Return to Clayton Hall home page
School and Group Visits Maps and Directions page Story of the Museum page Gallery page Open Days page Scrapbook page Drawing Room Page Dining Room page Hallway Wash House page Kitchen page Cold Store Room page

News Update

Our next Memory Lane cafe is on

Monday 5th March, 2018

Everyone welcome



Visit Clayton Hall, take a step back in time in the Victorian rooms and reminisce in the memories room.   Check out our new Clayton Hall/local history and Humphrey Chetham rooms and enjoy a chat and light refreshments in our tea room/gift shop in the timber framed section of the building.                                

History talks commence at 12 noon and 2pm meet on the moat bridge.
Admission to the Hall is free on open days, donations to the project gratefully received. Check out dates on our Open Days information page.

Please note: Parking in Clayton Hall compound is for disabled badge holders only. Park on side streets or in bays at front of park on Ashton New road. Please be aware of parking restrictions which apply when Manchester City FC are playing at home and be sure to park outside restricted area.

St. Cross parish church will be open from 1pm till 3pm on all open days in co-operation with Clayton Hall.

Visit their website at for more information


If you would like to support the Clayton Hall project there are various ways that you can help.  

You could become a Friend of Clayton Park,  just come along to the next Friends meeting which is on, date to be arranged, at Clayton Hall, you will be made very welcome.

You could volunteer your time to help in the Hall or garden.

You can make a donation to the charity by clicking on the Paypal link at the bottom of this page.  Your donations will help us to keep admission free on public open days and with the upkeep and day to day running of the Hall.


If you have enjoyed your visit please add a review on Trip Advisor and help spread the word about our wonderful old hall.

Clayton Hall

Clayton Hall is a Grade 2* listed building and a rare example of a moated, medieval site.  Standing on a scheduled ancient monument it is situated in Clayton Park, Ashton new Road, Clayton, Manchester M11 4RU.

The original hall was built for the Clayton family in the 12th Century, it later passed into the hands of the Byron family, of which the poet Lord Byron was a member. The Byron’s lived here until they sold it to two London merchants, George and Humphrey Chetham.  Humphrey is famous for founding Chethams School and Library in the centre of Manchester.

Externally the building is finished mainly in red brick, with some square-panelled timber framing at first floor level. Viewed from the front, the right hand section is the older part of the building, dating back to the 15th century and altered in the 16th and 17th century. It was partly rebuilt and enlarged in the 18th century with further remodelling taking place in the early and late 20th century. 

Rooms in the later part of the building have been dressed in Victorian style and offer an opportunity to see what it would have been like to live here in the late 1800's. The timber section includes a Clayton Hall/Manchester memories room, a Humphrey Chetham room and a tea room/gift shop.

Access to the Hall is via a Grade 2 listed, masonry bridge over the moat (at present dry).  The bridge is thought to date from the 17th century and is constructed of coursed square sandstone over two segmental stone arches.

Clayton Hall is owned by Manchester City Council and managed by the Trustees and Friends of Clayton Park who open the Hall to the public and organise and run school and group visits.

Become a friend of Clayton Hall on 'her' Facebook page

You can arrange a school or group visit to Clayton Hall at a time and date to suit you. Contact us at 

For photo's of all things happening at Clayton Hall see the scrapbook page



email Clayton Hall Clayton Hall Flickr account Clayton Hall Facebook group Clayton Park's twitter account Donate via Paypal