Ordsall Hall Museum
322 Ordsall Ln, Salford, United Kingdom
0161 872 0251
Ordsall Hall Museum Salford Reviews
Ordsall Hall Apr 27, 2014
Ordsall Hall is slightly surreal. It's a Grade 1 listed Tudor Mansion, with even older parts, slap bang in the middle of a housing estate in industrial Salford. It's also shut on Saturday and only open for three hours on a sunday, for all the world as if Salford Council is not fussed on you visiting.
Which is strange. Because it's amazing.
The house was built for the Radclyffes, the Lords of Lancaster, and one of the few families that were allowed to have their own courts. The house dates from the period where the aristocracy had decided that castles were draughty and fundamentally uncomfortable and started building proper homes. Because it's so old, it's relatively small, but the oldest part of the house is 15th century and there is mention of a hall on the site back to 1251.
A visit to the house takes in the kitchen, the great hall and star and great chambers, another few rooms and the servants' quarters in the roof spaces. There are often art exhibitions in parts of the house too. As well as the ancient beams and fantastic architecture, and the beautiful Tudor windows, there is some fantastic old furniture and a reconstructed garden.
The house has, over the years, been a hall, a clerical school, a working man's club, a dole office, a workhouse, allotments, a radio listening station in world war two, offices and apartments, and a council-owned museum since the 1950s. Most recently, it was extensively refurbished in 2011. This means that there are elevators throughout the building, which makes disabled access surprisingly good for a medieval building. Entrance is free and there are plenty of activities, dressing up and so on for children.
This is well worth a visit. Entrance is free, parking is cheap, and an hour long guided tour is £2.
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