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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.
Summer Family Fun
You won't be short of something to do this summer: we've got an event running every day we're open!
Step back in time with our Victorian sports day Saturdays, try your hand at hobby horse jousting, discover how stinky Speke was in Tudor times, join in with conservation capers or sit back, relax and enjoy Jack & Jill's Rhyme Time.
The Pantaloons are back at Speke Hall twice this summer. Join us on 30 July for A History of Britain or 20 August for The Tempest.
Both plays are guaranteed to be inventive and hilarious: this isn't ordinary outdoor theatre!