Knowsley has been the home to the Earls of Derby since 1385, and the Hall, set in an extensive private park, houses a splendid and historically important collection of fine art.
The Hall today is a fascinating structure, boasting a classic Georgian facade and some extremely fine Jacobean, Baroque and Victorian interiors, including the breath-taking 58 foot long State Dining Room with its impressive carved oak panelling and lofty figurative ceiling.
Since 1999, after the first phase of major restoration project, the Hall has been available for conferences, weddings, other private and corporate events and filming.
There are fifteen ensuite bedrooms and two further bedrooms with shared washroom facilities. Each room has been individually designed by The Countess of Derby herself and are immaculately maintained by the housekeeping team.
Knowsley Hall is open to the public for only five days a year although pre-booked groups are welcome throughout the year.
Knowsley Hall is ideally located for easy access from a number of areas in the North West including Liverpool, Manchester, Southport, Warrington, Chester and Wirral.
There is exceptionally easy access from the key motorway network of M62 & M57.
Runcorn Station – Approx. 15 minute taxi
Warrington Station – Approx. 20 minute taxi
Lime Street Station – Approx. 25 minute taxi
Car park on site
Open for 5 days per year to the public for guided tours at 10am and 2pm.
£15.50 to include tour with tea, coffee and biscuits.
- Access statement available
- Accessible toilets
- Wheelchair ramps/routes
- Accessible parking
The tour of Knowsley Hall lasts approximately 1 and ½ hours and incorporates the 600-year-long history of the Stanley family and the Earls of Derby as well as the history of the Hall, Park and Estate. Guests will be guided through all the State Rooms and more.
For a guided tour of the Hall numbers must be for a minimum of 20 and we can accommodate up to a maximum of 30 with prices at £12 per person.
The stunning gardens and parkland were essentially created by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown around 1775-6, during which time he actually flooded the 62 acre lake to feed the water gardens around the Hall. The gardens were extended in the 19th- century and the parkland was enclosed by a 9.5 mile stone wall featuring many follies along its length, including a rather wonderful Octagon designed by none other than Robert Adam. There is also a boat house designed by William Burn and a log cabin presented by the people of Canada.
Our dedicated and experienced wedding team are here to ensure that your wedding day runs smoothly, from the moment you first speak to them, to the departure of your last guest.
Knowsley Hall and its immediate grounds will be exclusively yours for the day. From the minute you drive into the walled estate, you will be completely captivated.
Totally private, it’s like a whole other world. The rich heritage and warmth of a lived in country house, with dedicated house staff offers the idyllic combination of grandeur, within a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
Weddings should be held in a place that will evoke memories to cherish forever. Knowsley Hall is steeped in history and has been known for centuries for offering the finest hospitality. I am delighted that you are considering Knowsley Hall for your wedding & that our events team will ensure every detail is adhered to, so you can relax and enjoy your day.
Once you are ready to sit down for your wedding breakfast, you will be welcomed into the magnificent State Dining Room through the huge solid oak doors. Your wedding party will dine on a sumptuous menu and tasted and approved by The Earl and Countess of Derby themselves.
There are 15 bedrooms in the Hall which have all been individually designed by The Countess of Derby herself and are immaculately maintained. Knowsley Hall is the only stately home in the country to be awarded 5* gold standard by Visit Britain.
You can exchange your vows in the majestic splendour of our Stucco Ballroom. This room exudes romance with its gold encrusted leaf craftsmanship and original fireplace.
Your guests can enjoy reception drinks and canapés on the terrace overlooking the stunning grounds. If the weather is not good then celebrate in the fine grandeur of the Walnut Drawing Room surrounded by family photographs, oak panelling and fireplace.
Knowsley Hall has been awarded 5* Gold standard by Visit Britain and is the only stately home to carry this award.
Currently, there are 16 en-suite bedrooms available to our guests. Each room has been individually designed by The Countess of Derby herself and are immaculately maintained to a high standard by our housekeeping team.
Expect country house chic, immaculately high standards and heritage meets updated luxury.
From entertaining distinguished guests and clients to providing an inspirational backdrop for a sales conference or product launch, Knowsley Hall and the Knowsley Estate offer a venue with incomparable character and refinement.
Set within a private walled estate, Knowsley Hall has welcomed royalty and distinguished guests since it originally opened its doors in 1495. It is this heritage that helps to make our stately home a venue with character and refinement.
As easily accessible from both Liverpool and Manchester, Knowsley Hall is as well connected as it is unique.
Our historic Hall is available for exclusive hire upon request. Alongside meetings and conferences we can offer a diverse mix of outdoor activities from archery to high ropes, to segways and safari. Our dedicated events team will ensure the highest standards of service to you and your guests whatever the event.
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