Shibden Hall

Kristy Stott, Theatre Editor
Shibden Hall in Halifax
Image courtesy of Calderdale Museums/ Calderdale Council.

Nestled within the picturesque Shibden Valley, Shibden Hall is a magnificent historic house dating back to 1420. Visitors to the hall can explore the lives of the people who lived and worked there, most notably diarist Anne Lister, whose memoirs have been dramatised for the BBC period drama ‘Gentleman Jack’.

Following the global success of the TV show, the Grade II listed building and museum has found fame as one of the UK’s top tourist destinations. Fans of the series have travelled to explore the Shibden Estate and also attractions in neighbouring Halifax. The perfect showcase for Calderdale, the area has firmly, and most deservedly secured its place as a major cultural and heritage destination.

Often described as ‘the first modern lesbian’ for her clear self-knowledge during a time of strict gender roles and female oppression, Anne Lister was a successful female entrepreneur and landowner who lived in the hall from 1791-1840. Her extensive diary, written partly in code, forms the basis of the TV series. Unfortunately, very few of Anne’s possessions have survived – including her vast library – however, visitors to Shibden Hall are able to view her travel writing case, music books, portraits and her funeral hatchment. Additionally, much of the furniture on display was resident in the hall when Anne lived there.

Although the building has been modified considerably from its original design, the Tudor half-timbered facade remains. The architecture demonstrates an interesting blend of styles, a tribute to the hall’s rich and diverse history. A 17th-century barn and workshops next-door house a carriage collection, which includes the Lister Carriage, and a range of displays relating to different trades, including a blacksmiths, saddlers, coopers and wheelwrights.

The 600-year-old medieval manor is surrounded by the wonderful wooded grounds of Shibden Park. With beautifully restored gardens, the park has a miniature railway, boating lake, play area, orienteering course and cafe. With plenty of areas to roam and run free, the Shibden Estate is an inspiring place to explore.

Lister's RoadHalifaxHX3 6XG View map
Telephone: 01422352246 Visit Now

Opening Hours

  • Monday10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Wednesday10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Thursday10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Friday10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Saturday11:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sunday11:00am - 5:00pm

Always double check opening hours with the venue before making a special visit.

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