Gawthorpe Hall - National Trust

Gawthorpe Hall - National Trust
Nr Burnley
BB12 8UA





01282 771004


01282 770178

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Exterior of Gawthorpe Hall and stunning grounds

This imposing house, set in tranquil grounds in the heart of urban Lancashire, resembles the great Hardwick Hall and is very probably by the same architect, Robert Smythson.

In the middle of the 19th century Sir Charles Barry was commissioned to restore the house, thereby creating the opulent interiors we see today. The Long Gallery is hung with portraits of society figures from the 17th century, some of which are on loan from the National Portrait Gallery, London.

Several rooms display part of the international collection of needlework, lace and costume assembled by the last family member to live here, Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth. The wooded park and riverside location offer wonderful walks.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home, Museum, Heritage site

Opening hours

31 March - 4 November Weds-Sun plus Bank Holidays
12.00-17.00 (last entry 4.30pm)

Closed: Mon and Tues

Admission charges

Adults: £4.00
Concessions: £3.00
Accompanied Children: FREE

Season ticket and multipass available:
Lancashire Museums Xplorer Tickets
Adult Season Ticket (1 venue, 1 Adult): £8.00
Adult Multi-Pass (13 venues, 1 Adult): £12.00
Family & Friends Multi-Pass (13 venues, 2 Adults, 2 Concessions: £20.00
Prices correct April 2010 but may be subject to change. Please see our website for latest details.


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Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
William Hogarth, The Graham Children, 1742

Explore the Collection: Gorgeous Georgians

  • 24 April 2014 10am-3:30pm

Come and gain new insight into our collection of Georgian textiles and costume.

Suitable for

  • 18+


£32.50. Booking Essential. Call 01282 773963.


photograph of knitted socks being made

Knitting for Beginners

  • 10 May 2014 12-4:30pm

Learn how to knit with hand-knit designer Jane Ellison.

Suitable for

  • Any age


£32.50. Booking Essential. Call 01282 773963.


Members of the Women's Land Army (WLA) smile for the camera as they sit or stand in a horse-drawn cart in a sunny country lane.

Women and the Great War

  • 16 May 2014 7-9pm

A fascinating presentation based on the new publication 'Great War Fashion - Tales from the History Wardrobe' by Lucy Adlington on the lives of women during the war.

This evening will be both moving and amusing, with many anecdotes and a unique display of costumes and uniforms. Signed copies of the 'Great War Fashion' will be available to purchase at this event.

This event is part funded by Heritage Lottery Fund.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17
  • 14-15


£5.00. Ticket price includes refreshments. Booking Essential.



Explore the Collection: Vibrant Victorians

  • 22 May 2014 10am-3:30pm

Enjoy the richness and variety of textiles and costume from the fabulous 19th century, with all its novelty of design and new technologies in printing, dyeing and weaving techniques. We will examine a range of beautiful costume items from the period, as well as a wealth of accessories. We also have a glimpse into the rich textiles made for the Victorian home, including Berlin woolwork, samplers and patchwork. With full opportunity to see each item in depth, you are welcome to bring your camera and pencil to capture inspiring details from these beautiful textiles.

Suitable for

  • 18+




Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Gawthorpe Hall Site Tour (KS1 & 2)

Built in the 17th century and remodelled in the 1850s, you can explore this beautiful Victorian home and discover the rich history of the Shuttleworth family.

How to obtain

To book a session, please complete this booking form and send it directly with your non-refundable deposit of £30.00 to Gawthorpe Hall. For more information call 01282 771004 or email