Family Sundays Fundays at Ordsall Hall are FREE of charge.

For an afternoon full of free, family friendly, drop in activities, workshops, and events. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

These Sunday Fundays are held on the last Sunday of each month.

Musical Sunday – Sunday June 29th from 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm.

Relax in the tranquil surrounds of the Victorian Gallery and enjoy the sounds of a talented musician – courtesy of the Friends of Salford Museums Association.

There will also be arts and crafts activities from 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm.

Ordsall Hall Museum Fun Days

Held on the first Sunday in every month.

At Home With the Tudors

On Sunday June 1st from 1.00 pm – 4.00 pm, you will be able to learn how the Tudors lived and try your hand at Tudor Crafts that will be led by costumed guides.

Re-enactment Weekend

On Saturday July 5th and Sunday July 6th from 11.00 am – 4.00 pm we welcome back 17th Century Life and Times to the Hall. They will entertain you with a weekend of re-enactment fun.

Find out what life was like in the 17th Century – as Ordsall Hall is transported back in time.

This family friendly event will include role-play, living history and battle re-enactments.

Exhibitions and Activities

There are always exhibitions and events going on at Salford’s Museums and Galleries.

Here are a few to whet your appetite:

Shop Till You Drop Event

Saturdays and Sundays until September 7th you will be able to explore how our shopping habits have changed over the past 150 years.

Pilkington’s Pottery Collection

Sundays and Thursdays until December 31st. Pilkington’s Tile and Pottery Company Ltd was established in 1891 and began production of tiles in 1893.

Transformations 1: Giant Psychic Avatars of Salford

On Saturdays and Sundays until June 29th. In the first Transformations commission, three giant inflatable sculptures will represent the Spirit of Salford, as seen through the eyes of artists Simon Grennan and Chris Sperandio.

The Tudor Kitchen

On Friday May 30th learn all about herbs and cooking in Tudor times in Ordsall Hall’s kitchen and herb garden and make a Tudor nosegay.

A Potted History of Ordsall Hall

Ordsall Hall dates back over 820 years.

During those years, it has been put to many uses – a family home, working men’s club and church hall.

The most important period of its life is as the family seat of the Radclyffe family. They lived there for over 300 years.

Origins of the Name ‘Ordsall’

The name Ordsall has Old English origins – being the personal name ‘Ord’ and the word ‘halh’ – meaning a corner or nook, which has become the modern dialect word ‘haugh’. This, indeed, describes the position of the manor for its boundary on the South side is a large bend in the River Irwell, which later became the site of the docks for the Manchester Ship Canal.

Ordsall Hall Ghosts

Ordsall Hall is famous for its resident ghosts, most often spotted in the Great Hall, including the mysterious White Lady and the figure of a young girl often seen on the stairs.

Who is the White Lady? Rumour has it that she is Queen Elizabeth 1’s favourite maid of honour – Margaret Radclyffe who died in 1599 from a broken heart following the death of her brother. Yet others will tell you that she was a bride-to-be, jilted at the altar. The poor grief stricken girl is reported to have climbed the stairs in the Great Hall and thrown herself off to her death.

How to get to Ordsall Hall:

322 Ordsall Lane
M5 3EL

Tel: 0161 872 0251




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