Visit the house at Speke Hall

Visitors looking up at the eavesdropper in Speke Hall's courtyard

Step into the Tudor mansion to discover five centuries of stories and see how its past residents lived. The house is open 12.30pm-5pm (last entry at 4.30pm), Wednesday-Sunday (closed Monday and Tuesday, except for bank holidays).

Planning your visit

  • When's best to visit the house?: We'd advise you to visit us in the afternoon, so that you're here for when the house is open between 12.30-5pm. Any queues are likely to be shorter later in the afternoon, so we'd recommend heading to the main entrance of the house from 2pm.
  • Tickets: Please purchase a 'whole property' ticket when you arrive - this gives you entry to the house, gardens and estate. Entry is free for National Trust members.
  • Queues: While we're admitting visitors, you may need to queue for a short while on the bridge and along the hedge on busy days. There is no cover, so please be prepared for the weather. If the queue is long, why not explore more of the gardens or go for a refreshing drink at Home Farm and come back again later?
  • Buggies and bags: Once you're admitted, there will be an area where you can leave any bags, but please be aware these will be left at your own risk. Buggies will be stored in the courtyard, so waterproof covers are recommended. Please only bring large bags and buggies if necessary.
  • Toilets: Located opposite the exit of the house in the Dairy Courtyard, including one accessible toilet and baby-changing facilities.
  • Access: The upper floor is only accessible via stairs. Wheelchairs are welcome (you can borrow one if you wish), however we can't allow large outdoor-type mobility vehicles. Read our full access statement here.
  • Room guides: Our lovely volunteers will be there to greet you in each room and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the house and collections.

We may have to close some rooms or the first floor at short notice for staffing, conservation or other reasons. We're sorry if this affects your visit.

What you can see in 2022

Discover the meanings behind Tudor food and dining

Until October 2022, visit the house to explore a fascinating exhibition by PhD researcher Anna Fielding as she takes us back in time to reveal how the residents of Speke Hall in Liverpool used food and dining to entertain, keep up appearances and survive as Reformation Catholics in Elizabethan Lancashire.

Don't miss...

The Library at Speke Hall with William Morris wallpaper

Highlights of the house 

Over the past five centuries, Speke Hall has become home to fascinating architectural features and a range of collection objects, from Richard Watt’s collection of over 200 pieces of ‘ancient’ carved oak furniture to early examples of original William Morris wallpapers.

View of Speke Hall by William Gawin Herdman, watercolour on paper, 1860

A brief history of Speke Hall 

From refuge for one family’s unshakeable Catholic faith to problematic colonial connections and Victorian romance and revival, discover the stories of the people who have lived at Speke Hall.