What's New for 2017?
2017 marks a big change for Speke - the grounds, gardens, retail and catering will now be open 363 days a year!
Gates will be open every day from 10.30am and we hope to see lots of you here to enjoy the outdoors. The house will remain closed on Mondays and Tuesdays but everything else will be open, including all our outdoor family activities (maze, play areas, Childe of Hale trail) and the coastal reserve.
Due to conservation reasons, we are unable to have exactly the same opening hours and days for the Hall. They're undergoing a slight change this year though and the Hall will now be open Wednesday to Sunday (plus Bank Holidays) from 11 February until 5 November and will then reopen for our Christmas event Friday to Sunday from 24 November to 10 December.
You can find more details about our opening times here.
Dog walkers - we're extending the area that you can enjoy with your four-legged friends and they're now welcome on the North Lawn. As always, please keep dogs on a lead and pick up after them! Water is available from outside the Restaurant and if you've forgotten your dog-poo bags, Reception will be happy to give you a spare. For the benefit and enjoyment of those visitors who would prefer not to share their visit with dogs, we ask that the South Lawn, Moat Garden and Secret Garden remain dog-free areas.
If you're out exploring the estate, you may notice that some of the pathways and routes have changed slightly. We have been working hard to improve your experience of the great outdoors and conservation of the woodland over the year. Due to recent improvements there is now no access to the Bund from the fishing dam area. Please make your way to Visitor Reception to access the start of our estate walks. Thank you.
The Secret Garden area has also been a winter project. It's not quite ready yet as some pathway work and planting needs to take place - for this reason you may spot some closed signs in that area - but it should be completed shortly. We think it'll be at its best by June when the planting has had a chance to bed in.