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Address: | Nr Burnley, Padiham BB12 8UA , England
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12:00 - 17:00
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Gawthorpe Hall is a superb Jacobean historic house, nestled in the shadow...

Gawthorpe Hall is a superb Jacobean historic house, nestled in the shadow of Pendle Hill, east Lancashire. Built between 1600 and 1605 for the Shuttleworth family it had an iconic and important role in the local area.

On a visit you can see the original seventeenth century panelling and plasterwork in the Drawing Room; period Victorian rooms redesigned by sir Charles Barry (architect of Houses of Parliament) showing what life was like for the family in the 1890s and enjoy the splendour of the Long Gallery. The hall also has fabulous furniture, paintings and the Gawthorpe Textile Collection displays on the first floor.

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'Downton of the North'

Having been to 'Downton of the South' (Highclere Castle) we visited 'Downton of the North' Gawthorpe Hall on a rainy afternoon. Spent a couple of hours listening about the... read more

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Having been to 'Downton of the South' (Highclere Castle) we visited 'Downton of the North' Gawthorpe Hall on a rainy afternoon. Spent a couple of hours listening about the history of Gawthorpe and it's owners the Kay-Shuttleworth family. Lovely house filled with interesting furniture, fireplaces, pannelling, paintings loaned from the National Portrait Gallery and a collection of embroidery and textiles... More 

Thank Trossy2015
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255 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 223 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Lovely hall set in beautiful landscaped gardens. We arrived quite late in the day around 2pm whilst it was raining, but it still looked beautiful. We have National Trust memberships, so it was free to get in. If you don't, Adults are £4. It has some lovely rooms which are packed with furniture, paintings, etc. The staff are very knowledgeable... More 

Thank vanessa d
Manchester, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Only been intending to visit for oooh 25years... Such a delightful place easy to find and glorious in the May sunshine. The house is beautiful but the weather was too good to go onside, so we'll do that next time. The gardens are lovely and the walk around the fish pond then to the walled wood was delightful. The only... More 

Thank Caro1886
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83 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Although the hall is very small it is very interesting with many original Tudor features. The staff are very knowledgeable and answered my varied questions. I was interested in James KayShuttleworth and the lady I asked could tell me quite a bit about him. There is also a fabric/needlework exhibition which I also enjoyed. The cafe was okay but smelled... More 

Thank summerskybird
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The house looks splendid from the front. Inside it has interesting ceilings, the guides like to tell a good tale, the family story is interesting and tragic. Four sons were killed during the two World Wars. Rachel Kay Shuttleworth has left a fine collection of stitching which my wife is interested in. There are some elegant dresses and an exhibition... More 

Thank Pete3080
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are picnicking don`t sit on the logs in the car park on arrival, there are benches overlooking the beautiful formal gardens. The Hall is small but perfectly formed. It houses a most impressive textile & embroidery collection. There is a Bronte connection as Charlotte was a visitor who was invited to discuss literature with one of the owners... More 

Thank PAUL M
Bingley, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We drove down the drive to Gawthorpe and entered another world - the views are stunning, the gardens and woodland are pretty and the house is a step back in time. Having been to Highclere Castle, I could definitely see the similarities. Even though it's big, the house is homely and cosy. The exhibition about Miss Rachel Kay Shuttleworth's life... More 

Thank Michelle R
Prestwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited with husband and teenage daughter . Easy to find Impressive hall and gardens , lots of knowledge given from people in rooms . Interesting for all ages Things for kids to do We would call back again geared up for picnics as well and lots of nice walks . The only negative issue is small car park for the... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

About 24 miles from hotel. Well worth a visit. I loved the sewing and embroidery exhibit and the guides there are really friendly and informative

Thank Claire S
Colne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As a cyclist I am always on the lookout for somewhere different to eat whilst I am out on my bike and yesterday we stumbled across Gawthorpe Hall and the sign said that there is a cafe. We duly went and were we in for a shock , a basic cheese, ham and onion toastie on two slices of mediocre... More 

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