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Have been past this house many times but have never visited. Now that we have joined Historic Houses then it is free to visit.
Went on International Womens' Day... read more as there was talk about female writers which was quite interesting.
House itself has lots of interesting information and you can learn a lot about Elizabeth and her family and also others like John Ruskin.
Room guides are very knowledgeable and helpful.
Tea room had a very limited selection available and some items quite expensive.
Lots of secondhand books for sale (very disorganised display) but generally quite expensive (3 to 6 times most outlets) when compared to charity shops or even National Trust properties.
My wife and I have visited many houses which were inhabited by famous authors and this one ranks up there with the best of them. And right on our doorstep!.... read more A tidy property on the outside but when you enter you are transported back 200 years into the early 1800s. A really well presented house with many interesting things to look at & read about. However the place really comes to life when the enthusiastic & friendly staff tell you things in the different rooms. We spent approx 90 mins on our visit for a nominal entrance fee. Out
Despite arriving at 3 pm, and the signboard outside saying open until 4:30 pm, as did the website, we were told they had just closed. It’s not until you get... read more outside that you see the sign saying “booking essential“, this is not the place for a casual passerby to call in. While we understand the need for safety procedures, there is little point in a signboard saying museum open if it isn’t.
My daughter and I visited the house on Sunday. The rooms are nicely laid out with period pieces and the volunteers were so helpful and knowledgeable. There is an excellent... read more interactive map which points out places of interest known to the Gaskell family. The garden...More
me and my friend really enjoyed the experience. we booked the wrong time at first and emailed to reschedule and the team replied very quickly! all volunteers/guides in each room... read more were very informative and friendly. special shout out to the lovely Frances, they were so lovely and passionate and played us the piano in the front room. they were so nice and made the experience so lovely, thank you Frances, you are so amazing!!!