Stately Homes in the North

Ian Jones, Food and Drink Editor

Few things make for a more blessed family day out than a visit to a stately home. And stately homes are not just the preserve of the southern gentry. These hidden gems dot the North West’s countryside. Formerly the residences of great families, they have now been taken into the care of the National Trust or local charities and feature museums, art collections, gardens, and cafés. Great places to soak up history, they also make for a special weekend where you can let the kids off the leash to run around outside, and for adults to reconnect with nature in massive green spaces.

Explore our shortlist of the best stately homes in the North West

Whether it’s the Tudor charm of Bramall Hall you’re after, or the grandeur of an eighteenth-century palace like Harewood House, or haunted, craggy places like Muncaster, you’ll find our region is full of these places and they’re all within easy reach of main transport hubs and motorways. Many of them feature small zoos and aviaries, or put on special events like farmer’s markets and dressing up sessions.

You can also pair a visit to a stately home with a city break or walking holiday. Check out some of the Lake District establishments for stately homes easily incorporated into a hike. And whilst we’ve mentioned family trips, don’t overlook these places if you’re a couple looking for something to do on a romantic getaway or anniversary trip. You’ll feel like lords/ladies/others of the manor after a few hours promenading the hallways and formal gardens.

So, roll up the gravel drive, and explore our shortlist of the best stately homes in the North West.

Our top picks

Harewood House

Harewood House, Sandy Gate, Harewood, Leeds, LS17 9LE - Visit now

If you’re feeling regal, sample the afternoon tea on offer at Harewood House’s south-facing terrace. High-end sandwiches and cakes are the name of the game, in wonderful Georgian-era surroundings.

Harewood House
By User:Gunnar Larsson [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC BY-SA 2.5 ], from Wikimedia Commons

Chatsworth House in Derbyshire

Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, Chatsworth House, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1PP - Visit now

Among the Peak District’s primary visitor destinations, Chatsworth House and its surrounding estate should not be missed by anyone with even the slightest interest in beautiful buildings and equally beautiful scenery.

Chatsworth House, Derbyshire

Speke Hall

Speke Hall, The Walk, Liverpool, L24 1XD - Visit now

Speke Hall Gardens and Estate is a National Trust property just outside Liverpool and a glorious place to visit for all ages.

Speke Hall
National Trust Images

Haddon Hall

Haddon Hall, Haddon Hall, Bakewell, DE45 1LA - Visit now

With over 900 years of history, the uniquely preserved Medieval and Tudor house is among the oldest in England.

Haddon Hall, Derbyshire
© Haddon Hall

Tatton Park

Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6QN - Visit now

Tatton Park is a historical estate with a neo-classical mansion, 50 acres of landscaped gardens, 1000 acres of deer park, a rare breed farm and medieval Old Hall.

Percy the Park Keeper - The Secret Path in the Gardens, Tatton Park

Raby Castle

Raby Castle, Raby Castle, Staindrop, DL2 3AH - Visit now

A trip to Raby Castle involves a medieval fortress and early modern art, creating an unforgettable experience for all the family.

Raby Castle
Raby Castle

Hutton-in-the-Forest

Hutton-in-the-Forest, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 9TH - Visit now

A few miles north of Penrith, Hutton-in-the-Forest is an exquisite country house, described by Simon Jenkins as “one of Britain’s top 100”.

Dalemain

Dalemain, Dalemain,, Cumbria, Penrith, CA11 0HB - Visit now

Visitors to Dalemain can enjoy four centuries of architecture, five acres of celebrated gardens and a Medieval Hall Tearoom.

DALEMAIN

Levens Hall

Levens Hall, Levens Hall, Kendal, Cumbria, LA8 0PD - Visit now

A beautiful Elizabethan manor house, featuring the oldest surviving example of a topiary garden. The house and gardens are a joy to wander in, and the recently established Levens Kitchen provides delicious seasonal and local food.

Levens Hall
Levens Hall Kendal Cumbria

Gawthorpe Hall

Gawthorpe Hall, Burnley Road, Padiham,, near Burnley,, Lancashire,, BB12 8UA - Visit now

Affectionately referred to as the ‘Downton of the North’, Gawthorpe Hall was redesigned in the 1850s by Sir Charles Barry, designer of the Houses of Parliament and the ‘real’ Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle.

Gawthorpe Hall
National Trust

Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens

Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens, Beningbrough, York, North Yorkshire, YO30 1DD - Visit now

Beningbrough Hall is a well-loved museum whose interiors are full of stunning works of art and whose gardens are a joy for families to wander in.

Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens
National Trust Images / Chris Lacey

Rode Hall

Rode Hall, Rode Hall, Scholar Green, Cheshire, ST7 3QT - Visit now

An intriguing anomaly among stately homes, Rode Hall consists of not one but two Georgian manor houses.

Bramall Hall

Bramall Hall, Bramhall Park, Bramhall,, Stockport, Greater Manchester, SK7 3NX - Visit now

With roots stretching back to the Middle Ages, Bramall Hall near Stockport is one of the best examples of a Tudor Manor House the UK has to offer.

Bramall Hall - Stockport Council

Muncaster Castle

Muncaster Castle, Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass, Cumbria, CA18 1RQ - Visit now

The Muncaster Castle estate takes in a haunted castle, bluebell woods, Hawk and Owl Centre, playground, cafe, gift shop and more.

Image courtesy of Muncaster Castle

Norton Conyers

Norton Conyers, Wath, near Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 5EQ - Visit now

Norton Conyers, located just north of Ripon, Yorkshire, is world-famous as the inspiration for Charlotte Bronte’s novel Jane Eyre.

Norton Conyers
Historic Houses, Norton Conyers

Eyam Hall

Eyam Hall, Eyam Hall & Courtyard, Eyam, Hope Valley, S32 5QW - Visit now

Derbyshire’s Eyam Hall is one of the few surviving examples of an unadulterated Jacobean grit-stone manor house. The striking building is set among a picturesque town which has grown up around it and beyond that lies picturesque countryside for fans of the outdoors.

Eyam Hall
National Trust, The National Trust leaves Eyam Hall and Craft Centre

Towneley Hall

Towneley Hall, Towneley Park, Burnley, BB11 3RQ - Visit now

Burnley’s Towneley Hall and Park is a treasure trove of architecture and art. And if you’re really lucky, you might spot the local boggart, a sinister paranormal entity supposed to appear once every seven years, prophesying the death of one of the hall’s occupants.

Towneley Hall
Visit Lancashire, Towneley Hall Art Gallery and Museum

Bywell Hall

Bywell Hall, 2 Bearl Farm, Stocksfield, NE43 7AL - Visit now

Bywell Hall is one of the jewels of the River Tyne. This classic 18th-century manor house boasts a fine portico, decorative windows, an orangery, and ornamental urns all set in rolling parkland.

Bywell Hall
Allendale Estates, Bywell Hall

Holker Hall & Gardens

Holker Hall & Gardens, Cark-in-Cartmel, Nr Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria, LA11 7PL - Visit now

Holker Hall & Gardens has woodlands and a wonderful deer park. Events include a spring fair and summer theatre. There’s even a labyrinth for walking in the gardens.

Holker Hall & Gardens
Cumbria's Living Heritage, Holker Hall & Gardens

Leighton Hall

Leighton Hall, Carnforth, Lancashire, LA5 9ST - Visit now

Leighton Hall is the family seat of the Gillow family – a classic Georgian manor house with a 19th century Gothicised facade.

Leighton Hall
Visit Lancashire, Leighton Hall

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