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“More than meets the eye”
Review of Shibden Hall

Shibden Hall
Ranked #2 of 35 things to do in Halifax
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: et in the picturesque Shibden valley, a mile from Halifax, Shibden Hall dates back to 1420 and offers visitors a fascinating journey through the lives of the people who lived and worked here. 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. Shibden even has a recreated brewhouse and inn. 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, pitch & putt course as well as trails, play area, orienteering course and woodland in which to roam.
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“More than meets the eye”
Reviewed 20 July 2014

Shibden will always be associated with Anne Lister, an independent-minded traveller and diarist who owned and managed the property until her premature death in 1840. But the house dates back to the fifteenth century and now presents as an outstanding timber-framed manor house. Anne made some significant alternations to the building and also landscaped the surrounding area and this has now been restored in accordance with her design - park in the upper car park and walk down to the house via the beautiful terraces. The site also houses a folk museum with a collection of carriages and workshops illustrating various rural crafts.

Visited July 2014
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Very interesting and beautiful”
Reviewed 18 July 2014

A lovely building and grounds with helpful people to tell you the history and show you around. Lovely grounds to walk in and a boating lake. Very good value, take a picnic for a lovely day out

Visited July 2014
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Preston, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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“A family day out”
Reviewed 1 July 2014

Any family paying a visit to the Halifax area should not miss the opportunity of visiting the Shibden Hall estate.Here there is 600 years of fascinating history in atmospheric surroundings from the well equipped kitchen to the extensive panelling which reveals the original structure of this ancient building.Throughout,creaking floors lead you into many living rooms and bed chambers all of which have period furnishings.A small tower constructed as a private study by an early 19th century owner has an underground passage leading to the kitchen at the far end of the building ......exciting stuff for both young and old.Outbuildings accommodate some very interesting horse carriages and implements.Finally a wonderful friendly staff round off this memorable visit.

Visited May 2014
1 Thank Jeffrey P
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18 reviews
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“A gem of a house”
Reviewed 29 June 2014

We had a great morning here; there are lots of beautiful artefacts as well as the stunning house and grounds. Well worth a visit if you enjoy historic houses.

Visited August 2013
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“So many positives!”
Reviewed 26 June 2014

Let your curiosity run away with you and expand your life experiences. I have driven past the high walls to the Shibden Hall grounds many times over the last few years thinking 'what's all that about?' Now, prompted initially by a need to find a public toilet, I have got some idea. Firstly the car parking is cheap, secondly the toilets were clean, thirdly there is an immediate appreciation that this is somewhere you can return to for every leisure activity. The grounds are naturally impressive, with the views over the valley and woodland terraces and the house is a revelation. To encourage returns you can get an annual pass into the house for £5.00. Take the time to listen to the guides all of whom are anxious to help explain the wonders and mysteries of the house and 'of course' Anne Lister. Looking forward to exploring the grounds, café, boating lake, walks and the diaries soon. Not sure how well this would translate for non English (Yorkshire) speakers, but I would encourage people not to enjoy the delight's in their own back yard!

Visited June 2014
1 Thank Mike L
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