* A charge to enter grounds may apply on special event days.
Events at Gawthorpe Hall
2013 Events Guide coming soon.
Free parking for cars and coaches
Tea room serving light refreshments
Limited access for disabled users
Visitors with guide dogs welcome
Family events and activities
Contact the museum
Padiham, Nr Burnley, BB12 8UA. Tel: (+44) 01282 771004 Fax: (+44) 01282 770178
The house and estate are set at the end of a grand, long driveway on the banks of the River Calder. At the foot of the driveway is a gatehouse.
Originally, the land surrounding Gawthorpe would have been heavily wooded. During the 17th century the front of the house was enclosed by a walled garden of a formal design with gravel paths and small rectangular boarders and flower beds. When refurbishing the house in the 1850s, Sir Charles Barry also redesigned the gardens, which were set out as formal parterres inspired by the geometric designs of the Elizabethan period.
During the 1960’s the front gardens were laid to lawn but the North parterre at the back of the house remains in place today with beautiful views across the countryside. The grounds also include a woodland garden with rhododendrons and azaleas.