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Liverpool and Lancashire

From Tudor halls and an early-20th-century photographers' studio to the childhood homes of the Beatles, glorious parks and beautiful gardens. Discover these very special places in Liverpool and Lancashire on your next day out.

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Top places to visit in Liverpool and Lancashire

The house and garden at Speke Hall, Liverpool.
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Speke Hall 

A green oasis on the edge of Liverpool with a rare Tudor house at its heart

Speke, Liverpool

Fully open today
Two children running across lawn in front of brick and timber house
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Rufford Old Hall 

A fine Tudor house and colourful garden, home to five centuries of Lancashire and Hesketh family history

near Ormskirk, Lancashire

Fully open today
View of Paul McCartney's childhood bedroom at 20 Forthlin Road, Liverpool
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The Beatles' Childhood Homes 

Book a tour of the childhood homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney in Liverpool.

Woolton and Allerton, Liverpool

Closed now
The developing room at the Hardmans' House in Liverpool; a room with light green walls and a window with roller blind; photography paraphernalia fills the room.
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The Hardmans' House 

A 1950s time capsule of Liverpool life and creativity, the home and photographic studio of the Edward Chambré and Margaret Hardman

Liverpool, Merseyside

Closed now
View across the garden and lawn to the South Front of Gawthorpe Hall with blue sky above on a sunny day
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Gawthorpe Hall 

An Elizabethan gem in the heart of industrial Lancashire

near Burnley, Lancashire

Fully open today
Peel Tower
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Holcombe Moor and Stubbins Estate 

Spread over acres of wooded hillside, farmland, and moorland, Holcombe Moor and Stubbins Estate forms part of the West Pennine Moors, a popular destination for outdoor and nature enthusiasts of all ages to enjoy.

Bury

Fully open today
View over Morecambe Bay estuary in the autumn. There is a tree on the left, and the sky is light blue and lilac.
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Arnside and Silverdale 

A place to explore miles of coastal countryside from clifftops to woodland and wildflower meadows.

near Arnside, Cumbria

Fully open today
View towards the eighth century chapel from the beach at Heysham Coast, Lancashire
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Heysham Coast 

Beautiful sandstone headland renowned for its eighth-century chapel and rock hewn graves; a wonderful urban green space

Lancashire

Fully open today

Top things to do in Liverpool and Lancashire

Things to see and do with the family

Looking for places to visit with the kids in Liverpool and Lancashire? Explore days out in nature, fun things to do for all the family and places to spot wildlife all year round.

Two children running across lawn in front of brick and timber house

Family-friendly places in Liverpool and Lancashire 

Plan your family day out in Liverpool and Lancashire. From the beauty of the great outdoors and amazing histories to play areas, balance bikes and even a maze, there's something for the whole family to enjoy rain or shine.

Children playing in the garden at Speke Hall, Garden and Estate, Merseyside. Speke Hall is a Tudor manor house with Victorian interiors, including original William Morris wallpaper.

Things to do in May half term and summer 

Join a curious quest and hunt for clues of goblin life at Speke Hall, borrow balance bikes, picture orienteering maps and binoculars and venture into the Rufford Old Hall's woodland, or play hide and seek in the natural play area at Gawthorpe Hall during May half term. And for those early planners, click to find out what's happening in the summer holidays at National Trust places in Liverpool and Lancashire.

Gardens in Liverpool and Lancashire

Visitors in the garden at Speke Hall, Liverpool.
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Speke Hall 

From peaceful strolls through colourful borders and a fragrant rose garden, to adventures in the woodland and spotting wildlife in the secret garden, there’s plenty of seasonal joy to find at Speke Hall.

Bluebells in the garden at Rufford Old Hall, Lancashire
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Rufford Old Hall 

The gardens at Rufford Old Hall have lots of variety, from giant squirrel topiary and beehives, to picnic spots in the orchard and peaceful walks by the canal.

Visitors climbing steps in the south garden at Gawthorpe Hall, Lancashire in summer
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The garden at Gawthorpe Hall 

Take a leisurely stroll around the formal garden with its views of the River Calder. Relax in the ornamental terraced garden or find a wildflower in full bloom in the Walled Garden.

What's on in Liverpool and Lancashire

Visitors on a guided nature walk at Sharpenhoe Clappers, Sharpenhoe, Bedfordshire

Upcoming events in Liverpool and Lancashire 

There's always something new to see or do at National Trust places near you – join in a host of seasonal adventures and events for all ages. From guided walks and talks to outdoor theatre events, find out what's on and what's coming soon in Liverpool and Lancashire to help make your next visit even more memorable.

Countryside in Liverpool and Lancashire

View to Red Brook
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Exploring Holcombe Moor and Stubbins Estate 

Whether you enjoy walking, running, bird watching, cycling or horse riding, enjoy spectacular views, woodland, riverside rambling and heritage.

Visitors walking their dogs at Arnside and Silverdale, Cumbria
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Things to do at Arnside Knott 

Explore the hills and paths of Arnside Knott and climb to the top for sweeping views. What wildlife and rare wildflowers will you spot on your visit to Arnside Knott?

Tower-shaped stone structure on a hill overlooking countryside
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Things to see at Eaves Wood 

Visit Eaves Wood at Arnside and Silverdale to discover centuries-old yew trees and a monument to Queen Victoria where you can pause to take in the view over Silverdale.

