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“A lovely day out for the family with lots of green space to enjoy” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Astley Hall

Astley Hall
Astley Park, Chorley PR7 1XA, England
01257 515151
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Ranked #1 of 24 things to do in Chorley
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: One of Lancashire's most historic halls set in the beautiful park of the same name. The history of the Hall itself is full of intrigue, with stories of plotting and religious turmoil. It dates back to Elizabethan times with changes and additions over the centuries, all helping make a visit to the Hall a fascinating and enjoyable experience. This grade 1 listed building is the jewel in Chorley's crown, with stunning plaster work and architectural features. As the town's museum and art gallery it is also home to items of local historical interest. William Shakespeare and Oliver Cromwell are some of the famous guests to stay at the hall.
Salisbury, England, United Kingdom
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“A lovely day out for the family with lots of green space to enjoy”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Spent half a day here with the family. Busy but with all the open space it didn't feel confined. The car park was quite full but we managed to find a space easily but it was pretty full so would advise arriving early to ensure you can park. We went for something to eat straight away after a quick trip to the conveniences. Good baby changing facility in one of the loos although upstairs so not as easily accessible as they could be (main restaurant). We then went to the restaurant/cafe for lunch. We thought the burger and homemade chips looked pretty good value for money and tasty to boot however we were somewhat disappointed with the taste and quality. The burger bun was dry and untoasted and the burger rather dense and tasteless. The special goat cheese & courgette pie was better. The chicken fillet provided for my grand daughter was pretty inedible as it was dry, crispy and rather unappealing. Needless to say she did not eat it! Having said that, if you were taking a picnic, a football / cricket set it was a lovely place to enjoy some family fun. There is a pond with some ducks, two children's play areas, an area with some animals and plenty of paths to explore either on foot or by bike. We thoroughly enjoyed it apart from the food. There is also a house full of exhibits which is very interesting and the entrance is very reasonable. Well worth a visit but don't expect too much from the cafe.

Visited May 2014
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“Great day out for all the family”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

Free parking, free entry and lots to see and do - children love pets corner! Wonderful historic hall with interesting exhibitions. Parkland and gardens are beautiful and the new fountain looks great.

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“astley hall”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

easy to park from astley village side. perfect for stretching your legs, beautiful grounds, play areas, and stately home

Visited April 2014
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“Beautiful and interesting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

We discovered Astley Hall quite by chance last year despite having lived just 20 miles away for ever! Since our first visit we've been back three times because the hall itself is so very interesting and the grounds are beautiful and it's all free! Entering into the house is like stepping back in time and there is also a cultural centre full of history and additional exhibitions and things to do - crafts for children during the school holidays etc. Everything - from the house to the gardens and park and small animal 'zoo' - is beautifully maintained and the staff are most welcoming and friendly and informative. In addition to the house and the play areas for children, there is a lovely wooded walk and a little land train which will take you to through the grounds to Chorley town centre if you want to go further afield. In the grounds, close to the house and free car park, there is a lovely cafe which serves simple fayre and where you can sit outside if you wish. When we visited at Christmas time the house was beautifully decorated and there was also a temporary ice rink in the grounds. You can easily spend a whole day here and I would highly recommend that you do! We plan to go again, often.

Visited April 2014
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“very interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Visited with my husband. The hall is well laid out with lots of information . Staff are helpful but not intrusive allowing you to walk around freely.

Visited August 2013
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