Shibden Hall

Shibden Hall

Set in the picturesque Shibden valley, a mile from Halifax, Shibden Hall dates back to 1420 and offers visitors a fascinating journey through the lives of the people who lived and worked here, including the noted diarist Anne Lister (1791 - 1840). Shibden Hall’s architecture is a mix of styles reflecting its interesting and varied history.

The adjacent 17th century aisled barn and workshops house a carriage collection and displays relating to different crafts, including a blacksmiths, coopers, wheelwrights and saddlers. Shibden even has a recreated brewhouse and inn. 

The Hall is surrounded by the beautifully restored gardens and estate that forms Shibden Park. There are a range of features and attractions, including a cafe and visitor facilities, miniature railway, boating lake, pitch & putt course as well as trails, play area, orienteering course and woodland in which to roam.

Shibden Hall is be the focus of a new BBC drama series written by Sally Wainwright, 'Gentleman Jack' exploring the life of Anne Lister (1791 - 1840) and those who lived in the Hall and Estate. The series, entitled 'Gentleman Jack' will be filmed during 2018 and will be aired on BBC and HBO. To facilitate this Shibden Hall and the immediate grounds will be closed from the 3rd September to the 21st October 2018. 

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Find out more about both Shibden Hall and Estate, and Anne Lister in these two short films and on our Anne Lister page.

This short film on Anne Lister is part of a longer interview with Helena Whitbread, which can be seen in Shibden Hall.


The car park on Lister's Road is located up the hill from Shibden with a short walk down to the entrance off Shibden Hall Road. Further parking is available off the A58 Godley Lane by the lake and Mereside Cafe. From this car park there there is an up-hill walk to Shibden Hall. Both car parks require parking tickets to be purchased. Disabled parking is available for Blue Badge holders next to the site, accessed from Shibden Hall Road.


Separate male, female and accessible toilets are located by the small car parking area to the left of the Hall.


A selection of snacks and hot and cold drinks are available to purchase from the reception desk in the Hall.


There are a selection of items and crafts for sale in our shop.

Room Hire

Shibden Hall has a selection or rooms available for private hire- please contact us for details. Shibden is also available for hire as a wedding venue. Please contact us for details.