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An Elizabethan gem in the heart of industrial Lancashire
Affectionately referred to as the ‘Downton of the North’, Gawthorpe Hall was redesigned in the 1800s 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 a wonderful collection of intricate lace, embroidery and weaves from all over the world; the Gawthorpe Textile Collection, amassed 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.
the house is very much to my taste – near three centuries old, stately and picturesque