Shibden Hall is the focus of the 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' aired on the BBC from the 19th May and also on HBO in 2019.
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.
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, walking trails, play area, orienteering course and woodland in which to roam.
Where to find us
Set in the picturesque Shibden valley, Shibden Hall is a mile from Halifax centre.
Shibden Hall is an approximate 20 minute walk (uphill) from Halifax bus station and 25 minutes from Halifax train station.
There are frequent buses; bus timetables are available on West Yorkshire METRO.
Follow the brown signs to the Hall from the A58. Parking is available in the Park off the A58, follow the signs to Shibden Park. From here there is an up-hill walk to Shibden Hall. See Parking facilities.
Due to the historic nature of the architecture of Shibden Hall there is restricted access for wheelchair users to the Ground Floor only. Disabled parking is available adjacent to the Hall (accessed off Lister's Road).
Please ring the bell on the right as you enter the courtyard for level access to the Hall. A member of staff will come and meet you and show you the way in.
The historic barn is accessible to a degree, but please be aware there are uneven cobbles on the floor. The Folk Museum is not wheelchair accessible. An accessible toilet is to the right of the disabled parking area. For access advice or assistance, please contact Shibden Hall prior to your visit, staff will be happy to help.
Shibden is open 7 days a week until 24th December 2019.
In 2020, Shibden Hall will re-open from Monday the 2nd March.
We currently expect the Hall to be closed for filming for a number of weeks during June/July and September/November 2020. If planning ahead then aim for March to May or August when we expect to be open. See our website and social media for further details nearer the time.
There is a large car park off the A58 providing access to the park, café and Hall. From here there is a short, uphill walk to the Hall.
Limited car parking is also available off Shibden Hall Road with a short walk down to the Hall. If this car park is full then please do not park along the road. Parking opposite the Double centre carriageway line system is prohibited under Rule 240 of the Highway code and may result in penalty fines including mandatory penalty points being incurred.
Disabled parking is available for Blue Badge holders next to the Hall, accessed from Shibden Hall Road.
Parking open 9am to 6pm daily, except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day
Pay and Display parking charges apply at all Shibden Park car parks:
- £0.50 for one hour
- £1.00 for two hours
- £1.50 over two hours
Toilets and an accessible toilet are located by the small car parking area to the left of the Hall and down in Mereside cafe in the park.
A selection of snacks and hot and cold drinks are available to purchase from the reception desk in the Hall. Otherwise, Mereside cafe down the hill by the lake serves meals, snacks and drinks. Th cafe is managed by a separate organisation to Shibden Hall, please contact them direct with any enquiries.
There are a selection of items and crafts for sale in our shop. Including a range of books on Anne Lister.
- Adult £8.00
- Concession £5.00 (Children 5 - 16 years / Senior Citizens /Passport to Leisure)
- Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children): £21.00
PLEASE NOTE: To protect the interiors and collections, and avoid overcrowding, entry will be on a first come first served basis and there may be some queuing.