Welcome: This website is provided by the Charity the Friends of Smithills Hall who work in partnership with Bolton Council

 Smithills Hall, Bolton

Set in 2,000 acres of land on the edge of the West Pennine Moors, Smithills Hall is one of the oldest and best preserved manor houses in the North West of England.

Over the years the original Medieval Hall has been added to, and provides a fascinating history of the people who lived there. The buildings include Tudor and Victorian wings, in addition to the Medieval Hall, and a private Chapel. The private chapel, reputedly established in AD 792, was rebuilt about 1520 by Andrew Barton and maintained by the families who lived there.  It has subsequently been added to, refurbished, suufered a major fire and restored . It remains a consecrated church.

The land on which Smithills Hall stands has been owned by, amongst others, Roger de Poictou, the Knights Templars, Richard de Hulton, and William de Radcliffe who built the current medieval hall (originally entirely timber framed) in the 14th Century. Numerous families have loved and maintained the buildings through the following generations.

It is now owned by the people of Bolton through their Council with whom the Friends of Smithills Hall work in partnership.

There are free guided tours by experienced volunteer guides from the Friends of Smithills Hall which will help visitors enjoy the Hall’s rich history. Please ask about these at the Hall reception desk in the Tea Room.

Tours can take about one hour but the duration of the tour can be varied to suit your wishes.

Opening Times:

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 10am – 4pm
Sunday 12am – 4pm

Bank Holiday Mondays 12am – 4pm


FREE admission

Group Booking Tours

During Open Hours – £3.00 per adult,  £2.00 for concessions.

Out of Hours during Daytime – £5.00 per visitor with no group discount, minimum charge £125

Out of Hours during Evening – £6.00 per visitor with no group discount, minimum charge £150

For more information call 01204 332377, or use the CONTACT page of this site.

Please advise Hall staff of group members who may have mobility problems.The floors in the Medieval and Tudor areas are uneven and doorway access can be difficult.

West Wing Redevelopment

Work is well advanced on returning the west wing to its former Victorian grandeur.

This work will last until late May 2017 and means that there is some reduction in parking capacity in front of the Hall. Two car parks are available on the left hand side as you approach the Hall up the main driveway. Places are available for Blue Badge in front of the main Hall entrance.

There is an article on the Bolton Council website which gives information on this restoration work:-


or http://www.boltonmuseums.org.uk/

Smithills Tea Room


The  TEA ROOM at the Hall is temporarily closed whilst efforts are made to find a new contractor. Bolton Library and Museum services are “sorry that SM Restaurants will not be operating at Smithills Hall after December 24. However it is our intention to find an alternative provider as soon as possible.”

Expressions of interest  to run the Tea Room have now closed. These are now being considered.



Tudor panelled Withdrawing Room

If you are looking for a special venue for a wedding why not consider this historic Grade I listed building set in its own beautiful grounds.

Civil ceremonies can be held in the historic Medieval Great Hall, or the richly panelled Tudor Withdrawing Room.

Full details can be seen at:     www.boltonlams.co.uk/historic-halls

or email


or phone

01204 332853