Shelley is part of the Kirkburton ward of the local council.

There is Shelley Hall, which was built in the early 17th century and two places of worship: the Methodist Church, and the Church of England’s Emmanuel Church, Huddersfield Road.[3]

The village has three pubs: The Rising Sun, The Flying Ferret (formerly Oddfellows) and Shelley Sports and Social Club whilst The Three Acres Inn and Restaurant is located at Roydhouse, Shelley.

The Emley Moor TV mast also towers over the village.

Shelley has a relatively small primary school and is home to Shelley College (high school and sixth form college), however, Shelley College is located closer to the village of Skelmanthorpe.
Shelley College caters for students who live in both the Kirkburton and Denby Dale wards with the students mainly being from the neighbouring middle schools at Kirkburton and Scissett. It was originally known as Shelley High School only changing to Shelley College when the school attained its specialist status in the field of science.

Wyevale Garden Centre – previously known as Armitages Pennine Garden Centre provides stunning views across the valley.

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