Ordsall Hall

Ordsall Hall Ordsall Hall is a magnificent half timbered Hall in Salford, recently reopened to the public after a 2 year restoration.
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Ordsall Hall is a historic house museum and garden, wedding and meeting venue dating back over 820 years. We are near to Salford Quays and Manchester City Centre and are open to visit from Monday - Thursday and Sunday afternoons. Throughout history the Hall has been put to many uses - a family home, working men's club and church hall. The most important period of its life is undoubtedly as the family seat of the Radclyffe family who resided here for over 300 of those years. We re-opened in 2011 after a 2 year conservation and restoration project. We look forward to welcoming you!

Today we are commemorating 75 Years since #VEDay, the end of #WW2. #Salford celebrated, like the rest of the UK, with #s...
08/05/2020

Today we are commemorating 75 Years since #VEDay, the end of #WW2. #Salford celebrated, like the rest of the UK, with #streetparties. These images are King Street & King William St. We will party on the streets soon #spiritofsalford #museumathome @SalfordLeisure

If you're planning your home learning then local history is a great topic and we have local history learning resources a...
06/05/2020
Teachers' Resources - Ordsall Hall

If you're planning your home learning then local history is a great topic and we have local history learning resources available online – including a toolkit which can be downloaded for free. www.salfordmuseum.com/learn/schools/teachers-resources/local-history - you can find lots of photos from Salford's local history collection here http://www.salford.photos/ but the activities could be used with any pictures from the past - even ones from your family album!

We currently offer the following learning resources for both primary and secondary schools: Local History Learning WW1 Learning

The High Sheriff of Lancashire was the most important secular title in the Middle Ages. Sir Alexander Radclyffe of Ordsa...
06/05/2020

The High Sheriff of Lancashire was the most important secular title in the Middle Ages. Sir Alexander Radclyffe of Ordsall held this post in the #Tudorperiod, find out more at http://ow.ly/AInb50z8WuA
#museumathome #homeschoolingforadults @OrdsallHall @SalfordLeisure

The first Monday of May would usually be #Mayday. For Henry VIII this became the #notsohappy #Mayday, just 3 years marry...
04/05/2020
Not-So-Happy Mayday Celebrations

The first Monday of May would usually be #Mayday. For Henry VIII this became the #notsohappy #Mayday, just 3 years marrying Anne Boleyn in 1536. Find out more at: https://thetudorenthusiast.weebly.com/blog/not-so-happy-mayday-celebrations The Tudor Enthusiast #museumathome @OrdsallHall @SalfordLeisure

May 1st, 1536 was supposed to be a happy time for King Henry VIII's court. Traditionally, Mayday was the first official day of joyous springtime celebrations, after the long Lenten season which had...

03/05/2020
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Want to read more about the 2009-2011 #refurbishment of @OrdsallHall and the subsequent #archaeological #excavation. You will really see how far the site has come on since 2011 #museumathome #archaeologyathome #digthecity @SalfordLeisure @VisitTheQuays http://ow.ly/1mzo50z8KUF

Henry VIII loved to Joust especially as part of #Mayday celebrations. Why not try your hand at #jousting with this #onli...
02/05/2020

Henry VIII loved to Joust especially as part of #Mayday celebrations. Why not try your hand at #jousting with this #onlinegame thanks to Victoria and Albert Museum @UkNatArchives http://www.tudorbritain.org/joust/landing.asp #tudorbritain #museumathome @OrdsallHall @SalfordLeisure

May Day was always the biggest holiday in #Tudor England, with #jousting tournaments #dancing #communitycelebrations Why...
01/05/2020
When is May Day, what's the history and traditional events to celebrate

May Day was always the biggest holiday in #Tudor England, with #jousting tournaments #dancing #communitycelebrations Why not make some Flower Garlands and Morris Sticks and have a party in the house? Find out more at http://ow.ly/kh5j50z8DKh @OrdsallHall @SalfordLeisure

May Day marks the start of warmer weather and blossom filled trees and flowers, and is traditionally a Bank Holiday in the UK. Learn about the history and traditions of May Day in our handy guide.

