From the Priest’s Hole to the attic Towneley Hall is fascinating with period rooms covering several centuries of life at the hall. See the cat fast asleep by the range in the Victorian kitchen, stroll along the long gallery past bedrooms dating back to the 16th century, imagine the glamorous parties held in the Regency Rooms or have a quiet moment in the Towneley Chapel.
The hall was the family home of the Towneley’s for nearly five centuries, today their stories are brought to life by our company of re-enactors who uncover their dramas, triumphs and tragedies, characters such as:
Richard Towneley (1629 – 1707) – a renowned scientist and pioneer of meteorology who was one of the people behind the founding of the Greenwich Observatory.
Francis Towneley (1709 – 1746) – the last person in Britain to be hung drawn and quartered. His body was returned to the family but his head was displayed on Temple Bar in London. It was eventually returned and kept hidden behind a secret panel in the chapel until finally being buried in St. Peter’s church in 1947.
Charles Towneley (1737 – 1805) – one of the 18th century’s most famous collectors of antiques, sculptures and gems. After his death the British Museum bought his collections and today one of the galleries is still name after him.
General James Yorke-Scarlett ( 1799- 1871) – who led the successful charge of the Heavy Brigade at Balaclava during the Crimean War overwhelming a much larger force of Russian cavalry and receiving nothing more than a dent in his helmet.
Visit Towneley Hall
Towneley Hall, Towneley Park,
Burnley BB11 3RQ
New winter opening times:
From 3rd of November 2014 the Hall will be open on Saturdays and Sundays only until the 15th of February 2015 and will be closed on weekdays, except for group bookings and events. The Hall will return to normal weekday opening from 15th February (the start of half-term).
Opening Times after February 2015: Saturday – Wednesday 12noon – 5pm
Thursday 12.30pm – 5pm
(Friday by appointment only)
Towneley Hall historic house, art gallery and museum located in 400 acres of beautiful parkland provides all the ingredients for a fun, educational and adventurous day out.
Decorative Arts Gallery – A stunning new display of Royal Lancastrian Pilkington Pottery, 20th Century ceramics and studio pottery.
Touring Exhibition Gallery – This new gallery will host a program of exciting exhibitions and displays throughout the year.
Wild about Burnley, gallery
In Spring 2014 a brand new natural history gallery will be opening in Towneley Hall where everyone can come along to get up close and personal with Burnley’s wildlife.
Parkland and gardens
Towneley Hall sits in an extensive historic parkland landscape of formal gardens, woodland walks, sculpture and nature trails. In spring the woodlands are filled with displays of bluebells and wild garlic, which are followed by spectacular rhododendrons in the early summer and brilliant autumn foliage.
Museum of Local history
Step back in time with a visit to the Museum of Local History. Located in the old brew house alongside the main hall, it tells the story of Burnley people at home and at work using exhibits, photographs and stories told by local residents.
Offshoots Permaculture Project
Located in the old walled garden, the award-winning Offshoots permaculture project demonstrates the techniques of permaculture gardening and regularly holds workshops and activities such as green wood working, yurt building etc.
Tie the knot at Towneley
Towneley is a picture perfect venue for your special day. Hosting from 80 to 400 guests, set within historic rooms within the Hall or a glittering marquee on the lawn.