What's at Shibden?

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.

Boating lake

Rowing Boats

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:

Name: Rex Lawson

Phone: mobile 07812 796550

The Land Train

The land train carries visitors on a scenic route around the park.

The train can also be booked for private parties.

For running times and more details, please email: parks@calderdale.gov.uk .

Miniature railway

The miniature railway

The miniature railway runs along the valley of the park, passing a picnic area, woodland and boating lake. A circular line, trains run from the station, through a tunnel, over 2 bridges and through a cutting on its route round the ¾ mile loop line.

Open: Weekends, Bank holidays and school holidays (weather permitting).

For opening times and more about the railway, contact:

Name: Robert Trout

Phone: 07854 658635

Facebook: Shibden Railway

Shibden Mereside

Mereside cafe

Visit 'Coffee Culture in the park', our fantastic cafe, for tasty hot and cold meals, snacks and a great cup of coffee!

The Mereside can be booked for lunches, celebrations, weddings and a wide range of business and community occasions.

For more details and opening times, contact:

Name: Coffee Culture

Email: info@coffeeculturecatering.com

Phone: 01422 382959

The Hall

Over six hundred years of architecture and craftsmanship is represented in Shibden Hall.

This shows its ongoing development to meet the needs of its owners.

It ranges from the 16th century stone mullioned painted glass windows, to the housebody that was modified in the 19th century by Anne Lister.

For more about this, visit: Shibden Hall .

Folk Museum

This gives you a glimpse of ordinary people's lives.

This has tools and objects familiar to the people of West Yorkshire before the First World War.

It is housed in the 17th century barn and outbuildings.

Orienteering course

A permanent course planned by East Pennine Orienteering Club, with courses designed to suit varying levels of ability.

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

Shibden Estate Trail

The trail is available from the shop at Shibden Hall and at Shibden Mereside (50p).

It is a fairly easy walk with a steep climb to Shibden Hall (2 kilometres/one hour).

  • the route follows footpaths and trails that can be muddy at times;
  • wheelchair users can access the lower park and areas around the hall;

Please note: Wheelchair access is not advised for the woodland footpath linking the lower park and the hall.

Events and activities

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

For more details, please email: parks@calderdale.gov.uk or info@coffeeculturecatering.com .

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Play area

Play area slide

This is an exciting play area with toddler play equipment:

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

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

Environmental Education

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

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

Calderdale Discover!

Shibden Hall is a venue for 'The Museum Education Programmes' delivered to schools further and higher education.

These are provided by Calderdale's Museums Education Service and directed at National Curriculum subjects.

Shop and information

The shop is located at Shibden Hall and sells a range of:

  • local pottery;
  • books;
  • leaflets;
  • guides;
  • gifts;
  • and promotional and educational leaflets relating to Shibden.
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Toilet facilities are available at the following locations:

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

Nappy changing and disabled toilet facilities are available at all locations. These are inspected twice daily.


We have tried to make Shibden Estate as accessible as possible. All facilities are accessible, but some of the terrain is steep, or uneven and not suitable for wheelchairs.

Shibden Hall is accessible on the ground floor. There are steps at the main front entrance and a bell is provided on the approach to the hall for those needing assistance.

An electric wheelchair is available for hire from Shibden Hall. Note: Book in advance.

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