Shiden Park and Shibden Hall are located on the outskirts of Halifax in West Yorkshire. We visited for the first time at the weekend and we were surprised at how much there is to do there. The park is free to visit and although not everything to do there is free we certainly didn’t spend much money.
Although we did pay to visit Shibden Hall as well but visiting there, or not, is entirely up to you. In this post, I will cover the things to do at Shibden Park and what there is to see at Shibden Hall.
If you are visiting by car and not in the know you want to enter Shibden Park, not Shibden Hall, into your sat nav/google maps. Shibden Hall has a very small car park that is for blue badge holders only.
The entrance down to the Shibden Park car park is really tight so be warned if you’ve got a massive 4×4. There is a charge to park although it isn’t expensive and there is just about enough parking spaces for the number of visitors it gets.
Shibden Park and Hall Things To Do
After wandering around finding toilets we decided we’d better head up to Shibden Hall as we had a time slot booked for 11 am. If the land train is running when you visit, take it! The walk up the hill to the hall is incredibly steep.
We are used to steep walks down to our local beaches but this seemed even steeper. There is a path but it makes the walk even longer so we just went straight up via the grass. There are some lovely views from the top.
Shibden Hall is lovely and has featured recently in a BBC drama series ‘Gentleman Jack’. The drama follows the life of Anne Lister who once lived at the hall and is famous for being a lesbian which was pretty unheard of back then. She was quite the traveller, businesswoman, landowner and mountaineer who wrote an extensive diary about her life.
The hall dates back to 1420 and it has a gorgeous Tudor half-timbered frontage. Inside the rooms are very dark and full of oak panelling and wooden flooring. It’s an interesting house to look around with a kitchen, a lovely hall, bedrooms, study and more.
Once you have visited the hall you can also explore the extensive workshops behind the house. These were interesting to look in and there was even a bar! We spent less than an hour looking around and I would say that the entrance fee is overpriced but we enjoyed our visit and I’m glad we went. (see prices below)
Shibden Park – By the time we’d finished our visit the land train was running. The train stops close to the toilets at the hall and they take cards or cash. We paid £2 each, this must be for a return ticket as everyone that was already on the train didn’t get off at the hall.
We then decided to have lunch in the cafe. There are plenty of benches outside but it was lovely and cool inside and there was literally no one in there. The cafe has a fairly priced and extensive menu including meals for kids. There are plenty of grassed areas for a picnic and also plenty of picnic benches.
After lunch, we had promised the little one a go on their mini boats. But before we could even walk over there we spotted that the miniature railway was now open. It was again £2 a ride and we had the train virtually all to ourselves. It’s quite a long ride that takes you on a loop close to the lake. There was a diesel engine running during our visit but I did notice that they also have a steam engine.
There are a few options over at the boating lake. They have rowing boats for up to 6 people and the price seems to increase by £1 per person, prices start from £4, they also have large pedalos at £6 a turn.
Plus small peddle boats that my son had his eye on at £2.50 for 1 child, £3.50 for two sharing. These are for children age 4-10 and they have their own section of the lake and the boats are peddled using their hands. They took both cards and cash.
The larger boats are hired for 30 minutes and the peddle boats for 15 minutes. Make sure you take some bird-friendly food for all their waterfowl.
The park has one large play area with a smaller section with play equipment for younger kids. The larger area has a big tube slide, swings, things to climb on and more. There is no charge for this.
We finished our day with some wonderful ice cream from freezers on the terrace of the cafe. There is so much choice! I must have changed my mind about three times. We can highly recommend the ice cream.
Shibden Park and Hall FAQ & Further Information
Address: Godley Ln, Halifax HX3 6XG, West Yorkshire Phone: 01422 288001
Category: Park and Historic House – Indoors and Outdoors – Suitable for all ages
What are the ticket prices?
The Park is free to visit.
Land train £2 per person, miniature railway £2 per person, boating – various prices, see above.
What are the main facilities and things to do?
Historic house you can look around with outbuildings, park, playground, boating, miniature railway, land train. There are toilets (limited) and a cafe serving hot and cold food and drinks. You are welcome to bring a picnic but please use the bins provided.
When are they open?
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Is there food available?
There is a cafe serving hot and cold food and drinks.
Is there parking?
There is a free car park.
Are they dog friendly?
Only assistance dogs are permitted.
Are they accessible?
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