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Shibden Hall

  • 4.7

  • from 1210 Google reviews

A castle on top of a grass covered field
A castle on top of a grass covered field

Shibden Hall (6468269211) by Tim Green. CC BY 2.0

About the garden

Shibden Hall is the focus of the BBC drama series written by Sally Wainwright, 'Gentleman Jack' exploring the life of Anne Lister (1791 - 1840) and those who lived in the Hall and Estate. The series, entitled 'Gentleman Jack' aired on the BBC from the 19th May and also on HBO in 2019.

Shibden Hall dates back to 1420 and offers visitors a fascinating journey through the lives of the people who lived and worked here, including the noted diarist Anne Lister (1791 - 1840).

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.

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, walking trails, play area, orienteering course and woodland in which to roam.

Opening times

Shibden Hall is open seven days a week until the 24th December 2019, except for the 7 - 15 November. Monday - Friday : 10am - 5pm Saturday - Sunday : 11am - 5pm PLEASE NOTE: Shibden Hall will be closed from the 7th to the 15th November 2019 for essential building works. In 2020, Shibden Hall will re-open from Monday the 2nd March. We currently expect the Hall to be closed for filming for a number of weeks during June/July and September/November 2020. If planning ahead then aim for March to May or August when we expect to be open. Watch website and social media for further details nearer the time.

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Cafe or restaurant

No cafe or restaurant on site



West Yorkshire, HX3 6XG

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Google reviews

  • 4.7

  • from 1210 Google reviews

Tracey Raine

in the last week


Beautiful historical building. Very well presented and interesting. Unlike many buildings of this age, it felt warm and homely. No 'atmosphere' and spooky feeling. Its obviously been a happy home for many. Was a great thrill to visit where they filmed Gentleman Jack. The former home of Anne Lister.


2 weeks ago


We didn't have the time to visit the grounds and inclement weather, but the house itself was very well presented. There was definitely something for everyone - stately home lovers, Ann Lister admirers, Gentleman Jack fans... Some rooms are faithfully recreated, others are in their original condition - all are fascinating in their own right. The visit represents a very good use of £8 for entry.

Jacqueline Davis

in the last week


Such a lovely place. Beautiful grounds, lake and cafe. The house is stunning and the guide was very helpful.Very surprised to see a visitor sitting on one of the beds though! Anne would not have approved

Anne Hodgson

a month ago


A very interesting house and buildings with lots of information about the history and occupants of the Hall through the years, focusing on Anne Lister, the inspiration for the "Gentleman Jack" TV series, which was filmed there. The park and grounds are also worth a visit, with something for everyone. Our party was aged from 28 months to 77 years and we all had a lovely few hours.

Emma Etchells

in the last week


It's my favourite place! Steeped in history and tells the story of Anne Lister and her absolute bravery and determination. I always feel like I'm being taken back in time, the hall looks like the Lister family have just gone out for a short while and will be back any minute! You must go, it's a treasure.

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