Guided Tours (26th Sept-3rd Oct 2022)

Monday, 26th September, 2022
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Annual Guided Tours week – September/October 2022

We are delighted to welcome visitors for our annual Guided Tours of Knowsley Hall, the private home of The Earl & Countess of Derby.  On selected days between 26th September and 3rd October 2022 (excluding the weekend) visitors will have the opportunity to discover the exquisite rooms within our magnificent stately home.  We are offering two daily guided tours at 10:00am and 14:00pm which will last approximately 1 ½ hours.

The theme for this year’s special exhibition is By Land and Sea. As well as a tour of the staterooms within Knowsley Hall, there will also be a display of a selection of paintings from the Derby Collection that are not normally on view. This display is intended to showcase some of the finest landscapes, still-life’s and marine paintings in the collection by Dutch, French and English painters. Also on display will be a pair of very fine flower pieces painted by the Franco-Flemish artist Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer, who lived and worked in Paris and London at the end of the 17th century.

Shakespeare & the Earls of Derby

Also on show will be two very special small displays, one of books and manuscripts revealing the Shakespearean links with the Earls of Derby, coinciding with the opening to the public this autumn of the new Shakespeare North Playhouse, a replica £30m Jacobean theatre that has been built over the last three years in the heart of the nearby market town of Prescot.

Execution relics of 7th Earl of Derby

In addition, we will be exhibiting the newly conserved execution relics of James Stanley, 7th Earl of Derby, a committed Royalist during the Civil War, who was beheaded by order of Cromwell’s Parliament at the marketplace in Bolton on 15th October 1651. These remarkable items include the 7th Earl’s leather gloves, skullcap, fine lace collar, one of his brass spurs and a fragment from the wooden block on which he knelt to be beheaded. These relics have been very generously loaned to Knowsley Hall by a direct descendant of William Prescott (1603-53) of Ayrfield near Upholland, a Lancashire yeoman who accompanied the 7th Earl on the day of his execution.

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This is a rare opportunity for interested visitors and art-lovers, both local and from further afield, to tour and enjoy one of Merseyside’s most historic country houses and we are delighted to welcome everyone here again this autumn. The Guided Tour will also include refreshments and an opportunity to ask the Curator any questions.

Tickets are priced at £23.00pp to include a tour with tea, coffee and biscuits. Spaces are limited and places must be booked online in advance.

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Our Awards

Knowsley Hall are proud to have received several prestigious awards.

  • Visit England Breakfast Award