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Castle Hill and the Victoria Tower

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  1. Victoria Tower Opening Hours 2019

    Open 12noon to 4.30pm


    Open every Sat/Sun from: 8th June to 14th July (12noon to 4.30pm )

    Summer Holidays: 20th July to 1st Sept (open every day - 12noon to 4.30pm)

    Open every Sat/Sun from: 7th Sept to 20th Oct (12noon to 4.30pm)

    October Half term holidays: 26th Oct to 3rd Nov (open every day - 12noon to 4.30pm)

    Christmas Holidays: Open 14th & 15th Dec (Santa weekend - 11am to 3pm) and 19th, 20th, 21st , 22nd , 23rd , 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th, 31st Dec (11am to 3pm).
    Closed 24th, 25th, 26th Dec

    Admission charges to Victoria Tower:
    £2.00 for adults, 60p for children and £4.00 for families (2 adults and 2 children).
    Cash only site
    Free for Kirklees Passport holders.

    School visits:
    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.
    From 1st April:
    Charges for Kirklees Schools:- Half Day - £66.00 (up to 3 hours)
    Full Day - £100.00 (up to 6 hours)

    Charges for non Kirklees schools - Half Day - £95.00 (up to 3 hours)
    Full Day - £160.00 (up to 6 hours)

    Access:

    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.

    Public Transport:

    Bus No. 341 stops on Ashes Lane, just below Castle Hill.

    For further information please contact Metroline on 0113 2457676

    Restrictions:

    There is a Public Order in place under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 which prohibits any person that may light a firework, or release a sky lantern or a balloon on all Kirklees Council, Yorkshire Water and National Trust land. Fixed penalties are in place not exceeding £75.

    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. Castle Hill has unpredictable winds and kites must not be used in high winds.

    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.

    Wildlife:

    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.

    Motorbikes

    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.


Contacts

Julian Brown


Castle Hill Ranger Street Scene and Housing
Flint Street, Fartown Huddersfield HD1 6LG

07870 570914

Organisation last updated

  1. 10 July 2019

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Plans for improvements:-

  1. Managed by Parks & Green Spaces, there is an ongoing programme of improvements for Castle Hill with close links with Cummins Turbo Engineering under its Corporate Social Responsibility and S2R (Support to Recovery) which is promoting positive mental health.

    Historic England 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.

  2. 10/07/2019

History

  1. The history of human activity on the Castle Hill goes back over 4000 years. The site was developed as an iron age hill fort, surrounded by defensive ditches and ramparts. In the Middle Ages there was a castle on the hill, of which the well remains. The present tower was built to commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee of 1897.

    Perched on Castle Hill, Victoria Tower was completed in 1899 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Queen Victoria's reign. The corner-stone of the tower was laid on 25 June 1898 by Mr John Frechville Ramsden and was officially opened by the Earl of Scarborough on 24 June 1899. The walls of the tower are four feet thick at the bottom, tapering to two feet at the top. The tower was renovated in 1960 when the top seven feet were removed. It reaches the height of almost 997 feet above sea level. In November 2012 the lantern light on top of Victoria Tower was replaced due to the original light that had failed. The red LED light on the top of the building meets aviation regulations and uses the same energy as a 35W bulb.

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