Wolds First Passenger Train Station
Manchester is the home of the wolds first passenger train station, Liverpool Road Station was the terminus of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway which was opened by the Duke of Wellington on the 15th of september 1830
The museum site is well linked by paths runnning bertween the 5 halls - this is number 3 the station building. Its the original 1830 passenger station with its adjoining range of goods offices and shops completed in 1831. In the 1980's when the museum bought this site the buuilding was in danger of collapsing and part of the Station Building was dismantled brick-by-brick down to the foundations and rebuilt. As the world's oldest surviving passenger railway station, the Station Building is now a Grade 1 listed building.
Be prepared for rain if its winter
Just bring a warm coat and an umbrella that can withstand wind. In England, there are no electrical outlets in the bathrooms..so maybe bring an extension cord in case you want to be in the bathroom if you dry your hair,etc...
Ordsall Hall: Tudor haven in Salford
Note: Ordsall Hall is current closed (2010) and under restoration.
There's a very old house in Salford, on Orsall Lane close to Salford Quays. A friend of mine who lives in Salford told me about it or i probably never would have found it. Check the website for hours but it's free to go in.
The hall dates from the 12th century and there are still an old wattle and daub wall that dates from there. There are rooms that are Elizabethan in age but the hall has been changed and renovated a number of times since it was first built. There aren't too many of the original rooms open to view but the one Star Chamber is the most interesting. The fireplace still has marks in the stone hearth where people might have sharpened their swords and there was one man who was dressed up in Elizabethan costume for a school class and he spent a bit of time talking to me about the Hall. There is also a good display of a restored Victorian kitchen on the ground floor.
Upstairs there are some Victorian exhibitions and a gallery. The Hall is used a lot for school visits.
The easiest way to get there is taking the tram to the Exchange Quay station which is only a few hundred yards past the Colgate factory. Go down Ordsall lane around to your right.
High on a rocky outcrop, above the town of Castleton in Derbyshire, sit the ruins of Perveril Castle, named after William Peveril, Bailiff of the Royal Manors of the Peak. Note that Peveril is thought to be the illegitimate child of William the Conqueror.
I'm not sure of the original date of construction, but the castle was fortified by Peveril in 1080, during which time he also built a wooden keep. The wood buildings were later converted to stone.
The crown took ownership of the castle after Henry I took a disliking to the independant nature of Peveril's son, also a William, in 1155. Henry I visited the castle several times, once to meet King Malcolm of Scotland.
After Tudor times the castle was no longer used and by the 17th century the only building in use was the keep. Eventually even this was abandoned and the castle slowly became the ruins you see today.
Reaching the castle ruins requires a very steep climb from the town, but there is a bench partway up where you can rest and admire the view of Hope Valley before you.
When you finally get to the top you pass through a 12th century gatehouse, well, what remains of the gatehouse, and you find yourself in the main courtyard of the castle. Around the ruins are the remains of the curtain wall, dating from Norman times, but the most visible feature is the keep which you can still go inside.
I really enjoyed wandering around the ruins, even though it was pouring with rain, and admired the stunning view over the surrounding landscape.
Admission to the castle grounds is £2 and it is open all year round.