Welcome: This website is provided by the charity

The Friends of Smithills Hall

who work in partnership with Bolton Council

 Smithills Hall, Bolton




Smithills Hall is set in  land on the edge of the West Pennine Moors, Smithills Hall is one of the oldest and best preserved manor houses in the North West of England.

Over the years the original Medieval Hall has been added to, and provides a fascinating history of the people who lived there. The buildings include Tudor and Victorian wings, in addition to the Medieval Hall, and a private Chapel. The private chapel, reputedly established in AD 792, was rebuilt about 1520 by Andrew Barton and maintained by the families who lived there.  It has subsequently been added to, refurbished, suffered a major fire and restored. It is a consecrated church.

The land on which Smithills Hall stands has been owned by, among others, Roger de Poictou, the Knights Templars, Richard de Hulton, and William de Radcliffe who built the current medieval hall (originally entirely timber framed) in the 14th Century. Numerous families have loved and maintained the buildings through the following generations.

Smithills Hall is now owned by the people of Bolton through their Council with whom the Friends of Smithills Hall work in partnership.


WEDNESDAY to FRIDAY  10am to 4pm

SUNDAY   12noon to 4pm

Fantastic Fridays at Smithills Hall
From 30 July to 27 August, 12.30pm to 2pm




Smithills Hall and the Woodland Trust have got lots to entertain your family every Friday during the school holidays, from to 30 July to 27 August, 12.30pm to 2pm.

There will be fantastic themed crafts, indoor and outdoor activities each week. Please book your free place on Eventbrite:


Plus you can still explore the Magic Story houses with the self led trail around the grounds.


The Friends of Smithills Hall has registered with smileamazon to be available to benefit from Amazon donations to charitable organizations selected by customers. See Membership of the Friends

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon.com that lets customers buy as normal, but customers select a charity to benefit from a no cost donation from eligible purchases (0.5% of purchases excluding VAT, returns and shipping fees). Although these are small amounts the combination of customers selecting the Friends for donations will make a contribution to our charitable activities.

The link below will take you to the appropriate Amazon web page.


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Guided tours are being reviewed.

The Cakery at Smithills Hall – open every day 10-4pm

William and Daniel Chambers

A cake shop operating out of a horse box is set to open at Smithills Hall from the 26th July.

The Cakery run by William with fiancee Rosie Lomax and brother Daniel is to introduce their treats to a new range of customers. The Cakery serves teas, coffees and other treats for its customers, whilst also having experience in providing catering services for Woodland Trust events and music festivals.

The Cakery will be open 10am to 4pm seven days a week from week commencing 26th July 2021.

Tables are in place at the rear of the Hall for public use.




Smithills Hall’s Tudor panelled Withdrawing Room

If you are looking for a special venue for a wedding why not consider this historic Grade I listed building set in its own beautiful grounds.

Civil ceremonies can be held in the historic Medieval Great Hall,  the richly panelled Tudor Withdrawing Room or the refurnished Victorian Devey Room.

Full details can be seen at:     www.boltonlams.co.uk/historic-halls or email

historichalls@bolton.gov.uk: or phone 01204 332853

The refurbished Devey Room is now available for receptions, get togethers, meetings etc and weddings.

Bolton Registry Office is now at:-

The Town Hall (One Stop Shop)
Victoria Square
01204 331185