Shibden Park, Halifax
Address: Godley Lane, Halifax HX3 6XG
Opening times: Open from 8am. The park closes at 5pm between November and February, until 6pm in March and October, until 7pm in April and September and until 9pm between May and August.
Detail: Shibden Park is on the grounds of Shibden Hall, which dates back to around 1420 and has a Tudor half-timbered frontage. The Hall was owned by the Lister family for over 300 years, including Ann Lister, who commissioned extensive renovations to the Hall and gardens. The Hall has been the filming location of several TV series.
Wheelchair/Pram friendly: There is a pram friendly circular walk around the park that includes Shibden Hall and gardens and there are lots of woodland trails that lead off the circular walk.
Additional activities: The park has a miniature railway train, as well as a larger land train that drives around the park. There is a boating lake with rowing boats and pedalos. You can also feed the ducks in the lake, by purchasing duck food from the onsite cafe. There is an enclosed park with rides for both small children and bigger kids. In Summer, you will also often find fairground rides. Shibden Hall also often arranges events for children over the school holidays.
Parking and any fees: Pay and Display parking charges apply 8am to 6pm daily (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day). Car parks are situated at the top and bottom of the park. Parking charges are as follows:
· £0.50 for one hour
· £1.00 for two hours
· £1.50 over two hours
Facilities and refreshment options: There is a lovely cafe on site, next to the park toilets, as well as picnic tables next to the miniature railway. There are further toilets next to the children's play area and situated inside Shibden Hall.