Astley Hall, Coach House and Park

Astley Hall is a museum and art gallery housed within a Grade I listed historic house. The Hall is set within the beautiful surroundings of Astley Park which includes historic woodland, a lake, a fully renovated Victorian walled garden, playing fields, the Royalists’ Retreat play area, Pets Corner, a sensory garden, bowling greens, putting greens, tennis courts and more. You can also take in an exhibition or research your family history in the Farmhouse and enjoy breakfast, lunch or other refreshments in the refurbished Coach House.

Discover more below.

Astley Hall

Journey through over 400 years of history to reveal the secrets of Astley Hall, one of the most intriguing historic houses in the North West.

This surprising building features some of the most breath-taking mid-17th century plaster ceilings in the country, rare painted panelling and very fine English oak furniture.

From the Charnocks and Brookes through to the Townley-Parkers and the Tattons, travel through time to discover the fascinating history of the families who once owned the Hall in the intriguing portraits adorning the period rooms and then take a stroll through the internal Elizabethan courtyard.

Immerse yourself in an important part of Chorley’s history and enjoy an enlightening and entertaining afternoon in Astley Hall, the ‘jewel in Chorley’s crown.’

Entry to Astley Hall is free and the Hall is open 12 noon until 4.30pm every weekend and Monday to Wednesday during the school holidays.

Walled Garden

Discover the interesting assortment of plants, flowers and home grown vegetables in the wonderful surroundings of the Walled Garden, which also hosts outdoor theatre performances throughout the summer months.

Events

Enjoy one of the many fantastic events and exhibitions that take place at Astley Hall Coach House and Park throughout the year including the annual Picnic in the Park, the award-winning Chorley Flower Show, Ghastly Astley Halloween, Astley Illuminated and the chance to meet Father Christmas every December. For more information, visit the What’s On page.

Cafe Ambio

Treat your taste buds at the stylish Café Ambio. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, coffee and a cake or an afternoon tea, the food and drink at Café Ambio is regionally sourced and beautifully prepared. The café is open seven days a week.

Chorley Remembers

Reflect on the sacrifices of local war heroes in the poignant and memorable Chorley Remembers Experience in the Coach House.

Play Areas

Explore the amazing Royalists’ Retreat and toddler play areas while parents or grandparents grab a snack in the adjacent pavilion.

Sensory Garden

Immerse yourself in nature in the Sensory Garden or venturing along one of the park’s woodland trails, including the enchanting snow drop trail that blooms at the beginning of every year.

Pets' Corner

Encounter furry, feathered and reptilian friends in the delightful Pets’ Corner down by the pavilion and play areas.

Traditional Family Games

Play some traditional fun family games on the tennis courts, bowling greens and putting greens with equipment that is free to hire between April and the end of September.

Exhibitions

Astley Hall hosts regular and varied exhibitions in the Art Gallery on the first floor, including national exhibitions that are touring the country. This year’s exhibitions include:

The British Wildlife Photography Awards from 25 November to 31 December

For more information on these exhibitions, please visit the What’s On section.

What’s on

Astley Farmhouse

Located adjacent to Astley Hall, the recently refurbished Astley Farmhouse is the place to visit to discover your family history. Volunteers at the Chorley Family History Research Centre will help you to uncover your family history and ancestry and you can also see local heritage and art exhibitions in the beautiful galleries located on the ground floor of the Farmhouse.

Weddings

Astley Hall is one of the most romantic wedding venues in Lancashire with a choice of spectacular rooms available for your ceremony at the Hall and Coach House. For further information and to look at the options available, please download the wedding brochure here.

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How to get there

Astley Hall, Coach House and Park is located minutes away from Chorley town centre, off junction 8 of the M61.

By car – SatNav: PR7 1XA
Chorley is easy to find – just off junction 8 of the M61. From there follow the many brown tourist road signs to Astley Hall, which is to the west of Chorley town centre through Astley Village.

We are also only a 15 minute drive from junction 27 of the M6, simply follow the A49 Preston route until you see the brown signs at the village of Euxton. Parking for cars and coaches is available in the Hallgate car park to the rear of Astley Hall, off Hallgate. This is approximately 300m from the front of the hall. There is no charge for parking at Hallgate.

By bus
Chorley is served by regular buses from surrounding areas, including, Blackburn, Bolton, Manchester and Preston. From the town’s bus station C8/9 minibuses operate every 15 minutes to Astley village (except Sundays).

By train
Chorley is on the Blackpool/Preston/Manchester line, only 30 minutes from the centre of Manchester. Chorley railway station is approximately 20 minutes’ walk from Astley Hall, through Astley Park’s entrance on Park Road or buses are available from the bus station opposite.

Euxton Balshaw Lane station is on the Liverpool/Wigan/Preston line and is approximately a 30 minute walk from Astley Hall.

Opening times
Entrance to Astley Hall is free and the Hall is open 12noon – 4.30pm every weekend and Monday to Wednesday during Chorley school holidays. We are also open Bank Holiday Mondays as well as Saturdays and Sundays.