Historic Houses

Journey through hundreds of years of history at one of Chorley’s beautiful old halls and introduce your family to the lives and treasures of the many families that have lived in the area.

Chorley

Astley Hall

Venture through 400 years of history to reveal the secrets of Astley Hall, one of the most important historic buildings in the North West of England. Explore this intriguing and intimate country home and its breathtaking mid-17th century interior. This surprising building features some of the most opulent plaster ceilings in the country, rare painted panelling and very fine English oak furniture.

Here you can discover the fascinating history of the families who once owned the Hall. From the Charnocks and Brookes through to the Townley-Parkers and the Tattons. Learn about the people of Astley in the intriguing portraits adorning the period rooms or enjoy an exhibition in the first floor art gallery. 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. The Hall also hosts wedding, civil partnership and baby naming ceremonies.

After exploring the Hall, also take the time to visit one of the many art exhibitions in the recently refurbished Farmhouse or find out about your ancestors with the help of volunteers at the Chorley Family History Research Centre.

Additionally, you can also discover the sacrifices of local war heroes in the poignant and memorable Chorley Remembers Experience in the Coach House and enjoy a break and some tasty food and drinks in Café Ambio.