Shibden Park

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

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

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.

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.

This permanent and unique exhibit exemplifies all the skills of the Master Craftsman dry stone waller: PDFDry stone walling exhibit [PDF 93KB]

For more information about the Hall, see: Shibden Hall .

Opening times

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

Shibden Estate is located on the A58 Leeds / Bradford Road (Godley Lane), to the east of Halifax town centre.

It is accessible by bus numbers 681, 682, 548, 549, 509, 534, 227, 508, 226 from the Halifax, Bradford, Brighouse, Huddersfield and Leeds bus stations.

For information about the bus (and train) network in West Yorkshire, visit: West Yorkshire Metro .

It is approximately 20 minutes walk (uphill) from Halifax town centre bus station and 25 minutes from the train station. It is also a 20-minute car ride from the M62 motorway.

Car parking

Pay and Display parking charges apply at all Shibden Park car parks:

9am to 6pm daily except (Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day)

  • £0.50 for one hour
  • £1.00 for two hours
  • £1.50 over two hours

The Museum car park, at the rear of the hall, is reserved for Permit Holders and Disabled Badge Holders.

Annual Permits can be purchased. For further information, contact the Shibden Hall and Estate Manager by phone: 01422 352246.

Blue badge holders will continue to benefit from free parking.

Park ranger

The Shibden Rangers' office is based at Shibden Mereside, phone: 01422 344816.

For emergencies and First Aid, phone Shibden Hall on: 01422 352246 (up to 5pm daily). You can also phone Calderdale Council Emergency Services on: 01422 288000.

Contact Safer Cleaner Greener

  • Username Safer Cleaner Greener
  • Email
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    Safer Cleaner Greener Services
    Spring Hall Mansion
    Huddersfield Road
    HX3 0AQ


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