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Castle Hill and Victoria Tower

Victoria Tower on Castle Hill
off Lumb Lane

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Opening times

Victoria Tower is open to the public on certain days of the year.
Please see More Information for opening times and dates.


Mr Julian Brown
Castle Hill Ranger
Street Scene and Housing
Flint Street, Fartown
Tel: 07968 426312
Andrew Muddiman
For information on Developments
Design and Property Service
Kirkgate Buildings, Byram Street
Tel: 01484 226181

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More information

Document:Landscape plans
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.
Link:Conservation Management Plan
Conservation Management Plan
Documents and contact information.
Link:The folk on the hill?
The folk on the hill?
BBC feature on Castle Hill
Link:Tolson Museum
Tolson Museum
More information about the site can be found at the Museum
  • Standing over 900 feet above sea level Castle Hill dominates the local landscape, providing spectacular, often windswept views. The site is a scheduled ancient monument. More information about its history can be found in displays at Tolson Museum.
Victoria Tower is open to the public on certain days of the year. Opening hours: 12 noon to 4.30pm

Remaining opening dates in 2014 are:
Each Saturday and Sunday from 6 Sept to 2 Nov
October half term holidays open every day 25 October to 2 Nov
Christmas holidays- 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28 Dec. Closed 24,25, 26 Dec.

Admission to Victoria Tower
Admission charges to Victoria Tower: 1.75 for adults, 50p for children and 3.50 for families (2 adults and 2 children). Free for Kirklees Passport holders.

School Visits to Castle Hill:
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 60 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 now 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.

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 new LED light meets aviation regulations and uses the same energy as a 35W bulb.


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