When you’re talking about the “best places to visit in Greater Manchester”, Ordsall Hall should be the first on your list.
To introduce it properly, Ordsall Hall is a 800 year old (it was first mentioned in records in 1177) manor house in the City of Salford. For me, the most interesting thing about it, is the fact that one of the ladies who lived there (Margaret Radclyffe) was the favourite lady-in-waiting of Queen Elizabeth 1 of England (daughter of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII of England). I don’t know about you, but every story related to Anne Boleyn is just fascinating to me. I love her story, I watched “The other Boleyn girl” movie at least 5 times and I ve read “The sisters Boleyn” by Philippa Gregory twice! You can read more about the history of Ordsall Hall on their website: https://ordsallhall.com/about/history-2/
I had the opportunity to wear some of the antique clothes (replicas) from Ordsall Hall and have a photoshoot in this beautiful Tudor mansion.
I would like to start by showing you the beautiful garden from Ordsall Hall. It is a combination of a late Tudor style knot garden, a traditional 20th century allotment, Herb Garden with medieval and Tudor herbs, ornamental borders containing flowers cherished by the Tudors; and an orchard of historic fruit varieties.
Read more about The Gardens here: https://ordsallhall.com/explore/the-gardens/
As you go inside the building, you will probably first visit the kitchen which dates back to the 1630s. Elements from the kitchen that will surely catch your eye are:
* Victorian bread ovens
* A four metre-deep well
* An interactive Tudor menu
* Authentic herbs, reproduction food and kitchen implements to touch and smell
* A working rotating spit
The Great Hall will probably give you Game of Thrones vibes 😀 It is considered the “wow factor” of Ordsall Hall and I can see why. I am sure you will first be attracted by the original 16th century oak dining table, but as you will start exploring the room, you will also notice the beautiful gothic style chandelier, the oriel window and it’s carvings and the two restored panels of stained glass dating back to the 1600s.
The Star Chamber was built by Sir John Radclyffe in the 1360s. The most fascinating element from this room surely is The Radclyffe Bed which is the only original piece of furniture from Ordsall Hall. This bed looks so royal, but would you sleep in here knowing there is a ghost living in the same house? Yes, yes, Ordsall Hall has ghosts inhabitants like any other Tudor manor. The most popular is the White Lady who is believed to be the spirit of Lady Margaret Radclyffe. All the ghosts who live there are very active, people have said they heard bangs and children noises, some have been pushed and they have also seen doors opening without any explanation.
If you ever visit Greater Manchester, make sure you go to a ghost night at Ordsall Hall to see for yourself if all the stories are true or not (if you are brave enough, of course…)
Find out more about the Ghost Nights from their website: https://ordsallhall.com/explore/ghosts/ghost-nights/
Also, if you want to know more about the ghosts from Ordsall Hall you can go to their website: https://ordsallhall.com/explore/ghosts/
The Great Chamber is also known as “The Solar Room”. This was the ladies’ withdrawing room. It is probably the friendliest room from Ordsall Hall, or maybe it only made me feel like this because it represents the “Woman’s World” of the house.
You can read more about every room from Ordsall Hall here: https://ordsallhall.com/explore/the-buildings/
Ordsall Hall is definitely a must-visit place in Greater Manchester. Apart from the great history and the medieval/antique vibes it gives, the stuff is always organising fun and educational activities which you shouldn’t miss.