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About the venue

  1. Victoria Tower is open to the public on certain days of the year.

    Opening hours: 12 noon to 4.30pm

    Opening dates to October 2015 are:

    Each Saturday and Sunday from 25th April to 24th May.

    Spring Bank holidays - every day from 23rd May to 31st May.

    Each Saturday and Sunday from 6th June to 12th July.

    Summer holidays - every day from 18th July to 31 August.

    Each Saturday and Sunday from 5th Sept to 18th October.

    Admission charges for Victoria Tower:

    Admission charges are £1.80 for adults, 55p for children and £3.60 for families (2 adults and 2 children). Free for Kirklees Passport holders.

    School visits:
    We are developing school visits to Castle Hill to learn more about its history, the geology and its wildlife. Booking is essential for each visit (up to 3 hours) and includes entry to Victoria Tower for a limit of 35 children and guided by our staff. Charge is £61 for each visit.

    Pedestrian access is by steep paths and 'Hillside' byway to the summit where there is a car park. Paths to Victoria Tower from the car park are steep and uneven.
    The Tower can be accessed by steps only.

    Public Transport:
    Bus No. 341 stops on Ashes Lane, just below Castle Hill.
    For further information please contact Metroline on 0113 2457676

    No barbeques or fires are allowed due to Castle Hill being a Scheduled Ancient Monument and the damage that has been sustained to the monument and vegetation. Please do not release Chinese lanterns from Castle Hill's summit, they can cause extensive fire damage and injury to cattle that live around Castle Hill. The use of kite buggies is discouraged due to the damage they can cause to the monument and in regards to safety for other visitors.

    Castle Hill has unpredictable winds for any kite flyer and they should not be used in high winds or thunderstorms. Overhead power cables are close to Castle Hill and kites should not be flown near them.

    Plans for improvements:
    Managed by Streetscene and Housing, there is an ongoing programme of improvements for Castle Hill. The Countryside Section and has close links with Cummins Turbo Engineering. The company takes its Corporate Social Responsibility seriously and means not only making responsible business decisions, but reaching out to help our communities and engage of their workforce in addressing community needs including Castle Hill.

    The Countryside section is keen to develop Corporate Social Responsibility and to involve volunteers from other companies in the future throughout Kirklees including Dewsbury Country Park and sites in Denby Dale Countryside Project.

    English Heritage and a range of local interest groups and residents are also involved in the planning of improvements for the future as part of the Castle Hill Management Advisory Group.

    The site contains a diverse mosaic of wildlife habitats and working with Natural England, Castle Hill is a designated Local Nature Reserve. There is a number of interpretation panels on footpaths on Castle Hill giving the visitor an insight to its history and wildlife.


Victoria Tower,
Lumb Lane,

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  • Landscape plans
    Plan of the proposed improvements for Castle Hill showing position of paths, viewing platforms and seating. Also shows the plan of the proposed bridge leading up to Victoria Tower. Work is scheduled to start in the autumn with a planning application for the bridge to follow.

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