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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.

Take part in the Great British Walk

Explore views along the Mersey shoreline © National Trust Images/David Jones

Explore views along the Mersey shoreline

Autumn is the perfect time to stretch your legs and kick up some leaves.

Join our Head Ranger for free guided walks of the Coastal Reserve on 27 & 30 September and 8 & 16 October at 2pm or explore our beautiful autumnal grounds and gardens on any day - just pick up a map from our walking display at Reception and choose your favourite route.

In a dark, dark house...

Spooky goings-on this autumn © National Trust

Spooky goings-on this autumn

On a dark, dark night...

Brave visitors can venture inside and experience a spine-chilling event (or three). Join us for:

  • Ghost Stories in the Great Hall on 16 & 17 October
  • Spooky Speke tours on 23 & 24 October
  • The Haunted Hall on 30 & 31 October

Are you intrepid enough to step across the threshold?


50 things to do before you're 11 ¾

50 things summer 2014

Speke is perfect for outdoor play and exploration, so why not tick off some of the 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ list when you're visiting this autumn?

Build a den in the woods (no.4), find our bird hide for a spot of bird watching (no. 44) or join in with one of our orienteering trails (no. 45). Even if the weather is rubbish, you can still do no. 6!

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Christmas at Speke Hall

Father Christmas at Speke Hall

Speke Hall will come alive with traditional Victorian Christmas weekends from 28 November. Click here to find out more about our amazing events and how you can step back in festive time this winter.

If you're looking for a unique festive venue for your Christmas party in Liverpool, there's nowhere better than our pavilion. Discover more about available dates and packages here.