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Speke Hall

by Lydia (follow)
Adventures await here

Speke Hall is a fantastic day out and only a short drive from Manchester. There's so much to enjoy with your family in the grounds of Speke Hall that it may take more than one visit to fit it all in! The grounds are open every day for you to explore and enjoy whatever the weather. They have a large maze, two fantastic play areas and a play trail that will keep children engaged and entertained.

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. They run guided tours from 11am every day the house is open. Tickets are given out on a first come, first served basis from reception on the day, so make sure you get there early if you want to take part in the tour.

The Giant Childe of Hale Play Trail is definitely worth doing if you have a sense of adventure. The sculptured play trail is based on the famous legend of John Middleton who was 9'3" tall! He was said to have slept with his feet sticking out of the windows of his cottage in Hale, near Speke. The trail connects the main play area by Home Farm to the woodland trail and is a real interactive wonderland! This is a real innovative and delightful way to while away the time for children of all ages.

Picture taken from Speke Hall NT Facebook Page

At the end of the play trail there is the Woodland trail where there are lots of exciting challenges. These include the Zip Line, den building, a hill of stepping stones and outdoor balancing obstacles. Situated in the wonderful Clough woodland this makes for a beautiful setting for outdoor play.

Picture taken from Speke Hall NT Facebook Page

Picture taken from Speke Hall NT Facebook Page

Parking is free and it is a National Trust site, so if you are member it makes for a very cost effective day out. To enter the grounds without membership it is 8.70 for adults and 4.35 for children (gift aid is an additional small charge).

Additional information:
Address: Speke Hall, The Walk, Speke, Liverpool, L24 1XD
Opening hours: Garden, catering and retail open from 10:30am until 5:00pm, Hall open various times throughout the year, but, is closed for winter

For further information please click here here

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