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 Entrance Hall if a guide is available.
Tours can take about one hour but the duration of the tour can be varied to suit your wishes.
Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 10am – 4pm
Sunday 12am – 4pm
Bank Holiday Mondays 12am – 4pm
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 has been completed on returning the west wing (above) to its former Victorian grandeur.
There is an article on the Bolton Council website which gives information on this restoration work:-
The Entrance Hall is now a reception area and shop. It is now more easily accessible for wheelchairs, prams etc. through the main entrance, as ramps have been installed.
The Devey Room, to the right of the main entrance, is now fully refurbished . The Friends of Smithills Hall have made a substantial contribution to the cost of the curtains.
Smithills Tea Room
This new venture is an extension of the already popular Poppins Tearooms in Lee Lane, Horwich.
The menu includes a range of afternoon tea options, including Poppins High Tea, Mr Bank’s Afternoon Tea and Bert’s Cream Tea, as well as a selection of sandwiches, light lunches and desserts.
Tony and Michelle Delacruz from Poppins Tearooms said “Poppins is bringing an elegant Victorian tearoom to the historic surroundings of Smithills Hall, complete with loose leaf teas, freshly brewed coffee, breakfasts, light lunches, sweet treats and especially our famous afternoon teas.”
‘Poppins at Smithills’ served snacks and sweet treats at the annual Smithills Garden Party on Sunday, July 9 as a taster.
You can book a table on 01204 435209
They are now open seven days a week, Monday to Saturday 10am to 4.pm, Sunday 11 am to 4pm.
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 or shortly the refurnished Devey Room.
Full details can be seen at: www.boltonlams.co.uk/historic-halls
The refurbished Devey Room is now available for receptions, get togethers, meetings etc.