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.
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 first series aired in the UK on 19th May 2019. Filming for the second series is underway.
Find out more about both Shibden Hall and Estate, and Anne Lister in the following two short films.
You can also buy our introductory guide titled Anne Lister of Shibden Hall and our Shibden Hall guidebook. Both on our online shop.
You can discover more places with connections to Anne Lister and local accommodation at Visit Calderdale
Where to find us
Set in the picturesque Shibden valley, Shibden Hall is a mile from Halifax centre. On arrival at the Hall there may be a queue due to staff managing visitor numbers and checking tickets, please be patient as this is for everyone's safety.
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 Hall offers free admission to all carers of individuals with disabilities.
Shibden Hall is open daily from 1st March until 30th October 2022. Last admission 1 hour before site closes.
Please see admission for more information.
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. Remember to allow time to find parking and walk to the Hall (approx. 10 mins) so that you do not miss your time slot.
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. The 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.
Book your timed entry to Shibden Hall:
To guarantee your visit, book your timed entry to Shibden Hall. On a occasion there may be opportunity to purchase tickets on arrival at the hall, but time slots may not be guaranteed.