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Towneley Hall is set in over 400 acres of historic parkland and small formal gardens with woodland walks, trails and a large childrens play area.

The Hall contains fine period rooms hung with original 19th-century oil and water colour paintings including works by Sir Lawrence Alma Tadema,Waterhouse and Johan Zoffany. The Hall is home to the Whalley Abbey Vestments and a vast collection of Lancashire made oak furniture.

Visitors can also explore life below stairs in the Victorian kitchen. Pre-booked tours are available.

Today’s opening hours

18 February to 4 November: Saturdays to Thursdays from 12pm to 5pm (last entry at 4pm).

Other dates: weekends from 12pm to 4pm (last entry 3pm).



18 February to 4 November: Saturdays to Thursdays from 12pm to 5pm (last entry at 4pm).

Other dates: weekends from 12pm to 4pm (last entry 3pm).

Find Us
Find us

Towneley Hall is situated on the outskirts of Burnley with the park entrance being on Todmorden rd. 

Brown and white tourist information signs from the M65 will bring you to the main entrance and the park.


  • Offers bike storage

Car park on site

  • Parking near the hall is currently 80p per hour, the Riverside and Bar wise car parks a short walk away through the grounds cost £1.50 for the day.


Historic Houses members visit for free.

£5 per adult for a 12 month pass.

Students and children visit free.

  • Large font signs and leaflets
  • Accessible parking
  • Touch tours
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Access statement available
  • Accessible toilets
  • Guide dogs welcome
Group Visits
Group Visits

Private guided tours for groups are welcome by request. Light refreshments can be provided.

Please contact Ken Darwen on kdarwen@burnley.gov.uk or phone 01282 477130.

Things to See

Fun Facts

Towneley Hall was the home of the Towneley family for over 600 years. Charles Towneley, Richard Towneley & Francis Towneley were all notable family members with links to the Greenwich observatory,the British Museum (Towneley marbles) and the Jacobite rebellion.

The rare and valuable Whalley abbey vestments are displayed at Towneley Hall near to the private chapel.


At Towneley Hall, we believe your wedding should be as individual as you are, and here at the magnificent hall we can create your perfect day, set in one of the most beautiful, historic, romantic settings in the North West.

Approach the majestic hall through the tree lined avenues, welcome your guests in the Great Hall, a magnificent ‘grand’ hall which could be straight out of a scene from Pride and Prejudice, and take your vows amongst historic paintings, chandeliers, and sculptures.

The picture perfect venue and setting can host from 80 to 400 guests, set within historic rooms within the hall or a glittering marquee on the lawn.


  • Suppliers list
  • Accessible parking
  • Wedding planner
  • Guest parking

Corporate Hire

Corporate events

We can offer a 70 seat fully equipped lecture theatre along with period rooms used for the service of refreshments.


  • Wifi
  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Projector and screen
  • Refreshments
  • Hearing loops
  • Plentiful parking

School Visits

We welcome visits from primary and secondary schools. Our sessions for schools have been developed in collaboration with local teachers and cover a wide range of topics drawing both on the hall itself and the surrounding parkland.

Our staff know that all classes differ in their needs and abilities and are happy to tailor a session to your particular class.

Through our partnership with Pennine Lancashire Museums and Schools we are delighted to be able to offer two brand new learning sessions developed with local teachers that tailor the needs of pupils with the wonderful collections we have on offer.

Find out more.http://towneley.org.uk/schools/