Spend the day at Speke Hall

Visitor entering Speke Hall

No matter what time of day you visit, there’s always plenty to see and do at Speke Hall. Whether you have an hour, a few hours or a whole day, use this guide to Speke's highlights to help you make the most of your visit.

North Lawn

Speke Hall, Garden and Estate, Merseyside.

Short visit

The impressive view of the Hall from the North Lawn will instantly transport you back to Tudor times. Follow the hedge to admire the house from all angles and take a moment to imagine how it would have felt to see this view five centuries ago.

A visitor explores the paths around Speke Hall

Stay longer

Roam free or relax on the North Lawn. There's plenty of space for picnics, to stretch your legs with a coffee or for the kids to run around to their heart's content.

Stockton's Wood and the Clough

Visitors on a woodland walk

Short visit

If you're after a brief woodland walk, step into the semi-ancient Clough woodland for a peaceful stroll. Look out for Speke's bustling birdlife as you go along. Look up and notice the Bund towering over you, sheltering you from the sea breeze coming in off the Mersey and helping to create the micro-climate that makes Speke's gardens unique.

Build a den in the woodlands at Speke Hall in Liverpool

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Delve deep into Stockton's Wood to explore more of the wider estate's secrets. Here is a great place to have some nature fun, with plenty of sticks for you and your family to build your very own den. The only limit is your imagination. Did you know Stockton's Wood was used by the American military during World War II to hide aircraft from spying German planes?

Home Farm

Visitors eating ice cream in the summer at Speke Hall

Short visit

Why not grab a drink and a bite to eat to take with you on your walk? We're serving a delicious range of food and drink, as well as Cheshire Farm ice creams from the kiosk. Outdoor seating is available in the courtyard if you fancy a quick sit-down. Tuck in with the knowledge that every bite and sip directly supports our conservation work.

Visitors enjoying a cup of tea in Speke Hall's restaurant

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Take a seat inside or outside and make a meal of it by ordering a tasty hot breakfast, brunch or lunch. Tuck in, take your time and savour the historic surroundings of what was once home to the latest in Victorian farming innovation.

A view from the Bund at Speke Hall

Discover the Bund and Coastal Reserve paths

Once you're finished at Home Farm restaurant, head towards the river and you'll have two paths to choose from. Climb up and along the Bund path to enjoy a birds-eye view of Speke Hall, the River Mersey and Liverpool John Lennon Airport. Take a seat on one of the benches to enjoy a picnic or watch the planes take off.

For more adventurous types, the Coastal Reserve path takes you onto the Speke Garston Coastal Reserve, a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest filled with wildlife and aviation history. Walk along the old airport runway or go down to the shoreline to dip your toe into the Mersey and watch the varied birdlife. Please note the Coastal Reserve path gate is open between 10.30am-5pm only.

South Lawn

Discover the floral delights of the South Lawn

Short visit

Walk in the footsteps of Speke Hall's past residents in the South Lawn's formal garden. Follow the path around to admire the magnificent south side of the Hall and make sure to stop and smell the roses at the Victorian rose garden.

Visitors having a picnic on the South Lawn at Speke Hall

Stay longer

Roll out a picnic blanket or take a seat on one of the benches to experience a classic view of the Hall's iconic Tudor architecture. The South Lawn is the ideal place if you're looking for somewhere to relax in the sun, chat with friends or watch the kids let off some steam.

Don't miss these little gems

The white Victorian style greenhouse in the Kitchen Garden, with beds filled with vegetables and fruits growing behind it.

Kitchen Garden

Step into the Kitchen Garden to see what produce is popping out of the soil. The beds are usually full to the brim with produce thanks to the hard work of our volunteers and best of all, most of it ends up in the dishes we serve in the restaurant. Don't forget to peek into the glass house to see what's growing inside. You can also witness the beautiful herbaceous border outside the Kitchen Garden overflowing with colour and interest.

The Secret Garden at Speke Hall

Secret Garden

This hidden oasis in the north west corner of Speke Hall's grounds is a magical place, accessible via a narrow enticing tunnel at one end and a winding path at the other. The gentle stream running through it makes the Secret Garden a haven for some of Speke's wildlife, so keep your eyes peeled for frogs and birds. One of the highlights here is a rare (and previously thought to be extinct) Wollemi pine or 'dinosaur tree'.