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Bolling Hall

Brompton Avenue off Bowling Hall Road.
West Yorkshire

It's easy to see why Bolling Hall was a pleasant family home for more than five centuries, with views right over the city towards the open hills and moors beyond. The oldest part has been standing since well before Henry VIII came to the throne, and the most recent alterations are now more than two hundred years old!

Only a rich man could own a house of this size but the people who lived here were never particularly grand or fashionable. They don't seem to have been very lucky, either; one owner lost the lands because he picked the wrong rose in the Wars of the Roses, another because he picked the wrong side in the Civil War a century later.

The Hall was always a living home. Today it is furnished to give an idea of what it might have been like at various times during its long history. As you stroll around it's easy to imagine 15th century and 16th century ladies sitting quietly at their embroidery, 17th century cooks perspiring over a blazing fire in the huge kitchen fireplace or 18th century gentlemen entertaining their friends with tales of all the problems they encountered in redecorating their fine suite of reception rooms, for each part of the house is furnished to match with its main period.

Just because the Hall is peaceful doesn't mean that it's not brimful of interest and a hive of activity! Visitors of all ages are fascinated by the intricate carvings on the old oak furniture, by the heavily curtained beds, by the blood stain on the floor, by the Boar's head on the wall quite properly without a tongue, and of course by Bradford's most famous ghost.

There are steps and corners everywhere upstairs so there is always more excitement just waiting to be discovered, like the new temporary exhibition area on first floor: The Tempest Suite, houses a new exhibition every six months using collections from Bradford's Museums and Galleries. See website for updates.

Even visitors who have been here many times before, often find something new. And when the house has been thoroughly explored there is the large garden in which to stroll, sit quietly or picnic.

General Information:
  • Shop
  • Baby changing area
  • Disabled Toilet
  • Gardens
  • Car park.

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    On Bowling Road which runs parallel to the A650 Wakefield Road, about one mile south of the city centre.

    Bolling Hall Postcode for SatNav: BD4 7LP


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