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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.

Christmas fun at Speke Hall

The Great Hall is magical at Christmasʩ NTPL/©National Trust Images/Arnhel de Serra

The Great Hall is magical at Christmas

Our Christmas celebrations will be bigger and better than ever this year. Join us on 29 & 30 November and 6, 7, 13 & 14 December for Victorian Christmas weekends. The Hall will be beautifully decorated for a traditional Christmas and we'll have storytelling, crafts, sugar mice making, carols, donkey and horse & carriage rides, Father Christmas in his grotto and even Charles Dickens paying a call.

Discover more about our Christmas events here.

Evenings of Festive Music

The Great Hall is magical at Christmas © NTPL/National Trust/Alex Muir

The Great Hall is magical at Christmas

Our popular Evenings of Festive Music will be held on 6, 7, 13 & 14 December.

Join us in the atmospheric Great Hall for a carol concert, followed up by festive refreshments. Tickets can be purchased on 0151 728 5850.

A Festive Feast

Our restaurant team have whipped up some wonderful winter dishes for you to try over the Christmas weekends.

Will you be tempted by a full turkey dinner, homemade mince pies, luxury hot choc or spiced ginger and rhubarb hot pudding? They all sound utterly delicious to us!

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Night Run

On the evening of 28 March 2015 we're opening up the grounds for all those keen runners who fancy a jog in the dark. With both 2k and 7k routes available, it'll be a fantastic sporting occasion for everyone.