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Gawthorpe Hall

Type:Historic House

Burnley Road, Padiham, Burnley, Lancashire, BB12 8SD

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An Elizabethan gem in the heart of industrial Lancashire, built between 1600 and 1605 Gawthorpe Hall was the family seat of the Shuttleworth family for over 300 years. Inside the house you will find period rooms on display from the 1850 remodelling by renowned architect Sir Charles Barry and Pugin as well as original plasterwork ceilings, panelling and the impressive Long Gallery.

Also on display are over 200 pieces from the nationally important Gawthorpe Textile collection.

The National Potrait Gallery has loaned over 20 paintings to the Hall all of which illustrate its fascinating connections and history, particulary with the English Civil War. Gawthorpe Hall is an artistic and historic treasure trove in the middle of industrial Lancashire.


Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult Ticket£6.00 per ticket
Concession£4.00 per ticket
Guided Tour£7.00 per ticket
Up to 16 years old, accompaniedFree

For further information on their Xplorer Tickets and the fantastic savings on offer, please visit lancashire.gov.uk/museums

Opening Times

2019 (27 Mar 2019 - 3 Nov 2019)
Monday - TuesdayClosed*
Wednesday - Sunday12:00 - 17:00*

* Also open on Bank Holiday Mondays –22 April, 6 May, 27 May & 26 August.
Allow at least 90 minutes for your visit. Last entry to the Hall 4.30pm.
Open Saturday 30 Nov & Sun 1 Dec for the Victorian Christmas weekend.

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


Wednesday, 29th May 2019 - Wednesday, 29th May 2019

Discovering NatureJoin us to find out more about the wonderful wildlife around us. Make an insect box with the RSPB. Discover more about bees and see what it's like to be inside a hive. Explore the grounds following the nature trail. Free outdoor event in the grounds of the Hall - wear appropriate footwear if wet....
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Saturday, 8th June 2019 - Saturday, 8th June 2019

Twits, Wits and Bawdy BasketsOutdoor theatre brought to you by Doodlebug Productions - No one is who they seem to be in this riotous, rip-roaring, cross-dressing comedy; a hapless band of Tudor rogues decide to make money as a company of strolling players. They arrive at Gawthorpe Hall, in Padiham and a frantic farce ensues....
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Saturday, 22nd June 2019 - Saturday, 22nd June 2019

National Stitch DayIn celebration of National Stitch Day and the 60th Anniversary of the Gawthorpe Textile Collection, come and try your hand at some decorative stitching with Higham Embroiderers Guild. They will also display a variety of their works, highlighting stitches and sewing techniques both simple and...
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Sunday, 23rd June 2019 - Sunday, 23rd June 2019

Silver School of ArmsDiscover historic weapons and armour, and see stunning displays of sword fighting with the Silver School of Arms. Included in admission to the Hall
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Wednesday, 26th June 2019 - Wednesday, 26th June 2019

Padiham on Parade at Gawthorpe HallGawthorpe Hall is hanging out the bunting for the Padiham on Parade event. Join us to celebrate Armed Forces Day, try on some uniform or decorate your own wartime postcard. Included in entry to the Hall.
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Thursday, 4th July 2019 - Thursday, 4th July 2019

History Wardrobe presents "All Writers Great and Small"Historian Lucy Adlington links costumes and stories in this lively literary show featuring many favourite writers, poets and dramatists.
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Saturday, 6th July 2019 - Saturday, 6th July 2019

Habergham FestivalThe annual church fete for All Saints Habergham, held in the grounds of Gawthorpe Hall. A family event with something for everyone from raffles and tombolas to music and a bouncy castle.
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Friday, 26th July 2019 - Friday, 26th July 2019

Discovering QuiltingMeet our quilting experts who can show you some of the techniques for making fabulous quilts.
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Saturday, 27th July 2019 - Saturday, 27th July 2019

A Midsummer Night's DreamA return to one of Shakepeare's best and most entertaining plays, perfect for all the family to enjoy on a summer's night. Bring your deckchair and join Off The Ground Theatre for an evening of fantastic entertainment.
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Friday, 9th August 2019 - Friday, 9th August 2019

Discovering LaceMeet our lace experts who can show you how to use bobbins, needles and other forgotten skills to create beautiful lace. Included in admission to the Hall.
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Saturday, 14th September 2019 - Saturday, 14th September 2019

Heritage Open Day at Gawthorpe HallGawthorpe Hall is open for free to all visitors for Saturday 14th September for Heritage Open Days. Enjoy the historic Victorian rooms, the fabulous portraits from the National Portrait Gallery, stunning textiles from Gawthorpe Textiles Collection and get a look at the servants' side of the Hall....
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Sunday, 29th September 2019 - Sunday, 29th September 2019

Discovering Miss Rachel's GawthorpeTake a trip into the past and discover what Gawthorpe Hall was like when Miss Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth lived and grew up her. Famous for her fabulous collection of textiles that are housed and displayed in the Hall, Miss Rachel also had a great love for her family home which she enjoyed sharing with...
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Sunday, 27th October 2019 - Sunday, 27th October 2019

Gawthorpe Pumpkin TrailJoin us on a muddy autumnal hunt round the grounds of Gawthorpe Hall. £2.50 per child, drop-in between 1-4pm Wear suitable clothing.
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Saturday, 7th December 2019 - Sunday, 8th December 2019

A Victorian ChristmasDiscover a truly festive Christmas. The Hall will be trimmed and decorated, the dining room set for Christmas dinner; Father Christmas and festive activities for the children, and the housekeeper in the kitchen will be sharing the secrets of a great plum pudding.
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  • Sub-Regional AwardsPartner of Visit Lancashire Partner of Visit Lancashire 2018


Road Directions

From M65 Junction 8, follow the signs to Padiham town centre, then travel out of Padiham towards Burnley. Gawthorpe Hall is on the main Padiham to Burnley road, on the left hand side.

Public Transport Directions

The Burnley & Pendle Mainline Bus stops at the end of the driveway to the Hall on Burnley Road/Victoria Road, Padiham (from Burnley Bus Station).
Rail: To Burnley Barracks and Burnley, Manchester Road stations.



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  • Toilets

Establishment Features

  • Disabled Access/Toilets

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  • Coaches Welcome
  • On site parking

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  • In countryside


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