers ice creams for the kids along with a huge play park further into the park. Theres plenty of walks through historic grounds, woodland and by the lake. Amazingly beautiful in the summer the ponds and flower gardens are magnificent. There's sometimes a paddling pool for the little ones in summer and every so often a fair comes along offering rides for everyone including teens. Incredible family outing very cheap.
Written January 6, 2020
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pappaQ_Lds
Wakefield, UK362 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
Visited the park today for the first time. Knew Shibden Hall was nearby but unfortunately you have to book to go there in advance. Took advantage of a look round the hall from the outside. Very impressive. The nearby park it sits at the head if is much bigger than I expected. Lovely to walk round. Boating lake, adventure playground for the kids, small fairground attractions (tea cup ride and bungee trampolines) land train. Large cafe though we didn’t partake. Sat on a bench overlooking most of the park and had a sandwich. Really friendly folk walking by. Nice day. Wasn’t busy but the park is so big it would absorb a lot before you felt it crowded.
Interesting info boards as you go round. We were impressed and would definitely call again. Nice change of scenery for our walk!!
Written August 22, 2021
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Karen D
3 contributions
Jun 2021
Spent 3 hours here with grandchildren today, & in the main had a good time. Lots for kids to do for free, feeding ducks , large playground, plenty of space for ballgames ( though grass was very long for footy) & lots of seats & picnic areas. Also for a charge , there are paddle boats, rowing boats, a land train & a fairground-type teacups ride. The bungee/trampoline was very expensive at £4 per go. What really let this place down is that the toilets by the playground were still locked & I have never seen so many children ( & a couple of blokes) having to urinate in the grass all around the playground. As it was school hols & brilliant weather, the place was very busy & needed 4 portaloos at least. There was tissue all around the back of locked toilets which people had wiped themselves with & the area stank.Even when toilets are open, they are not sufficient for number of visitors.When leaving, way over at the other end of park behind the cafe there were 4 toilets open & really long queues. Shibden/Calderdale council - get your act together & provide toilet facilities for your visitors before this place becomes really squalid. It should be a real gem.
Written June 2, 2021
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David R
Huddersfield, UK178 contributions
Aug 2020
Lovely day out with the grandchildren. Wide open spaces to both run off energy and social distance. The park is well maintained with a pay and display car park with reasonable fees. Our youngsters enjoyed the small fairground ride, both the minature train, the land train and the small pedalos plus of course the swings, slides etc.
We were also impressed by the standard of the food in the cafe, although the queue to order was fairly long.
The only downside was the fact that there was only one toilet available, not much pleasure with two youg girls having to wait over 30 mins!
Written August 16, 2020
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Pioneer612537
Birtley, UK4 contributions
Sep 2021
Fascinating self-guided wander through a rabbit warren of a house with a connection with the relatively recent unearthing of‘Gentleman Jack’s diaries. Even as a solo 84 year old visitor I could see the attraction of the facilities in the extensive parkland for visitors with young children. If you don’t go into the house the only cost is for a reasonably cheap car park.
Written September 7, 2021
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anna-slastena
Manchester, UK166 contributions
Oct 2020
I've been on a rainy day in afternoon and it was not busy at all, so it was very quiet just so good for nervous system to enjoy the silence really, The place has got a bit of everything for everyone - small ponds, pathway to the woods, birds, swans and the mere, boats, open spaces. So even on arainy day it was really tranquill, the views around are so nice as well. Recommended!
Written October 12, 2020
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Libby W
121 contributions
Sep 2020 • Friends
Went with two older ladies, one with mobility issues. Parked at top car park to visit the hall and then used land train to go down to cafe. The driver was charming and after disenfecting seats helped us on with the mobility aid and helped us off at the café. He even checked with us what our plans were to ensure he could get us back to the hall before he stopped running.
We will return!
Written September 24, 2020
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Jen_Andy_Lawson
Leeds, UK1,257 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
Visited on a cold and sunny day in January. Our daughter had her scooter but the park is very steep however there were some flatter areas she enjoyed. Things to do here are, two playparks, feeding the ducks on the lake and a miniature railway (£2 each) which she loved. There is a decent cafe on site.
Written January 19, 2020
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Suzy Bennington
4 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
We had a lovely day out here today. Playground, miniature railway, boating lake, modern cafe. But down in the park, the very busy park, there was just one male toilet, one female and one locked disable loo. That was it for the whole park. They have this lovely modern building for the café and behind it two really grotty toilets. Yuk! We found other toilets on our way home instead of going for a second time. The other problem was the litter. It was everywhere...wipes in abundance, bottles, cans and thousands of wet wipes. But there's bins everywhere and they weren't full. Just what is wrong with people! I looked back at my photos from today and nearly all of them had litter in. Such a shame as it's a great place to visit and there's a land train up the hill to Shibden Hall (not free like most of the park) The loos were locked at the playground and as it's such a long walk to their two manky toilets people were wild weeing so it stunk of wee...plus more wipes everywhere. Yuk!
Written June 13, 2021
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