Astley Hall is a museum and art gallery housed within a Grade I listed historic house in Chorley. The Hall is set within the beautiful surroundings of Astley Park which include historic woodland, a lake, and a fully renovated Victorian walled garden.
There is no charge to enter the Hall and there are lots of interesting facts to learn along the way. We saw the bed that Oliver Cromwell slept in and explored the many different rooms within the house. You are given a map of the house and historical information as you enter and you are free to spend as much time here as you like.
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There are a number of play areas set within the grounds and these are clearly geared for different ages. The main playground is Astley Park - Royalists' Retreat, where children can ride wooden horses, be put in the stocks or climb a large tower. There is a zip wire and large wooden climbing nets too.
The Pet's Corner is near to one of the smaller park areas and is well worth a visit. They have a selection of small animals for you to see. These include; rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens, tortoises, bearded dragons and a snake. This is open Monday to Friday 10am until 3.00pm and 11am until 4.30pm at weekends and is free to visit.
A number of events are held in the Park throughout the year and recently they held a 'Picnic in the Park'. Here they had free activities for children, including; sports, games, arts and crafts, football challenges, a climbing wall and Punch and Judy shows. They also had small fairground rides and a bouncy castle that charged a small fee. For more event information visit their Facebook page here.
Useful information: Address: Astley Park, Chorley, PR7 1XA
Opening hours: Astley Hall is open from 12.00pm until 4.30pm every day and the park is open access and is never locked up