Astley Hall

​“Astley Hall is the most exhilarating house in Lancashire” - Simon Jenkins in his book ‘England’s 1000 Best Houses’.


Astley Hall is a museum and art gallery all housed within a Grade I listed Elizabethan historic house. The Hall is set within the beautiful surroundings of Astley Park which includes historic woodland, a lake, a fully renovated Victorian walled garden alongside clean and modern facilities for visitors to enjoy.

The Hall is perhaps best known for its stunning plasterwork ceilings and the house is built around an internal courtyard. Each of the four wings of the house were added by each family who lived here and many original features are retained to this day.

The walled garden is a dedicated event space and since the Heritage Lottery funded renovation project in 2009 it has built up a varied programme of cultural events throughout the year. The east facing part of the walled garden is home to a community food growing project and includes a small orchard alongside raised beds full of vegetables, fruits, herbs and salads. Much of the produce is used by Café Ambio, the onsite café within the Coach House building.

Café Ambio is open 7 days a week and the team are passionate about locally sourced home-made food, freshly baked scones, cakes, quality coffees and refreshments.
  • What to See and Do
     

    Astley Hall is a Grade I listed historic house which was first built during Elizabethan times. In the intervening years many additions have been made including the unique front façade which was added around 1660. At this time the Great Hall and Long Gallery were also added which are two of the buildings most popular rooms. The Great Hall features magnificently ornate stucco ceiling work and the Long Gallery, once a space for indoor exercise during poor weather now features the longest Shovel Board table in existence.

    The rooms are setup in period styles and helps to give a sense of the way the house may have been used when lived in. There are Elizabethan, Tudor, Jacobean and Victorian periods included within different rooms in the house.

    Astley Hall is an Accredited Museum and has in the past acted as the town’s repository for historically relevant artworks, artefacts and archives. The largest part of the collection is the period furniture and artworks that help to tell the story of Astley Hall and the families who live here. The furniture helps to depict the rooms in different period styles and many of the artworks are on display around the house.

    Astley Hall Art Gallery was created around 1950 to be used as a space to present works from local artists and it still serves this purpose today. The Gallery stages up to six displays from local artists and makers each year inside this dedicated space.

    Coach House: Following a Heritage Lottery Funded renovation in 2009 the Coach House was created as a fantastic public building. It houses public toilets that are open 7 days a week and also has meeting and event spaces for hire.

    Café Ambio: is a hugely popular café based in the Coach House that specialises in locally sourced produce, cooked well alongside great quality teas, coffees and other refreshments. The Café is also available for hire for wedding receptions or private functions and can also provide catering off site so please contact them for details.

    The Walled Garden: is a dedicated event space which presents a programme of cultural, sporting and community events throughout the year. When events aren’t being held, families use this area to picnic and to play. Half of the garden is dedicated to food growing and a community food growing project has been running here with local volunteers for two years. Café Ambio are partners in the project and put the produce on the menu throughout the year.

  • Weddings and Ceremonies
    Astley Hall is licensed for wedding ceremonies and civil partnerships alongside baby naming ceremonies. Please download our wedding pack which includes full details, prices and contact details if you wish to come in for an informal chat and a look around.
  • Opening Times
    Astley Hall
    Our open season is from Good Friday on Easter Weekend until mid- December. During our open season we open each Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday from 12pm until 4.30pm.

    During our close season in the winter the Hall undergoes a thorough winter cleaning schedule to ensure the house and its collections are properly cared for.

    Schools and Group Tours
    We conduct both school trips and guided tours for adult groups on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

    Café Ambio
    Café Ambio is open 7 days a week from 9.30am until 4.30pm.

    Coach House
    The Coach House is open to the general public 7 days a week from 9.30am until 4.30pm.

    The Walled Garden
    Our fully restored Victorian walled garden is open to the general public 7 days a week from 9.30am until 4.30pm

    Astley Park
    The rest of Astley Park is an open access space which is never locked up.

    Pets Corner
    Visit pets corner Monday to Friday 10am until 3.30pm and 11am until 3pm at weekends.
  • How to find us
    By car
     
    Chorley is easy to find - just off junction 8 of the M61. From there follow the many brown 'tourist' road signs to Astley Hall, which is to the west of Chorley town centre off the A581 Chorley-Southport Road.
     
    We are also only a 15 minute drive from junction 27 of the M6, simply follow the A49 Preston route until you see the brown signs at the village of Euxton.
     
    Parking for cars and coaches is available in the Astley Village car park to the rear of Astley Hall. This is approximately 300m from the front of the hall. There is no charge for parking.

    If using a SatNav please use postcode PR7 1XA

    By bus
     
    Chorley is served by regular buses from surrounding towns, including, Blackburn, Bolton, Manchester and Preston. From the town's bus station C8/9 minibuses operate every 15 minutes to Astley village (except Sundays).
     
    By train
     
    Chorley is on the Blackpool/Preston/Manchester line, only 30 minutes from the centre of Manchester. Chorley railway station is approximately 20 minutes walk from Astley Hall, through Astley Park, or buses are available from the bus station opposite.
     
    Euxton Balshaw Lane station is on the Liverpool/Wigan/Preston line is approximately a 30 minute walk from Astley Hall.
     
    By Cycle
     
    There are a number of fences and gates within the park in order to secure cycles.
  • Access
    Astley Hall & Coach House
    The Coach House is entirely wheelchair accessible and includes a lift in order to provide access to the first floor. Due to the historic nature of Astley Hall only the ground floor is accessible to people with wheelchairs although there is a DVD available to watch to give you a video tour of the upper floor rooms. Please speak to the staff on duty about watching this.

    Astley Park
    The rest of the park is largely accessible as an open space although paths within the woodland can be unsuitable and it is advised that care is taken in these areas.
  • Prices
    Astley Hall & Coach House is free admission although we do welcome donations from visitors in order to maintain these fantastic buildings.

    Some events are ticketed so please check listings for details regarding each specific event.

    We charge for Group tours and School Tours as we open the Hall up especially for these activities. Please see Groups and Tours below for more information.

    Astley Park is an open access park with no charges and bowls and tennis equipment can also be hired free of charge.

    Fees and charges for hiring Astley Hall & the Coach House 2012/13
  • Groups and Tours
    Please download the Education Pack for full information on School Visits.

    Please download the Group Visit information
  • Exhibitions and Events
     
    Astley Hall is closed for winter cleaning from Monday, December 10 2012, and will reopen at Easter in March 2013. A full list of exhibitions and events for 2013 will be posted shortly.
  • Venue Hire & Filming
    This leaflet provides information for visitors looking to use a camera to take pictures while visiting and for hirers interested in using Astley Hall for film and photography shoots.
  • Contact Us
    During office hours
    Please contact us

    Weekends 12:00noon-4:30pm
    Call 01257 515920