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

 Smithills Hall, Bolton


This very special Hall is open to the public

Smithills Hall is set in  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, suffered a major fire and restored. It is a consecrated church.

The land on which Smithills Hall stands has been owned by, among 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.

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


There are currently free guided tours for families and individuals by experienced volunteer guides from the Friends of Smithills Hall, who will help visitors enjoy the Hall’s rich history during opening hours. Please ask if a guide is available at the Hall reception desk in the Entrance Hall.

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

It is anticipated that there will be a charge introduced by Bolton Council for guided tours, possibly from 1 November 2019.

Information about Group Tour Bookings is given below.

Opening Times:

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday: 10am – 4pm

Sunday: 12am – 4pm

Bank Holiday Mondays: 12am – 4pm

Admission to the Hall


Group Booking Tours

During Open Hours£5.00 per adult,  £4.00 for concessions.

Out of Hours during Daytime£6.00 per visitor with no group discount, minimum charge £125

Out of Hours during Evening £7.00 per visitor with no group discount, minimum charge £150

Refreshments: Tea or Coffee* (per person) £2.00. Tea, Coffee* & Biscuits (per person) £2.50 provided by Smithills Hall Museum.(*instant)

It is also possible for you to arrange refreshments through Poppins Tea Room at Smithills Hall, but you should do this independently. [See section on the Tea Room below which has a phone number to ring]

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 in places and doorway access can be difficult.

West Wing Redevelopment

Work has been completed on returning the  Smithills Hall west wing (above) to its former Victorian grandeur.

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


or www.boltonmuseums.org.uk/

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 and the blind.

Smithills Tea Room

This 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.”

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.



Smithills Hall’s 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 in the refurnished Devey Room.

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

historichalls@bolton.gov.uk: or phone 01204 332853

The refurbished Devey Room is now available for receptions, get togethers, meetings etc and, when registration is completed, weddings.

Bolton Registry Office is now at:-

The Town Hall (One Stop Shop)
Victoria Square
01204 331185