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Chorley's famous Astley Hall Museum and Art Gallery is often referred to as the 'Jewel in Chorley's crown' and features among the Simon Jenkins book 'Britain's Best 1,000 Houses'.
Astley Hall is one of the most significant buildings in the North West, with a fascinating history of families who lived there and some magnificent architecture.The historic hall has been given full accreditation by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) meaning it can offer bigger and better exhibitions to visitors.
The history of the Hall itself is full of intrigue, with stories of plotting and religious turmoil. It dates back to Elizabethan times with changes and additions over the centuries, all helping make a visit to the Hall a fascinating and enjoyable experience. This grade 1 listed building is the jewel in Chorley's crown, with stunning plaster work and architectural features. As the town's museum and art gallery it is also home to items of local historical interest.