Gawthorpe Hall and Gardens


Steeped in history, a visit to Gawthorpe Hall and gardens will transport you to an era from our illustrious industrial past. Built between 1600 and 1605, Gawthorpe Hall was the family seat of the Shuttleworth family for over 300 years. In 1850, the house was redesigned by Sir Charles, who also redesigned Highclere Castle – the filming location for Downton Abbey. Inside the house you will find period rooms on display from the remodelling, as well as original plasterwork ceilings, panelling and the impressive Long Gallery. Also on display are over 200 pieces from the nationally important Gawthorpe Textile collection. Don’t forget to visit the Tea Room for some snacks and refreshments. Outside, take a leisurely stroll through the beautiful gardens with views of the river and a ramble through the woodland to enjoy the wildlife.


At a glance

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
Parking is located 150 yards from the house
Last entry to Hall at 4.15pm
Gawthorpe Hall is the final stop on ‘The Brontë Way’, a long distance route with strong associations with the writings of Charlotte Brontë and the family
Run in partnership with Lancashire County Council, Gawthorpe Hall is a great family day out with lots to see in the Hall, gardens for play and woodlands for adventure