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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.

Easter events

Will you be our top Eggsplorer this year? © Cadbury

Will you be our top Eggsplorer this year?

Join us in the holidays for Easter fun and games.

On 16 - 18 April there'll be Easter bonnet making from 12pm. Join in the parade at 4pm - there are prizes for the best and most creative bonnets!

Go to the Orchard between 11am and 4pm on 20 and 21 April for fun, games and to take part in the Cadbury Easter Egg Trail. Can you solve the clues and claim your Cadbury chocolate Egghead prize?


Discover Speke

The hall, grounds and gardens are full of unusual places to explore. If you want to seek out the stream garden, discover the dam or bound your way up the bund, use our trails to help find your way.

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What's new for 2014?

Test out the new playarea

We've been up to all sorts! Pay us a visit this spring to discover the exciting new changes inside the hall or enjoy the outdoors and try the revamped play area and new woodland trail.