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Astley Hall Museum and Art Gallery

Type:Historic House

Astley Park, Off Hallgate, Astley Village, Chorley, Lancashire, PR7 1XA

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Astley Hall Museum and Art Gallery
A visit to Astley Hall is like a voyage into the past, to the time of Tudor and early Stuart England (1580-1650). The visitor has a rare opportunity to experience life in an English country house during this period. The Grade I listed Hall is built around a central courtyard and contains a unique collection of furniture and stunning Jacobean plasterwork ceilings. In the Great Hall stands the Sirloin Chair, which is reputed to have been used by King James I when he knighted the loin of beef.

Astley Hall is a museum and art gallery housed within a Grade I listed historic house. The Hall is set within the beautiful surroundings of Astley Park which include historic woodland, a lake, a fully renovated Victorian walled garden alongside clean and modern facilities for visitors to enjoy.

The walled garden is a dedicated event space and since the Heritage Lottery funded renovation project in 2009 it has built up a varied programme of cultural events throughout the year. The east facing part of the walled garden is home to a community food growing project and includes a small orchard alongside raised beds full of vegetables, fruits, herbs and salads. Much of the produce is used by Café Ambio, the onsite café within the Coach House building. The Coach House is also home to the Chorley Remembers Experience, an interactive exhibition focusing on Chorley’s involvement and military history over the years.

Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Free AdmissionFree

Donations are welcome.

Opening Times

Open (1 Apr 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)
DayTimes
Monday - FridayClosed*
Saturday - Sunday12:00 - 16:30*

* Astley Hall is open from 12noon - 4.30pm every weekend and Bank holidays plus Monday - Wednesday in the Chorley school holidays.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

Events

Saturday, 1st December 2018 - Sunday, 23rd December 2018

Chorley's Santa ExpressChorley's Santa Express is back to whisk families on a magical journey from Chorley town centre through Astley Park to meet Father Christmas at Astley Hall. ​
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Awards

  • Sub-Regional AwardsPartner of Visit Lancashire Partner of Visit Lancashire 2018
  • Sub-Regional AwardsLancashire Tourism Awards Finalist Lancashire Tourism Awards Finalist 2014

Directions

Road Directions

Chorley is easy to find - just off junction 8 of the M61. From there follow the many brown tourist road signs to Astley Hall, which is to the west of Chorley town centre off the A581 Chorley-Southport Road

Astley Hall is also only a 15 minute drive from junction 27 of the M6, simply follow the A49 Preston route until you see the brown signs at the village of Euxton. Parking for cars and coaches is available in the Astley Village car park to the rear of Astley Hall. This is approximately 300m from the front of the hall. There is no charge for parking.

If using a SatNav please use postcode PR7 1XA

Public Transport Directions

By bus
Chorley is served by regular buses from surrounding towns, including, Blackburn, Bolton, Manchester and Preston. From the town's bus station C8/9 minibuses operate every 15 minutes to Astley village (except Sundays).

By train
Chorley is on the Blackpool/Preston/Manchester line, only 30 minutes from the centre of Manchester. Chorley railway station is approximately 20 minutes’ walk from Astley Hall, through Astley Park, or buses are available from the bus station opposite.

Euxton Balshaw Lane station is on the Liverpool/Wigan/Preston line is approximately a 30 minute walk from Astley Hall.

By cycle
There are a number of fences and gates within the park in order to secure cycles.

Facilities

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  • Open All Year

Parking & Transport

  • Coaches Welcome

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