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01 Jun 2023 - 01 Jun 2023

Ascents of Wainhouse Tower

Price: £Free – 5

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Hourly slots available 9am -4pm

Calderdale’s unique Wainhouse Tower – the world’s tallest folly, standing at some 253ft! – will be open once again on Thursday June 1st 2023. Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to ascend the 369 steps to the viewing platform to enjoy the spectacular 360 degree views around the Calder Valley and beyond.

You will have a 1-hour time slot, which allows plenty of time to get up and back down the Tower again, and also to spend time at the top to admire the views and take photos. There are also plenty of ‘landing areas’ on the stairs for you to take a rest on the way up and back down. Please note that you should arrive in time to begin your ascent promptly.

The 369 steps to the top are inside the Tower, and are circular, so please wear suitable footwear for this – and please note that even on a warm day it can be chilly (and windy) at the top, so dress appropriately. Please also be aware of the physical requirements of climbing the steps to the top of Wainhouse Tower (and back down again – 738 stairs in total), and particularly if you have any health conditions that may make such an challenge difficult.

Note: There may be low-level lighting in places on the stairs and there is no handrail inside the Tower.

Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult, and young children must be supervised at all times.

No dogs permitted inside the Tower except Assistance Dogs.

NB A bag search may be in operation. Please don’t bring large bags with you as you will not be able to take these inside the Tower. These will have to be left at the bottom of the Tower for health & safety reasons, and left at your own risk.

Please note that should the wind at the top of the Tower be too high for a safe ascent then tickets will be refunded. You will be informed of this on the day, should this happen.

And remember that whilst you are here, you can also walk on the ancient Wakefield Gate, where the opening scene to each episode of the first series of Gentleman Jack was filmed – walk in the footsteps of Suranne Jones!


Adults: £5

5-16 years: £4

Under 5: £0


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