Castle Hill and Victoria Tower

View of Victoria Tower in the snow
Off Lumb Lane,

Opening Times:

all year

Mon-Fri 09.00 - 17.30

Sat 10.30 - 16.30

Sun 12.30 - 16.30

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Standing over 900 feet above sea level Castle Hill dominates the local landscape. The history of human activity on the 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. The site is a scheduled ancient monument. More information about the hill and its history can be found in displays at Tolson Museum.

Victoria Tower perched on Castle Hill overlooking Huddersfield was completed in 1899 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Queen Victoria's reign. 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. Victoria Tower is open to the public on certain days of the year.

Contact Details:
Tolson Museum
Ravensknowle Park,
Wakefield Road,
HD5 8DJ Tel: 01484 223830

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