Exploring Liverpool: Speke Hall

One of the great things about living in Liverpool is that you are never short of things to do. In my almost 30 years of living here (eek!) I’m still finding new things to do and places to explore. Somewhere that has been on my list of places to visit is Speke Hall, which is a National Trust property located close to Liverpool John Lennon airport. It’s a timber-framed Tudor Manor house with stunning architcture, which was built between 1530 and 1598. It’s a Grade I listed building with plenty of history behind it.

This bank holiday weekend, we had Tom’s mum staying with us and she loves exploring anything National Trust related, so we thought it would be a great idea to take her to visit Speke Hall. We picked the perfect day for it as there wasn’t a cloud in the sky!

When we arrived we had a bite to eat at the cafe. I went for a cheese scone which was a whole new experience. The food at Speke Hall is pretty tasty which is important to a foodie like me. We also had lunch there later in the day and sat outside making the most of the glorious sunshine.

We got to Speke Hall relatively early but the house didn’t open until 12.30 so we explored the gardens and woodland first. There’s lots to see, from the North and South Lawns to the Secret Garden and Kitchen Garden.

The rooms inside the house were quite small in comparison to other National Trust houses but the Victorian furniture was kept in pristine condition. There was a member of staff in each room of the house to give you a detailed description of the furniture and what each room’s purpose would have been back when the house was lived in.

It was interesting to see all the different rooms inside the house but I was definitely more intrigued by the exterior and gardens (maybe I was swayed by the weather!)

It’s definitely worth a visit if you’re in Liverpool, even if you just explore the gardens and woodland. There’s lots of activities to keep children entertained, including a maze and play area and some of the gardens are dog friendly too. Be sure to check ahead of your visit if the house is open as it shuts at certain points during the year.

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