Towneley Hall

Towneley Hall, Burnley

Towneley Hall
4.5
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
About
Towneley Hall was the home of the catholic Towneley family for over 600 years, Now open to the public,the building contains Period rooms,A fine art and furniture collection, Exhibitions and events program in place throughout the year, Pre booked guided tours for groups of 20 or more, School visits and events can be booked throughout the year. Entry to the hall is £5 per adult-Free for students and children--Admission ticket is valid for 12 months. Last entry into the hall through the summer months is 4pm
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Larab
6 contributions
Apr 2021 • Family
Fantastic local historical manor house filled with incredible artifacts, definitely a must see entrance is only £5 for the year and you can come and go as you please. Grounds are well kept and beautiful highly recommend
Written November 10, 2021
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JA W
Greater Manchester, UK19 contributions
Nov 2021
Very disappointed! The staff in the house were friendly and enthusiastic but there's no coherent story of the family who lived here and some of the rooms are just full of weird objects poorly thrown together, probably from its days as Burnley museum. One case even had information about the objects being displayed in 2012 - so nearly 10 years out of date.

The rooms are average - much as you'd see in most old homes like this. The kitchen was the best room with pewter serving plates you could pick up to see how heavy they were. Saved the best for last...

The cafe is closed for refurbishment (cake stall and pizza truck on site but very long wait for service) but there's no information about that on the house website because "it's nothing to do with them." No thought that their visitors might like to know in advance!

The parkland and woods did look good but overall it was disappointing.
Written November 8, 2021
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Andrew O’Callaghan
Manchester, UK2 contributions
Oct 2021 • Friends
I’d describe the attitude of 2 out of 3 staff we interacted with as obnoxious and unpleasant. We arrived within the last hour of its opening hours, paid to enter but we were happy to only spend an hour there.

It’s quite small so an hour was fine for us.

2 members of staff made us to feel an inconvenience and we felt rushed to leave before the hour was up.

I get a sense that there’s a culture of entitlement and intolerance that can be quite common in small local attractions.
Written October 21, 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to comment on your recent visit, Sorry that you felt rushed and that some staff or volunteers ? seemed unpleasant, If you wish to let me know what day you visited i can check the diary to see who worked or volunteered on that day, We do recommend a visit of 2/3 hours if visitors wish to see the whole house and art galleries.
Written November 6, 2021
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Jefy
Chester, UK52 contributions
Sep 2021
The house houses the Burnley town museum and the staff there on the rainy day we visited couldn't have been nicer. Very interesting and well worth a visit.
Written October 18, 2021
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Thank you for your kind comments ,the staff and volunteers work hard to try to make all visits interesting.
Written November 6, 2021
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ADRIE82
1 contribution
Oct 2021 • Couples
We have a visited on a very rainy day, couldnt enjoy the park, looked stunning and very relaxing. We have visited the hall very reasonable entry fee. All staff was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. Really enjoyed the visit even my partner who doesn't enjoy visiting historical building loved that staff made our visit so personal.
Written October 5, 2021
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Thank you for your kind comments , we are pleased you enjoyed your visit , our volunteers do try hard to help make every visit interesting and enjoyable.
Written November 6, 2021
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Gillybobs1959
Padiham, UK353 contributions
Sep 2021
I love walking around here,it is a lovely place to be and you can also visit the Hall.
Good for walking dogs as there are lots of paths to follow.
Written September 14, 2021
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Thank you for your comments we are pleased you enjoy the park.
Written November 6, 2021
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mysonjohn
England, UK173 contributions
Sep 2021
I parked on the top car park, a wooded area clearly marked out with signs listing names of trees so you can find your way back. £1.50 in cash at the machine for as long as you like.
There is also an assault-ype wood and rope park up here, on a wood chip area with mown grass & benches, surrounded by longer grass for pollinators and wildlife. Kept very clean and free from litter.

