Guided Tours

Ancestral home to The Earl & Countess of Derby

Guided Tours of Knowsley Hall

Home to the 19th Earl and Countess of Derby, Knowsley Hall has been in the ownership of the Stanley family since 1385. It is believed that a building of sorts has been on the current Hall’s site since the 12th century. However, today’s building dates, in part, from about 1495 with a later Georgian wing and some extremely fine Victorian and Edwardian interiors.

The tour of Knowsley Hall lasts approximately 1 and ½ hours and incorporates the 600-year-long history of the Stanley family and the Earls of Derby as well as the history of the Hall, Park and Estate. Guests will be guided through all the State Rooms, including the Entrance Hall, Grand Staircase, Library, Walnut Drawing Room, Stucco Room and State Dining Room, amongst others. The rooms are furnished and decorated with items from the Derby Collection, highlights of which will be revealed along the way. From the rooms on the east side of the house, magnificent views of the surrounding gardens can be seen.

For a guided tour of the Hall numbers must be for a minimum of 20 and we can accommodate up to a maximum of 30 with prices at £15 per person. Please note that the gardens are not part of the Tour.

If you wish to add refreshments to your tour we offer the following options:

  • Group Tour with Tea & Biscuits £17.75 per person
  • Group Tour and Afternoon Tea £42.75 per person
  • Group Tour with Executive Chef’s hot and cold buffet lunch £52.75 per person
  • Group Tour with gala lunch (menu price upon application depending on your choice of food)

Call our team on 0151 489 4827 to check availability for your group tour today.


Knowsley Hall opens its doors to the public for one week every year to have a guided tour of the Hall and this year we will be opening on selected dates in September 2019.  This year’s special exhibition ‘A passion for the Turf’ will include equestrian paintings from the family’s private collection not usually on view to the public. This will be accompanied by Dresses for Ladies Day, a unique set of The Countess of Derby’s couture racing outfits and hats worn to the Grand National, The Derby and Royal Ascot, displayed throughout the Hall.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased HERE.

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Our Awards

Knowsley Hall are proud to have received several prestigious awards.

  • County Brides Winner 2015
  • Visit England Gold Award
  • Visit England Guest Accommodation Award
  • Visit England Breakfast Award

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