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Beyond the black & white is a Tudor house with a Victorian personality

Speke Hall is a rare Tudor timber-framed manor house in a most unusual setting on the banks of the River Mersey. Restored and brought back to life in the 19th century, it is a unique and beautiful mixture of Tudor simplicity and Victorian Arts and Crafts' aesthetics.

Built by the devout Catholic Norris family - keen to impress visitors with the grandeur of their home and in particular the magnificent Great Hall - this beautiful building has witnessed more than 400 years of turbulent history. From the Tudor period when a secret priest hole was an essential feature, to years of neglect and decay in the 18th and 19th centuries (including a spell when it was used as a cow shed) and then being dragged into the Victorian era of improvement and technology, the Hall has seen it all.

In the 21st century, Speke Hall and its surrounding estate now provide a real oasis from the hurly burly of modern life. As you come through the gates, relax, take a breath and enjoy all that this wonderful place has to offer. The Hall is surrounded by beautiful restored gardens and protected by a collar of woodland.

The bluebells are in bloom

Stocktons Wood is stunning in spring but equally beautiful all year round © Andrew Butler

Stocktons Wood is stunning in spring but equally beautiful all year round

Take a walk in the woods this spring to see our beautiful annual display of bluebells.

Wander through Stockton's Wood or take a stroll through the Clough area behind the hall - which view do you prefer?

Tudor May Day

Pick a trusty steed and gallop into battle © National Trust/Alex Muir

Pick a trusty steed and gallop into battle

Celebrate spring in Tudor style on 4 & 5 May from 12-4pm. This was one of their favourite holidays - the perfect chance to eat, drink and be merry.

Join us over the Bank Holiday weekend and take on your family and friends in our hobby horse jousting ring, try your hand at archery or candle dipping, discover some stories of Tudor heroes and learn how to dance like it's 1599.

Outdoor Shakespeare

Enjoy outdoor theatre on the north lawn © Lord Chamberlain's Men

Enjoy outdoor theatre on the north lawn

The Lord Chamberlain's Men return to Speke Hall on Wed 2 July to perform the world's greatest love story: Romeo and Juliet.

Pack a picnic and settle down on the lawn to enjoy outdoor theatre with Speke Hall as a stunning backdrop. Gates open at 6pm and the performance starts at 7pm.

Tickets are priced at £14 for adults and £7 for adults. Please call 0151 728 5850 to book.

Discover Speke

The hall, grounds and gardens are full of unusual places to explore. If you want to seek out the stream garden, discover the dam or bound your way up the bund, use our trails to help find your way.

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What's new for 2014?

Test out the new playarea

We've been up to all sorts! Pay us a visit this spring to discover the exciting new changes inside the hall or enjoy the outdoors and try the revamped play area and new woodland trail.