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About the venue
Victoria Tower Opening Hours 2018
Open 12noon to 4.30pm
February half term holidays: 17th Feb to Sunday 25th Feb (open every day)
Easter Holidays: 30th March to 15th April (open every day)
Open every Sat/Sun from: 21st April to 20th May
Spring Bank Holidays: 26th May to 3rd June (open every day)
Open every Sat/Sun from: 9th June to 15th July
Summer Holidays: 21st July to 2nd Sept (open every day)
Open every Sat/Sun from: 8th Sept to 21st Oct
October Half term holidays: 27th Oct to 4th Nov (open every day)
Admission charges to Victoria Tower:
£1.95 for adults, 55p for children and £3.85 for families (2 adults and 2 children).
Free for Kirklees Passport holders.
We deliver school visits to Castle Hill to learn more about its history, the geology and its wildlife. Booking is essential for each visit and includes entry to Victoria Tower for a limit of 40 children and guided by our staff.
Charges for Kirklees Schools:- Half Day - £65.00 (up to 3 hours)
Full Day - £98.00 (up to 6 hours)
Charges for non Kirklees schools - Half Day - £93.00 (up to 3 hours)
Full Day - £157.00 (up to 6 hours)
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. Please be aware the access road is not suitable for large vehicles.
The Tower can be accessed by steps only.
Bus No. 341 stops on Ashes Lane, just below Castle Hill.
For further information please contact Metroline on 0113 2457676
Dog Fouling: Please pick it up. It's unsightly, a health hazard and you can be fined.
Drones: Please read the document below in regards to flying drones in public places.
Fireworks, Fires, Barbeques and Camping are not allowed due to the damage that has been sustained to the ancient 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 with close links with Cummins Turbo Engineering under its Corporate Social Responsibility and means they are reaching out to help our communities and engage of their workforce in addressing community needs including Castle Hill.
Historic England (formerly 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.
Bikers please be aware that riding on land not forming part of a road is an offence unless you have the express consent of the land owner. We have received a number of complaints regarding motor bikes be ridden over the features of castle hill. This is not permitted and is causing distress to members of the public. Section 59 of the anti social behaviour act gives officers the power to seize vehicles that are being used in a anti social manner. Castle Hill is a very special site and riding motor bikes causes damage and is dangerous. Please be aware that motor cycle officers are patrolling the area and will deal with any offending vehicles.
Please see About the Venue for days and times of opening.
Street Scene and Housing
Flint Street, Fartown
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Castle Hill Litter Pick Day
, various dates starting Friday 21 April 2017
Make a Dragon
, Tuesday 20 February 2018
The Spring Awakens Walk
, Tuesday 20 March 2018
, various dates starting Thursday 5 April 2018
The Beltain Beckons Walk.
, Tuesday 1 May 2018
Walking with the First Harvest
, Wednesday 1 August 2018
Heritage Open Days
, various dates starting Saturday 15 September 2018
Autumn Begins Walk
, Monday 24 September 2018
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The folk on the hill?
BBC feature on Castle Hill
More information about the site can be found at the Museum
Photographs of Castle Hill
Superb landscape pictures of Castle Hill taken for the August 2016 study.
Figures from the August 2016 study
How Long Litter Lasts
Litter and Dog Poo Collected on Castle Hill in 2017
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