A beautiful park in the middle of a busy city isn’t very rare now-a-days. In fact, it’s quite common place. Take Central Park, for example. In the middle of one of the worlds’ most busiest cities, lies 842 acres (1.32 miles²/ 3.41 km²) of stunning greenland and waterways. I’m talking about New York, of course.
Now, if I was to say to you, that just on the outskirts of Liverpool city centre, there is 500 acres of greenery, with an historic hall dated around 1575 AD, a well-kept walled garden (bursting with rare roses and other flowers), and a home farm (full of rare breeds of horses, ponies, cows, pigs, sheep and goats (and more)), I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t really stare at me in amazement. However, to see the beauty of this area is literally breath-taking. Especially, as aforesaid, knowing that Liverpool city centre is a mere 5 miles away.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is the ‘main entrance’ to Croxteth Hall. To tour the house, you must enter through the shop, which is actually part of the servants quarters, around the left hand side of the house.
The Hall was owned, and lived in, by the Molyneux family from the 16th century until 1972, when the last Earl passed away. His widow, Josephine – Countess of Sefton (1903-1980) continued to reside in the property until she died. She was the last member of the Molyneux family to live in the hall.
When the last Earl died in 1972, a worldwide search was made for a legal heir to the title without success. The property and estate is now owned and managed by Liverpool City Council.
You can learn more about the Earls of Sefton by visiting this Wiki page.
The farmstead shows you how a Victorian animal farm was run, and hosts so many animals, many of which are rare breeds.
My little man walked through a picket gate, and he got such a fright when the giant mother sow snorted right behind him… We counted 8 piglets with this particular mother pig, and there was a big sign showing that throughout February and March, there were 34 piglets born! We saw a lot of them, from little tiny pinky babies to quite large ‘Irn Bru’ (burnt orange) coloured piglets 🙂
Sheep and lambs, goats and kids… Two beautiful shire horses (Clydesdale)… Even an aviary full of cockerels, hens, peacocks, zebra finches (obviously, I was thrilled to see them), budgies, parrots… It was such fun to see Gning run around looking at all of the animals. Definitely a place for children 🙂
The country park hosts fields that seem to lead to the clouds, flowers of all different colours (from vibrant reds to subtle blues), trees of all different shapes and sizes (some good enough to climb), and ponds full of various waterfowl. There is certainly so much more to do than to visit one of the main ‘attractions’ in the estate (the hall, farm or walled garden). You could take a picnic blanket and a few outdoor games, and you’d be occupied all day. Go for a walk in one of the surrounding woodlands…
You’d certainly not think that you were only a stones-throw away from the East Lancs Roas, and a bustling city.
The whole estate is actually free to visit, and parking is free too. However, to actually go inside the hall, walled garden and farm, there are admission fees.
Adults £3.50; children and OAP’s £2.70
Adults £2.50; children and OAP’s £1.90
Adults £3.50; children and OAP’s £2.70
Combined ticket for all three of the above:
Adult £7.00; children and OAP’s £5.40
For further info about the hall, click here to visit the official website.
To give you a basic run down, I would say that this is a family day out for all ages. There’s plenty to see and do for the very young, to the older in life. If you pay a visit to the hall for instance, and you are pushing a pram or a wheelchair, everywhere inside of the hall is accessible, as there are lifts and ramps 🙂 The farm, although cobbled, is also easy accessible… And the majority of the pathways around the estate are suitable for all walks of life.
My final scoring for the whole of the property would be 9/10. I’m sorry to say that they lost a point in all due to no fault of their own, but the smell of stagnant water is empowering, and the farm didn’t seem to help either 😉 Ha ha.
I’ll leave the post with a few photo’s of our little trip 🙂
Here’s my little man taking a ride on ‘Toby’ the donkey 😀
Inside the wine cellar
This actually is a door from the original building, dated from 1575!!
I would LOVE a kitchen this size! Although, I don’t envy having to clean it…
This was the Countess’ dressing room
The stunning interior of the stairwell
The Titanic stairwell was actually modeled from this stairwell in Croxteth hall
My little man looking at a Shetland pony, and a rare shot of my arm!
Mmmm… Bacon… Oops! I mean, awww… Look at the baby piggies ❤
And finally, a beautiful shire horse