The one where we go to Speke Hall.


Speke Hall @ Ups and downs, smiles and frowns

When we were visiting Liverpool, we decided to go to Speke Hall, Gardens and Estate. Speke Hall is Tudor house set on the banks of The River Mersey. It's a very old, beautiful house with SO much ground, woodland and pretty gardens. There is seriously so much history there and it is so, so beautiful. I feel that my photo's really don't do it any justice. The house is also said to be haunted!

Speke Hall @ Ups and downs, smiles and frowns

First of all when we got to Speke Hall, we paid our admission, we got a family ticket (two adults and three kids) and we were given a couple of skipping ropes and pair of binoculars for the kids to borrow, in a little red bag - easy for them to carry around. We also got a map of Speke Hall, which contained lots of information as well as a map! We decided to have lunch first. We took our own picnic with us. There's a really lovely picnic area at Speke Hall. There is also a restaurant too.

Speke Hall maze @ Ups and downs, smiles and frowns

After we'd had something to eat, the kids wanted to go on the Maze, which is seriously AMAZING! The kids LOVED it. Speke Hall is also right by the airport in Liverpool so we got to see lots of airplanes very, very low because they'd just taken off, which was also quite amazing.

Kitchen Garden speke hall

We went for a little walk around the grounds and gardens. Wow, just wow, it is so all so beautifully pretty and so well maintained. There's also lots of sign posts along the way, so we didn't get lost.
We had a little look around the kitchen Gardens (where the bee's were at work). The garden is lovely, lots of plants and fruit/vegies. We learned a lot, too!

We had a look around the courtyard and house, the house is quite dark and although you are allowed to take photographs, no flashes on cameras are allowed. Needless to say, the photos are a little dark (I've lightened some of them using ipiccy), but that's ok. The house is absolutely stunning and I am not sure what I was expecting but I was not expecting it to be as breath taking as it really is. While walking thru the halls and rooms, you can just imagine what it was like in Tudor and Victorians times because the house is so old! I really, really enjoyed it. I think my favourite room was 'The Great Hall'. It was just beautifully stunning. I really got a sense of all the history, it was truly amazing.

Speke Hall @ Ups and downs smiles and frownsUps and downs, smiles and frowns

After we'd had a look around the house, we went and got an ice lolly/ice-cream from the barn shop and had a rest in South Lawn which is right next to the house (and also by a little shop). We then went on the woodland trail and found a little park/play area for the kids! Which they thought was fantastic. They loved the swing rope thingy. Ellie loved walking around under the trees exploring.

speke hall south garden, ups and downs smiles and frowns

We made our way around the woodland trail, taking in the gorgeous surroundings.
We stopped again at the Maze and the other play area before we checked out the little gift shop at Speke Hall.
Ups and downs smiles and frowns at speke hall
A thumbs up from Ellie!!!
There is seriously so much for kids to do at Speke Hall - two play areas, a maze, the house itself.. The gardens.. the woodland, there is just SO much to do and see! The kids enjoyed running around in the open spaces and burning off lots of energy. I would love to go back. We didn't get to see everything at Speke Hall and the surrounding grounds/gardens/estate. Next time we visit Liverpool I would certainly go back.
I wish we lived closer, I would totally invest in yearly passes because I think I could go there every week and not get bored and I know the kids feel the same!

Speke Hall

There was a lot of staff around to ask questions and give directions etc. Charlie was all like "The people have dressed up in olden day clothes" Ha, he was impressed with staff dressing up, aww. That I thought, was a nice touch.

My favourite part? Certainly without a doubt - the house itself! I loved it.
The kids favourite part? Probably the woodland play area and The Maze. Although they did enjoy everything about our day out at Speke Hall.
Would we go back again? ABSOLUTELY!

A view of the River Mersey, from the top of the maze at Speke Hall.
Speke Hall is the best day out we've had for a long, long time. It was really great fun.

Sarah xXx

Please note: No one has asked me to write this blog post, it isn't sponsored in any way, shape or form, I haven't been paid for this post. We paid our own admissions etc. I am writing this post because I personally wanted to share our day out with the world! 
*All photos in this post were taken by me*

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  1. Such a magnificent building! It looks like a fab family orientated place to visit #letkidsbekids

  2. Sounds like such a fantastic place, we love National Trust places for great family days out and sounds like this is a particularly good one! Thanks for linking with #letkidsbekids

  3. Looks like a really lovely place to visit.

  4. It looks lovely. I've been over to Liverpool a fewtims on days out, but never thought to go there because I didn't realise there was so much to do! :)

  5. A stunning property and grounds with great activities for the children to enjoy. The trail sounds fun and how nice that they lent the children some items to have fun with too. Thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

  6. Looks like a brilliant day was had by all. I've heard about the hall but never been, it's added to our to do list xx

  7. I have always wanted to visit here it looks fab! Looks like you all had a lovely day to. #MagicMoments Linky

  8. Hello there, that looks great and I really love old buildings-definitely one on the list of things to do, I think little man would love it too-especially some space to run about in! x #magicmoments

  9. Speke Hall is one of those places we have been meaning to visit for ages but we've still never made it there. Liverpool isn't far from us and your post has made me think that we definitely need to make time to visit. Thanks for linking up to #WHWH

  10. This was so lovely to read, I lived not far from there when young & as children we always went. Have never taken our 14 yo there but will visit after reading this. (ps, it never used to be child friendly looks like things have changed a lot). #whwh

  11. Looks like you had a great day out! I'm putting Speke Hall on my list of places to visit! #WHWH

  12. It's a few years since I went to Speke Hall with the family. Glad it's still such a good place for a trip. Did you get shown where the term 'eavesdrop' comes from? That was one of my favourite experiences there.

  13. It's a few years since I went to Speke Hall with the family. Glad it's still such a good place for a trip. Did you get shown where the term 'eavesdrop' comes from? That was one of my favourite experiences there.

  14. That does look like a fun place to visit ... you'd find me first in the house and then even longer in the kitchen garden!!

  15. Magnificent building! would really like to try!

  16. Looks so beautiful and I bet the maze was fun!

  17. Great post, definitely on our list of places to visit if ever in the area.

  18. Looks so lovely! And what a nice touch with the bags for the children :) #magicmoments

  19. this looks like such a fantastic place to visit lovely

    thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments (sorry for the delay in getting to you! )


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