Christmas at Speke Hall FAQ

Traditional Christmas decorations at Speke Hall

Got a question about your festive day out at Speke Hall this Christmas? Have a read of this handy FAQ, your ultimate guide to making the most of your visit.

When will Speke Hall be open?

To enjoy Speke Hall’s Christmas celebrations, visit us on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between 29 November and 15 December.

If you're simply looking for winter walks, eating and shopping at Home Farm and family adventures in the outdoor play areas, you can visit us every day of the week between 10.30am-4pm (last entry at 3.30pm).

When can I visit the house?

The house is open to visitors on 29 & 30 November and 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15 December between 12pm-3.30pm. On these days, there are also guided tours between 11am-12pm with limited spaces available on a first come, first served basis.
As the decorations in the house are always such a popular sight at Christmas, entry to the house is by timed ticket this year.

How does timed ticket entry work?

So we can get as many people as possible in to the house and avoid long queues in the cold weather, we have decided to introduce timed tickets. You don't need to pre-book. Tickets are available on the day from Visitor Reception on a first come, first served basis.
If you are a wheelchair user or have accessibility requirements, you will be offered a flexi-ticket giving you the option of entering the house at a time that is most convenient to you.

What can I see in the house?

This year, the ground floor of the house has been transformed by a traditional Victorian Christmas. Come and admire the fresh handmade garlands, marvel at the decorated tree in the Great Hall and catch a glimpse of how both family members and servants would have prepared for an unforgettable Christmas at Speke Hall.

Why is the upper floor closed?

While the ground floor is open for visitors to enjoy our Victorian Christmas celebrations, the upper floor will be closed. This is so our conservation team can carry out the important task of cleaning this area of the house and the important objects and collections that it contains. Follow our updates on our social media (@NTSpekeHall) to go behind the scenes and see what they’re getting up to.

Do you have any events?

While all of our bookable festive events - Visits & Breakfasts with Father Christmas, Ghost Stories at Christmas, Evenings of Festive Music and Decorating Workshops - are now SOLD OUT, there are still plenty of activities to take part in.

For Christmas family fun, join us on weekends to enjoy sugar mice making, carol-singing choirs, and activity trails both inside and out - find out more here.

For a more peaceful version of our Christmas celebrations, join us on Fridays 29 November and 6 & 13 December to experience our festive celebrations away from the crowds, including drop-in William Morris inspired decoration workshops and a harpist filling the Great Hall with traditional sounds - find out more here.

I’ve booked to visit Father Christmas. Do I still need to pay for entry?

Yes – even if you have a ticket to visit Father Christmas, you will need to pay for admission to Speke Hall. As always, entry is free for National Trust members and under 5s. Check our prices here.
When you arrive, our Visitor Reception team will be happy to help you plan your visit to the house around your Father Christmas experience. 

I’m bringing a pram. Can I take it in the house?

Unfortunately, prams cannot be taken inside the house as there isn’t enough space. Instead, you can leave your pram with us in our safe storage room in the entrance hall. If we run out of space here, prams will be stored in a dedicated area in the inner courtyard - this area is only partially covered, so please remember to bring your pram covers and protectors.
We only have a limited number of hip seats available for visitors to use so we encourage you to bring your own sling or hip seat.

Is there parking available?

Yes, our car park is free to visitors and will be open as usual. We do get very busy during Christmas, particularly on weekends, so please be aware you may need to queue for a short amount of time while we direct cars to spaces as they become available. 

What if it’s raining?

If you are planning on visiting the house, you may have to wait outside the front entrance for a short amount of time. This area is mostly uncovered so we recommend to check the weather report before you set off and bring an umbrella with you.

Where can I eat?

Home Farm restaurant is open seven days a week, 10.30am-4pm, for a delicious range of hot and cold food, sandwiches, snacks, cakes and drinks. Stable Tea Room is open on selected days for smaller treats and warming drinks in a cosy atmosphere. Make sure you try our tasty Christmas menu with plenty of festive treats to enjoy.

Is there a shop?

Speke Hall’s shop is located opposite Home Farm restaurant, with plenty of thoughtful gifts and unique treats available to buy. Stock up on presents for your loved ones and support our important conservation work with every penny you spend.

Are you open on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day?

No – Speke Hall is closed between 24-26 December. Join us from 27 December for winter walks, warming treats in the restaurant and the chance to make the most of those comfy socks you got for Christmas!

Make some Christmas memories