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 393215.

Value package deals available (minimum 4 persons)

  • Boating lake and Land train: adult £4.90, concession £3.90.
  • Boats: adult £3.30, concession £2.30.

Boating lake

Rowing Boats

Rowing boats and children's paddle boats can be hired from the boathouse at the far end of the lake.


  • 1 or 2 people £3.50 per boat, 3 people £4.50 per boat, 4 people £5.00 per boat, 5 people £5.50 per boat, 6 people (maximum) £6.00 per boat.
  • Large pedalos (per 30 mins) 1 or 2 people £5.
  • Children’s paddle boat (per 20 mins) minimum age 4, maximum age 14, 1 child £1.30 per boat, 2 children sharing £2.00 per boat.
  • Canoes (per 30 mins) 1 person only £3.50 per canoe.

Open: Daily from May to September, and all school holidays (weather permitting)

Contact: Rex Lawson for further details of opening times, telephone 07812 796550.

The Land Train

The Shibden Land Train carries visitors from Shibden Mereside in the lower park, up to Shibden Hall and back. This facility may also be booked for private parties. For running times and further information, e-mail: parks@calderdale.gov.uk

Price: £1.50 per person.

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.

Price: £1.30 per person, children under 1 year free

For opening times and further information about the railway:

Name: Robert Trout

Telephone: 07854 658635

Facebook: Shibden Railway

Shibden Mereside

Mereside cafe

Visit Coffee Culture in the Park, our fantastic new 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 opening times and information, contact:

Name: Coffee Culture

Email address: info@coffeeculturecatering.com

Telephone: 01422 382959


The Hall

Over six hundred years of architecture and craftsmanship is represented in Shibden Hall, reflecting its continual development to meet the needs of its owners. This 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 information see - Shibden Hall

Folk Museum

The Folk Museum provides a glimpse of ordinary people's lives, including tools and objects familiar to the people of West Yorkshire before the First World War, housed in the 17th century barn and outbuildings.

Orienteering course

A permanent orienteering course planned by East Pennine Orienteering Club, with courses designed to suit varying levels of ability, takes you on a journey through the estate's woodland and hillside.

Shibden Estate Trail

This new trail is available from the shop at Shibden Hall and at Shibden Mereside (50p). The trail (2 kilometres/one hour) is a fairly easy walk with a steep climb to Shibden Hall. The route follows footpaths and trails that can be muddy at times. Wheelchair users can access the lower park and areas around the hall. 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 Shibden Mereside. For further information e-mailparks@calderdale.gov.uk or info@coffeeculturecatering.com.

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Play area

Play area slide

This exciting play 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, enabling 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 at other locations in Calderdale, see: Environmental education: Shibden Estate Workshops .

Calderdale Discover!

Shibden Hall is one of the venues 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 and gifts, in addition to the range of promotional and educational leaflets relating to Shibden.



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. Book in advance.