Winter at Speke Hall
Enjoy a refreshing winter walk, pick up a warming treat from the restaurant or go on an adventure in the gardens and woodland. There's plenty to see and do on a day out at Speke Hall this winter.
What's happening in the house?
Over the winter season, we're continuing to carry out our conservation work to care for the house and its historic collections, including the annual winter clean and an important project to upgrade our fire protection. Swipe below to find out more about this significant project and follow us on social media @NTSpekeHall to see some behind-the-scenes action.
Behind the scenes
Upgrading our fire protection
We’ve been hard at work creating detailed plans of the house in order to identify any risks of fire spreading and damaging this special place. Now, this winter, we’re carefully carrying out work to reduce these risks.
A Tudor house has many holes
One of the main concerns when protecting a historic house like Speke Hall from potential fire damage is to reduce the ability for fire to spread. We can do this by compartmentalising the house i.e. filling up any holes.
Being sympathetic to Speke's history
As part of this work, it’s important any additions or alterations are sympathetic to the character of the house or what was there before, such as upgrading this hatch leading to the historic priest hole with a fire proof alternative.
Layers of history in the attic
Speke Hall was built in stages over several decades and the attic is where the Tudor mansion’s wings come together. This is where you’ll find everything from old chimney flues and crawl spaces to electrical wiring.
Your support makes this happen
This work wouldn't be possible without the funds we receive every time you visit Speke Hall, treat yourself in the restaurant or become a member. Thank you for helping us to preserve this special place for future generations to enjoy.