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Beyond the black & white is a Tudor house with a Victorian personality

Speke Hall is a rare Tudor timber-framed manor house in a most unusual setting on the banks of the River Mersey. Restored and brought back to life in the 19th century, it is a unique and beautiful mixture of Tudor simplicity and Victorian Arts and Crafts' aesthetics.

Built by the devout Catholic Norris family - keen to impress visitors with the grandeur of their home and in particular the magnificent Great Hall - this beautiful building has witnessed more than 400 years of turbulent history. From the Tudor period when a secret priest hole was an essential feature, to years of neglect and decay in the 18th and 19th centuries (including a spell when it was used as a cow shed) and then being dragged into the Victorian era of improvement and technology, the Hall has seen it all.

In the 21st century, Speke Hall and its surrounding estate now provide a real oasis from the hurly burly of modern life. As you come through the gates, relax, take a breath and enjoy all that this wonderful place has to offer. The Hall is surrounded by beautiful restored gardens and protected by a collar of woodland.

Explore Speke on a Great British Walk

We recommend a stroll down to the Coastal Reserve © Red on Blonde Photography

We recommend a stroll down to the Coastal Reserve

Autumn is the perfect time of year to see Speke at its most colourful.  Whether you want to walk in the woods or explore the coastline, you can be sure to see vivid shades of yellow and gold wherever you go.

Why not download one of our other walks to try out on your next visit?  Don't forget to share your walking photos with us using the hashtag #GBwalk


Dare you enter the hall? © National Trust

Dare you enter the hall?

The Speke Hall curse is unleashed on Friday 31 October.

Are you brave enough to face the horrors at the Hall? You will need nerves of steel, speed and brain power to escape the curse of Speke!

Tickets are on sale now at Reception. Get them in person or by calling 0151 728 5850.

This is an interactive event which includes lighting effects, smoke, loud and sudden noises and interaction with costumed actors. Over 12s only.

Calling young witches and wizards

Make your own wickedly witchy hat © National Trust

Make your own wickedly witchy hat

In need of some further magical education? Join us for Spooky Speke School this half term from 29 October - 2 November.

Take broomstick lessons, solve the terrifying trail, join in with cauldron class and practice your creepy crafts. It'll be spellbinding!

Festive Treats

Winter at Speke

It's not too early to start planning a Christmas day out. Whether you want a private guided tour and Christmas meal, an evening of festive music or just a visit on one of our Christmas weekends, you can find out more here.

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Autumn colours

Take a stroll in our ancient woodland

Do you have an eye for a beautiful photo? Our grounds and gardens are at their most colourful when autumn hits and we'd love to see your seasonal snaps. Email them over to us at