Celebrate Heritage Open Days and explore Smithills Hall with a tour of this magnificent building on Sunday 22 September. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Heritage Open Days. HODs are a chance for communities nationwide to come together to learn, explore and have fun by sharing the treasures on their doorstep. Smithills Hall opened to the public as a museum in 1963 but its history dates back to the 14th century. You can stand in the same room where Bolton Protestant Preacher, George Marsh, was interrogated by the owner of the estate, Robert Barton. Marsh was later burned at the stake because of his faith. Legend has it that as George Marsh was being led from the Hall he stamped his foot on the flagstone, leaving a mark that has remained there ever since as a declaration of his steadfast faith.
Sun 22 September , The hall is open from 12pm to 4pm and the free tours will take place at 12:30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm (no need to book).