Explore Ordsall Hall for free for Heritage Open Day
On the afternoon of Sunday 10th September there will be some special tours taking place at Ordsall Hall in Salford as part of the national Heritage Open Day festival.
These tours will cover a number of fascinating themes and will help to bring the Hall to life for visitors. At 1pm, the Head Gardener will be giving a tour of the gardens and demonstrating some of the techniques used to organically manage the beautiful grounds at the Hall.
At 1.30pm, there will be a special tour by members of the North West Historic Graffiti Society of the historic graffiti marks inside the building. They will explain what some of these mysterious cuts, burns and marks are thought to signify. Visitors are asked to bring torches with them for this tour.
Tours of the house will take place at 2pm and 3pm and visitors can find out more about the fascinating history of Ordsall Hall (the oldest building in Salford with parts dating back to the 1360s).
Families can discover what life was like for servants on a special tour at 2.30pm. Join one of the servants who worked at the Hall in the 1500s and find out about the tasks that were needed to keep a house like Ordsall Hall fed and in good order.
The tours will take 45 minutes each and places can be booked at the Hall's reception on the day. All the tours are free of charge but donations will be welcome and all donations go towards the upkeep of Ordsall Hall.
Heritage Open Days is the largest heritage festival in the country; in 2016, over 5000 events welcomes around three million visitors across England. Heritage Open Days operates as part of the National Trust with funding from players of People's Postcode Lottery. Every single Heritage Open Days event is free, including access to many sites that usually charge for admission. For details and opening times, visit the Heritage Open Days website.
Ordsall Hall can be accessed on the Metrolink Eccles and MediaCity UK Tram Line. Limited car parking is available on site. The cafe serving a selection of sandwiches, snacks and drinks will be open.