Ordsall Hall, Manchester
Ordsall Hall is situated in the Salford Area of Manchester, just a short tram ride/drive away from the City Centre. It is a fine Grade 1 listed manor house, first recorded in 1210. Since then, it has been home to medieval gentry, Tudor nobility, Catholics loyal to the crown, butchers, farmers, an Earl, an artist, priests, scout troops, mill workers, cows and several ghosts!
The Hall has been superbly restored to its' former glory. The rooms have been re-created and furnished so that you can get a taste of what it would have been like to live there. There are handy information cards in each room which highlight the most interesting features. There is also a great exhibition hall where you can read about the previous occupants of the hall and view some interesting artefacts found in the area.
Ordsall Hall is said to have a least one ghost, the most famous is the White lady. A ghost cam set up in the hall for you to have a peek or the Hall is available for overnight hire for a 'hands on' experience!
The formal Gardens surrounding Ordsall Hall are great provide a perfect setting for a peaceful stroll, they have been perfectly manicured and re-created during the restoration.
One of the Great things about Ordsall Hall is that entrance is FREE!! There is a small charge for the car park though. (0-3 hrs £2 Over 3 hrs £5).
You can also take part in a number of events/activities at Ordsall Hall, see the website below for an up to date diary of events.
Ordsall Hall, a magnificent Grade I listed building dating back over 600 years, was once an important manor house and home to the wealthy Radclyffe family for over 300 years. Packed full of myths, legends and ghosts, the hall's atmosphere belies its urban location. Star of the 1861 novel by Harrison Ainsworth, Ordsall Hall is now linked forever with Guy Fawkes and his ill-fated plot to blow up parliament, while the infamous White Lady's ghostly presence is felt wandering the Great Hall. Her identity is still a mystery Ordsall's haunted reputation has attracted ghost-hunters from across the globe, via the world famous online 'ghostcam' and an appearance on TV's popular Most Haunted. Other unique features of the hall include the east wing's unusual and elaborate plaster ceiling and John Ralston's famous early 19th century painting of the hall, completed when the hall was still fully moated. Visitors nowadays can explore the Great Hall, kitchen and Star Chamber, as well as the upstairs exhibition space hosting a range of touring interactive exhibitions.
Visit the Great Hall and medieval star chamber which are the highlights of this nationally acclaimed timber framed hall. The hall displays a Tudor kitchen and period activities such as archery in the grounds. Each first Sunday of the month is Family Fun Day.