Carrying on working in the Gardens during lockdown has felt like an enormous privilege and allowed for time to inspect t...
30/04/2020

Carrying on working in the Gardens during lockdown has felt like an enormous privilege and allowed for time to inspect the minutiae of the gardens as well as maintain the 'bigger picture'.

Plant forms at this time of year are at their freshest and most tantalising, with the unfurling of crozier, bud, leaf and blossom at the same time as birdsong fills the air, and can be heard and enjoyed without the sound of planes and traffic.

Seeing beauty in nature and finding comfort and delight in small things is what we try to share in our posts from the Garden, as well as practical organic gardening advice.

Ever been to @OrdsallHall and done some #fancydress? Learn about #tudorcostume #dresstoimpress #portraits http://ow.ly/a...
30/04/2020

Ever been to @OrdsallHall and done some #fancydress? Learn about #tudorcostume #dresstoimpress #portraits http://ow.ly/aYjM50z8RTb? @SalfordLeisure #homeschooling #museumathome

Brighten up your space with this simple activity - all you need is paper, pens and a stick!
29/04/2020

Brighten up your space with this simple activity - all you need is paper, pens and a stick!

#Salford has a vivid #socialhistory of #docks #playstreets #streetparties #tramways and #commerce Spend some hours explo...
27/04/2020

#Salford has a vivid #socialhistory of #docks #playstreets #streetparties #tramways and #commerce Spend some hours exploring over 700 photographs at http://www.salford.photos/ and bring the city to life #museumathome #spiritofsalford @OrdsallHall @SalfordLeisure

Our #museum friends @MuseumofLondon have created an #online #interactiveexhibition exploring #TheTudors #targetthetudors...
26/04/2020

Our #museum friends @MuseumofLondon have created an #online #interactiveexhibition exploring #TheTudors #targetthetudors, take a look at http://ow.ly/tPnP50z8TX2 #museumathome #homeschooling @OrdsallHall @SalfordLeisure

Looking back in the #archives at some old pictures of the Hall in #1900 and you realise how close to full dereliction th...
24/04/2020

Looking back in the #archives at some old pictures of the Hall in #1900 and you realise how close to full dereliction the property was. Find out about the restoration at http://ow.ly/a5ex50z8Ca7 #museumathome #restoration #salfordheritage @OrdsallHall @SalfordLeisure

We often make scent bags at Ordsall Hall – in Tudor times these scented sachets, along with other scented things like po...
22/04/2020

We often make scent bags at Ordsall Hall – in Tudor times these scented sachets, along with other scented things like pomanders and nosegays, would have been carried and put under the nose to keep bad smells away. These days they make lovely little gifts and are great popped in with your bed linen or towels to make them smell great! Our Heritage Learning Development Officer Amy has made this handy guide to making one at home and there’s some more facts about Tudor ‘toiletries’ for you as well!

Want to find out more about the Artist reputed to have painted our 'Portrait of a Lady in Court Dress' Marcus Gheeraerts...
20/04/2020
Marcus Gheeraerts, the Younger

Want to find out more about the Artist reputed to have painted our 'Portrait of a Lady in Court Dress' Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger? #museumathome @OrdsallHall @SalfordLeisure @VisitTheQuays Thanks to @NatGalleriesSco http://ow.ly/9yKy50z8BW7

Born in Bruges, Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger came to London in 1568 with his father, a painter who escaped protestant persecution in Flanders. Little is known of Gheeraerts’ early years or his artistic training. In 1590 he married Magdalen de Critz, a sister of the painter John...

The tulips continue to delight in our gardens...playing daily to an audience of blue skies, bees, butterflies and birds....
16/04/2020

The tulips continue to delight in our gardens...playing daily to an audience of blue skies, bees, butterflies and birds. Check out the triangular one! For a moment of calm and mindful reflection during Stress Awareness Month check out our video made by [email protected] with music composed by our very own Ciaron https://www.dropbox.com/s/pz27kh8uxc48cen/Ordsallhall48.mov?dl=0 #mindfulliving #keepwell #keepcalm @ Ordsall Hall

Want to find out more about one of our Greatest Resident's Alexander Radclyffe? Read about his life with #tudorplace htt...
16/04/2020

Want to find out more about one of our Greatest Resident's Alexander Radclyffe? Read about his life with #tudorplace http://ow.ly/dFmb50z8UAr #geneology #familyhistory #museumathome @OrdsallHall @SalfordLeisure

Heraldry is a very old visual language - men in armor displayed their coat of arms so they could be told apart from ever...
15/04/2020

Heraldry is a very old visual language - men in armor displayed their coat of arms so they could be told apart from everyone else. Coats of arms used symbols and colours to represent different qualities. If you had a coat of arms what would be on it? Use these printable sheets to design your own and don't forget to share your coat of arms with us.

