Originally Elizabethan, Gawthorpe Hall was redesigned to its current appearance in the 1850s. This architect was Sir Charles Barry, most prominently known for designing the Houses of Parliament. His design gives a fitting location for the largest portrait collection in the North West with many on loan from the National Portrait Gallery. Additionally, Gawthorpe Hall also displays a large textiles exhibit. There are also immaculate gardens and plenty of woodland which is perfect for children to run and play in. Furthermore, the Hall is the final stop on the Brontë Way, a long route that takes visitors through points of significance for Charlotte Brontë and her family.

Things to do:

  • Gawthorpe Textile Collection and Portrait Gallery full of extrodinary artefacts for visitors to examine.
  • Rich gardens and ornamental terraces overlooking the River Calder.
  • Over 40 acres of woodland for families to explore and excellent views of Pendle Hill.
  • A natural play area for children including den building materials!


There are steps and uneven terrain and there are internal stairs to all floors that make the property unusable for many wheelchair users.

Accessible toilet available.

Braille guides and large text guides are available for visitors

There is designated disabled parking and a drop-off point.

Assistance dogs are welcome. Pet dogs are only allowed on the grounds while on leads.

For more information on the property, click here.

To explore another museum, see here.

Q Is the site dog friendly?

The grounds are dog friendly and there are several good trails through the woodland.

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