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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.

Heritage Open Day

The North Range of Speke Hall © Andrew Butler

The North Range of Speke Hall

Visit Speke Hall for free as part of the Heritage Open Day celebrations on Saturday 12 September.

Join with a tour, explore the Hall at your own pace, wander round the grounds and gardens or take some time out for a cup of tea and a slice of delicious cake in the Stable Tea Room.

It's completely free for everyone to get in!

Taste of Liverpool

Try our famous scones © David Levenson

Try our famous scones

On Heritage Open Day (12 September) we'll be hosting another fantastic Taste of Liverpool event in partnership with The Artisan Network.

There'll be over 30 of the best local food, drink and craft stalls as well as live music throughout the afternoon from The Splintered Ukes. Tuck into delicious samples and buy yourself some treats to take home.

Don't forget, it's free for everyone to get into Speke Hall that day.

Travel for free

A very vintage bus service © Merseyside Transport Trust

A very vintage bus service

If you're planning on visiting Speke Hall on Sunday 13 September, why not take advantage of the Merseyside Transport Trust's classic bus day?

They're running a free bus service throughout the day from the Pier Head to Speke Hall, via Liverpool South Parkway train station.

Travel here in fine style!

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 visiting this autumn?

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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Christmas at Speke Hall

Father Christmas at Speke Hall

Speke Hall will come alive with traditional Victorian Christmas weekends from 28 November. Click here to find out more about our amazing events and how you can step back in festive time this winter.

If you're looking for a unique festive venue for your Christmas party in Liverpool, there's nowhere better than our pavilion. Discover more about available dates and packages here.