Want to find out more about Britain's Oldest Bed?  Ordsall Hall now displays the bed, dating back to 1570, after centuri...
14/04/2020
See Britain’s oldest bed at Ordsall Hall - Discover Britain

Want to find out more about Britain's Oldest Bed? Ordsall Hall now displays the bed, dating back to 1570, after centuries lost. It turned up in auction at Bonhams London in 2014. Read more about this magical story at: http://ow.ly/3eJk50z8Bbu

  A bed, believed to be the oldest in Britain, dating to the 1570s, and lost for centuries, turned up at auction

Happy Easter Monday everyone! The tulips 🌷 are looking beautiful in Salford today, particularly in the gardens at Ordsal...
13/04/2020

Happy Easter Monday everyone! The tulips 🌷 are looking beautiful in Salford today, particularly in the gardens at Ordsall Hall. Our talented Head Gardener has crafted a natural easter wreath out of some of the tulips and other spring flowers that have burst into colour in the Hall's flower beds. It's easy to make a natural wreath of yr own: you just need to fashion a circular frame out of sticks or twigs or wire, and then decorate with foliage of your own choosing. If you don't have flowers to hand, leaves from shrubs, hedges and trees is just as effective #springflowers #tulips #easterwreath @ Ordsall, Greater Manchester

Fancy a virtual tour of our stores at Ordsall Hall ? The museums database contains over 10,000 #historical #artifacts an...
13/04/2020

Fancy a virtual tour of our stores at Ordsall Hall ? The museums database contains over 10,000 #historical #artifacts and you can virtually see lots #publicart not on display Have a tour now @artukdotorg @SalfordLeisure @VisitTheQuays @SalfordMuseum: http://ow.ly/HzPM50z7Oy3

Happy Easter to all of our Followers. Fancy finding out what they ate during #Easter in the #Tudor period? Find out more...
12/04/2020
Tudor Easter Recipes! The Great Tudor Bake Off - Week 3 | The Tudor Travel Guide

Happy Easter to all of our Followers. Fancy finding out what they ate during #Easter in the #Tudor period? Find out more @TheTTGuide https://thetudortravelguide.com/2019/03/30/tudor-easter-recipes/ #tudorbakeoff #museumathome @OrdsallHall @SalfordLeisure @VisitTheQuays

Ever wondered what the Tudors ate at Easter? Explore some familiar, as well as some novel, Tudor Easter recipes that you can try for yourself!

#Spring is here and the gardens are in full bloom @OrdsallHall Find out more about the different developments of the gar...
11/04/2020
The Gardens - Ordsall Hall

#Spring is here and the gardens are in full bloom @OrdsallHall Find out more about the different developments of the garden through its restoration and reconstruction https://ordsallhall.com/explore/the-gardens/ @SalfordLeisure @visit_mcr @VisitTheQuays #museumathome #extraordinaryordsallhall

The gardens at Ordsall Hall have been designed to showcase garden elements popular throughout history and likely to have featured in the Hall’s history at...

Good Friday is here and we want to share the History of this day on #Tudor times. Find out more about the 'Creeping of t...
10/04/2020
Good Friday in Tudor Times - The Anne Boleyn Files

Good Friday is here and we want to share the History of this day on #Tudor times. Find out more about the 'Creeping of the Cross' & the story of Anne Boleyn becoming #Queen on Good Friday 11th April 1533 https://www.theanneboleynfiles.com/good-friday-in-tudor-times/ #museumathome @OrdsallHall @SalfordLeisure

Today I will be going out to watch my village’s Good Friday procession which consists of mourners following men carrying a glass coffin in which a statue of Jesus Christ lies. It is a moving spectacle and I’m glad that it makes people stop and think about the sacrifice that Christ made and the s...

