This is a wonderful house. My friend and I visited today and had a really enjoyable afternoon. Great staff and guides with such an obvious affection for their subject and... read more very friendly and welcoming. I learnt so much from them. Also a lovely tea room with excellent cake! Well worth a visit.
Visited as part of a Literary England tour. As a literary landmark, the House is somewhat of a bust, as it has very few furnishings or writings that belonged... read more to the Gaskells. However it is a wonderfully restored Regency suburban tract house, built for the...More
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.
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.