Astley Hall

Astley Hall is a museum and art gallery housed within a Grade I listed historic house.

The Hall is set within the beautiful surroundings of Astley Park which include historic woodland, a lake, a fully renovated Victorian walled garden alongside clean and modern facilities. Built in 1578, Astley Hall spans many fascinating historical periods and offers countless opportunities for learning outside the classroom. We offer a variety of sessions, rooted in the local experience and linked to various aspects of the curriculum. We encourage pupils to develop skills such as historical enquiry, literacy and communication.


Astley Hall and Coach House, Off Hallgate, Astley Village, Chorley, PR7 1XA
Telephone: 01257 515151



  • Limited Accessibility
  • Toilets
  • Lunch Facilities
  • Resource Boxes
  • Coach Parking
  • Goody Bags
  • Outreach Sessions

Booking & Details

To book:

Please contact the Education and Engagement Officer at Astley Hall on 01257 515926 or at to make an initial enquiry.
We will then complete a booking form via phone/email and you will receive a booking confirmation upon completion.

Learning Sessions & Activities


Homes a Long Time Ago

This session is a gentle introduction to how people lived in the past.

  • KS 1
  • History
  • Local History
Core Session

Plague, Potions and Pestilence!

Explore a ghastlier side to Astley Hall

  • KS 2
  • History

Serving Stories

Firmly routed in local history, pupils learn about the people who lived at Astley Hall in 1851.

  • KS 1
  • KS 2
  • History
  • Local History

Additional Activities


We offer private tours for all primary or secondary schools and colleges who can make use of the building and its fantastic collections for a variety of different topics. Our collections are an excellent starting point for studying a wide variety of subjects from local history to art and design.

Astley Hall

Temporary Exhibitions

We are happy to accommodate school visits to our temporary art exhibitions within Astley Hall and the Farmhouse Gallery. We usually arrange slots for an hour at a time and can provide clipboards and pencils for your visit. Please get in touch to discuss your requirements. You can keep up to date with our exhibitions at:

Outreach and Digital Sessions

Resource Boxes

Our resource boxes are available for schools/groups to loan. They contain a mixture of real and replica artefacts, alongside teachers notes and suggested activities. We currently offer boxes on the subject of:

• Chorley’s War- A look at the 1st World War and the Chorley Pals

• Feast!- Created to help schools set up their own Medieval/Tudor feast in their classrooms

Please get in touch for further information about cost of hire and box contents.

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