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  1. Shibden Hall & Estate


    Shibden Hall & Estate

    Shibden Hall Opening 2020

    Shibden Hall will now re-open to the...

    Shibden Hall Opening 2020

    Shibden Hall will now re-open to the public on 14th March 2020 rather than 2nd March. We are having new boilers installed for the heating and, due to unforeseen circumstances, these will not be operational until the later date. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but hope that you will appreciate that, at 600 years old this year, working with sensitive buildings is not always easy and we want you to enjoy your visit in comfort and warmth.

    If you have already made arrangements to visit please get in touch with us at . School bookings and pre-booked group visits will still go ahead but we advise that you will need warm clothing and we will provide temporary heating in some parts of the building.

    If you're planning ahead for your visit then it's currently recommended to aim for mid March to May or August when the Hall is expected to be open.

    Welcome to the valley of the sheep - schep dene - the home of the Lister family for over 300 years. Shibden Hall was the home of the noted 19th century diarist Anne Lister (1791 - 1840). The Hall, dating originally from circa 1420, is a distinctive half-timbered building furnished in the styles of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, adapted and extended throughout the centuries by the families who lived here.

    Anne Lister is the focus of the new BBC drama series 'Gentleman Jack' written and directed by Sally Wainwright for Lookout Point Productions. The series will explore Anne's life and those who lived in the Hall and Estate. The series is currently being filmed will be aired on BBC and HBO in 2019. Suranne Jones plays the role of Anne Lister and Shibden Hall is being used as a filming location. 

    Shibden Hall is set in a 32 hectares of informal park and woodland, which have won the Green Heritage Award. Explore the beautifully restored historic grounds which offer cascades, pools, tunnels, terraced and fruit gardens and "Paisley Shawl" inspired Victorian bedding designs by Joshua Major.

    Enjoy the boating lake, ride on the miniature railway, play on the pitch and putt course or the new children's play area -suitable for all abilities. The grounds also offer footpaths, an orienteering course and a permanent dry stone walling exhibition - a fine example of this fascinating craft.

    Hidden within the depths of Shibden Park is a small wooded area known as Cunnery Wood. This Local Nature Reserve is on the footprint of Anne Lister's kitchen garden, fish pond, top up of the cascade and rabbit warren (hence the name Cunnery from Coney-rabbit). The area is rich in wildlife from stunning displays of bluebells under English oak, elm and birch to a multitude of songs from birds, healthy butterfly and moth populations and numerous small mammals throughout.

    The Shibden Mereside Cafe and visitor centre is the perfect place to relax on your visit, with displays and information about the history of Shibden Estate, its habitat, landscape and environment. Function rooms are also available for you to hold your conferences, meetings and events in style. Shibden Estate also hosts live entertainment, music, walks, guided tours, storytelling and craft events in the park.

    Craft fairs, exhibitions, workshops and working demonstrations take place regularly throughout the year.

    Click here to Watch a short video, 'Shibden: 500 Years of History.'and click here to watch a second short video about 'The Anne Lister Story', with Helena Whitbread (you can see the video in full at Shibden hall).

    There are frequent buses every 15 minutes or better from Monday to Saturday passing Shibden Hall, between Halifax and Bradford, Halifax and Todmorden/Burnley and Halifax and Brighouse. with other regular and less frequent services throughout the week. Up to date timetables are available from West Yorkshire METRO.

    Make your trip to Shibden Hall into a stay to remember at the award-winning Four Star Holdsworth House Hotel and Restaurant.


    Adult £8.00, Concession £5.00 (Children 5 - 16 years / Senior Citizens /Passport to Leisure), Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children): £21.00.

  2. The Piece Hall Photo by Paul White Photography


    The Piece Hall

    The Piece Hall is unique. A Grade I listed Georgian masterpiece and the oldest remaining cloth hall in Britain.

    Following a multi-millio...

    The Piece Hall is unique. A Grade I listed Georgian masterpiece and the oldest remaining cloth hall in Britain.

