Castle Hill

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Castle Hill with its Victoria Tower is Huddersfield's most prominent landmark and offers stunning views from its summit in all directions.

The hill is an ancient monument including the earthwork remains of a hill fort dating from at least the early iron age and a motte and bailey castle of the 12th century.

The Victoria Tower was opened in 1899 after public fund-raising started two years earlier in the diamond jubilee year of Queen Victoria. It was built so that the top of the tower reached a height of 1,000 feet above sea level.

A pub on the hilltop was demolished in 2005. It had been built around 100 years before the tower. Features of the old pub were to have been retained in a new hotel, but these were removed before there were orders to stop building and take down the steelwork of the new development, which had departed from plan.

The hill offers a great place for a picnic or to walk the nature trail around the hilltop on a sunny day. You'll at least see plenty of rabbits there in an evening. It's also a place where you will experience the full force of the wind on a blustery day. The tower is open on some weekends and in holiday periods allowing visitors to climb the steps to the top for a small fee.

There are plenty of public footpaths leading to Castle Hill and it is a great place to walk to, either from Huddersfield town centre or from surrounding villages including Longley, Newsome, Berry Brow, Farnley Tyas and Almondbury.

Getting to Castle Hill

Bus services

Service 341 from Huddersfield bus station towards Stocksmoor stops just below the summit of the hill, which can be reached by a steep climb via steps. The top of High Lane, just below the climb to the summit, can also be reached on service 354 and 317.


Huddersfield Bus station - Aspley - Almondbury Bank - Almondbury - Castle Hill at Ashes Lane - Farnley Tyas - Thurstonland - Stocksmoor Station Penistone line

CT Plus ended its operation of this service on August 5. 2022

Timetable at  Metro      Timetables at  CT Plus

354 Monday to Saturday daytime

Huddersfield Bus station - Aspley - Lowerhouses - Longley - Castle Hill at Ashes Lane / High Lane - Hall Bower High Lane, Hall Bower Lane - Berry Brow
Waingate -
Station Lane, Berry Brow station Penistone Line, Birch Road -
Armitage Bridge Bank Foot Lane - Netherton Marten Drive, Delph Lane, Netherton Moor Road, Falconers Ride, Hawkroyd Bank Road, Moor Lane - South Crosland

CT Plus ended its operation of this service on August 5. 2022

Timetable at  Metro      Timetables at  CT Plus

317 Monday to Saturday, morning and early afternoon,

Almondbury - Castle Hill at Ashes Lane / High Lane - Hall Bower High Lane - Newsome Jackroyd Lane, Church Lane - Lockwood Bridge Street, Swan Lane, Lockwood station Penistone line - Crosland Moor - Milnsbridge - Paddock Longwood Road - Quarmby - Huddersfield Royal Infirmary - Lindley

Timetable at  Metro      Timetables (.pdf format) at  Stotts Coach Travel

Frequent buses on routes 306, 308 or 319 from Huddersfield bus station can take you to Newsome church from where there is walk of one mile up to the top of the hill.

Nearest station

The nearest station is Berry Brow on the Penistone Line from where it is a walk of about 1.5 miles to the top of the hill.
A stop on bus route 354 (see above) is only two minutes walk from Berry Brow station.
From Huddersfield railway station there is a walk of about 2.5 miles or nearby bus services as above.

Road travel

Castle Hill is situated off Lumb Lane, Almondbury. There is some parking in Lumb Lane with a steep climb on foot by steps to the top of the hill and tower. There is also a car park at the top of the hill, but this is reached by a steep single-track road with few passing places.

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