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.
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.
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.
Historic house or home, Architecture centre
8th September to 21st October, Saturday and Sunday 12 pm to 4.30pm.
27th October to 4th November (half term) Daily 12 pm to 4.30pm.
Yule: Open on 22nd, 23rd, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th December. 11 am to 3 pm. (Closed 24th, 25th, 26th December)
Admission to Victoria Tower
Adult £1.50, Child 50p, Family ticket £3.00 (2 adults and up to 4 children). Kirklees Passports - Free.
Heritage Open Days 2014: Victoria Tower
- 13 — 14 September 2014
The Victoria Tower was built to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Queen Victoria's reign and sits on a former iron age hillfort which also has medieval history. Interpretation panels now in place to show the visitor the history of farming, the iron age, the wildlife of the site and its geology. Spectacular views from the top of the Tower and vantage points around the former fort. Castle Hill is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and site of great archaeological importance. Castle Hill is also a Local Nature Reserve with uncommon birds to see and a mozaic of different habitats supporting a wide range of wildlife.
Please refer to the Heritage Open Days website for booking details and timings.