Ordsall Hall, Salford

Tucked away near a housing estate in Salford, is Ordsall Hall, a Grade-1 listed Tudor manor house. Since it was first recorded in 1177 it has been variously a home to medieval gentry, Tudor nobility, butchers, farmers, an Earl, an artist, priests, scout troops, mill workers and even a herd of cows. Following a multi-million pound redevelopment in 2011 it is now a heritage site and garden, open to visitors five days a week. Visitors can step into the kitchens, marvel at mighty ceilings, explore hidden staircases and clamber into the eaves of the roof. Unexpected it may be, given its setting, but there’s plenty inside the hall to entertain, including an engaging year-round events programme.

Guided tours and evening viewings with refreshments are available for a small fee. It’s also very close to Imperial War Museum North, the Lowry Centre and the Coronation Street tour, any of which could be combined to make an intriguing and interesting day out.

Find out more at Visit Manchester.com.