Welcome: This website is provided by the Charity

The Friends of Smithills Hall

(Registered Charity No. 1038507)

working 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 or added to them 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.




10am to 4pm


Noon to 4pm                                     

 The Tea Room is open



Bake and Roast @ Smithills  are a local artisan food producer with premises already on Chorley Old Road, Bolton.  (email: bakeandroast@gmail.com   social media: @bakeandroast)

The Tea Room is open on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 10am to 4pm.

There will be a large menu of homemade and locally sourced produce suitable for meat eaters, vegans and vegetarians alike which includes sausage rolls, sandwiches, cakes and more. A ‘Grab and Go’ service is available which would particularly suit dog walkers amongst others.

Book your reservation, or check opening times, on https://bakeandroast.com/smithills-hall-tea-room

Bake and Roast, run by husband and wife Tim and Anna Worthington, will be happy to  provide catering for functions and events at the Hall.



Why not enjoy the Hall history and stories with an experienced guide from the Friends of Smithills Hall to make the best of your visit.

Contact the Hall on 01204 332812 to get the latest information about guided tours and tour prices which are now available on request.

Tables and parasols are now in place, when needed, at the rear of the Hall for public use.