    Following a multi-million pound transformation project, Britain's magnificent and last surviving cloth hall is ready to welcome visitors again.

    The Grade I listed structure has stood at the heart of Halifax since 1779 and has now re-opened as a world class cultural, heritage and leisure destination.

    The huge open-air courtyard is surrounded by a mix of independent bars, restaurants, cafes, galleries and shops. The stories of Georgian Halifax are told in the specially created exhibition spaces, while the central courtyard plays host to a year-round events programme of music, dance, film and spectacle for up to 7,500 people at a time.

    Click here to watch a short video about the reopening of The Piece Hall

  3. Holdsworth House Hotel & Restaurant, Halifax


    Holdsworth House Hotel and Restaurant

    Stay at one of West Yorkshire’s top hotels. Holdsworth House is a 17th Century Jacobean manor house located three miles North of Halifax, with an a...
    Stay at one of West Yorkshire’s top hotels. Holdsworth House is a 17th Century Jacobean manor house located three miles North of Halifax, with an award-winning restaurant overlooking the garden and 39 bedrooms housed in the award-wining extension adjoining the house. The Restaurant's three adjoining, beautifully furnished rooms (The Stone Room, The Panelled Room and the Mullioned Room) overlook the gardens. Each offers a unique atmosphere, a lovely original fireplace and stone mullioned windows to the outside world. Our motto is fresh and local. We buy produce from Yorkshire suppliers and prepare all meals fresh. We want our food to speak for itself; great flavours, fresh ingredients all made with passion. Anne Lister Discovery Break: • Welcome drink and cream tea on arrival day at Holdsworth House • Overnight stay for two people sharing a room • Entrance tickets to Shibden Hall for two adults • £30 per person towards dinner in the Holdsworth House restaurant • Full Yorkshire breakfast with locally sourced produce • Late check out to 12 noon • Free WIFI and FREE car parking at the hotel • Rooms from £159 per night in a Snug Double, upgrades to House Rooms or Suites may be available Children are welcome at Holdsworth House. We have a special children’s menu available and a selection of rooms that can accommodate one extra bed or a cot/crib. There are also a number of interconnecting rooms for families with older children. We also have a ground floor accessible room. Holdsworth House Hotel and renowned award-winning independent publisher Bluemoose Books of Hebden bridge have teamed up to offer an exciting new Creative Writing Retreat in 2020. The Bluemoose Writing School, led by Kevin and Hetha Duffy, is running the two-night, three-day course, which is open to writers of all abilities. On the course, budding writers will reach a greater depth of creative writing, learn how to improve their skills and adopt techniques of professional writers, under the guidance of professional editors and authors, as well as hearing from Bluemoose about the publishing process. There are up to 10 places available on the writing course, which runs 4-6 May 2020 from £310 per person. Bluemoose Books decided to team up with Jacobean manor Holdsworth House as the venue because of its luxurious and peaceful surroundings, which are conducive to aiding writers’ creativity, and for its connections to West Yorkshire’s rich literary past and present With sessions by writer, editor and lecturer Leonora Rustamova and author Clara Barley, the course promises to engage and develop writers’ creative strengths. The break includes two nights’ accommodation, breakfast and dinner or afternoon tea at Holdsworth House – a retreat that anyone would enjoy! Holdsworth House has seen its share of celebrity guests over the last 50 years whilst in the caring hands of the Pearson family. Now the Jacobean manor is also becoming well known for its role as a TV set. In recent times the team has welcomed film crews from all over the UK, including the BAFTA-winning crew from Last Tango in Halifax, screened on the BBC. Holdsworth House was lucky to be featured in the final three episodes of series two, when Caroline and Kate escaped for a romantic break at ‘a luxury hotel’. The manor was also the setting for Celia’s hen party and for the series finale wedding of Alan and Celia. We are located less than a hundred metres from the route of The Calderdale Way, a 50 mile walking route which circles the borough.

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