Shibden Hall is a Grade II* listed historic house located in a public park at Shibden, West Yorkshire, England. The building has been extensively modified from its original design by generations of residents, although its Tudor half-timbered frontage remains its most recognisable feature.Using our custom trip planner, Halifax attractions like Shibden Hall can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
The hall dates back to around 1420, when it was recorded as being inhabited by one William Otes. Prior to 1619, the estate was owned by the Savile and Waterhouse families. The three families' armorial symbols are recorded in a stone-mullioned 20-light window at the hall.
For three hundred years (c. 1615-1926) the Shibden estate was in the hands of the Lister family, wealthy mill-owners and cloth merchants, the most famous resident being Anne Lister (1791–1840), who became sole owner of the hall after the death of her aunt. She commissioned York architect John Harper and landscape gardener Samuel Gray in 1830 to make extensive improvements to the house and grounds. A gothic tower was added to the building for use as a library and the major features of the park created, including terraced gardens, rock gardens, cascades and a boating lake. A "Paisley shawl" garden designed for the terrace by Joshua Major was added in the 1850s. On Anne Lister's death in the Caucasus the estate passed to her lesbian lover, Ann Walker, who died after being forced into an asylum. Possession then returned to the Lister family, who donated it to Halifax Corporation.
Shibden Hall Reviews
Visited here recently but everything has been left to overgrow and items removed from the shrubbery. I understand that this is for filming the TV series, but such a shame. But if you think from... more »
Had a fantastic time , lots to see and plenty of chances to take beautiful photos , amazing history, so much more than a tv program more »
Really nice day out! We walked up from Halifax on a Monday in the school holidays. Both the hall and the park were busy but not so much that you couldn't get round/see everything. Staff and volunteers were very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. We visited having heard of Shibden Hall via Gentleman Jack, but aside from Anne Lister it's a really interesting place in general. We spent the most part of a day there, exploring the house first and then the grounds, stopping for lunch at the café which, while busy, still had room to sit and the food was nice! As well as the house itself with an array of furniture and interesting facts about life at Shibden throughout the ages, there is a display about several of the occupants and a folk museum in the old barn, with carriages and lots of rooms set up like different trade premises that would have been common in the past. We were both adults but I think the museum would be great for any child interested in history too. Largely due to the age of the house there is sadly limited access - if you have accessibility requirements I'd definitely recommend getting in touch beforehand if possible as the staff are very friendly and I'm certain they'll advise and do all they can. The grounds are large and hilly, we had a nice walk all around, there are wooded bits, an adventure playground, small boating lake and miniature railway, the last two have very affordable prices. There's also a land train which goes from the house down the hill to the lake etc, which would be good if you aren't able to or don't fancy walking around. We walked there from Halifax, it was not too far and easy to find but it was an uphill walk, some of it on cobbles, though I think there are other routes that would be more paved. I'll share this review on Trip Advisor as well as here.
Shibden Hall was very interesting to look around and the history of the property was clearly shown through signs and information around the house and gardens. The entrance fee was very reasonable and there was a lot to see for the money. The rooms are well laid out and getting around the property was easy with the map provided. There is accessibility for disabled visitors downstairs however, due to the nature of the property, it is difficult to visit the whole property. The staff were very friendly and we were able to put the pushchair in the office, which made it easier to take the little one. They offer refreshments at the reception area which was very convenient. The toilets are accessible and well maintained. As part of the house there is also a folk museum, showing crafts and jobs from the past. There are also carriages to see, including one of the oldest in the world.
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