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Castle Hill and the Victoria Tower

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  1. Victoria Tower Opening Hours 2020

    IMPORTANT NOTICE:
    In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Executive Team has taken the decision to pro-actively cancel all public events held in our venues and on our land up to and including 30th September 2020 when it will be reviewed.

    Any organised events or activities due to take place on Kirklees’s parks and recreation grounds will not be allowed, and are cancelled.

    This covers all events and is in line with national guidance around managing the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19).

    The public openings of the Victoria Tower and Castle Hill’s volunteer days, litter picks, walks, school visits, filming, internal and external events and they are now cancelled for the foreseeable future.

    There will be updates on the Council’s social media as and when the situation changes and we will aim to update when we can.

    Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause, but please bear in mind this decision has certainly not been taken lightly.

    Many thanks for all your wonderful support and please be prudent.


    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. 12 June 2020

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Plans for improvements:-

  1. Green Flag Winner in 2018 and 2019.

    Managed by Kirklees 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.

    A 'Friends of Castle Hill' is to begin from January 2020.

  2. 01/09/2020

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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