I took my three-year old son to Ordsall Hall this morning, expecting to be there for about 90 minutes tops. We ended up staying for 3 hours, and it could've been longer if we didn't have other plans.
Ordsall Hall, Salford
Entry into the hall is free, although there is a £2 charge for the car park (be warned, the machine will only accept coins, not including the new £1, forcing us to park on the street instead).
Ordsall Hall is a grand old Tudor house, restored to it's former beauty, and is great for little explorers. There are lots of little 'secret' staircases that lead to different rooms with interactive items to play with, and there are lots of children's activities in various areas of the property.
Enjoying the great feast!
In the Great Hall we found a pretend feast set up for children to play with (keep an eye on them though as the food could get broken if treated too roughly,) and a wardrobe full of Tudor dressing up clothes that kids will love trying on.
We visited Ordsall on a Tuesday morning and there was also a craft table set up for little ones to 'make and take' their own creation - all for free!
We unfortunately didn't get to do the craft activity (it looked good but as usual my son was far too keen exploring to stop!) so we headed round the rest of the house.
Spice grinding practice
In the kitchen area you'll find real spices set up in bowls with wooden hand tools, so visitors can have a go at spice grinding. It was also well equipped with an array of play pots and pretend food, perfect for little imaginations - my son was particularly taken with the old well and water buckets.
Find out all about the Ordsall Hall ghosts with a spooky story at the top of the house - you can even see the "White Lady's" dress up close!
Enjoying the pop up reading area
Until the 10th August, Ordsall Hall is home to a cute pop-up reading area where kids can sit on couches or cushions reading children's books from the nearby shelves, while parents can enjoy looking out over the formal gardens. Other activities on offer are the 'Smartest Giant in Town' quiz for £1 (running 25 July - 3 September) and on Wednesday mornings (9.45-10.45am) there is a children's story session for £1.
Outside, within the hall grounds are Ordsall's formal gardens, plants for sale, a WW1 vegetable garden, and a large expanse of grass - we ran around it pretending to be Thunderbirds (as you do) but I'm sure it has more relaxing uses!
Ordsall Hall cafe and shop
For hungry tummies, there is a nice little tea room area on site serving hot and cold drinks, sandwiches and cakes. Or if the weather is good there are lots of outside seating areas - the perfect spot to enjoy a picnic.
Useful information: Address: Ordsall Hall Museum, 322 Ordsall Lane, Ordsall, Salford M5 3AN
Opening hours Monday to Thursday 10:00am-4:00pm and Sundays 1:00pm-4:00pm.