As it’s Easter this weekend we thought we’d set you a challenge!  We challenge you to become bunnies and make this amazi...
09/04/2020

As it’s Easter this weekend we thought we’d set you a challenge! We challenge you to become bunnies and make this amazing crown. See the instructions below for how Gemma from our front of house team created hers! If you have a go post a picture of your bunny crowns below!

Materials:
Paper or tissue paper - think spring colours so pink, yellow, lilacs, whites and light green. If you don't have paper in these colours just use colouring pencils/crayons/etc. to shade it in. Scissors, glue, pencil, colouring pencils, crayons.
Steps:
• First, make a paper head band - get some paper and try to cut out one long strip, you might need to attach a couple of strips together to make it big enough for your head.
• On a large piece of paper or card draw some large bunny ears which are slightly flopping over.
• Next, colour in those bunny ears - I have used a grey oil pastel for the fur and lots of tiny scrunched up pink tissue paper for the soft skin part of the ears. I've used glue to attach the tissue paper.
• Cut the ears out and attach to the head piece. Make sure you find where the middle will be when it’s on your head. Tip - if the ears are flopping over then you can secretly add cardboard to the back this will help the stand up.
• Decorate the paper head piece any way you like. I've made three flowers using white paper with yellow/purple tissue paper glued on top for the petals and crunched up pink tissue paper for the middle part of the flower.
• If you can and would like then now you can some strips of paper/tissue paper to hang down so it adds movement to your crown.
• Yippee! You've made a fabulous Easter Bunny Crown!

08/04/2020

She’s back with more amazing #smallgarden advice! Got some sprouting potatoes 🥔? Why not plant them out and see if they grow 🌱? Here’s a simple How To Guide with our Head Gardener Jo Green (yes we chose her for her surname)

08/04/2020

Our lovely Head Gardener Jo Green has taken all our baby plants home to nurture. Learn how to plant out your Tomato 🍅 Seedlings 🌱 with her simple How To Guide. Smile Jo ! @ordsall_hall Salford Community Leisure

This is our most prized painting 'Portrait of a Lady in Court Dress' by the school of Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger, dat...
08/04/2020

This is our most prized painting 'Portrait of a Lady in Court Dress' by the school of Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger, dating by to the 16th C. She is currently on loan, but we would some #athome interpretations of this painting #museumathomechallenge #fancydress #dressup Ordsall Hall Salford Community Leisure

We've got another activity for you today - We often make soap balls at Ordsall Hall – these Tudor-style scented soaps ar...
08/04/2020

We've got another activity for you today - We often make soap balls at Ordsall Hall – these Tudor-style scented soaps are a great way of using up any scraps of soap you’ve got at home and can be made with any scent you’ve got (think lavender, essential oils or even spices!). Our Heritage Learning Development Officer Amy has made this handy guide, and we’d love to see your creations if you have a go at home. There’s some brilliant information about soap balls here https://aethelmearcgazette.com/2016/06/25/scented-soap-balls-the-tudor-way/ along with some ideas for different scents to use.

Lockdown has given us all the opportunity to spoil ourselves with free time to watch and read our favourite films and bo...
07/04/2020

Lockdown has given us all the opportunity to spoil ourselves with free time to watch and read our favourite films and books. Ordsall Hall is famous for its #gothicghoststories so today we thought we would share FOH Assistant Jilly's recommended Gothic movies and books for all ages. For more information of Manchester Gothic Festival go to:https://www2.mmu.ac.uk/media/mmuacuk/content/documents/hip/Gothic-A5-booklet-2019.pdf

Address

Ordsall Hall, 322 Ordsall Lane, Ordsall
Salford
M5 3AN

Tram: Exchange Quay tram stop (Eccles Line) is just 200 yards from the Hall. Bus routes: Numbers 71 and 73 stop on Ordsall Lane. Any bus to Salford Quays stops on Trafford Road (200 yards from the hall)

General information

As well as the beautifully restored rooms and exhibition spaces we also have landscaped grounds, shop and a small cafe for light refreshments. Parking is a available in the hall grounds with a charge of £2 for 0 - 3 hours and £5 for over 3 hours.

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 13:00 - 16:00

Telephone

0161 872 0251

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