Muirhead Avenue East, Liverpool, Merseyside
Croxteth Hall was the ancestral seat of the Earls of Sefton, a once enormous country estate. After the death of the last Earl (1972), it was given to the City of Liverpool for cultural, educational and civic purposes. There are four main attractions: the fabulous Edwardian Hall showing life both above and below stairs; Home Farm, a working farm with an old Victorian farmyard home to a collection of rare breeds from the past; the Victorian Walled Garden which is a hidden treasure illustrating the ingenuity of gardeners in the old days with heated u201Cflueu201D walls, ornate fruit trees, a mushroom house and exotic fruit in the greenhouses, and lastly, the 500 acre Country Park with miles of paths to stroll along, livestock to look at, and some stables where you can learn to ride. Small play area for very small children in the farm yard and a large play area in the park, divided in two parts, one for toddlers and the other half for more grown-up children. Pushchairs access is go, except on the first floor of the Hall. There is a separate café within the park, and some public loos with baby-changing facilities. The Hall and Farm are open from April to September 10.30am to 5pm, (and the Farm is open at weekends and half terms during the winter) and the Park is open all year round.
We strongly recommend you ring Croxteth Hall & Park before you set off on your family day out, to make sure they are open and to confirm admission prices. It may also be worth visiting the website for Croxteth Hall & Park, www.croxteth.co.uk, to see if there are any special events on the day for which you may have to book a ticket. Please also be aware that if Croxteth Hall & Park hosts birthday parties, this may limit the access in the cafe/restaurant areas.