Coast and beaches in Liverpool and Lancashire

Looking from the limestone outcrop across Morecombe Bay at Heysham Coast, Lancashire
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Things to see on the Heysham Coast 

The Heysham Coast offers more than your average seaside stroll. Enjoy stunning views over Morecambe Bay and the Lake District, and discover the ruins of St Patrick’s Chapel, located on the headland.

A sunny day at Jack Scout's cliffs at Arnside and Silverdale, Lancashire
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Things to see at Jack Scout 

Head to the Jack Scout cliffs at Arnside and Silverdale to see the Arnside tidal bore, go birdwatching then stay for the sunset views over Morecambe Bay from Giant’s Seat.

Places to eat and shop in Liverpool and Lancashire

Visitors in the Home Farm restaurant at Speke Hall, Liverpool
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Eating and shopping at Speke Hall 

Home Farm restaurant is open every day for you to grab a drink or a bite to eat. Afterwards, pop into the second-hand bookshop to find a pre-loved gem.

Girl sipping a large cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows on the top
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Eating, drinking and second-hand bookshop at Rufford Old Hall 

Treat yourself to tasty treats inside or outside the cosy tea-room at Rufford or escape into the Coach House to discover our second-hand bookshop.

Visit the National Trust without a car

Whether you’re looking to travel by train, bus, bike or foot, there are many places in Liverpool and Lancashire that you can visit without a car.

An adult and child explore an bluebell glade in spring
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Places you can visit in Liverpool and Lancashire without a car 

Plan your visit to the places in our care in Liverpool and Lancashire by train, bus, bike or on foot for a sustainable day out.

Our work in Liverpool and Lancashire

Visitors explore the sand dunes at Formby, Merseyside
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Conservation work at Formby 

Formby is one of the fastest changing stretches of coastline under the National Trust’s care. Discover how the team are working with nature to protect rare habitats and wildlife.

A view over the Blue Drawing Room at Speke Hall with plush blue chairs and a large gold-framed mirror on the wall behind
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Our work in the house at Speke Hall 

Learn about the important work that the conservation team are doing to preserve Speke Hall in Liverpool and the tools they use to do so.

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Conserving Rufford’s 17th century painting 

A project is underway to conserve Rufford’s 17th century Extensive Landscape with Exotic Flowers painting by Gommaert van der Gracht.

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What's happening in Lunt? 

Sefton Council have agreed to sell 78 hectares of disused farmland to the National Trust in the Lunt area of Sefton. We're exploring opportunities to create new woodlands and more diverse, nature-rich, habitats for nature like wetlands and species rich grassland.

Get involved

There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in our work across Liverpool and Lancashire.

Volunteer room guide speaking with visitors in the Great Hall at Speke Hall, Liverpool

Volunteering in Liverpool and Lancashire 

From guiding tours of historic houses to helping outdoors in nature conservation, find out how you can volunteer for a great cause near you.

A volunteer led guided tour around Wray Castle in Cumbria
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Supporter groups in Liverpool and Lancashire 

The Liverpool and Lancashire supporter groups help support their local places with fundraising and volunteering. Find out more about what they do and how you can get involved.

Upcoming events

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Mythical Trail: Nature's Folklore 

Speke Hall, Speke, Liverpool

Discover tales of mythical folklore that brings the wonders of nature to life in the gardens and woodlands of Speke Hall on this free trail.

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27 May to 16 Jun 2024
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Curious Quests at Speke Hall 

Speke Hall, Speke, Liverpool

Join us as we embark on our mythical exploration of the gardens and woodland at Speke Hall. Our mission... to hunt for clues that Goblins call Speke Hall their home!

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29 May to 30 May 2024
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10:30 to 12:00
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Stained Glass Style Crafts 

Gawthorpe Hall, near Burnley, Lancashire

Enjoy some paper crafts inspired by Gawthorpe Hall's windows.

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29 May 2024
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12:00 to 16:00
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Literary Trail 

Gawthorpe Hall, near Burnley, Lancashire

Explore the famous writers and poets with connections to the Kay-Shuttleworth family in this bookish trail round the Hall.

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1 Jun to 30 Jun 2024
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12:00 to 17:00
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Mini Makers 

Speke Hall, Speke, Liverpool

Crafty fun for little ones on selected Mondays throughout the year at Speke Hall's Home Farm Restaurant.

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3 Jun to 18 Nov 2024
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10:30 to 12:00
+ 17 other dates or times
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Guided Night Hike 

Holcombe Moor and Stubbins Estate, Bury

On the first Friday of every month, join The Sunnywood Project for a twilight trek across Holcombe Moor.

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7 Jun to 6 Dec 2024
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19:00 to 21:30
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Formby Beach Clean & Litter Pick 

Formby, Liverpool

On Saturday 8th June, National Trust Formby will host an open volunteering day at Lifeboat Road car park Bay 3 (L37 2EB) for anyone to come and take part in a beach clean and litter pick.

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8 Jun 2024
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10:00 to 14:00
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Midsummer Shadow Puppet Workshop 

Speke Hall, Speke, Liverpool

Join us this June as we celebrate the magic and mischief of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream in this unique shadow puppet workshop.

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8 Jun 2024
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11:00 to 12:00
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Small girl running between conical topiary hedges in the Cherry Garden at Ham House

Where will you visit next?

Discover lots of gardens, historic houses, days out at the coast and more.