Reopened in April 2016, after being closed for a year whilst major restoration work was undertaken. Affectionately referred to as the ‘Downton of the North’, Gawthorpe Hall was redesigned in the 1850s by Sir Charles Barry, designer of the Houses of Parliament and the ‘real’ Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle.
The modest Hall houses the North West’s largest collection of portraits on loan from the National Portrait Gallery as well as The Gawthorpe Textiles Collection, a wonderful collection of intricate lace, embroidery and needlework amassed by Miss Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth.
As on our other organised visits, we will have the benefit of a talk by a member of the Museum staff prior to our tour.
The cost is £34 which includes tours of the house and exhibitions, tea or coffee and biscuits on arrival, soup and sandwich lunch and coach travel. The coach will pick up in Goostrey at 9am and Holmes Chapel at 9.05am.