From here leads down a tree lined avenue between mature woodlands and pathways, to the hall, it's like a wonderful narnia with different scenes around every corner and so diverse, from the natural woodland is a manicured floral garden with spectacular landscaping enclosed in neat hedging, this leads to a lake and fountain where people can sit and watch in awe. Beyond is a large expansive field and another park. There is so much to see and take in.

I bought a ticket in the hall tourist shop to tour the house which was a rate of £5.50 age 17 and under is free. The ticket allows for an annual entry.

There are plenty of guides on tours and we met up with a guide who was showing a few others around at the first point which was the kitchen.
The displays, renovations and guides made for an incredibly immersive experience, I learnt so much and had a fantastic time. From learning about servants wages to what they ate, a natural history park with beautiful exhibits of our wildlife close up to the history of Catholic persecution and its links with the hall.

The house is so grand and well laid out, I could imagine how it must have been live to live, entertain and work through those days.

Outside was a pop-up cafe serving cakes ice lollies and coffees, the inside cafe was being renovated and looked like it was going to be beautiful.

Lots of squirrels taking monkey nuts from peoples hands. Lots of birds and ducks just relaxing. And wildlife in the woodlands. Bee nests and other pollinators in the grounds. A real gem for other species also.

There is an amazing statue too in a grand space with a water feature. Now one negative point to this part is that the water being green could be a danger so people who don't know its water. It's very shallow but if a mammal was to fall in like a hedgehog, there is no ramp for them to climb our as it has steep concrete sides. I feel this needs to be drained or/and a mammal ramp installed.

I will be a regular visitor to this park in the future and will recommend it to others also.
Written September 8, 2021
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Thank you so much for your great review, we are so pleased that you enjoyed your visit and look forward to welcoming you back , always lots to see and new exhibitions planned throughout the year and into 2022.
Written November 6, 2021
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dannyalber
Liverpool, UK7 contributions
Jul 2021
Popped up for a day at Townley Hall and to have a look around the house. Mainly staffed by volunteers but they were all very good, informative and friendly. Particular mention to Marjorie who showed us around the kitchens explaining all of the interesting utensils etc she was very good. We were ambling around and before we knew it 2 hours had passed by such was the level of interest we had in the exhibits. Didnt try the cafe so cant comment, we had a picnic with us and there were plenty of beches and quiet areas to enjoy a sit in the sun (or shade if thats what you like.)
Written July 15, 2021
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Thank you for your kind review, I will make sure our volunteer marjorie gets a copy of your kind comments, We look forward to seeing you again.
Written November 6, 2021
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mslancashire503927
Burnley, UK2,911 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
The grounds around the hall, ponds and gardens are amazing and well kept. Perfect in these Covid times. Seated out outdoor area where you buy coffee and snacks from a machine as we didn't notice the cafe open? Plenty benches and seating around the gardens in and out of shaded areas. We accessed the hall walking down through the golf course area on Todmorden Rd
Written June 8, 2021
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Thank you for your review, the volunteers who look after the formal gardens do a great job, The Stables cafe should be open again in the spring of next year and it would be great if you came into the hall on your next visit, always new things to see, Regards.
Written November 6, 2021
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SHARON J
2 contributions
May 2021
The hall and grounds are lovely and the guides are all very knowledgeable. Unfortunately when we visited they were undertaking some renovations so the art that they have was not available for viewing. Would recommend purchasing the yearly ticket for £5 so you can go back. It is worth visiting for the grounds alone and the setting the house is in. There is a group of ladies there when we visited that sell coffee and snacks for a charity. Definitely worth a visit.
Written May 30, 2021
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Thank you for your kind review, The volunteers do a great job looking after the rooms and giving out information when needed, we look forward to welcoming you again.
Written November 6, 2021
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Frequently Asked Questions about Towneley Hall

Towneley Hall is open:
  • Mon - Thu 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Sat - Sun 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM