Overview

Capesthorne Hall, built between 1719 and 1732 and set in 100 acres of picturesque Cheshire parkland, has been touched by nearly 1,000 years of history.

The Hall has a fascinating collection of fine art; marble sculptures; porcelains; tapestries and English, European, Far Eastern and American antique furniture collected by family members.

In the grounds enjoy the family Chapel, the 18th century Italian Milanese gates, the beautiful lakeside gardens and woodland walks.

The Hall and Gardens are open to visitors between March and October each year. They offer superb facilities for wedding ceremonies and receptions, special occasions and celebrations, day conferences, business meetings and dinners, corporate hospitality, marquee events, concerts, shows and fairs.


Opening
Opening

2020

1 April to 31 October: Sunday, Monday and Bank Holiday Friday.

Hall: 1.30pm to 4pm (last entry 3pm).

Gardens and chapel: noon to 5pm.

Tearoom: noon to 4.30pm.

Find Us
Find us

The main visitor entrance is at ///curbed.trade.apparatus. What does this mean?

Between Congleton and Macclesfield on the A34. 30 minutes south of Manchester. Near M6, M60 and M62.

No access via public transport.

 

Parking

Car park on site

  • Free

Admission
Admission

Historic Houses members visit free. 


Sundays & Bank Holidays
Hall, Gardens & Chapel Adult £12.00, Child (5-16 yrs) £6.00 Senior £10.00, Family £27.50
Gardens & Chapel Only Adult £8.00, Child (5-16 yrs) £4.00, Senior £7.00

Mondays Only
Park, Gardens & Chapel £15.00 per car
Hall Entrance £4.00 per person 
 

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible parking
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Accessible toilets
Group Visits
Group Visits

Group discounts available.

Please check the website for further information, admission times and details for our special events

Visit website

Weddings

Facilities

  • Suppliers list
  • Accessible parking
  • Bridal suite
  • In-house catering
  • Guest parking

Everyone has commented on such a stunning place and we can’t recommend it enough to family and friends for any future celebrations and weddings.

Caroline & Rick - Oct 2017


Corporate Hire

Corporate events

Appearances count… but there are times when appearances really count. Looking for an exclusive country location, there can be few more elegant corporate venues. 

Capesthorne Hall’s distinctive Jacobean style house with delightful gardens and lakes is set in over 100 acres of parkland.  That coupled with the elegant interior of the Hall and the contemporary feel of the Lakeside wing, make Capesthorne an ideal venue for anyone wanting to create the right impression.

Facilities

  • Wifi
  • Lunch
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Dinner
  • Refreshments
  • Accessible toilets
  • Plentiful parking

Opening
Opening

2020

1 April to 31 October: Sunday, Monday and Bank Holiday Friday.

Hall: 1.30pm to 4pm (last entry 3pm).

Gardens and chapel: noon to 5pm.

Tearoom: noon to 4.30pm.

Find Us
Find us

The main visitor entrance is at ///curbed.trade.apparatus. What does this mean?

Between Congleton and Macclesfield on the A34. 30 minutes south of Manchester. Near M6, M60 and M62.

No access via public transport.

 

Parking

Car park on site

  • Free

Admission
Admission

Historic Houses members visit free. 


Sundays & Bank Holidays
Hall, Gardens & Chapel Adult £12.00, Child (5-16 yrs) £6.00 Senior £10.00, Family £27.50
Gardens & Chapel Only Adult £8.00, Child (5-16 yrs) £4.00, Senior £7.00

Mondays Only
Park, Gardens & Chapel £15.00 per car
Hall Entrance £4.00 per person 
 

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible parking
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Accessible toilets
Group Visits
Group Visits

Group discounts available.

Other opening


School Visits

We can accommodate visits from both primary and secondary schools tailored to their requirements.


Capesthorne Hall's history and features

The house and its private chapel were built in the early 18th century, replacing an earlier hall and chapel nearby. They were built to Neoclassical designs by William Smith and (probably) his son Francis. Later in the 18th century, the house was extended by the addition of an orangery and a drawing room. In the 1830s the house was remodelled by Edward Blore; the work included the addition of an extension and a frontage in Jacobean style, and joining the central block to the service wings. In about 1837 the orangery was replaced by a large conservatory designed by Joseph Paxton.

In 1861 the main part of the house was virtually destroyed by fire. It was rebuilt by Anthony Salvin, who generally followed Blore's designs but made modifications to the front, rebuilt the back of the house in Jacobean style, and altered the interior. There were further alterations later in the 19th century, including remodelling of the Saloon. During the Second World War the hall was used by the Red Cross, but subsequent deterioration prompted a restoration.

The hall is built in brick with ashlar dressings and slate roofs, and is a Grade II* listed building. It has a long entrance front consisting of a three-storey central block with lateral wings, each of which has two four-storey turrets. Outside this on each side are two-storey service blocks that project forward, forming a three-sided entrance forecourt. The ground-floor public rooms include a drawing room, a dining room, and a sculpture gallery. The bedrooms, dressing rooms and another gallery are on the first floor. The hall stands in grounds containing gardens and parkland that includes a lake.

A particularly notable listed structure in the grounds is the Grade II* listed private chapel, also designed by William Smith, that is contemporaneous with the hall, together with its elaborate Grade II listed gates and gate piers. The bridge over the lake, an icehouse and a lodge are also listed. The earthworks of the previous hall and chapel and a deserted medieval village in the grounds are together designated as a scheduled ancient monument.

Today the hall, chapel and grounds are privately owned by the Bromley-Davenport family. They are open to the public at advertised times, and are used for special events. They are also available to be hired for purposes such as weddings and corporate events.


Things to See

Upcoming events

16 Aug 2020

Plant Hunters Fair

Wonderful new Summer Plant Hunters’ Fair with entry to the Plant Fair and Gardens at the special half price rate of just £3.50! (Children 5-16 years old: £1.50)

Why not bring your friends and family to make a day of it.

It’s just the right time to pick up some late flowering plants to give your garden a boost and we know that the nurseries will have just the right plant to set your summer garden ablaze with colour or to add a sparkle to a shady spot, plus lots of expert knowledge on hand to help you choose the best plants for your own unique garden.

For full details of nurseries attending please see www.planthuntersfairs.co.uk

The Hall is also open 12pm-4pm: £3.00 special reduced rate for this event. (Children 5-16 years old: £1.00)

Free parking