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 guided 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.

Knowsley Hall is open to the public for one week every year over 5 days for a morning or afternoon guided tour of the rooms within the Hall.

Tickets for this year’s Guided Tours are on sale now and can be booked here.

To arrange a group booking we request a minimum of 20 people.  We can accommodate up to a maximum of 30 with prices starting from £18.00 per person. Please note that the gardens are not included as part of the tour.

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

  • Group Tour with Tea, Coffee & Biscuits £21.00 per person
  • Group Tour with Tea, Coffee & Cakes £23.50 per person
  • Group Tour and Afternoon Tea £43.00 per person (includes a selection of sandwiches and cakes)
  • Group Tour with Executive Chef’s hot and cold buffet lunch £53.00 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.

“Thanks for the warm welcome and fabulous visits our Viking guests have enjoyed at Knowsley Hall this year. It has been wonderful for us to be able to include visits to a family home that is so special and interesting.  Dr Lloyd’s tours have been very well received and guests have been fascinated by the collections belonging to the Stanley family.”

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Knowsley Hall opened its doors to the public for visitors to enjoy a Guided Tour of our historic house.  2019’s special exhibition ‘A passion for the Turf’ included equestrian paintings from the family’s private collection that are not usually on view to the public. This was accompanied by Dresses for Ladies Day, a unique set of The Countess of Derby’s haute couture racing outfits and hats worn to the Grand National, The Derby and Royal Ascot, displayed throughout the Hall.  Here’s a snippet of what visitors got to see during their Guided Tour in September 2019.

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Our Awards

Knowsley Hall are proud to have received several prestigious awards.

  • Visit England Breakfast Award

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