Welcome: This website is provided by the charity

The Friends of Smithills Hall

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 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                                         12 noon to 4pm



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 which are now available on request.

The Cakery at Smithills Hall –is open

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 10-4pm, and  Sunday 12 noon to 4pm.

 William and Daniel Chambers

A cake shop operating out of a horse box is open at Smithills Hall.

The Cakery is run by William with fiancee Rosie Lomax and brother Daniel. 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. There is an option for customers to eat and drink in the Victorian Dining Room.

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