Bolling Hall Museum

A night time photo of a historic building
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Bolling Hall offers visitors a fascinating journey through the lives and times of the Bradford families for whom it provided a home over five hundred years.

Situated just a mile from Bradford city centre and situated in a quiet, leafy garden, Bolling Hall was for many years the seat of two important land-owning families, the Bollings and the Tempests.

With parts of the building dating from the Medieval, Bolling Hall is a rambling mixture of styles with every nook and cranny packed with history. During the Civil War the household supported the Royalist cause, and the house provided a stronghold during the 'siege of Bradford'.

Rooms are furnished and decorated to give an accurate taste of life at different periods of the house's history, and the fascinating furniture on display includes a superb bed made for Harewood House by Thomas Chippendale.
Spend some time exploring a different side of Bradford's heritage - but watch out for an appearance by the 'White Lady' in the Ghost Room!

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Opening hours

Wed-Fri 1100-1600
Sat 1000-1700
Sun 1200-1700

Admission charges

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Collection details

Archaeology, Weapons and War, Natural Sciences, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, World Cultures, Fine Art, Music, Coins and Medals, Archives, Science and Technology, Social History, Land Transport

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photograph of keyboard instrument at Bolling Hall

Bolling Hall Collection

  • 1 November 2014 — 1 November 2018 *on now

Bolling Hall has been furnished in keeping with its long and eventful history with a fine collection of period furniture, including a bed made by Thomas Chippendale for Harewood House.

Bedrooms are decorated by period, providing a fascinating insight into the lives of wealthy families of the 16th, 17th and 18th Centuries. A central exhibit of the Civil War room is Cromwell's death mask.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


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Tudor Drama - The Stranger´s Case

Tudor Drama illustrates religious tensions of Tudor times and brings a Tudor house to life. Working with two actors, students explore important themes such as the clash between Protestant and Catholic and themselves become characters in the play and help servant Joan Beldon make a difficult decision.


  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

Bolling Hall Museum
Bowling Hall Road
West Yorkshire




01274 723057


01274 726220

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