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Notice: From Tuesday 5th May, Gawthorpe Hall will be closed to visitors for the remainder of the year. This is to enable planned maintenance works to take place in the Hall. Gawthorpe Hall and the Coach House Cafe will re-open in 2016. Check this page for regular updates.

An Elizabethan gem in the heart of industrial Lancashire

Affectionately referred to as the ‘Downton of the North’, Gawthorpe Hall was redesigned in the 1850s by Sir Charles Barry, designer of the Houses of Parliament and the ‘real’ Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle.

The modest Hall houses the North West’s largest collection of portraits on loan from the National Portrait Gallery as well as The Gawthorpe Textiles Collection, a wonderful collection of intricate lace, embroidery and needlework amassed by Miss Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth.

Gawthorpe Hall is the final stop on ‘The Brontë Way’, a long distance route with strong associations with the writings of Charlotte Brontë and the family.

Run in partnership with Lancashire County Council, Gawthorpe Hall is a great family day out with lots to see in the Hall, gardens for play and woodlands for adventure.

Conservation in 2015

 © National Trust Images

During 2015 Gawthorpe Hall will be undergoing major building conservation work by Lancashire County Council Museum Service who operate the Hall on behalf of the National Trust. As a result the Hall will close completely to the public from Tuesday 5 May and will be closed for the rest of 2015. The work is much needed repairs to the fabric of the building - re-pointing outside stonework, repairs to the windows both stonework and the glass leading, and also repair work on the historic 1602 plaster ceiling in the Huntroyde bedroom. We are sorry for any disappointment that the closure causes but there will be regular updates on this page about how the building work is progressing throughout the year, and we look forwarding to welcoming everyone in 2016.

the house is very much to my taste – near three centuries old, stately and picturesque

Charlotte Brontë