I’m writing this whilst the boys are crashed out cold on the couch, after another absolutely fun packed and free day out! This time we decided to go check Smithills Country Park, Hall and Museum (both absolutely free of charge to explore), finishing the day off with a late lunch and afternoon tea at Poppins Tea room.
The Halls & Chapel:
Are absolutely free, all on one level and easy to navigate with lots of different, beautifully dressed rooms to peek into and explore, as well as an interactive banquet hall, where kids can dress up and experience the life of those ‘downstairs’ back in the 1600’s. Take a tour or make your own way around, but whatever you do make sure to follow your nose all the way back around to Poppins Tearoom, their cream teas and lunch menu are on point, with awesome views of the grounds to boot!
Hall Gardens & Country Park:
Found just off Smithills Dean Road, Bolton The Smithills estate has medieval origins. Originally owned by the Hospitallers from the late-12th century and possibly before, the hall itself dates back to the 15th century and would have been completely timber framed in its original form. In the 19th century George Devey was the principal architect for extensions to the west wing, its this eclectic, jigsaw of history that gives the halls its appeal, a feeling which is continued into the beautifully kept gardens and further out across the country park with it’s babbling brooks and jungle like Forrests. There are infinite trails and walks to chose from, leaving you wanting to come back to try a route you might have missed! Straight up, old school fun and the most perfect place for kids to let loose and run free. We’d all recommend you go and check it out.
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