Summer holidays at Speke Hall

Escape to Speke Hall this summer

This summer, there's plenty to see and do at Speke Hall. Have a nature adventure in the colourful gardens and estate, discover stories in the house or enjoy treats in the restaurant.

This summer, the gardens and grounds are open every day, 10.30am-5pm, for you to enjoy relaxing walks or family adventures in nature. The house is open Wednesday-Sunday, 12.30pm-5pm (last entry at 4.15pm).

You no longer need to book to visit Speke Hall. Entry is free for National Trust members and under 5s, admission fees apply to non-members. For everything you need to know before visiting, click here.

Exploring the Hedge Maze at Speke Hall

Places to play

Any day out at Speke Hall is guaranteed to be filled with fun. From the colourful safe haven of the gated play area to the hidden woodland play area filled with fun challenges, you'll be spoilt for choice. Solve the giant hedge maze with its 12 gates, 5 bridges, 4 finger mazes, 3 weather vanes and a viewing platform all waiting to be discovered. Or will you dare to follow the interactive Giant Childe of Hale trail and meet the local legend himself?

Visitors eating ice cream in the summer at Speke Hall

Grab a bite to eat 

Home Farm restaurant is open every day, 10.30am-4.30pm. Take a seat inside or outside to enjoy a delicious range of hot and cold food, sandwiches, cakes and drinks. There's something to suit all appetites, big and small. Grab some award-winning Cheshire Farm ice cream from our kiosk, handily located next to the play area and maze.

If you'd rather enjoy a picnic, there are picnic tables for you to use in the orchard and plenty of spots to lay out a blanket. Just please make sure to tidy up after yourself and use the bins provided.

Family activities

Girl enjoying archery

Sports activities

Throughout the summer holidays on certain days, you can enjoy sports activities on the North Lawn. Between 19 July-1 August, hit the target with archery and bean bag golf. Between 2-15 August, challenge each other to a race. Between 16-29 August, complete our own special version of a triathlon. All activities are subject to change and cancellation, so please check on the day before visiting.

Discover the floral delights of the South Lawn

The Morris Mile

Nature inspired William Morris to create his famous wallpaper designs, some of which you'll find inside Speke Hall. Let nature inspire you by following the Morris Mile, a mile-long trail through the gardens and grounds. Complete the walk and reward yourself with a treat in the restaurant, before setting off to explore more of the estate.

What families need to know

  • You'll find toilets and baby-changing facilities at Home Farm and in the Dairy Courtyard next to the house.
  • Home Farm restaurant offers tasty kids lunchboxes containing sandwiches, fruit, a treat and juice or water. Indoor and outdoor seating is available.
  • You're welcome to bring a picnic. There's plenty of picnic tables, benches and spots to lay out a blanket. Please use the bins provided when you're finished.
  • Balance bikes and small bikes with stabilisers are allowed, but please don't bring large wheeled bikes. The paths around the gardens and grounds are too narrow.
  • Dogs are not allowed in the play areas, maze or Childe of Hale trail (except for assistance dogs).
  • Buggies cannot be taken inside the house. You can leave them in the central courtyard in our designated buggy area, but please be aware this at your own risk.
A family enjoying the park at Dunham Massey

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