Shibden Park

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

The medieval, timber framed hall was a family home for over 600 years. A public park since 1926, Shibden Estate is a green oasis, less than a mile from Halifax in West Yorkshire. The new Shibden Mereside cafe and visitor facilities are part of the recently completed restoration project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Explore Shibden's beautifully restored grounds, commissioned by Anne Lister and influenced by the picturesque landscape movement of the early 19th century. The "Paisley Shawl" inspired Victorian bedding designs of Joshua Major, laid out on the front lawn at the hall, are a feast of colour as the spring and summer bedding erupts.

Shibden's parkland

Experience the tranquillity of the Wilderness Garden, the cascade and pools, and explore the restored and re-opened tunnels within the terrace walls and leading through to Cunnery Wood, the site of the old kitchen garden.

Visit the fruit garden with its collection of heritage fruit trees, recently planted to reflect the varieties that were grown at Shibden over 200 years ago.

The Mere, designed to resemble a large river flowing through the Shibden valley, is now is home to rowing boats, an island and a population of birds that make their home at Shibden.

The hall and lawn

The house, Shibden Hall, is a Grade II* listed timber framed hall and the families that have lived there can be traced back to 1420. The home of the Otes, Waterhouse, Savile and then the Lister family, Shibden Hall has witnessed many changes over the centuries as a family home, reflected in architectural changes and in the furniture and collections within. Anne Lister guided its transformation into the gothic style in the early 19th century, and influenced the surrounding gardens and landscape. The hall and barn were restored in 2002/3, safeguarding the unique heritage of the Shibden family estate.

The Aisled Barn and Folk Museum - The 17th century aisled barn houses a collection of carriages and horse drawn vehicles. The folk museum depicts local crafts through its collections of local artefacts.

Family events and activities - theatre and concerts, art and craft workshops, guided walks and storytelling are just some of the activities on offer for families, children, young adults, groups and older visitors.

Group bookings are welcome.

The play area is much loved and includes a covered slide, cable ride, toddler play equipment and a wheelchair accessible roundabout.

Please note: Dog Control Orders are now in force in Calderdale's parks.

Last Updated: 07/04/2015