Days Out: Speke Hall // 23.04.2016

Hello beautiful people! 😀

We recently headed over to Speke Hall just outside of Liverpool to enjoy the sunshine for the day with Lily and I’d thought I’d share some of our photographs together with a quick review of what they’ve got going on over there for you.

The site is about 40 minutes away from us and it’s absolutely huge and home to a maze, woodland trail, gardens and a stunning Tudor property.

Speke Hall House

Food & Drink – Restaurant + Ice Cream Van

When we rocked up to the gates it was steadily approaching lunchtime so our first stop was the restaurant.

It wasn’t chocked full of choice but there is a breakfast menu together with a few specials for hot food and a selection of sandwiches, cakes and snacks for later in the day.

The prices are what you would usually expect to pay when eating out at these sorts of places and for two hot drinks, two slices of wet nelly, two rarebits and a kid’s box we paid just over £20.00. Whilst not overpriced, I vowed to bring a picnic next time!

Speke Hall Food

The kid’s meal itself was very reasonable with a choice of 4 items to pick from (including a drink) for just £3.50 and a small sheet of stickers also provided.

The restaurant was slightly cramped so it was a bit difficult to navigate around with the pram but on the plus size, it had lots of facilities available for children and babies including a microwave, bottle warmer, books and toys.

If we had of brought our own lunch, there was a designated picnic area outside to enjoy this in together with tables in the courtyard.

If you needed the toilet, it was just a short walk from the restaurant and across the courtyard with all of the usual conveniences available including baby changing etc.

We also spotted a tea rooms on the way to the house which we’d missed earlier so we weren’t able to try what they had on offer on this particular occasion.

Maze

The maze was a fun surprise as we hadn’t read up properly on the site so didn’t know it existed until Lily toddled over to the entrance.

It’s a decent size for children and includes gates, hedges and wooden bridges to navigate around. It probably took us about half an hour to finish the maze which included time for Lily to pick things up and have some giggles and so on.

Speke Hall - Lily in Maze

Speke Hall - Lily & Mike in Maze

Speke Hall Maze Bridge

To the side of the maze, there is a green area where you can sit and relax or take photographs of the beautiful view across the Mersey river.

View of Mersey from Speke Hall

Mike & Lily at Speke Hall

House

The house is hundreds of years old and accessed via a small door. You can take your pram and bags in to the house and leave these in a manned holding room where you’ll be given a number in exchange for them until you’ve finished going round. If you need to, you can take your pram with you but there is a set of stairs so do bear that in mind.

Speke Hall Tudor House

When you go in, you’ll be directed to the Courtyard outside in the first instance and given an information board to read whilst you have a look around.

Back in the house, it is stunningly beautiful with so many original features on show. It was difficult with Lily to some degree because I’d forgotten her ToddlePak and she wanted to be absolutely everywhere. She wouldn’t keep still in our arms and wanted to run around and touch everything which isn’t the best idea in a very old, protected house.

Speke Hall - Seats Inside House

Speke Hall Chinese Vase

Speke Hall Bathroom

Speke Hall House Stained Windows

There are lots of areas cordoned off with just some poles and some rope so she could have easily of gotten underneath them if we’d of let her {and she bloody well tried bless her!}

There are quite a few rooms to look in and they’re happy for you to take photos as we did. In each room, there is usually a National Trust employee who will talk you through the features and history of the room and try and answer any questions you may have.

North & South Lawns

Upon leaving the house, you end up on the lawns which are very extensive and a great place to sit and have a rest or even eat your food if you didn’t want to go in the picnic area. There are a few benches scattered around but as it was such glorious weather, most people were happy to sprawl around on the grass.

Speke Hall - Lily on the Lawns

Speke Hall Lawn

Lily ran over to another family and started playing with a pink glittery ball that they had brought with them. As they had another, they very kindly offered to let her keep it and she dribbled it around the grass which completely amazed me as she’s never been near a big ball like that in her life!

Speke Hall - Lily with Pink Ball

She then decided that she wanted to and play with their boys and the other ball so she chased them around trying desperately to get involved in their game of football.

She’s such a cutie and not shy in the slightest!

Woodland Trail

One of the lawns dips down gradually until you reach a small tunnel which leads you to the woodland trail.

Speke Hall Tunnel

Speke Hall Woodland Trail

Speke Hall Flowers

It is absolutely beautiful and it’s here that you’ll see Speke Hall’s hidden gems, the lovely scatterings of bluebells.

Speke Hall Bluebell Bench

Speke Hall Bluebells

Bird Watching Den

In the main area opposite the house, there is a small bird watching den. I’m no good at that sort of thing so I only saw a few common birds but from what I gather, if you had the patience to stay there a little longer than we did, you’re likely to see some interesting variations.

Speke Hall Bird Hide

Gift Shop

The gift shop is small and seems quite focussed on more grown-up gifts although there is a small section for children. It’s definitely not the sort of shop where you could let young kiddos wander around as there’s a lot of breakables around and on low level shelves.

We had such a lovely day out in the sun at Speke Hall and we’ll definitely be popping back over the next few months.

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16 Comments

  1. May 26, 2016 / 10:29 AM

    This looks gorgeous! We love visiting these kinds of properties as a family. Lovely day for it 🙂

  2. May 27, 2016 / 6:25 AM

    Ah I love this. Speke Hall isn’t far from me either and its somewhere I’ve always said I’d like to go. Roll on summer! xx

    • May 29, 2016 / 5:51 PM

      It’s a fabulous day out, I hope you get a chance to visit sometime soon! X X

  3. May 27, 2016 / 10:33 AM

    Such a beautiful building. There’s so much to see between the interior and the gardens 🙂

    • May 29, 2016 / 5:41 PM

      Oh yes definitely, it was seeped in history and absolutely gorgeous! X X

  4. May 27, 2016 / 8:30 PM

    What a lovely place, really beautiful. The house looks really interesting and I love the gardens. Sounds like you had a good day x

    • May 29, 2016 / 5:34 PM

      The house is stunning and very well preserved. Thanks, we had a wonderful day X X

  5. May 27, 2016 / 11:24 PM

    I’ve never been to Speke Hall but it looks great! There are so many things to do, I’m sure our family would love it! 🙂
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    • May 29, 2016 / 5:32 PM

      It’s definitely got tons to do and it’s a full day out with time for a picnic and an ice-cream as well. If you’re ever in the area I’d highly recommend stopping by if you can X X

  6. May 30, 2016 / 1:07 PM

    Wow, it’s just so fabulous. Never been, and no National Trust sites close by either. I’m in Dublin. Will have to venture over and do some of their beautiful sites soon 🙂

    • June 1, 2016 / 9:34 PM

      Oh no, we love the National Trust sites, that’s a shame!
      Dublin though? What a beautiful place to live anyway 🙂
      X X

  7. May 30, 2016 / 6:21 PM

    Oh my gosh what a beautiful place to stay. I need to make a list of the places I’d love to stay, this would be one of them.

    • June 1, 2016 / 9:33 PM

      I wish you could stay there, it’d be amazing! It’s so luxurious and absolutely stunning to look at X X

  8. May 30, 2016 / 9:50 PM

    This looks like such a beautiful place to visit. We have NT membership and absolutely love visiting all their properties. So many gorgeous places. The maze sounds brilliant. Glad you had a good day x

    • June 1, 2016 / 9:30 PM

      We’re looking in to getting National Trust membership shortly as well. We have a map of the area and there’s tons of NT places to visit so we’re keen to go on our travels and see them all 🙂 X X