A Stroll Around Speke

A Stroll Around Speke

Remember last month when we took a trip to Liverpool for a vintage fair at Speke Hall? Well we were invited to stay a little longer and take a stroll around the grounds and building itself.Speke Hall is tucked away next to Liverpool John Lennon Airport but don’t let the bustle of an airport put you off because as you enter the grounds you’re transported into another time. The impressive Tudor house is nestled in beautiful grounds and gardens next to the River Mersey, all of which you can walk freely around. We took the dog with us and he was allowed to visit most of the grounds with one or two exceptions which was nice as he does love a good sniff about.

I loved the house itself, it is unbelievably beautiful sitting next to a (now dry) moat. Construction of the building started in 1530 and since then it has been through a lot. It has seen periods of grandeur and even a spell of disrepair when it was used as a home for livestock. The Victorians, ever the fans of a good project, took on the hall and repaired it meaning the inside takes on a very arts and crafts feel with rich colours and patterns – photographs are prohibited in most areas inside, so I kept my camera in my bag.The grounds are huge so I would recommend visiting for two hours – at the very least. Make sure you take a peek at the kitchen gardens because they are wonderful and the staff members were so knowledgeable and lovely to chat to. Oh and try the scones in the cafe, they rock.

See also  Wandering in Whitehaven

Which National Trust properties are your favourites to visit?

.Our admittance fee and refreshments were complimentary.

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