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Speke Hall (NT)

RegionNorth West
ClubDeeside Orienteering Club
Nearest townLiverpool
PostcodeL24 1XD
Carpark locationFollow road signs for Liverpool airport and then brown signs for Speke Hall

Speke Hall is a timber-framed Tudor mansion in an unusual site on the banks of the River Mersey, adjacent to Liverpool airport. The hall is surrounded by restored gardens and woodland. 

Parking is free for all visitors. Entrance is free to National Trust members.
Standard non-member charges for 2016 are: 
Whole property (house & grounds): £9.81 adults, £4.91 children, £24.53 family
Grounds only: £6.36 adults, £3.14 children, £15.86 family

Opening times vary during the year so it is important to check before you come.

Dogs are allowed on leads in the woodlands and on signed estate walks.

Orienteering Courses

Course Controls Distance  
Easy 10 2.1km Follows paths & woodland tracks. Suitable for all-terrain buggies but not pushchairs. 
Medium 15 3.2km Mostly on paths & woodland tracks. Some cross-country routes on grassy fields
Hard 13 4.0km Paths, woodland tracks & cross country routes
Score 25   Work out the fastest route to visit all the controls


Other Things to do in the Area

There is lots to do at Speke Hall:
Visit the house (free guided tours)
Special Halloween, Tudor and Victorian Christmas events during the year
Large maze
Woodland play area
Walks around the estate and the adjacent coastal reserve along the shore of the river Mersey
Open air theatre in the summer
Sporting activities during the summer months.

Make sure to visit the Home Farm Restaurant and try out regional specialities Scouse and Wet Nelly, the Stable tea room which offers hot drinks and cakes and the Gift Shop.

Speke is also a minibus departure point for visits to the childhood homes of Beatles John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Find out more about the guided tours, opening times and admission fees here.


Maps Available From

Maps can be purchased from the Home Farm shop during Speke Hall opening times. They are £2 each.

Further Information

  • White and/or yellow standard controls suitable for beginners
  • Orange and/or light green standard controls suitable for people with some experience