Wythenshawe Hall was the home of the Tatton family for over 600 years, and is now owned by Manchester City Council. The Hall, and the surrounding 250 acres of park land, were given to the city by Lord and Lady Simon in 1926, to be enjoyed by the people of Manchester and beyond. The Hall served as an art gallery and museum until its temporary closure in 2010.
In 2012 Wythenshawe Park hosted a 9-day community replica of the London 2012 Olympics. During this time the Hall was open every day with a variety of cultural, educational, historical and fun activities for people of all ages. The event was a huge success, with over 5000 visitors to the Hall, many of whom expressed an interest in setting up a friends group.
The Friends of Wythenshawe Hall have been working in partnership with the council to open the Hall on a regular basis since. There have been Christmas and Easter open days and also a very popular Garden Party which joined up with the Big Lunch to host a community picnic with over a 1000 visitors on the day.
Please check our online events calendar for information on when the Hall will be open next. If you'd like to get involved, find out more by visiting the Friends of Wythenshawe Hall website. (external site)
Whilst the Hall was still an art gallery and museum a number of information sheets were made for the public to print off and keep. They contain information on how the rooms were used in the Hall as well as some pictures and much of this information is available to download from our website.
There are a selection of pages from the Scrapbooks of Eva and Alice Tatton, Room Guides, House Detective - a special guide for children and A Park for the People - Memories. There is also the Memory Box Trail, showing images from a special outdoor sculpture trail inspired by people's memories of the park.