Oakwell Hall

img031Oakwell Hall is a large manor house located around 10 mi south of Leeds, between Birstall and Gomersal. Oakwell Hall is located near the M62. There are no bus stops next to the house but Birstall and Gomersal are less than a mile away – regular 254 buses from Leeds stop at Gomersal.

Oakwell Hall is closed Monday and Friday, and on weekdays in winter. Full-price admission £3.50, access to the park is free. See the website for more details.

20160430_151017Together with Shibden Hall and East Riddlesden Hall, Oakwell Hall is one of the three best Elizabethan houses in West Yorkshire. It is however different to the two other ones because of its very uniform appearance. Indeed, the whole house was restored to its 17th-century state, and more exactly to the years just after the Civil War. Oakwell Hall is also interesting for the nice Elizabethan garden at the rear.

img032Oakwell Hall should interest fans of the Brontës, as it has a connection with Charlotte, who would often come there to visit a friend (the house served as a boarding school at the time). It inspired her the mansion in her novel Shirley. Unfortunately, the M62 is quite noisy which affects the charm of the place. Some of the rooms are quite poorly furnished, with modern reproductions of original pieces.

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