School trip to Ordsall Hall
Ordsall Hall has had a long and interesting history with many different uses since it was first mentioned in records in 1177! Today, it is a welcoming and friendly historic house telling the story of the Hall and some of the people who made it their home.
There is so much to do and discover! Dress up as a Tudor, try on some chain mail, discover some of the foods that would have been cooked at the Hall in the 1500s, pretend you are having a feast around the table in our Great Hall, find out about the Pre-Raphaelite artist who lived here, listen to the story of the 450 year old Radclyffe bed, chat to our friendly staff and volunteers, visit our allotment and herb garden, explore the sculptures in the gardens and much, much more.
We have lots of events going on throughout the year for all ages – from quizzes in the school holidays to Shakespeare in the gardens, regular guided tours, concerts, workshops and talks.
Pick up a souvenir of your visit in our shop and treat yourself to some well deserved cake and coffee after you have toured the Hall.
The Hall is FREE to visit and is open to the public throughout the year.
The Hall represents the continual evolution and use of an almost unique building from the fourteenth century to the modern day and is one of the finest records of construction techniques and materials of its kind in the North West of England.
Ordsall Hall is one of only eight comparable, Grade 1 listed, timber-framed, large houses in Lancashire and one of only three which retains significant fourteenth century fabric.
KS1 and KS2 school visits
Their schools learning programme offers a wide range of stimulating and memorable facilitated sessions at their two stunning venues, all designed to inspire and engage young minds.
Get hands-on with real museum objects in their curriculum-linked learning sessions, or explore their collections with downloadable resources – there’s so much on offer for schools visiting Ordsall Hall and Salford Museum & Art Gallery.
Find out what’s on offer and how to get the most out of your visit for your group, or contact them for further information.
Please note that all group visits, including self-guided, must be booked in advance.
The Hall contains a number of nationally significant rooms and architectural features including:
- The East Wing – some of which dates back to the 1360s. This also contains rare, surviving examples of medieval domestic apartments which makes it especially significant
- The Great Hall – one of the largest, open, timber framed halls in the North West
- Quatrefoils (four leaf repeating pattern found on the Tudor interior and exterior of the Hall) – these are more usually associated with halls in the South East of England. Ordsall Hall appears to have set a fashion in the North for the quatrefoil pattern when it had it emblazoned on the interior and exterior of its Great Hall in 1512
- Six, medieval pieces of armorial stained glass
- The Italian Plaster Ceiling Room – as its name suggest, the main feature of this room is a rare plaster ceiling of Italianate ‘lozenge’ design. Never before seen by the public, the ceiling has been carefully restored to its original 1500s appearance
- Restored medieval paintwork depicting pomegranates and oak leaves on the roof brace in the Great Chamber. Pomegranates were an early symbol of unity and fertility, with oak laves being used to represent strength of faith