Welcome: This website is provided by the charity

The Friends of Smithills Hall

who work in partnership with Bolton Council

 Smithills Hall, Bolton


See opening times below.


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.

Magical Stories Trail – June 2021

In a land not too far away (Smithills to be precise) lie some very special magical story houses.

Join us each weekend in June as we dive deeper into one of these magical stories in these extra fun sessions led by Bolton Council’s museum engagement team.

You’ll be taken on a trail, with clues along the way – can you work out which story you’re going to be sharing today? Join in with our interactive story session and receive a craft to take away to do at home.

The session, which is £8, is suitable for children aged 3+. As numbers are limited, only one accompanying adult can attend with child/children in their group. You can book now via Eventbrite. (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/magical-stories-extra-fun-sessions-at-smithills-hall-tickets)

These sessions have been supported by Bolton Library and Museum Services and Arts Council England.

You can also enjoy the Magical Stories self-led trail around the grounds of Smithills Hall throughout the week. The self-led trail, which starts on Sunday 30th May, is free no need to book just come along and have some outdoor fun.


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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Until further notice there are no guided tours, 


WEDNESDAY to FRIDAY 10am to 4pm
SUNDAY 12noon to 4pm

West Wing Redevelopment

Work has been completed on returning the  Smithills Hall west wing (above) to its former Victorian grandeur.

The Entrance Hall is now a reception area and shop. It is now more easily accessible for wheelchairs, prams etc. through the main entrance, as ramps have been installed.

The Devey Room, to the right of the main entrance, is now fully refurbished. The Friends of Smithills Hall have made a substantial contribution to the cost of the curtains and the blind.

Smithills Tea Room is closed




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