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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.

Hall of Secrets

Open the door and discover the secrets inside © National Trust

Open the door and discover the secrets inside

Speke Hall has seen almost 500 years of secrets and scandal within its walls. Join us during June as we reveal some of the hidden history and fascinating facts about the building and the people that have lived here with a series of free talks.

What happened to the priests concealed here during Tudor times? What was the roof space used for? Why did Adelaide Watt's mother die alone in an inn in Scotland?

Download our timetable of talks here.

Shakespeare and Mr Darcy

Shakespeare at Speke © The Lord Chamberlain's Men

Shakespeare at Speke

Summer means outdoor theatre at Speke and we've got some fabulous entertainment for you this year!

The Lord Chamberlain's Men return on 1 July with Twelfth Night - expect shipwrecks, misunderstandings and disguises aplenty from this all-male troupe of actors.  The Pantaloons always bring a unique comedic interpretation to the classics and they'll be performing Pride & Prejudice on 29 July and Much Ado About Nothing on 19 August.

Call 0151 728 5850 to book tickets.

Step into the unknown

Xplorer is the perfect introduction to orienteering

Discover all the hidden secrets of our grounds and gardens with three brand new orienteering trails, specially designed for us by Deeside Orienteering Club.

Maps cost just £2 and are available from our shop, located at Home Farm. Pick one up and get exploring.

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50 things to do before you're 11 ¾

50 things summer 2014

Speke is perfect for outdoor play and exploration, so why not tick off some of the 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ list when you're next here?

Build a den in the woods (no.4), find our bird hide for a spot of bird watching (no. 44) or join in with one of our orienteering trails (no. 45). Even if the weather is rubbish, you can still do no. 6!

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