Gawthorpe Hall

Gawthorpe Hall

Gawthorpe Hall

Thursday 23 May 2024

The Hall will be closed due to essential work in the area by Electricity North West. We apologise for any inconvenience. Please note the History Wardrobe event at 6.30pm will take place as arranged.

April 2024

Unfortunately there are no displays of textiles on the first floor as all of the cases have been emptied for refurbishment and then new displays will be installed. Keep checking for updates as work progresses, see also

Please be aware there are groundworks taking place near to Gawthorpe Hall and there may be tractors and other large vehicles on the main driveway, this work should be finished by the end of May. 

Gawthorpe Hall is a superb Jacobean historic house set in over 40 acres of woodland. On a visit you can stroll through the woods, take in the views across to Pendle Hill and children can enjoy the natural play area. Inside the Hall's beautiful historic rooms show life as it was in the Victorian period for the Kay-Shuttleworth family and have a homely feel, despite the grandeur of the building.  You can find out more of its history from our friendly and informative volunteers and buy a guidebook in our shop.

The Hall is managed by Lancashire County Council and owned by the National Trust.

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Gawthorpe Hall


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Plan your visit

Opening times

The Hall will be closed due to essential work in the area by Electricity North West. We apologise for any inconvenience. Please note the History Wardrobe event at 6.30pm will take place as arranged.

Wednesday 27 March 2024 to Sunday 3 November 2024

Day Times
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 12pm - 5pm
Thursday 12pm - 5pm
Friday 12pm - 5pm
Saturday 12pm - 5pm
Sunday 12pm - 5pm

Admission charges from April 1 2024

  • Adults £7
  • Children up to 18 years - free
  • National Trust members and Friends - free (proof of membership required)
  • Guided tours £8
  • Xplorer pass £25

Please note there is no tearoom available. Ask in the Hall for details of good local ones nearby.
Please note the last entry time is 4.15pm

How to find us

Gawthorpe Hall
BB12 8UA (Satnav BB12 8SD)

Use M65 motorway, exit at junction 8 or 10, follow signs for Padiham. 

The driveway leading to the Hall is off the A671 in Padiham, on the outskirts of Burnley. 

Public transport. There are regular bus services from Burnley bus station. Plan your journey and view bus timetables for your area. Find out more about cheap days out by bus.

Facilities, access and contact details


  • Free parking
  • Picnic tables
  • Small shop in our reception
  • Woodland walks
  • Assistance dogs welcome
  • Limited disabled access
  • Toilets


Gawthorpe Hall is a tower shaped building over 3 floors, with steps between rooms on the same floor. Due to its historic listing it is not possible to install a lift, see the access statement (PDF 1.14MB) for more detail or please ring us if you have any questions.

Contact us 

Phone: 01282 771 004 


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Things to see and do

Situated over 3 floors the Hall contains both original Jacobean features and historic Victorian rooms. The rooms showcase many pieces of original family furniture, paintings and portraits selected from the National Portrait Gallery, London.

On a visit you can see the original seventeenth century panelling and plasterwork in the Drawing Room; period Victorian rooms redesigned by sir Charles Barry (architect of Houses of Parliament) showing what life was like for the family in the 1890s and enjoy the splendour of the Long Gallery.

Outside are pleasant grounds with woodland walks.


Gawthorpe Hall is a superb example of a Grade 1 listed Jacobean historic house. During the English Civil War it was a target for the Royalist forces.

In the early 1850's the family chose Sir Charles Barry, architect of the Houses of Parliament and Highclere Castle, to carry out restoration work, incorporating designs by Augustus Pugin.

Charlotte Bronte is known to have visited Lady Shuttleworth at the Hall and was introduced to fellow author Elizabeth Gaskell by the family.

In 1913 King George VI and Queen Mary lunched at Gawthorpe whilst on their tour of Lancashire.

The Hall was the inspiration for best selling 2019 novel The Familiars by Stacey Halls.  


The grounds offer a mixture of formal gardens and woodland areas. During 2018's drought we saw the amazing 'ghost garden' re-emerge on the front lawn. The magnificent outline of the Victorian formal garden appeared as various types of soil dried at different rates. The garden made headlines across the world as far afield as Australia, America, Canada, Germany, Holland, Italy and Japan.

Once you've explored the formal gardens with views of the river, the whole family can enjoy the extensive woodlands on the estate. During the summer you can join the National Trust Ranger for a guided walk round the wider estate of Gawthorpe Hall including the walled garden and Great Barn.


If you've visited us, what was your favourite thing you learnt about the hall? Let us know by sharing your experiences on social media using #GawthorpeHall and don't forget to tag in @LancsMuseums on X and @LancsMuseums on Facebook.

What's on: events and exhibitions

Search for the latest events at Gawthorpe Hall. If there are no current events listed check back for new events soon. We look forward to seeing you.

What's On at Gawthorpe Hall

Please keep an eye on this page for further updates to our rescheduled events and exhibitions programme.


Heritage Learning Lancashire's aim is to give pupils the opportunity to explore and appreciate Lancashire's rich heritage through access to our unique collections and stimulating sites.

Find out more about Learning with Lancashire Museums.

"The students love using the items we loan from you and it adds real value to the teaching of history."

Primary school teacher

Museum loan boxes

Loan box example - brownie camera and case

Our museum loan boxes contain a wide range of historical artefacts, replica objects and useful resources loan boxes are a great way of bringing a little bit of the museum into your classroom.

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Volunteer with us

We have some fantastic volunteering opportunities at Gawthorpe Hall. Our wonderful volunteers create a warm, friendly and welcoming environment to our visitors and provide them with the knowledge and information about this historic site during their visit. 

You don’t need any previous experience or qualifications to volunteer, just enthusiasm and a willingness to learn.

Our current volunteer Ruth shares her experience of what it's like to take on this interesting role. 

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Hear from our volunteers


Ruth, at Gawthorpe Hall, said: "I’ve enjoyed talking to lots of interesting people about their memories and interpretations of the historic hall and its surroundings."